KAVALA CAVES IN DANDELI

Kavala caves are the natural caves located in the heart of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and is one of the popular points of interest in Dandeli.These caves are formed by volcanic activity ages back and are situated deep with-in the forest. It is believed that these caves have been in existence since the prehistoric times.

Currently, the caves are inhabited by numerous snakes and bats. Also known as Limestone Caves or Sidda, these caves are very small in dimension and have a lot of stalagmite formations. At some places the opening gets smaller and visitors need to crawl through.

Visitors need to climb down 375 steps to reach the cave entrance. There is a temple at the entrance of the cave. One has to crawl down 40 feet through winding, narrow tunnels to see the Shivalinga formed naturally. The narrow passage is dark and visitors may have to carry a torch or use the candles sold there. Bulbs are lit only during Shivaratri when thousands of devotees visit the caves.