Caves, Temples and Inscriptions, Karla

Karla Caves is a heritage complex situated in the Maval area on the Mumbai-Pune Highway. There are 15 caves and a monastery in this rock-cut complex, believed to be carved by the Buddhist followers. The caves are an architectural, sculptural, and historical wonder. Though the complex is not as sprawling as Ajanta and Ellora caves, its chaityagriha in cave number 8 is the largest in India. The cave has 37 octagonal pillars and several sculptures grace this hall that is 37.87 metre long, 13.87 metre wide and 14.02 metre high. The facade is made of teak wood while the path to the hall is adorned by an arch cut in the shape of a horseshoe. There are several sculptures of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas carved in the verandah as well as a shrine of Goddess Ekvira. The caves also have large windows carved-out on the walls for daylight to come in. The complex was built with the help of donations from wealthy families, merchant guilds, monks and nuns, and individuals. The inscriptions in Brahmi script and Prakrit language on the pillars name a few donors, including 27 individuals from places like Sopara, Vejamti (Banavasi), and unidentified towns of Umehanakata and Dhenukakata.

About Caves, Temples and Inscriptions, Karla

Karla Caves is a heritage complex situated in the Maval area on the Mumbai-Pune Highway. There are 15 caves and a monastery in this rock-cut complex, believed to be carved by the Buddhist followers. The caves are an architectural, sculptural, and historical wonder. Though the complex is not as sprawling as Ajanta and Ellora caves, its chaityagriha in cave number 8 is the largest in India. The cave has 37 octagonal pillars and several sculptures grace this hall that is 37.87 metre long, 13.87 metre wide and 14.02 metre high. The facade is made of teak wood while the path to the hall is adorned by an arch cut in the shape of a horseshoe. There are several sculptures of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas carved in the verandah as well as a shrine of Goddess Ekvira. The caves also have large windows carved-out on the walls for daylight to come in. The complex was built with the help of donations from wealthy families, merchant guilds, monks and nuns, and individuals. The inscriptions in Brahmi script and Prakrit language on the pillars name a few donors, including 27 individuals from places like Sopara, Vejamti (Banavasi), and unidentified towns of Umehanakata and Dhenukakata.

Monument Information

Address

Karla, Lonavala, Pune, Maharashtra 410405

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Pune Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Khandala
  • Nearest Bus Station : Maharashtra State Transport Bus Stand

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 06:00:00 am
  • Closing Time :06:00:00 pm

Weather

  • Monsoon : Maximum: 28.4°C Minimum: 22.2°C

    Summer : Maximum: 37.7°C Minimum: 19.9°C

    Winter : Maximum: 28.9°C Minimum: 11.5°C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Monsoon and Winter season (June to January)

Facilities available At the Monument

  • Food

Contact Details

  • Shri B. G. Yelikar
  • Phone: 8888527881
  • E-mail: circlemum.asi@gmail.com

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
INDIAN Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
FOREIGNER Visitor:
Total ₹ 300
₹ 300 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
SAARC Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
BIMSTEC Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax