Kondana Caves


Kondana Caves, also known as Kondivade Buddhist Caves, are a group of ancient Buddhist rock-cut caves located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. These caves are believed to date back to the 1st century BCE and are situated amidst lush green surroundings in the Sahyadri mountain range.

Kondana Caves HISTORY & Architecture

The exact history of Kondana Caves is not well-documented, but they are believed to have been excavated during the reign of the Satavahana dynasty, which ruled over parts of central and southern India from around the 1st century BCE to the 3rd century CE. These caves served as monastic retreats for Buddhist monks and were likely used for meditation and religious practices.

Kondana Caves consist of a group of 16 rock-cut caves carved out of a single hill. The architecture of these caves is relatively simple compared to other famous cave complexes like Ajanta and Ellora. The caves feature small prayer halls and cells, some adorned with simple sculptures and inscriptions related to Buddhism.

Facts about Kondana Caves

  • Kondana Caves are lesser-known compared to other cave complexes in Maharashtra but offer a serene and tranquil atmosphere for visitors.
  • The caves are located in close proximity to the popular tourist destination of Karla Caves, which are larger and more elaborately carved.
  • Due to their secluded location amidst nature, Kondana Caves are popular among trekkers and nature enthusiasts.

Things to Do at Kondana Caves

  • Explore the rock-cut caves and admire the ancient architecture.
  • Enjoy a trek through the scenic surroundings to reach the caves.
  • Take photographs of the picturesque landscape and panoramic views from the caves.
  • Experience the tranquility and serenity of the natural surroundings.

Best time to visit Kondana Caves

The best time to visit Kondana Caves is during the winter months, from October to February, when the weather is pleasant and ideal for trekking.

It’s advisable to avoid visiting during the monsoon season (June to September) due to heavy rainfall, which can make the trekking trail slippery and unsafe.

HOW TO REACH Kondana Caves


Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport is around 83 km away from Kondana Caves.


Karjat Railway station is the nearest railway station, which is 14 kms from Kondana Caves.


The nearest major town is Karjat. Visitors can reach by train from Mumbai or Pune.


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