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Karla Caves

Address: Karli, Lonavala, India
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Ranked #9 of 40 Attractions in Lonavala
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
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Gurgaon, India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Karla Caves is an ancient archaeological gem, though not as important as Ajanta and Ellora caves. However, its importance has been degraded by allowing scores of vendors to sell cheap merchandise along the steps to the caves. I don't know when Ekvira temple was built to block the view of the cave entrance. I know devotees will be deeply offended... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Dont self-drive up - believe or not there is often traffic jam on steep incline due to parking. We took an auto who charged 250 bucks for round trip from the base of hill. Another 300 steps! climb from where auto drops. However nothing mch attractive on reaching top. You may skip - crowd also not good.

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Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I rate the caves a 4 but the journey to the caves (and back) would earn only a 2. We had a tough time traversing the distance upto the caves - thanks to plenty of idiotic drivers who proved that money can buy a big car but not enough brains to do the right thing. A narrow road leads upto... More 

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Mumbai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Excellent Old Buddhist Caves - make you really marvel at how these caves were carved out of the hills so many years back without any of the modern implements & tools. It is so well designed that our modern architects can learn lessons from it. Unfortunately, like all other monuments in India, even these are not very well maintained &... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Cut around 6th century, these caves on the rocks depicting Buddhist culture is really a wonder. The Chaitya. Griha is the best and a must be seen wonder. This is a huge a dap carved inside the rock to such precision, with huge pillars, series of wooden semi circular pieces in the ceiling and with beautiful images carved on the... More 

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Surat, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

A temple has been made there and people offer animals to god and this slaughtering of animals is beyond imagination near Buddhist monument.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Make sure your camera is fully charged...you will want to take lots of pics. Ancient caves that will amaze you. Also wear walking shoes; it's a hike to get to the caves.

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Delhi, Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The pics of cave looks amazing, but, in actual, there is nothing much to be delighted. It could have been amazing, but, poor maintenance made it just ok.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

These caves require you to climb the steep staircases. This also houses a temple of goddess Ekaveera. The carvings in the caves date back to 2nd century BC. Most of the areas are fenced unlike Bhajra Caves. The beauty of the place is the wooden ceiling enforcements, which are intact even today

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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Nice place for half a day trip from Mumbai or Pune. Drive road is good but there is lots of traffic due to the adjacent temple at the hilltop and approach road is bit narrow. Parking is available but bit troublesome during holidays. It's advisable to carry some food. Artworks inside require real restoration. Good view of some ancient Buddhist... More 

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