Situated in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali East is one of those attractions in Mumbai every tourist in the metropolitan swears by. The caves are believed to be one of the oldest caves in the history of the country, dating back to as far as 1st century BC. The Kanheri Caves is famous for its 109 entrances, and ancient Indian architecture.
The caves were carved out of natural basalt, which gives it a unique texture. The place is known as the “lungs of Mumbai” because of the greenery all around and is counted among major Mumbai tourist places. “Kanheri” originates from “Krishnagiri”, which is Sanskrit. Every cave is adorned with a “splinth”; a rock bed.
The caves were Buddhist shrines because it used to be a Buddhist settlement in the third century. The Kanheri Caves are an ideal spot for a picnic as well, as there are much greenery and an array of natural streams around the caves that make it a pleasant place for the public.
Location: Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: October-March
Entry fee: INR 5 (Indians), INR 100 (foreigners)
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 39 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central