Kanheri Caves

Ancient temples, hewn from rock, with Buddhist shrines, paintings of Buddha and 109 entrances.

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Kanheri Caves - Cave in Powai, India

Rock hewn temples with Buddhist shrines

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Mumbai, Maharashtra 400101, India

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  • 5Sushmita S. 11 months ago
    Calm and peaceful caves situated deep inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. You can take your private vehicle here. BEST Bus No. 188 also operates from Borivali Station (East) to Kanheri Caves on weekends and public holidays. On other days, there are shared cabs inside the National Park main entrance that will drop you at Kanheri Caves.

  • 5Asiya K. 10 months ago
    (Translated by Google) Plasemumbaiphoto shop (Original) Plasemumbaiphoto shop

  • 5Jagdish P. 10 months ago
    amazing historic place

  • 5Gourav S. 1 year ago
    K̲a̲n̲h̲e̲r̲i̲ ̲C̲a̲v̲e̲s̲ are a group of rock-cut monuments located inside Sanjay Gandhi National Park (also known as Borivali National Park) The name originates from the Sanskrit word Krishnagiri, which means black mountain.There are 109 caves in this group of structures. Most of the caves are used as the Buddhist viharas, meant for living, studying, and meditating. This is Cave No.1 which is a vihara, a Buddhist monastery.

  • 5Rohan K. 10 months ago

  • 5Jelena P. 10 months ago
    A breathtaking place and amazing nature!

  • 5Simranjit K. 1 year ago

  • 5Raj P. 11 months ago
    Kanheri caves located in sanjay gandhi national park in Borivali,There are more than 100 caves, most of these caves are simple single or multiple cell, devoid of any decorations and meant for simple living, studying and meditation. Inside the caves, there is a large "Vihara" (Prayer hall) and stupas, buddhist painting and carving on them. There are more than 30 unfinished paintings of Buddha. Entrance to the caves is 5km inside the national park, the kanheri caves are located at a height so you can either take a shuttle or Treak a bit to reach the caves. The place offers excellent opportunities for photography, also if you want to explore the natural beauty surrounding the caves. The best time to visit kanheri caves is November to March, the weather is cool and dry, you can easily hike the whole distance. The caves are open between 7.30am to 5pm every day & closed on monday.

  • 5Varsha G. 11 months ago
    ?+nice place

  • 5Bk k. 11 months ago
    Super... ??

  • 5Mohd A. 10 months ago
    Really so amazing place for peaceful and loving nature memories

  • 5Afla T. 11 months ago
    Nice site

  • 5Sajid D. 1 year ago
    This place is very peaceful. all caves are perfectly maintained and cleaned. entry fee is ₹50/-. buses are frequently available at main gate of national park which drop at entry point of gate. You can also rent bicycle to reach caves. one thing to know that beware of animals. and maintain cleanliness of the premises.

  • 5Shravan P. 1 year ago
    Love the View from the top of Kanheri caves

  • 5Jobin M. 1 year ago
    Mumbai people call this trekking

  • 5Pandit Ajay Kumar J. 1 year ago
    Kanheri Caves situated within The Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali (East), Mumbai is a Archeological Complex of Some 160 Rock Cut Caves! The caves are carved from Basalt Rocks and date from The 1st Century BCE to 10th Century CE! Visitors can view the magnificent velics of Buddha Ande The Bodhisattvas and walked along the pillared corridors of The Prayer Halls chiseled cut in the rocky outcrop! There is also an Ancient Water Storage and Management System for hermits who used to live in the caves, which is worth studying and emulating in modern times!

  • 5shambhavi g. 1 year ago
    (Translated by Google) The Kanheri Caves, set amidst the dense forests of Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai, is an important site. Many tourists including both domestic and foreign visitors come here to have a glimpse of the unique examples of Indian craftsmanship and the glorious history of Bharatbhumi.    These caves, situated in the midst of India's largest city of Mumbai in terms of population, were built to live and propagate the teachings of Buddhism to Buddhist monks amidst a calm and lush green environment. A total of 110 caves are located here, 3, 11, 34, 41, 67, 87 and 90 are important to see. Apart from those caves, the remains of stupas, hill-cut steps, and cisterns can also be seen here. (Original) मुंबई स्थित संजय गाँधी नेशनल पार्क के घने जंगलों के बीच स्थापित कान्हेरी गुफाएं एक महत्वपूर्ण स्थल है। अनेकों पर्यटक जिनमें देशी और विदेशी दोनों ही शामिल हैं भारतीय शिल्पकला के अनूठे उदाहरणों और भारतभूमि के गौरवशाली इतिहास की एक झलक देखने यहाँ आते हैं। जनसँख्या की दृष्टि से भारत के सबसे बड़े नगर मुंबई के बीच स्थित ये गुफाएँ एक शांत और हरे भरे प्राकृतिक वातावरण के बीच बौद्ध भिक्षुयों के रहने और बौद्ध धर्म की शिक्षाओं का प्रसार प्रचार करने हेतु बनाई गईं थीं। यहाँ कुल 110 गुफाएं स्थित हैं जिनमें 3, 11, 34, 41, 67, 87 और 90 देखने हेतु महत्वपूर्ण हैं। उन गुफाओं के अलावा यहाँ स्तूपों के अवशेष, पहाड़ काटकर बनाई गई सीढ़ियां, और जलकुंड भी देखे जा सकते हैं।

  • 5Samridhi B. 1 year ago
    Lovely place with nice view and very well maintained

  • 5Aakash T. 1 year ago
    The Kanheri Caves (Kānherī-guhāḥ) are a group of caves and rock-cut monuments cut into a massive  basalt outcrop in the forests of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, on the former island of Salsette in the western outskirts of Mumbai, India. They contain Buddhist sculptures and relief carvings, paintings and inscriptions, dating from the 1st century CE to the 10th century CE. Kanheri comes from the Sanskrit Krishnagiri, which means black mountain.

  • 5T. 1 year ago
    Ancient holy place, lots of info of Indian history.

  • 5Vijay A. 9 months ago

  • 5Mamta S. 9 months ago
    Very nice places. It is an antique structure.

  • 5Kaustubh G. 1 year ago
    Historic Buddhist Places..! We went on Monday, there are many beautiful caves, the government has provided cleanliness and convenience well, we thank them wholeheartedly. Monday's Best Buses are also a great option for tourists.

  • 5Jagdish C. 1 year ago

  • 5tourism t. 1 year ago
    A wonderful Heritage in Mumbai. This largest Buddhist complex is a master piece in itself. Please know some basics of Buddhism before visiting this cave otherwise it's just stone everywhere and nothing else. Caves like 3, 16, 34, 42 are worth visiting for their cultural and architectural importance. Just experience this awesome place specially in rainy season, you can experience the 3000yrs old Rain water harvesting techniques live

  • 5Abhinandan V. 1 year ago
    Beautiful place full of peace ?♥️

  • 5deep s. 1 year ago
    Deeply nestled among the tranquil surroundings of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali in Mumbai, are more than 100 Buddhist caves popularly known as the Kanheri Caves. Kanheri, known as Krishnagiri or Kanhagiri in ancient inscription, literally means black mountain (Krishna means black and giri is mountain) and is mostly named after its black basaltic stone. Spanning from the 1st century BC to 11th century AD, an era that saw the rise and decline of Buddhism, these caves present an insight into its evolution and also have the distinction of having the largest number of cave excavations from a single hill. The earliest cave constructions coincide with the arrival of Buddhism in Anathara, Sopara. Most of these caves are simple single or multiple-cell viharas, or monasteries, devoid of any decorations and meant for simple living, studying and meditating. Chaityagraha serves the purpose of worship halls. Most of the decorative art can be seen in later excavations and, in some cases, as a later addition to the earlier caves. A colossal Buddha and Chaityagraha in Cave 3, a large Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva who represents compassion) in Cave 2, a painted ceiling in Cave 34 and an evolved water management system (indicated by the presence of water cisterns in almost every cave and huge water tanks) are a few of the highlights at the Kanheri Caves. Kanheri thrived for nearly a millennium owing to its proximity to the ancient port towns of Sopara (Nalasopara – known for its trading ties with Mesopotamia and Egypt, amongst others), Kalyan, Thane and Bassein (Vasai). Most of these caves have no date, but inscriptions with the mention of donors and specific king names have helped in their identification. Entrance to the caves is five kilometers farther inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park’s entrance. There is the option of driving one’s vehicle, walking, taking a bus ride or cycling up to the caves. The caves are closed on Mondays

  • 5Raj P. 1 year ago
    this place is very peaceful. all caves are perfectly maintained and cleaned. entry fee is ₹50/-. buses are frequently available at main gate of national park which drop at entry point of gate. You can also rent bicycle to reach caves. one thing to know that beware of animals. and maintain cleanliness of the premises.

  • 5Sourav B. 8 months ago
    Located in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, near Borivali in Mumbai, the Kanheri Caves in Mumbai are a group of rock - cut monuments in the form of caves. The caves and the paintings, themselves, illustrate the Buddhist influence on the Indian art and culture. The caves are famous for their 109 special entrances as well as for their ancient sculptures, carvings, paintings and inscriptions dating back to the 1st century to the 10th century that adorn their basalt formations. Standing in sharp contrast to the verdant greenery of the surrounding hills, Kanheri Caves can be accessed through a series of rock cut steps.

  • 5Bablu S. 8 months ago
    Wow awesome it's amazing place to visit

  • 5Jitendra S. 1 year ago
    It's a must place to visit in Mumbai

  • 50. 8 months ago
    Is it open now ?

  • 5Александр . 8 months ago
    (Translated by Google) A good place. Paid entrance saves you from homeless women, usual for India. This place is worth visiting. It is also better to go to him from Mumbai by metro (train), on the way you can look at a variety of slums. Going out at Borivali station, do not get fooled by tuk-tukers who will say that it is a long way to go to the park entrance. Walk 10-15 minutes on foot. (Original) Хорошее место. Платный вход спасает от обычной для Индии бомжачьки. Стоит посетить это место. Так же к нему из Мумбаи лучше поехать на метро (поезде), по дороге можно посмотреть на разнообразные трущебы. Выйдя на станции Боривали не ведитесь на тук-тукеров, которые будут говорить что ехать до входа в парк далеко. Пешком идти минут 10-15.

  • 5George B. 9 months ago
    Nice experince

  • 5Manoj R. 9 months ago

  • 5Anjali D. 9 months ago
    beautiful place

  • 5Geetanjali S. 9 months ago
    This is beautiful and scenic place. Just nominal fee to visit this caves. From top of the hill the view is really good. Some mountaning and enjoyment in water.its good in rainy season but risky as well. The way to go is slippery. In Rajiv Gandhi national park. Buddhist caves are there.

  • 4Vikas R. 1 year ago
    Great Architecture

  • 4Dipesh M. 10 months ago
    Kanheri caves are the group of caves located in forest of Sanjay Gandhi National park. The sculptures here are well carved and very beautiful. There are total 90-100 caves.

  • 4Amit J. 1 year ago
    Located inside sanjay gandhi national park kanheri caves are situated very near to borivali station , this place gives a relief from the hustle bustle of mumbai life. Ticket price is around 64 rupees for indian nationals and close to 300 or 400 bucks for foreigners. There is a bus service dedicated for the national park and kanheri caves. The price is 10 rupees per head. You can also hire a car for 1300 rupees or a scooty for 700 rupees for 2 hrs of ride. The caves are situated on some altitude and the steps are lil slippery so people with faint heart should not climb all they way up. The caves are real examples of human ingenuity.

  • 4Ashish J. 11 months ago
    It's a historical heritage and is very beautiful inside. The park is usually closed on every Monday. You'll find more than 100 caves, this place is situated in the lap of nature, all the caves there're more than 2400 years old. There twenty-four hundred years ago rituals, living habits and life are mentioned. In the weekend, you can come here with your family and also bring your car.

  • 4Sanchit A. 8 months ago
    Beautiful Buddhist caves in mountain. Total 118 caves are there in which some are in great condition. Shuttle service is also available for kanheri caves from main gate of National Park Or else you will take your Bike or cycles.

  • 4Mangesh P. 1 year ago
    Amazing craved caves with Buddhist structures and status. Beautiful nature and peaceful place for hiking in Monsoon. It's tourist attraction. People come here for photography, advertisement purpose. Also some students come for study.

  • 4Avinash M. 1 year ago
    Situated in Sanjay Gandhi National park... very well maintained...clean Buddhist caves... nice place to visit.. there are so many monkeys...

  • 4Swapnil D. 1 year ago
    This Kanheri caves are situated in Sanjay Gandhi National park. It is related to Buddha. Entry fee for Indians is nominal but for foreigners it is more than 100₹. Everything from snacks to drinking water is costlier than normal price. No one is allowed here to stay after 6 p.m. As it is covered with dense forest some wild animals are present. If you have your own vehicle you can enjoy every place here. Buddhist monks used to stay here in these caves.

  • 4Ali P. 1 year ago
    Surprisingly well maintained and clean. A small hit of culture and history within Mumbai, these ancient Buddhist caves have a temple and what seem to be living quarters cut into the rock on the mountainside. Surrounded by lush forest on all sides.

Last updated: 2020-08-22