Kanheri Caves, Maharashtra

There are over 100 Buddhist caves in the very near proximity of the famous Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali in the mighty Indian city of Mumbai in Maharashtra known as Kanheri Caves. Kanheri means “black Mountain”. It got its nomenclature from the ancient name of the place Krishnagiri by which Kanheri used to be known as previously as Krishna means Black and giri translates into Mountain. The Kanheri caves hold a significant distinction of having the highest number of cave excavations from that of a particular hill.

The majority of these caves do not have any decorations and are generally meant for studying and meditating. Kanheri caves literally thrived for more than a millennium due to its nearness to the ancient port towns of Kalyan, Thane, Sopara and Bassein. Although the lion’s share of these caves are devoid of any name, however, inscriptions with that of definite king’s and donor’s names have helped in the identification process of the same a lot. The entrance to the Kanheri caves is another 5 kilometres from the entrance point of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. One can easily take a vehicle, cycle or even walk the distance if he wishes so in order to get to the caves. These caves remain closed on Mondays.

The Kanheri caves allure a lot of tourists and travelers from all over India as well as abroad predominantly owing to its great historical significance. There are as many as 109 special entrances to the cave for which indeed makes these caves even more special.

Timings

The Mumbai Kanheri Caves open at 07:30 AM to 05:00 PM - (Mondays Closed)

Entry Fees

15 INR for Indians and 200 INR for Others

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