Location and Getting There:
State : Maharashtra
Distance : 128 kms S from Mumbai
Location : In Raigad District , In the Lap of Sahyadris , Near Kolad
Journey Time : By road 3 Hrs from Mumbai.
Kuda caves are a part of 13 rock cut caves built up by the buddhist in between 1st and 6th century. Located in Janjeera hills, the caves are around 200 ft above sea level. Sculptures of two elephants at the entrance of cave and the elegantly carved idol of Buddha is the main attraction of Kuda caves.
Kuda caves, famous for Buddhist caves. These rock cut caves are classic example of Buddhist cave art and amazing for their architectural excellence. These caves have two levels and the individual blocks are smaller and are on the upper levels. The inscriptions on the caves are the preaching of Buddha and his disciples. The interiors of the caves are carved with stupas and a rock carved image of an elephant as the janitor is inscribed on the front gate of the caves. In Kuda caves, there are evidences to testify that monks used them as dwelling places. The inscriptions, letters & paintings in the Kuda hills shows that these caves are built in during first to sixth centuary B.C.
There are a total of 13 caves in Kuda. Within the first cave, the walls of which are covered by ancient writing, is a stupa. This cave is much larger than the others. The sixth cave towards the left also has a stupa in it. This is the cave whose walls are adorned by elephants outside. There many bats inhabiting these beautiful caves so you prefer to enjoy them from outside only!
When you stand with your back towards the cave, Kuda village with the Murud creek in the backdrop is a clearly visible. This is great site especially in monsoons and the view is absolutely most picturesque.