Karla CavesCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Karla, Lonavla, Pune, Maharashtra 410401, Lonavala, India
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +9102114-282230
- Ticket Price: 100 INR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Cave, View Point, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Architecture , Archaeological Site , Hill
Karla Caves - Review
One of the oldest reminisces of the Buddhist Empire; Karla caves enthral the visitors with its majestic appeal. You have to hike up to the caves and though it might seem tiresome, the reward is astonishing.
The entrance is shaped like a horseshoe and paves way for the huge structure that lies within. The base structure of the main cave Chaitya is shaped like a water jar and the charming facade is made up of wood. It has 37 pillars and presents excellent architecture which memorises the visitors.
The Karla Caves are protected by the Archaeological survey of India.
Karla Caves Information
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Carry water and snacks.
Karla Caves Ticket Prices
- Cameras have applied charges.
- Indian citizens- INR 5.
Karla Caves Opening and Closing Hours
- Best visited during morning hours to avoid the heat.
How To reach Karla Caves by Public Transport
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Things to Know Before Visiting Karla Caves
95% of people who visit Lonavala include Karla Caves in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
43.98% of people start their Karla Caves visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Karla Caves
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Karla Caves
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Karla Caves, Lonavala Reviews
Caves entrance closes at 5.30pm. You can visit Ekveera temple even after 5.30pm. Ancient caves can be seen and nice art work cut in rock area hill. Limited parking available at topside parking area. Then it takes 15/20 minutes of walk. One can even start walking from bottom of hill. Nice view in rainy season.
The place is good, however, I am warning anyone visiting here for parking issues. The road from down-hill is very narrow and people park all over the place making it impossible for one to drive up or down. The elevation is very steep so people who are very skilled with good car should only think about driving here. Parking down is fair but if you are visiting with family/kids, it will be a very very difficult climb specially with vehicles going past by on a narrow stretch. Please avoid it on weekends. My personal suggestion based on my visit with my family, please don't waste your time.
Karla Caves are around 40 km away from Lonavala. Although the remains show that the past must have been majestic, there is not much to see there. If you have good time, you can take a detour and visit the Carla caves. There are some Great caves with grand buildings and huge doors out there. You are allowed to use your camera freely. This place is also listed in the national heritage. There is a temple besides the caves and thus during some local festival you might not be able to get the parking space. There is a good 200 stairs climb right from the parking ground.
I wish, people the world over really understood the economic power of places like the Karla Buddhist Caves. Obviously this place has a large financial impact on the community living around it but with a little bit of careful planning and attention they could add world class amenities to truly turn this into a financial powerhouse. How about first class amenities at the top closely followed by decent and clean parking facilities? How about knowledgeable guides and more information and brochures about this place? It would add so much more to the experience. Now, as for the caves themselves, stunning... Just stunning. BE WARNED - it's steep, and you will sweat your way to the top. BE WARNED - You will NOT be allowed to use a tripod inside the caves no matter how nicely you beg. Remember your phone's flash is going to be of no use inside the cave so don't bother using it other than for close up photos and the ever present selfies. I really wish there was more information about how, when and who built this. In any event, if you are in the area, do go. It's worth it.
It is definitely a place worth of visit. Its majestic scale, beauty and proportion puts forth admirable example of the ancient Buddhist rock cut cave temple. Almost touching d cave is a sacred temple of Hindu Goddess 'Ekvira Devi'. Now there is a car road to almost 2/3rd of height, so the number of steps climb is reduced. On the climb of steps there are number of shops, stalls selling all types of necessities like tea, colddrinks, eatables etc.
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How many steps to go up on top of cavesAnswer Report Abuse
About 350-odd steps to reach the top of Karla Caves.Report Abuse