Kalika Mata Temple

Kalika Mata Temple, Pavagadh

Kalika Mata Temple
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JawaharJoshi
Thane, India236 contributions
Pavagadh Temple near Vadodara
Jan 2021
It is near Vadodara. By a car, you can reach within an hour. Vehicles can go up to Machi. After a short walk, you can buy tickets for the ropeway. To and fro ticket for an adult is Rs. 142-. After a six minutes ride in 'Udan Khatola', you have to climb around 300 steps to reach the temple. It is a shaktipeeth. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali.
Written 28 January 2021
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Sanjeev A
Halol, India4 contributions
Religious visit
Jan 2020 • Friends
Ma ka aashirvad. Special tickets available for ropeway without queue. Nice arrangements by trust. Jai mata ki
Written 20 January 2020
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Frequent traveller/reviewer
London, UK56 contributions
One of the most devotional place
Dec 2019
It is a must visit as when chanting the name of Maa Kali, she gave me the strength to get to the top after coming out of the cable car. I got the most divine and lovely blessing from mata to my hearts' delight. Go with open heart and devotion to mata.

Location is good but it was foggy so we couldn't see much from the top of the hill. At the base, there are many stalls and food places but none catered for special dietary needs eg zero spice or no chillis! Ended up eating fafda snacks. Our stay was at Gopal Guest House and the room was good and clean. But advise you to take towels as not every place has clean towels in most guest houses/small hotels.

I am aiming to go back to this special divine place in near future.
Written 3 January 2020
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Mitarth Bhatt
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Great place.
Dec 2019 • Friends
Pavagadh hill forms the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, which is spread over an area of more than 1,329 hectares (3,280 acres).The site is 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of Vadodara and 42 miles (68 km) south of Godhra. BEAUTIFUL PLACE FOR VISIT PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT.
Written 31 December 2019
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smvinit
Pune, India16 contributions
temple located on Hill near Vadodara
Dec 2019
Pavagadh hills are located @ 50 kms from Vadodara city. Good place to visit in Winter season. There is a Godess Mahakali temple on top of hill.
The road towards the foot hill is excellent, One has to take a cable car to reach the top of hill & then climb further some 300 steps.

One the way to temple there are lot of small shops which we see in any fair in India . also there are some small hotels which where you can eat / drink lassi / tea / coffee , take some rest & then come back,
In terms of cleanliness, lot of efforts need to be taken . Also the tourists should be aware that;s its their responsibility too to keep the place clean , neat & tidy.

Avoid public holidays/ Sundays so that you don't have to wait in long queue.
Written 30 December 2019
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KrupaKavi
Surat, India200 contributions
Very famous temple
Dec 2019
Kalika Mata temple was very famous and located on top of Pavagadh hill. Nice view from top of hill. Many devotees came daily here.
Written 22 December 2019
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Vikas B
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1/2 From Gujarat's 2 best Goddess hill temples. Pavagadh has lots to offer.
Dec 2018
Trekking up here to get holy darshan of Maa kali is a must do. Its a tiring 2-3 hour climb mind it. Its steep because paths are easy but steps never are.

Shakti Peeth Kali temple from Pavagadh base fort side is a 4 kms cheap shared jeep ride to Temple climbing Pavagadh hill base. One has from here a cable car facility to reach 80% of the mountain climb. 20-30 minutes further by a mixture of concrete path and series of steps So senior citizens need take this in count if having painful knees. There is a small fort to see at city base of Pavagadh before you start for temple. Trekking enthusiasts can walk whole trek up over 2-3 hours, but steps are a test of will power. The second hill temple to visit is Ambaji Mata temple and hill shrine at Ambaji on Gujarat - Mount Abu border. That is 7 hours more drive from Vadodra via Ahmedabad-Himmatnagar-Edar before Abu, Rajasthan.

The temple path has many food and drink stalls so it is easy to travel light. Road goes through Halol town so can find something to eat on way. This town serves as checkpoint to travel to Godhra.

I visited this from Vadodra when on a wedding of a friend. So I extended stay 2 days more. I did on one day Vadodra to Pavagadh Kalika Mata temple / Shakti Peeth and on second day Vadodra to Chanod Kuber Bhandari temple. Pavagadh is Northern side towards Nadiad-Godhra direction wise 1.5 to 2 hours drive from Vadodra city. Chanond Kuber Bhandari temple is southern side towards Rajpipla, Bharuch on banks of Narmada river ghat. Again its 1.5 to 2 hours drive. Statue of Unity is again closer to Rajpipla Bharuch another 1-2 hours drive towards Bharuch side. So one can do that and Chanod Kuber and statue together easily if pressed for time. Need a private vehicle this area for faster travel though Govt Bus service is well connected on routes. I recommend a 4 day trip so one can do Statue of Unity with overnight tent city stay close to Chanod.
Written 16 November 2019
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atul s
Ahmedabad District, India128 contributions
Avoid Sundays and go early to avoid crowds! Some do's and don'ts
Nov 2019
They have a rope way ( cable cars) if you don't want to climb some 5000+steps , although, even with rope way, there are still some 200 steps to climb so not suitable for people with walking difficulties. Rope way is situated near the top car park.
Return rope way ticket costs 116 rupees ( as at Nov 2019 per person), but buy special 210 rupee ticket to skip some of the queues. this is not advertised widely !
We found this a real bonus as we went on Sunday and had to wait 2 hours in the queue but the special 210 rupee ticket allowed us to jump part of the queue !
If using rope way ,make your way straight to the queue at the top car park and you can buy ticket window just before you enter the last section where you embark the rope way - no need to buy tickets from booths available in the top car park.
You can elect to leave your car at bottom and take a shared jeep to the top car park ( around 40 rupees per person return, approx 3KM journey which takes 15 mins) or take your car and drive up the steep hill and park at the top.
Parking at the top can be difficult on busy days , how ever even on Sundays after some searching , we were able to find free car parking at the top.
Roads are very good and have central dividers so should not be too much of a problem for competent drivers ( you must be good at doing hill starts) - make sure your car is not over loaded and your car is in good condition as the drive is very steep and you may have to stop /start several times in heavy traffic!
If you are not good at driving or hill starts DO NOT TAKE your car to the top - pay for a shared jeep that takes you to the top car park.
Phone signal is good up to the top car park but you don't get a signal near the temple at the top!
You will get nice places to eat along the way but if you would like a sit down meal then wait until you disembark from the rope way on the return journey as this will lead you to a very reasonably priced sit down restaurant- fixed veg tali around 160 rupees , plus various snack options like vara pau; pau bhaji etc all made in clean and nice surroundings - ( nice clean toilets /washrooms there as well )
I think this is a new addition and is not advertised too widely .
You will only have a couple of seconds in front of the main deity but well worth visiting as it is one of the most important ma Kali shrines near Vadodara ( approx 60kms away)
Written 11 November 2019
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TravelLovers2012
New Delhi, India45 contributions
Don't be confused, it's not tourist place
Sep 2019 • Friends
If someone told you that its a good place to visit as a traveler/tourist you are going to regret this visit. Still if you have to go, avoid weekend and navratri sort of festive seasons at all costs. You would just find yourself finding your ground in serpentine infinite queues.

Due to huge crowd, govt didn't allow private cabs and reluctantly we had to board poor condition state bus. Most of the area was dirty n smelly, nothing good to eat at top. Most of the crowd consisted of villagers n pilgrims only. And our group was sort of center of attraction for them although we weren't over-dressed or anything. Ropeway was very high and provides a great view but that lasts just for 5-6 min. Nearby mosque was quite, well built and worth visiting as no one was visiting that.
Written 29 September 2019
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purath
Nagpur, India107 contributions
A religious place
Jul 2019 • Couples
Though i couldn't climb atop as my legs hurt ,its a must visit place for Hindus.the temple is very old.a cablecar goes halfway .roads are good but still work is going on . during Navratri its get special significance for the gujratis..view from a top gives a glimpse of a town ,champaner which is 5 kms below.a neglected jain Mandir is also there.
Written 12 July 2019
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