Karla Caves Overview

Ranked 26 of 410 sightseeing in Pune

Karla Caves were historically associated with the Mahasamghika sect of Buddhism. Located at a distance of approximately 40 km from the city, the caves date back to the 2nd century BC and represent the golden period of Buddhism in India. These ancient Buddhist Indian rock-cut architecture cave shrines were developed over two periods. These periods are from the 2nd century BC to the 2nd century AD and from the 5th century AD to the 10th century AD.

Running eastward from the Arabian Sea into the Deccan, the caves are on a major ancient trade route. Within the caves, a Buddhist monastery, dating back to the 2nd century BC, is located. A temple dedicated to the Goddess Ekaveera, who is worshipped most notably by the Koli community of Mumbai, is also located within the caves.

Built on the difficult terrain of a rocky hillside, this complex of well-preserved Buddhist caves has its interior lighted by windows. Chaitya with huge pillars and intricately carved relief dating back to the 1st century BC are present in the main hall. Walls of the caves are adorned with sculptures of males and females, as well as animals, including lions and elephants.

Carved prayer halls or chaityas as well as viharas or dwelling places for the caves' monks are also present within the complex. Highlights of the complex are the arched entrances and vaulted interiors.
 

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What travellers are saying about Karla Caves

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  • Very Good 4
  • Good 2
  • Average 1
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
  • Below Average 0
  • Excellent 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
8:30 AM -6:00 PM
Saturday:
8:30 AM -6:00 PM
Sunday:
8:30 AM -6:00 PM
Public Holidays:
8:30 AM -6:00 PM
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Reviews and Ratings

Swastik Pati

Swastik Pati3.6/5

2 reviews

Buddhists place with Devi Temple

The place is situated at a top of small mountain. There is a devi temple alsoYou can get good view inside the cave at afternoon as the sun rays came in to cave which create good light condition for snaps. AndMost important is you have to use about 3 hundreds of steps to get to the cave ...

Jigar Dave

Jigar Dave4.3/5

52 reviews

Awesome caves

These caves are built in some 9-10 century. These old caves have good carvings and painting showing deep love of art. The caves are huge and beautiful. The carved structures are some what damaged now, but the place has its heritage long live.

Ria  Das

Ria Das2.5/5

8 reviews

Not a worthy visit

We went there on our way towards Lonavala. It was quite a climb uphill in our bike. We parked the bike and started climbing the stairs. For the not so fit people, the climb is quite strenuous. We reached the cave, it's a small one. There is also a temple by the cave. Some architecture inside the cave was good. There was no information about the cave there anywhere. It's not worth visiting if you have other places to visit.

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  • Not a worthy visit
  • Not a worthy visit
  • Not a worthy visit
  • Not a worthy visit
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Parag Joshi

Parag Joshi3.9/5

67 reviews

2000 years old caves with nice carvings

I would recommend to visit this place as it is very near from Pune and scenery is very nice during Winter and Rainy season. It is very near from Lonavla, Lohagad. Ekvira Devi Temple is there beside these caves. Caves were carved from 1 single rock. Worth visiting.
  • 2000 years old caves with nice carvings
  • 2000 years old caves with nice carvings
  • 2000 years old caves with nice carvings
  • 2000 years old caves with nice carvings
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Sandeep Roshni

Sandeep Roshni4.3/5

9 reviews

1st Century Rock-cut Monument

This monument comprises of a Buddhist Chaitya Hall assigned to the 1st century CE, Kshatrapa period and it is one of the largest and best preserved monument in Maharashtra. The best time to visit during the day is between 07:00AM to 10:00 AM. Visitors are advised to reach as early as possible as the parking place is too small to accommodate the week-end crowd and the entry to the parking is based on the vacancy. I had to wait about 30 minutes before I could grab a spot for my car. The rock cut monument is reached by a steep climb of more than 350 steps from the car park. Recommended to wear comfy walking shoes with a good grip and avoid the hike at all costs during heavy rains since the terrain gets slippery. It is almost impossible to climb all the way up without taking a couple of breaks to catch your breath. A small shrine dedicated to goddess Ekvira is situated to the right of the monument. Still cameras are allowed free, but video cameras are charged Rs. 25. Don't to miss the Bhaja caves which lies exactly opposite to the Carla Ridge. Bhaja caves are better preserved than Karla caves.

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  • 1st Century Rock-cut Monument
  • 1st Century Rock-cut Monument
  • 1st Century Rock-cut Monument
  • 1st Century Rock-cut Monument
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Sushant P

Sushant P3.6/5

14 reviews

Beautiful green hills and cave

Its holly place, you need to climb steps. All over you will see green hills, nice waterfalls and beautiful caves. Best time after rain. Food is available, average cost.
  • Beautiful green hills and cave
  • Beautiful green hills and cave
  • Beautiful green hills and cave

Rukhsar Shaikh

Rukhsar Shaikh4.3/5

1 review

Very good place to visit with friends

Place to visit around May - June well its a long way to walk through the way on the mountain. Well it's an hour to walk towards the Karla Caves there is a temple up Ekveera Temple and the caves with the waterfall outside it. A must visit with the friends.

Sumith

Sumith3.2/5

4 reviews

Poorly maintained caves

The caves come after a climb of over 1000 steps that is broken from several places. There is really nothing to see inside the cave which is actually a big dome that is falling apart. It is one of the places that can be visited if you have time on your hands.

Abhijeet Nayak

Abhijeet Nayak3.6/5

6 reviews

Good detour during Lonavala trip

This is a place that has a long history which goes as back as 2nd century BC beautifully carved caves. Park your vehicle outside and climb stairs like rocks to reach to the top. Small shops are present throughout the walk to the top where you can get sweets and different small fancy things. A small waterfall would be present. View from the top is just amazing, the only let down being you can't go inside the caves. There is a small temple inside and a dome like structure with various arts engraved in the stone. You will find many groups there singing and playing music that will entertain you a bit. Overall a nice place for a little detour while returning from Lonavala!

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  • Good detour during Lonavala trip
  • Good detour during Lonavala trip
  • Good detour during Lonavala trip

Robin Aggarwal

Robin Aggarwal3.9/5

75 reviews

Monsoons can make this just awesome

Nice place to start trek to Lohagad. Click some pics and enjoy some snacks and get yourself ready. Take some rest in caves, discuss about Buddhism and get glimpse of some rare crabs in caves. There is nominal entry fee to these caves.Visited November 2014.

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Photos of Karla Caves

Karla Caves, Pune

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Ria Das

The architecture inside the cave
Karla Caves, Pune

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Parag Joshi

Karla Caves architecture
Karla Caves, Pune

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Parag Joshi

Karla Caves carvings
Karla Caves, Pune

Photo by

Ria Das

The architecture inside the cave