Kanheri Caves
Kanheri Caves
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  • Charlotte
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great peaceful place close to the city center
    Very nice caves, close to the city. You can spend a hole day here (take lunch but watch out for the monkeys). Very nice if you want to be out of the busy city center. For sure go all the way to the top, the view is amazing!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • JAN
    Waikato Region, New Zealand72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kanheri Caves - Do not miss this (Sanjay Gandhi National Park)
    Visiting here is an amazing experience not to be missed. They are the best Buddhist caves I've visited. The waterfalls and trickling streams of water were pretty and cooling. Once you've climbed the steps to the top of the caves the views are awesome. The only negatives I have were to watch out for the security guards who tag along with you talking like a tour guide but say they are not, then afterwards ask for a tip. The other was paying to go into the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, where the caves are, and then paying again at the gateway to get into the caves. Also as you arrive don't be taken in by the car/van guys who say it's a long way to the caves and try to usher you to their vehicle. There is a bus running inside the park very regular that goes direct to the caves costing only 26 rupees. Sorry I can't comment on the National Park as we only visited the caves.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • John B
    Swansea, United Kingdom18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful ruins / bothersome security guards
    The caves themselves are amazing. The security guards will keep harassing you however - constantly interrupting asking if you want a photo or telling you things about the caves (and then demanding a hefty tip despite not asking for assistance!). The site ‘cafeteria’ sold us out of date drinks too - it’s pretty horrid so I’d advice taking your own food/drink.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 September 2023
  • JPHStVincent
    Singapore, Singapore791 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    great excursion
    A fantastic place and not hard to get to. I took an Auto from Borivali station which cost 23 rupees. I spent more than two hours exploring the caves (there are more than 100, some are magnificent, while some are small and plain). Not many food or beverage options inside, so take some supplies. Now here is some useful information. First you pay the entrance fee for Sanjay Ghandi National Park (85 rupees for foreigners, ignore the camera charge). The rickety bus to the caves costs 10 rupees (my return journey was in a share taxi at 50 rupees). The caves come under ASI so there is another entrance charge: 300 rupees. But so well worth while!
    Visited October 2023
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Raminder Nagpal
    Patiala, India258 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Essential information about the Kanheri Caves
    Required essential nformation for the trip There's a huge rush in the weekends. Try to go on working days. Monday is Closed. Ticket Counter opens at 8 am. Outside vehicles are not allowed. Cabs are available inside, the charges he was quoting 1650 for AC cab and 1150 for Non AC. Cab stays with you for two hours and takes you to Kanheri Caves where he waits for one hour so that you can explore the area and then come back. If you want to take a boat ride or take jungle safari, he will drop you there and not wait. Cycles on rent are also available inside the park and also outside, opposite the park there is a shop for cycles on rent. A bus is also available which has nominal charges. Take your own snacks. Take a cap with sunshade. Start as early as possible, as the rush keeps on increasing as the day passes. Ticket window closes at 11 am on Saturday. Avoid weekends. If you want to explore on a cab, the minimum time required is three hours.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 December 2023
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Maresa G
Port Elizabeth, South Africa991 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was a well-worth it 5 hour trip away from the hustle and bustle of polluted, noisy Mumbai central, when we had some time to spare while waiting for a late night flight out to Hyderabad.
I was determined to use the local metro and train services since experiencing the daily gridlocked traffic while being in Mumbai for the past few days.
And we proved how cheaply one can actually travel here with the very reliable and efficient local transport services provided. Our hotel was fortunately situated close to the Airport Station metro, and for INR40 we went to the Andheri Station. From there we caught the local train for INR20 to Boliwari station.
From there we took a tuk tuk for INR60 to the entrance of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
Entrance fees at the gate is INR 64 each.
We opted to walk the 7km to the entrance to the caves, a long languid stroll in the heat, which took us about 1.5 hrs. It is a welcome relief to be away from the city traffic noise, and to just hear the occasional bird or the rustle of a deer or a few monkeys.
The city is still pretty close by, as one can still see buildings to the right of your pathway much of the walk towards the caves, and the air still hangs heavily with city pollution, but it is a mild breath of fresh(er) air here in the "lung of Mumbai".
The walk becomes slightly more uphill closer to the entrance to the caves, but not exceptionally steep.
The entrance fee to the caves is INR300 for foreigners.
These 3rd century Buddhist caves are quite a marvel as the over 100 caves are carved out of a single rock. There is also evidence of the earliest rain-water harvesting system they had going in that era.
There is a fair bit of climbing up and down stairs for a few hours, and one has a panaromic view of Mumbai's smoggy skyline once at the top.
We took the bus back down to the entrance (for INR20) which was fortunately full when we got to it, so we could leave fairly immediately.
We went back via local transport the same way we came.
A most pleasant day trip to "clear" the mind from daily Mumbai madness!!
Written 21 January 2020
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Sourabh D
Hyderabad, India94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Kanheri caves in Sanjay Gandhi National park is a hidden gem; within the city limits of Mumbai. Extraordinary vegetation and clean environment.
There are many activities (Lion/Tiger Safaris, Forest trails, Toy train etc etc.) that one could do here. However a day may not be enough if you want to do all. So prioritize.

One could take a car or rent a bike inside the entrance gate. There have been some recent rate hikes, but they all seem reasonable, looking at the improved upkeep and cleanliness of the place and also a lot of new infrastructure being put in.

1. Kanheri caves reside in midst of this vast forest. You need a separate ticket for this at nominal cost. The caves are much more cleaner now and securely locked up during off hours. There are new railings put in and a new complex coming up with public utilities and cafeteria etc.

2. It is wise to be there early to beat the sun and heat. Carry water a snacks along. Wear comfortable sports shoes and clothes.

3. It would be always a good idea to read up a bit about the caves and make a few notes before; like we did. This will make things easier to spot and one would not roam about aimlessly. Afterall there are 109 caves scattered over a wide area. The caves otherwise look the same, so its best to know the background and nuances a bit.

4. The caves are largely ‘Viharas” (Buddhist Monastery) and are stone cut, more than 2200 years old. The rocks are black basaltic.

5. Caves 1, 2, 3 (Chaitya hall with a large stupa, similar to Karla caves but smaller), 4 are notably the most talked about and interesting. So are 5 and 6 (Water cistern), 11 (Darbar hall), 34 (has an unfinished paining of Buddha on the ceiling), 41, 67, 81, 90. Cave 41 has a unique sculpture of Buddha with several small heads over the main head.

6. You will find inscriptions at various places in 3 different ancient scripts: Brahmi, Devanagari and Pahlavi.

7. Once you are done with the caves, don’t forget to climb on the topmost part of the caves to take a panoramic view of the forest and farther into the city, almost upto Powai. Beautiful sight.

8. On the way back, there is a small canteen for cold drinks and snacks. Further down you have fruit shops too. Beware of the monkeys who are all to eager to partake your food.

Highly recommended trek anytime of the year but mostly winter months or early morning in summers. Monsoons are also great if you are careful and avoid slippery tracks.
Written 10 February 2020
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abhuts
Mumbai, India123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Its a Heaven in the city. An uphill climb which takes you to the top most point of mumbai giving a spectacular view of the city high rise along with the forest. Sitting in the beautiful caves built centuries back still gives you a divine experience away from the mad rush of everyday city life. A trip atleast twice a month is a must to get fresh pure oxygen for the mind and soul.
Written 11 February 2020
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Deepak Mallyk
Bengaluru, India20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Located amidst thick forest, this place is a good picnic spot in Mumbai and a good place to spend your day (entire day). The caves are vast and portray the craftsmanship of those of made them. On reaching the top spot near the caves, you would be surprised to see the natural treasure Mumbai possesses. If you don't have a personal car, you can also take an Ola or Uber inside the forest to the caves. The local cars operating at the gate are not recommended and are expensive.
Written 8 February 2020
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Meg
118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
it is located in SGNP in Borivali. Easily accessible through Buses and Rickshaws. It is about 5-6 kms from the main gate and you can either take your own vehicle or local govt. bus. There about 107 clusters of caves of various sizes. They have different formats where some are plane square rooms with gates and then there are some with elaborate sculptures. Govt has tried to get the caves to be in best shape as much as it can. If you climb high enough , you'll get birds eye view of the city.
Written 24 February 2020
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Ashvin S
Pinner69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I visited by car. You enter from the gate of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and drive 6km inside to reach the caves. There is adequate parking inside. There are several caves and you have to climb steps to reach all the caves. Some of the caves have statues and there is one cave which contains two large statues of Budha. If you like historical sites then you will enjoy the visit.
I use a walking stick and I held the rails to climb the steps.
There is a small cafe which sells sodas and some snacks. Be careful of the monkeys who snatched my bag of crisps and soda as soon as I placed them on the table!
Written 11 February 2020
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ACharlotte19
Kailua-Kona, HI12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I loved going to see the Kanheri caves while I was in Mumbai. It's amazing to see the way that they carved the caves into the side of the cliffs. I decided to go on my own & do the biking trip, but I didn't get a ton of the history while I was there. I would recommend getting a tour guide to go with you, because it's clear this place is full of fascinating information!
Written 7 March 2020
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Aadhes
Colombo, Sri Lanka2,434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We went here on Invitation it is a nice place to visit in the evening. There are many caves there with statues and murals. All these have lots of history date back to hundreds of years. I am told that wild animals roam in the late evening.
Written 5 January 2020
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Raminder Nagpal
Patiala, India258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Required essential nformation for the trip
There's a huge rush in the weekends.
Try to go on working days. Monday is Closed.
Ticket Counter opens at 8 am. Outside vehicles are not allowed. Cabs are available inside, the charges he was quoting 1650 for AC cab and 1150 for Non AC. Cab stays with you for two hours and takes you to Kanheri Caves where he waits for one hour so that you can explore the area and then come back.
If you want to take a boat ride or take jungle safari, he will drop you there and not wait.
Cycles on rent are also available inside the park and also outside, opposite the park there is a shop for cycles on rent.
A bus is also available which has nominal charges.
Take your own snacks. Take a cap with sunshade. Start as early as possible, as the rush keeps on increasing as the day passes.
Ticket window closes at 11 am on Saturday. Avoid weekends.
If you want to explore on a cab, the minimum time required is three hours.
Written 30 December 2023
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AparnaSharma
Mumbai, India215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Despite having lived in Mumbai all my life, I had never ever visited Kanheri Caves. It took a few European friends of mine who were on their very first visit to India who got a strong recommendation for Kanheri Caves from a German tourist to have me explore the idea.
Nestled in Borivali East is a world that seems unexplored, untouched. Blanketed in green, enveloped on all sides by Mother Nature, these caves are perhaps the most untouched part of this crazy chaotic city of Mumbai.
You'll find it difficult to believe that we five were the ONLY tourists in this entire Kanheri zone.
These Buddhist caves are archaeological heritage monuments dating back to the period between 1st&10th century AD. A total of 110 caves including some that are inaccessible have the most aweinspiring carvings, frescoes & ancient paintings & engravings that one can ever imagine.
The access to these caves is from brilliantly maintained stairways that are as ancient as the caves themselves. The acoustics of some of the caves are phenomenal with perfect echoing that lends a mystic aura to the site.
One of the security guards offered to share his knowledge about the caves, precious information on their history, especially the different mudras of the Buddhist statues & the various components of the sculptures.
Make it a point to visit the topmost point which is a table-top part of the hillock.
Impossible to believe that such a serene verdant slice of land is a part of the cacophonic city of Mumbai.
Written 30 December 2021
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