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Kanheri Caves, Mumbai (Bombay)
(4.3/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Enter Kanheri Caves to explore an underground world of rock-cut monuments and natural works of art. Walk through some of dozens of basaltic rock caves that lie hidden within the forest of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. As you go deeper, examine traces of Buddhist art and Indian culture, since numerous unfinished paintings decorate the moist walls. Outside you'll find plenty of picnic spots surrounded by streams and small waterfalls. Arrange your visit to Kanheri Caves and discover more family-friendly attractions in Mumbai (Bombay) using our Mumbai (Bombay) vacation route planner.
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  • We used to stay in Borivali so one fine Sunday out of boredom and nothing better to do, we visited this place. The caves are few and very far from the entrance of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. They hav...  more »
  • People do littering here,. Idols are ok.. architectur mostly ruined .. some are good.. Shiva linga.. it tells Shiva stories as per guide said us.. 
  • one have to pass by the Sanjay Gandhi National park and zoo before one can reach these caves in the mountains. You have to climb up the stairs and walk up the mountains to see the Gigantic buddha imag...  more »
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  • The most amazing place for history lovers in Mumbai. Away from the hustle and bustle, these ancient Caves are a complete delight to visit. More than 100 Caves built over from 1st century to 10th century. You have to reach Borivili and take a shared cab from the entrance to the caves. It is a jungle area with a lot of greenry. There are water channels from the old times to harvest natural water, giant Budha statues. Super Super Super.
  • Visited here in October 2012. The place is in the middle of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. You will be lost in the surrounding greenery of the place. There are 100+ ancient caves along the mountain, you have to walk a bit to visit the caves. I couldnt help but wonder how people 2000 years ago was able to build these caves, with beautiful buddhism sculpture. If you are able to walk to the top of Caves, you will be able to see complete national park as well as up to Global Pagoda.
  • Kanheri caves are located within Sanjay Gandhi national park. You have to take an auto rickshaw from the Borivali station (located on the western line of Mumbai local train network) up to the entrance of the national park. At the entrance you have to purchase a ticket which is the entry fees. You will see a bus stop just after entering the national park. From this spot you can either take a shared taxi or bus (I found the former option better as the ride was comfortable). After reaching the base of the caves you have to take several steps up to the entrance of the caves from where you have to purchase a ticket from the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) counter - they have a higher ticket rate for non Indians and offer discounts to students. Don't forget to take food items and water before entering the national park. I visited the caves twice. During my first visit I could not enjoy and explore much since it was very hot. My second visit was during monsoon. Monsoon is the right period to visit the national park and the caves. You can see greenery and natural fountains everywhere. If you have time don't miss the opportunity to go for a lion safari. I was very luck to spot a lion moving around our bus during my first visit. My overall experience was excellent. Visit to the national park and the caves is highly recommended. I am giving it 5 out of 5 stars.
  • Great location - a small not so adventurous trek. The caves are interesting and spread across quite some area. Great to visit here during or right after the Monsoon when the surroundings are green and cool. Must visit for history lovers.
  • Amazing features in the landscape with superb views over Mumbai from a distance - the clash between the wildlife area and the city in the distance is quite impressive. You can forget you're in a giant crazy city easily here.