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8 Caves That Blur the Lines Between the Past and the Present

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Craving to explore what lies beyond the mundane present world? Visit these awesome caves and lose yourself in a different era where life was simple yet intricate in its very unique way. 

1. Wayanad

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Lake | Boating | Dam | Nature

HolidayIQ Reviewer Abhishek Anand says, “Wayanad is worth only if you do this trek and Erroll caves.Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer JOJI JOSEPH adds, “I found Edakkal caves totally different. 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, was the panoramic view from the heights also amazing.Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer JOJI JOSEPH shares, “There are some mud paths through which we can walk to see few caves inside the forest which are now shelters of wild animals. We can hear the chirping of the birds since the wind was not strong.” Read Full Review

2. Ajanta & Ellora

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Divya says, “Way more than just caves... these two places offer an absolutely amazing account of Buddhist and Jain culture. destination and sightseeing are akin. art and ornamentation, are but of course praiseworthy, the arrangements too. provision for water, drainage, beds have even pillows carved out on them. there are some popular caves but its best if u can see all, only you'll have to quicken your steps. If you want the fullest experience, pay 5, 10 bucks to the guard at the cave and have him explain its significance.” Read Full Review

3. 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

4. Araku Valley

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Prakash Hegde shares, “Everywhere you can see beautiful nature and Borra cave is awesome. Two eyes are not enough to view the beauty of 150 acres of coffee plants, hills everywhere hills greeneries.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. Elephanta Caves

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HolidayIQ Reviewer VIRINDER VAID adds, “Visit the World heritage Elephanta caves. The Elephanta caves are on an island just 10kms in the sea off Gateway of India, Mumbai. Regular ferry services every half an hour. Return trip costs Rs 120/person.” Read Full Review

7. 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

8. 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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