Thursday, November 25, 2010

PANHALEKAJI

kanchan athalye | Thursday, November 25, 2010 | Best Blogger Tips

Panhalekaji, the famous rock-cut caves are situated on the bank of the river Kotjai which further meets the Dabhol creek. These historical manmade caves are believed to be more than 1000 years old and are the great examples of ancient cultural and architecture. There are a total 29 rock cut-caves, both big and small spread along the river bank. You can find Buddhist as well as Hindu religious rock sculptures similar to Anjantha caves. There are sculptures of Ganesh, Saraswati and scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana on the walls.
The carvings in these rock-cut caves create a unique blend of history of that period and natural beauty. It may take couple of hours to see all these caves in detail. One can also relax in the shadow of Mango trees, enjoy a refreshing swim in the river or simply stop and admire the outstanding scenery that this area has to offer. You can also take a walk along the river bank to enjoy the flora and fauna on both sides.
 Jungle covered mountains lie on both sides of the river. There is also a fort called "Pranaldurg" at top of the mountain. Every visitor feels in harmony with the nature, which breathtakingly unfolds around the river. In this remote area you can see variety of birds flying around and you may also get chance to spot Asian river otters.

Visitors get transported to a different world when exploring the ancient architecture in these caves. You can enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness of the jungle and walk in the woodlands. Bird enthusiasts will not be disappointed as this is an excellent area for bird watching. You can also spend your time fishing. Be sure to make a trip to Panhalekaji a part of your beach holiday vacation.
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