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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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  • Good place worth one visit. There is a temple of goddess Ekvira as well situated there. There is a climb of quite a few flights of uneven stairs. Good to visit tho in monsoon when you can see d caves ...  more »
  • Amazing architecture really. However, despite the beauty, there are problems like lack of parking space. But once you reach there, you just get memorised. It's easily accessible from Mumbai, like thre...  more »
  • The caves provide insight into life of buddhist monks. There is a stupa in the middle. The keepers show lot of hidden symbols and story around the pillars. Place is cool, calm and echoes a lot. The ne...  more »
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  • Great tourist attraction. Houses somewhat well preserved relics of a Buddhist temple. It is advisable for the elderly to take a rickshaw to the main temple directly. The climb is really difficult but provides great views. Its a must visit place.
  • Nice to see. Plan good 2 to 2.5 hours for reaching up and down the mountain. Elderly avoid. Total of 3 caves only 1 with good carving.
  • Best time to visit is monsoon. From old highway u ll have to go to entrance of Karla caves which is 5km. From the parking area u have to climb approximately 150 steps. People with bad knee should avoid. 10 is parking fee and 15 is entrance fee. Weekdays is apt to avoid unruly crowd. The fresco is beautiful and waterfalls atop the hill in front of the entrance. The ruin needs maintenance. It's sad to see the aesthetic being blemished by a not so ancient constructed temple right in front of the Buddhist architecture. The chaitya is really beautiful and at par with Ellora caves.
  • The place is ancient. But seems not properly maintained. People do visit the caves but dont keep it clean. Parking here is total mess. Very narrow approach road. Hardly two vehicles can pass . They shall broaden the road and make parking available. Without which people visiting park their vehicle on the road side and that keeps only space for a single vehicle to come and go.
  • It's place with religious importance. The place is well known for deity Ekvira devi. U will get so many vendors across the street selling sweets, toys, corn, and other stuff. You will need to climb the steps that are steep and bigger in size.