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About Kanheri Caves

To north of Borivali, inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park the ancient Kanheri Caves, which were formed between 1st Century BC and 9th Century AD. They get their name from the Sanskrit word, 'Krishnagiri' meaning black in color, which makes sense since the caves have chiselled out of basalt rocks and are extremely deep and dark. Their link to the Buddhist religion is evident since most of the caves were named as Buddhist Viharas in the olden time and used for living, studying and meditating purposes. Primarily divided into three caves, two of them- cave number 2 and 3 have a Stupa, and two Buddhist statues at the entrance respectively. These abandoned caves were also used as universities during Kushanas and Maurayas rule in the region. It is interesting to see more than 100 inscriptions on the caves in different dialects including Pallavi, Brahmi, Devanagari and Sanskrit. As you move ahead, you will find canals, waters systems and cisterns that would have been used to collect rainwater in tanks and channelise the water system of the universities or viharas.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 3 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Entry Fee Local Tourist Adult : INR 5 Foreign Tourist Adult : INR 100
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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