Karla Caves In Lonavala

Karla Caves in Lonavala, Maharashtra

Stroll along the shores of the mesmerising Karla Caves
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About Karla Caves in Lonavala

Karla Caves, also known as Karli Caves, Karla Cells or Karle Caves, are found near Lonavala in Maharashtra. Karla Caves are a group or complex of Buddhist Indian rock-cut caves which were discovered during an ancient time. These caves are located at a close proximity to Lonavala, at Karla which is only 10.9 kms from here. The shrines present at the caves were discovered during a period of time - from 2nd century BCE to the 5th century CE. The oldest cave shrine in Karla caves is believed to be discovered during the 160th BCE. It is also one of the most popular shrines because it arose adjacent to a significant trade route. Some of the other famous caves in Lonavala include Bhaja Caves, Patan Buddhist Cave, Bedse Caves and Nasik Caves.

About Karla Caves

A particular group of caves at Karla is believed to be one of the smaller and older of the other rock-cut caves found in Maharashtra. However, it is believed that due to “Grand Chaitya” the caves are more famous. Grand Chaitya is famous as the largest and preserved chaitya hall during the 5th century BCE. During the construction of Karla Caves, many prominent traders and Satavahana kings made significant contribution by offering the grants needed for the same. One of the most interesting facts about the caves is its location. Karla Buddha Caves are located at Karli which is the border between North and South India.

When the Buddhists became familiar about trade and commerce, they tended to situate these caves or monastic complexes near ideal geographic location which is also closer to the important trade routes. This is how trade flourished through Karla caves in Maharashtra. At present, the complex of the cave complex comes under the authority of Archaeological Survey of India.

Architecture of Karla Caves

Karla Caves constitute of 16 rocks-cut excavations, out of which eight caves are the Chaitya Grihas. These Caves are grand in structure and bear one of the most magnificent and largest Chaitya Grihas in India. The largest cave among the other Karla caves is 37.87 m deep from front door to its rear, 13.87 m in width and 14.02 in height. A number of marvelous rock-cut columns with embellishments adorn this cave while the intricate carvings add a dash of culture to it. Just behind the alley, you will find several columns which further form a semi-circular ceiling. This is also the prime object of worship here.

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    You can reach Karla caves from Lonavala as it is the nearest railway station to go to Karla Caves by public transport. From Lonavala railway station, take a local bus or hire an auto to directly reach Karla.

    There are a total of 350 steps in Karla Caves. You have to climb these steps to reach the Karla caves from the starting point of the hill. Halfway trip comprises of only 200 steps.

    Karla Caves were built during a period of time - from 2nd century BCE to the 5th century CE. Karla caves date back to the rock-cut caves of Buddhist origin which are located in Lonavala, Maharashtra.

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