Kanheri Caves Overview

Ranked 16 of 770 sightseeing in Mumbai

Kanheri caves are located inside Sanjay Gandhi National Park, to the north of Borivali, in the outskirts of North Mumbai. The name of these caves has originated from the Sanskrit word ‘Krishnagiri’, meaning black in colour. Chiselled out of basaltic rock outcropping, these caves are extremely old and have links to the Buddhist religion.

These caves were formed between 1st century BC and 9th century AD, with the earliest rocks comprising 109 tiny rock cut cells. Most caves were named as Buddhist Viharas in ancient times andwere meant for living, study and meditation. The site also served as a university during the rule of Kushanas and Mauryas.

Kanheri caves are divided into three different caves, each of which has a stone plinth for a bed. There is a congregation hall, which has huge stone pillars containing a stupa (a Buddhist shrine). Cave number 3 has two statues of Lord Buddha at the entrance, giving it a beautiful look.

Presently, the caves contain more than 100 inscriptions, carved in Pallavi, Brahmi, Devnagari and Sanskrit. Further up the hill, remains of ancient water systems, cisterns and canals are found that were once used to channel and collect rainwater into huge tanks.

Kanheri Caves are located about 5 km from the entrance of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Tourists can travel to the park by buses that ply from the city, or auto rickshaws. Nearest railway station to the park is Borivali station (2 km). Transport by bus to the caves is available every one hour.

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Vaibhav Gupta5.0/5

1 review

A trip to kanheri caves is always joyful experience one could have. I literally don't wanna come bac

Kanheri caves consist of a total 109 caves which are connected through an intrinsic water canal and most of the caves are the monks viharas. Almost all the region of caverns are accessed by rock carved foot path and at other places, there are steeply inclined paths which makes it impossible to climb sometimes, it really is a hardcore journey. Moving to top part of the mountain was one of the better experiences one can have. The entire view of monks water canal system can be seen and we get a spectacular view of the parks landscape. And my suggestion is please carry enough water bottles and chips because it's a long walk journey.

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Shikha Sharma5.0/5

146 reviews

Solace from crowd

In mid of crowded city like Mumbai, Kanheri caves are part of National park and its a trek of few kilometres.But its a divine beautiful place and specially in rains, go with extra clothes. Have fun under many waterfall's there and explore the caves.

Sandesh Bhivande4.3/5

95 reviews

Can't believe it's in Mumbai

Can't believe it's in Mumbai.It's very well maintained. Decent crowd due to entry fee. very safe as security is always there. Well maintained, cleaned & free from plastic. Hard to beieve as Mumbai got such a lush green, pure air place. Parling Lot needs lot of improvement as it's not organised at all. Need to install information board on every caves to get more info about history.

C balasubramanium4.3/5

2 reviews

Unforgettable cave temple !

Myself and wife had a hilarious and unforgttable visit toCaves temple - setting sail from Gateway of India via ferrycould reach in 55 minutes and took toy train ( Rs10/- per head)which recalled the school boy days. The caves were quite cool and made us breathless upon seeing idols of Lord Shivaand we spent 4 hours forgetting lunch !!

Ratna Kumari4.6/5

1 review

these caves are "located in sanjay gandhi national park" which is near to the city and which not take more than 20min from the city.This was an amazing cave site inside a national park..the entrance ticket for each is 100/- and "worth ful trip for every penny"..the visitors who visit this place "should be ready to climb some hill rocks" to view this place by ropes..when entered to the park one must opt for a "car or bus or cycle ride into the park".and the "cycle ride is preferred"..caves are of "buddhist" religious ones are so "awesome and very terrific too"..so i recommend to must no miss this place when came to mumbai city for a tour..

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Jenil Bhansali4.3/5

1 review

A place that can bring back 1000 of memories

Kanheri Caves situated in Borivali east, Mumbai is a place where you can meet the nature and see how the mystical world blooms and breath some fresh air. Surrounded by trees and greenery one can actually feel to the best with the early sun rise and some beautiful voice of birds chirping and raring to go ahead and live their day. A place where you can sit with peace. Just 5 minutes walking from borivali east station...kanheri caves has an entry fee of 40-45 rupees.Personal Bikes and cars are allowed. Government buses are available. One can rent a cycle too. I would prefer to walk and click some awesome pics of nature and candid too.Food is available throught the walk.

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Virinder Vaid4.3/5

111 reviews

Our past heritage

These 11th century caves, inside the Sanjay Gandhi national park in Borivali east , are the must see attraction when in Mumbai.Though deep inside the forested national park, visitors can drive upto the base of the caves. Alternatively, city transport buses also can be taken to reach the place.There is a entrance fee of Rs 5 for visitors.The caves are spread over a large area on top of the solid rock hills and one can explore various caves climbing up the hill. The view of the forested surroundings I'd worth watching from the top of the hill.The best time would be just after the rains when water rivulet flows along the caves creating few waterfalls. However any time is good enough to see the workmanship of people of 11th century and just wonder how they must have carved out so many caves from solid rock without the present day equipment? A really wonderful place to see our past heritage, so easily approachable.The caves can be visited only between 9 am and 5 pm., since these are deep inside the forest and no lights in the area after darkness.

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Yohann Fernandes3.6/5

1 review

Best place for family and friends day out

Khaneri Caves is a place for people who lovethe photography and a best place for family/friends day out. Its a place worth one time visit.Khaneri Caves is situated in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which is 5/6 km away from entrance.The entry fee is not to much, its will cost Rs 5/per person.When you get on the extreme top of the caves, you'll get a magnificent view of the nearby vicinity.
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Sanket Vaviya3.6/5

6 reviews

Can visit once in life time

A one day return travel to a national park...This place is like a freelancer.We can have an overview of caves, A Tiger n Lion Safari, Bike rides, Small treks n many more.One should atleast go for once in his life time to this place.

Navneet Sinha4.3/5

86 reviews

A bird eye view from the top

Situated inside Sanjay Gandhi National Park,if anybody visiting SGNP then one must go to Kanheri Caves,you have to climb a bit to reach the caves again a heritage site,but after reaching the top the view from there is awesome.

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