A trip to kanheri caves is always joyful experience one c...

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

Review of Kanheri Caves, Mumbai

Rank 16
Ranked 16 of 770,
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in Mumbai
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32 Ratings & 17 Reviews

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Vaibhav Gupta

  • Tourist
  • Vaibhav Gupta
  • Lives in Gorakhpur
  • 1 Review
  •  66 readers

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

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2017
Kanheri caves consist of a total 109 caves which are connected through an intrinsic water canal and most of the caves are the monk’s 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 park’s landscape. And my suggestion is please carry enough water bottles and chips because it's a long walk journey.
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Shikha Sharma

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  • Shikha Sharma
  • Lives in Noida
  • 133 photos
  • 136 Reviews
  •  199 helpful votes
  •  105951 readers

"Solace from crowd"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 11, 2017
In mid of crowded city like Mumbai, Kanheri caves are part of National park and it's a trek of few kilometres. But it's a divine beautiful place and specially in rains, go with extra clothes. Have fun under many waterfalls there and explore the caves.
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Sandesh Bhivande

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  • Sandesh Bhivande
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 8 photos
  • 95 Reviews
  •  154 helpful votes
  •  445043 readers

"Can't believe it's in Mumbai"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 17, 2017
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. Par ling 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.
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C balasubramanium

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  • C balasubramanium
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1818 readers

"Unforgettable cave temple !"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 16, 2016
My wife and I had a hilarious and unforgettable visit to Caves temple - setting sail from Gateway of India via ferry. Could reach in 55 minutes and took toy train (Rs 10/- per head) which recalled the school days. The caves were quite cool and made us breathless upon seeing idols of Lord Shiva. And we spent 4 hours forgetting lunch!!
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Ratna Kumari

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  • Ratna Kumari
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  1747 readers

"These caves are located in..."

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2016
These caves are located in Sanjay Gandhi National Park which is near to the city and which do not take more than 20 mins from the city. This was an amazing cave site inside a national park.. The entrance ticket for each is 100/- and "worthful 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 not miss this place when coming to Mumbai city for a tour..
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About Kanheri Caves

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 9.00 AM - 5.30 PM , Saturday: 9.00 AM - 5.30 PM , Sunday: 9.00 AM - 5.30 PM , Public Holidays: 9.00 AM - 5.30 PM

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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