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Tried Spelunking Ever? 7 Caves That Are Marvels of Nature

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Craving to explore what lies beyond the mundane present world? HolidayIQ reviewers suggest these 7 awesome caves where you can lose yourself. 

1. Mumbai

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Sea | Temple | Heritage | Architecture

HolidayIQ Reviewer Amiit Sheth adds, “The view from the top is simply breath taking as your eyes are attracted to the vastness of the Arabian Sea. Also the view of Sahyadri range is magnificent. At The base of the pinnacle there are some small rock-cut caves which are filled with water. These water tanks are of Buddist origin where monks used to meditate here. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer VIRINDER VAID adds, “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.” Read Full Review

2. Wayanad

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Lake | Forest | Hill | Peak

HolidayIQ Reviewer JOJI JOSEPH says, “With a bit of reluctance I visited Edakkal caves but the visit was worth; the Government is showing interest to protect the area with historical importance and may have connection to the Indus Valley Civilization. ... Well-maintained, guides to explain about the stone carvings and the history of the caves, the neat and clean surroundings - I appreciate the authorities. Not only the caves, the panoramic view from the heights was also amazing.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Akhil Thykkoottathil says, “Ancient And Historic...It is a beautiful and historic place in Wayanad. There are lots of ancient carvings inside the caves. The place is well maintained and plastic is prohibited. The parking area is far and we have to walk 1 to 2 km to reach the caves. Old people are not advised to visit the caves because steep climbs are still there. ” Read Full Review

3. Ajanta & Ellora

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Lekha Nair adds, “The Amazing Ajanta...Ajanta caves consists of Buddhist paintings & sculptures - few of which were made during BC era.... There is a flight of steps to be climbed to reach the caves. ...The construction of Ajanta caves supposedly started in BC & went on for many years through AD! The caves were abandoned & dense forest grew. The caves stayed hidden for many years & was unknown. ...The caves also have dormitories for monks. Most of the caves in Ajanta have a Buddha shrine/Stupa at the centre.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer suresh adds, “The unique Architecture of Kailasa Temple Ellora...The Kailash is one of the largest rock-cut ancient Hindu temples located in Ellora, Maharashtra, India. A megalith carved out of one single rock, The Kailasa Temple is the only structure in the world which is craved from the top to bottom, it is notable for its vertical excavation—carvers started at the top of the original rock and excavated downward. ...The Kailasanatha temple (Cave 16) is one of the 34 cave temples and monasteries known collectively as the Ellora caves. ” Read Full Review

4. Kodaikanal

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Lake | Boating | Hill | Forest

HolidayIQ Reviewer Amitra Kar shares, “You will be surely in Guna caves which is famous for the Tamil movie Guna by Jamal Hassan. Also known as Devils Kitchen, it is a fantastic one-kilometer jungle walk through the canopy of large and old trees which leads you to a unique place where the roots of old trees create a fantastic and unique pattern. ...The platform offers a wide and wonderful view and you can cherish various shades of green mixed with clouds and finally meeting the horizon. Overall a fantastic exploration, but be prepared to walk some distance.” Read Full Review

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5. Badami

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HolidayIQ Reviewer SAMMIT VARTAK shares, “It is one of the most beautiful historical monuments India has. These four caves have been so beautifully carved that we can just imagine about the affluence Chalukyas would have in their days. The first cave is the oldest being carved in late 5th century. Craftsmanship starts flourishing as we go to further caves as 2nd and 3rd caves have been carved in 6th and 7th century respectively. We can see the carving techniques getting more and more matured from first to second and third cave. Every pillar of the 3rd cave temple has a distinct design. The carvings of men women and gods give us the idea about attire people had at that time. Carvings in these three caves are mainly based on Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu. At the time of the carving of the fourth cave, Jainism's influence had started growing in this part Indian so this cave is dedicated to Jain god 'Bhagawan Mahaveer'.” Read Full Review

6. Mahabalipuram

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Temple | Beach | Sea | Sea Shore

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vipul Jain shares, “Tiger caves are well known to the local public and are considered as a picnic spot (because of the maintained lawns by ASI) as well as a religious sport....As you enter the gates of tiger cave, you see a sandstone rock on the right which instantly arouses curiosity and the tiger cave is the first thing that you are likely to see.” Read Full Review

7. Vijayawada

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Temple | Hill | Shopping | Island

HolidayIQ Reviewer Mandira Prakash shares, “The places we visited were Kanak Durga temple, Mangalgiri hill temples, Undavalli caves, Prakasam barrage and Bhavani Island. All the places are near to each other, so not much time will be consumed in communication.” Read Full Review

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