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Karla Caves, Lonavala

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Marvel at the astonishing Buddhist cave shrines built into the rocky hillside at Karla Caves. Head inside the shrines, constructed between the 2nd century BCE and 5th century CE, to discover inscriptions, art, and stupas (dome-shaped structure used as shrines). Witness incredible examples of ancient Buddhist architecture and culture displayed within the caves. The complex contains a Buddhist monastery, which once had two 15 m (49 ft) long pillars, of which only one now remains. Inside the main cave, discover a huge 45 m (148 ft) long and 14 m (46 ft) high "chaitya" hall, carved from stone and one of the largest of its kind in India. Regular maintenance work often causes parts of the protected monument to close to the public. Our Lonavala family vacation planner makes visiting Karla Caves and other Lonavala attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The cave situated on a hilltop off the old Mumbai- Pune highway. Car can approach up to a part on the hill and after that one has to trek about 250 steps to reach the point at hilltop, which is really...  more »
  • The place can be reached via Google Maps. You can take the car up till mid way or park at the base of the hill. Parking at the base is advisable. The caves are at the top of the hill, a small (20-30mi...  more »
  • A steep climb but a rewarding experience afterwards. The main caves is quite quaint for its calmness and coolness it provides during a heated summer. 
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  • Lovely caves which is surprisingly well preserved. View from the top is mesmerizing. Few things visitors should keep in mind.. Caves are obscured by a local temple built much later than the caves. Temple visitors cause litter and pollution. Road to caves/temple is very steep and not recommended for new drivers. Steps from parking to caves/temple are uneven and difficult for aged . They better avoid climbing.
  • Its karla caves and ekveera devi temple. Ekveera is main goddess for agari and koli (fishermen). Due to the temple this place is always crowded. Road is bad and parking is horrible. Temple management is very bad. Dont hv clean sanitation. People coming to temple r noise polluters and help to create debris of waste. Caves r well preserved but in coming years due to the increased tourist inflow caves will damaged. I can see the chamges in last 20yrs.
  • The Karla Caves or Karle Caves or Karla Cellsare a complex of ancient Indian Buddhistrock-cut cave shrines located in Karli nearLonavala, Maharashtra. This place is closed to Pune city. It's too peaceful place.
  • The Marvellous Ancient Karla Caves are presently a well-liked traveler destination to own an in depth look into the traditional Buddhist design and culture. These caves reveal Buddhist ideologies through inscriptions and stupas. Karla Caves area unit the biggest cave temple in India and is found in Lonavala. These rock cut caves are assumed to be designed around one hundred AD by Buddhist nuns.
  • While the structure itself is impressive and awe inspiring, the facilities provided by government is pathetic. Be ready for: Broken, potholed, untarred roads that connect the site from NH-4 Steep approach road - slippery, potholed, devoid of side rails Inadequate parking - mostly grabbed by local auto-rickshaws Garbage, and in huge quantity everywhere Poor, EXTREMELY POOR maintenance We paid for vehicle entry and in addition purchased tickets for individuals. But very disappointed with the services provided by government. Few loitering government employees were more keen to make visitors purchase tickets than help or guide visitors. Typical sick mentality of government staff I suppose. There is a temple at the site, but seems constructed much later than the earlier times caves were carved out. Verdict: Either give it a pass or risk lives. No facility available for elderly or physically challenged and they are expected to climb 125 broken & dangerous steps just like others.