1st century BC caves | Intricate carvings of Buddhist architecture | Places To Visit Near Mumbai
I enjoy going on short trips during weekends near Mumbai, exploring hidden gems and seeing offbeat places. Today I’m sharing one of my best trips that I did along with my family. We recently went for a trip to Kondana Caves at Karjat which took us 1.5hr to reach there as it is 60km from Mumbai.
These caves date back to the 1st century BC and are decently maintained. There are many things that you can enjoy at Kondana caves. The caves are 33 kilometres aways from Lonavala and about 15 kilometres from Karjat.
How to reach at Kondana Caves
How to reach at Kondana Caves by car
Drive all the way to Karjat and take right from after Shreeram Pul, then continue to Kondana village
How to reach at Kondana Caves by train
17613 Panvel Ned Express is the fastest train to Karjat station, from there you can take auto which will take you to Kondana Village
How to reach at Kondana Caves by bus
First bus from Mumbai to karjat starts from 6am which takes roughly 2hrs to reach Karjat and per head costs is Rs 500 depending on which bus you take.
How much is entry ticket at Kondana Caves
Please Note there is no entry fee at Kondana Caves, its free.
Things to do at Kondana Caves
There are 3 rivers crossings, each has beautiful view and while trekking there are 3-4 maggi points which serves delicious maggi to energize you. They also stock chai, dry snacks, fresh corn on cob, poha etc. Trek is of medium level so anybody can go including kids. At the start of the trek is a beautiful lake, an idyllic setting to unwind and enjoy amidst nature.
There are 3 waterfalls along the way. Don’t miss the second waterfall, it’s a massive one with cascading falls culminating into one and leading to a stream. At this waterfall, you can swim, enjoy a natural spa at the falling water forms a natural jacuzzi. Yes, its true.
However, the best waterfall is one right at the top, at the Kondana caves. The waterfall here flows from above the caves making a magnificent view.
Tip: Don’t miss to click some pics here, while standing behind the falls.
There are 8+ Buddhist caves at Kondana, trek guide will help you explore all the caves and you will hear many interesting stories. The caves are decently maintained. 3 of these caves can be explored easily without any assistance from guide.
Things to avoid for Konadana Caves trek
Avoid wearing crocs/floats, uncomfortable clothes like saree and do not wear jewellary
Don’t take elderly with you
No smoking or consumption of Alcohol
Tip: Start your journey by 1pm at Kondana as its less crowded in second half vs going early morning. Please note that cave closes at 6pm
Famous and easily available food to eat at Konadana Caves trek
Corn on cob
Other Caves to visit
1 Mandapeshwar Caves, near Mount Poinsur in Borivali
2 Elephanta Buddhist Cave
3 Kanheri Cave, Sanjay Gandhi National Park
4 Jogeshwari Caves
5 Buddha bone relics, Global Pagoda Road, Essel world Amusement Park, Gorai
6 Gandharpale Buddhist Caves – 30 Buddhist caves, 105 km south of Mumbai on Mumbai-Goa
7 Karla Caves, Lonavala
Enjoy your 1 day short trip at Kondana caves and I hope you explore many places on the go. Do write to us in the comment about your experience. There are many trek guides at the entry point of the caves, near the parking lot. They are very friendly and can guide you.
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Great Post! I have always wanted to visit ancient caves in India and this post might be the right guide for Kondana Caves.
Thank you, I am glad to head. I hope our hadny tips helps you plan the best day trip to Kondana