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“Monsoon magic with loads of fun and history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kondana Caves

Kondana Caves
Karjat | Near Kondivade Village, Raigad, India
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Ranked #1 of 31 Attractions in Raigad
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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“Monsoon magic with loads of fun and history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Kondana Caves situated in Karjat offers the ancient lifestyle of Buddhist followers. Ancient rock-cut caves, Kondana Caves are very famous Buddhist caves. These caves enclose sculptures, vihara, cahitya and stupa. Sculptures and stupas are specimens of the ancient period Buddhist architecture. There was a natural disaster in the form of an earth quake in early 1900 by which many stupas, front entrance and floor of the caves were damaged. These ancient caves attract lots of tourists and Buddhist devotees all through the year

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“Breathe in nature..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

So like every mumbaikar (I think having stayed here for 7 yrs, I can claim to be one) with the onset of the monsoons we started our research on places to visit around Mumbai in the rains.. We wanted a new place.. Search filters- no crowded commercialized glorified treks.. And then we came across Kondana caves.. U have adventure groups organizing group activities at the location like waterfall rappelling (visit mumbaihikers.org for more info on that) but we decided to go our way.. a good decision at some level for us as we were looking more at trekking than guided adventure sports and this is how we went about it..
Depart for Karjat from Mumbai (6 am) by private vehicle.. Take the old Mumbai-pune highway and take the cut for Karjat (our driver misguided us saying that the route was via the Mumbai-Nasik highway which should be STRICTLY AVOIDED).. once at Karjat head towards Kondhane village (stop and ask for directions on ur way coz the route is a little tricky).. That is the base village for the trek.. You could alternately take a train to Karjat Station and then an auto (but they tend to overcharge and honestly the roads- well thr aren’t roads arnd there).. So after parking our car at the village we started our trek.. After buying tickets for the caves we started our ascend.. u will cross three small streams on ur way to the top.. The third stream has a huge waterfall which has a strong current and is worth taking a detour.. After spending a good thirty mins around there we continued our ascend to the caves.. The moment u see the caves the only thing that comes to ur mind is wowwww… (not a very strong current) waterfall curtains the caves.. We stood under the fall (make sure u look up coz its beautifulllllllll), and behind the falls while touring the caves.. They are a heritage site but their beauty gets overshadowed with all the rain, greenery and waterfalls around.. We started our descend after having some fresh corn and cutting chai.. The descend is obviously faster but the water in the streams we had crossed while going up had definitely gained force while descending.. The trek is muddy but relatively easy as we saw ppl pf all age groups around.. I loved my day coz it was all about breathing in the purity of the monsoons which u definitely don’t in the hustle bustle of the Mumbai life..

Things u should not forget: Food (we carried vada paos- they are convenient to carry, filling and go best with cutting chai, chips and biscuits); water (purchase from base village or carry from home), change of clothes (u dnt want to be stuck in wet clothes on ur way back, u might catch a cold :)), windcheaters (avoid umbrellas coz u will need ur hands to be free to hold rocks and trees while walking on slippery ground), floaters or sneakers (choose smthg u are comfortable in and has a grip, u cud alternately wer one and carry the other).. avoid wearing jewellery (rings, chains,dangling earrings coz ur going on a trek not a party)..

There is just one washroom at the base village (try to finish off evrythg u want to once u reach karjat coz its going to be a long day ahead..on ur way thr are 1-2 resorts though u cud change n freshen up thr too)

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“WOW”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

This is a national heritage site. You can get the history in any of the google search.
Trekkers from Rajmachi to Karjat can visit this enroute after alighting around 2 montains. Those from Karjat would take 35-40 min from village Kondhane ( trek route only ). Recommended visit in peak monsoon season to get the best glimpse of waterfalls ( around 3 big ones ) over the caves.
There is nothing much to see inside the caves , however the surroundings will leave you spell bound.

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