Panhalakaji Caves|Historical Place in Dapoli Kokan
Located in Dapoli, Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. These are a group of 29 caves of the Hinayan, Buddist, Ganpateya and the Nath sects situated on the confluence of the Kotjai and the Dhakti rivers, which have sustained their natural glory for many centuries. It is so believed that the construction and carvings of these caves began in the 2nd or the 3rd century and continued for many centuries to come.
The most unique feature of this man made wonder is that along with the sculptures from the Hinayan and Buddhist sect, the Vajrayan and the Nath sect, you can also find the glorious idols of Lord Ganesh, Shiva, Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati. With a total of 29 caves, you will need a minimum of 1.5-2 hours to see all the wonderful sculptures in all of these caves.
The Panhalekaji caves, which hold the glorious history of the past thousand years, are a very calm and elegant place where tourists tend to have other worldly unique experience.
Source : Ratnagiri Tourism