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Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 600066, India
entry fee
per person for Indian citizens
per person for foreign citizens
All days of the week
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
visit duration
1 to 2 hours

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The caves are located deep inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Bus transport is available every hour. Visitors must pay entry fees at the park gate and at the cave entrance. Do travel safely and enjoy your time here!

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Kanheri Caves are situated inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Here, one can see Buddhist carvings all around which are mostly formed out of Black Basaltic rock. The Kanheri Caves demonstrate the Buddhist influence on the art and culture of India. Kanheri comes from the Sanskrit Krishnagiri, which means black mountain.

The excavations at Kanheri are of three types - chaityagrhas, the place of worship of the Buddhist community; viharas or monasteries where the Buddhist monks resided; pods or water cisterns, which were excavated ingeniously to trap the rain water and store them for use during summer periods and rock-cut benches and seats.

Cave 1 is an unfinished chaityagrha, originally planned to have a double-storeyed verandah and a porch, apart from the pillared hall. The cave is dated to 5th – 6th centuries A.D. as the pillars with a compressed cushion or amalaka top appears generally during this period. Cave 11 which is also known as ‘Darbar Hall’ consists of a huge hall with a front verandah. The hall has a shrine on its back wall and cells on two sides. The floor of the hall two low stone benches resembling Cave 5 of Ellora. The sculptural art here can be seen in Caves like 2, 3, 41, 67, 89, 90, etc. The image of Buddha is generally shown either standing or in a seated posture.

The Buddhist establishment at Kanheri has an interesting evidence in the form of small structural stupas built on the floor of some of the caves. Such stupas were noticed in Caves 33 and 38. Another notable feature is the presence of a cemetery located on an isolated and secluded terrace. Here both stone built and brick structural stupas are found erected on the charred remains of distinguished monks.

In present times, the hilly terrain of the caves creates several large and small waterfalls which attract a large number of tourists the year around. Kanheri caves offer picnickers a getaway, especially during the rainy season. The road from the entry point of Sanjay Gandhi National Park to Kanheri caves is bisected by streams where families can enjoy lazy weekends

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Mujtaba Zaidi
Mujtaba Zaidi
better than elephanta caves
Jul 01 2014
Kanheri Caves are much better than Elephanta Caves. If you are just in Mumbai and would like to see some rock carvings, Kanheri is the place to go. However once you get there, worth the walk! It is an amazing archelogical location.
Nikunj Shamra
Nikunj Shamra
Great Place in Mansoon !
Jun 22 2014
it is one of the attraction in Mumbai . It is located inside sanjay gandhi national Park in Borivali West. Right time is During Manson . It gives a small trek to reach cave . There is also entry ticket into the park.