Rock-cut caves of Maharashtra (Elephanta, Karla, Pala)

The epitome of rock-cut architecture of Maharashtra is represented by the caves of Ellora and Ajanta, of course, but I haven’t been fortunate to visit these places yet. However, I’ve been lucky enough to explore some other caves around Maharashtra – Elephanta, Karla and Pala just to name a few.

The Caves of Elephanta
I’ve been to the Elephanta Island countless times. I wouldn’t say it’s one of those places I feel like going back to again and again, but… Firstly, I like the ferry ride, with bright sunlight sparkling in the sea waves, squawking seagulls and happy faces of people anticipating an adventure. Secondly, it’s a pleasant journey for the kids – they love the ferry too, and the toytrain, and the monkeys, and the mystery of the caves. And thirdly, it’s a nice place to take your guests to – whenever anyone visits us in Mumbai, we take them to the Elephanta Island. This way our visitors are kept entertained the whole day πŸ™‚ Usually they like this experience a lot. So here is my Elephanta in photos.

The ferry

The ferry

... and the seagulls

… and the seagulls

... and the toy train

… and the toy train

... and the monkeys

… and the monkeys

... and some more monkeys

… and some more monkeys

The entrance to the caves

The entrance to the caves

The caves of Elephanta

The caves of Elephanta

The caves of Elephanta

The caves of Elephanta

The caves of Elephanta

The caves of Elephanta

The caves of Elephanta

The caves of Elephanta

The caves of Elephanta

The caves of Elephanta

Karla Caves

We selectedΒ  this place when I decided my mom a bit of India outside Mumbai. To say she was impressed would be an understatement – the whole trip was a big success πŸ™‚ It took me time to enter the caves – I was completely captivated by the outside facade with its interesting stonework, but when I finally made my way into the prayer hall, it was nothing like what I’d expect. Β  As I’ve already mentioned before, I’m not religious, but if I were, this would be the place I would come with my prayers to.

At the entrance

At the entrance

The facade

The facade

The facade

The facade

The facade

The facade

Karla Caves, the Prayer hall

Karla Caves, the Prayer hall

Karla Caves, the Prayer hall

Karla Caves, the Prayer hall

Karla Caves, the Prayer hall

Karla Caves, the Prayer hall

Pala Caves

We discovered this place by chance when coming back from Mahabaleshwar, and of course my wanderlust wouldn’t let me leave it unexplored. The grand stairway was extremely inviting, the views – breathtaking, the rain – almost stopped, so why not? πŸ™‚ The place was tranquil and beautiful – no wonder the ancient Buddhists chose it for living their simple lives, meditating and sending us their messages carved in stone through the centuries. Who knows, perhaps they even enjoyed the very same views I’m so grateful to the monsoons for.

A stairway to remember

A stairway to remember

What fairy tale does it lead to?

What fairy tale does it lead to?

Let's go!

Let’s go!

The caves

The caves

The caves

The caves

Waterfalls ...

... and wells

… and wells

Inside the chambers

Inside the chambers

Inside

Inside

The views

The views

A message through the centuries

A message through the centuries

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13 thoughts on “Rock-cut caves of Maharashtra (Elephanta, Karla, Pala)

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  2. As i always says anna the clicks are cool & again i fall in love with this place great place i havent seen before wonderful & speechless architecure, the grennery beside the caves was awesome … Excited to for the ferry too.

    Anna thank you so much for sharing such a marvelous destination…..!!!!!!!
    Hoping for more to explore.

  3. Yup… Anna will definetly share the amazing experinec will had at elephanta carla pala. And the credit will goes to you for sharing a faboulus destination with off-course your clicks…:)

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