Kavala CavesThis is a famous devotional tourist place is in Dandeli forest. This cave is dedicated to the God Siddeshwara. This cave is in the dense forest of Dandeli wildlife sanctuary it comes in Joida taluk.
The strange thing related to this temple is, it remains closed whole year accept Maha Shivaratri. Fair will be held every year on the occasion of Shivaratri (only one day). On the other days no one can come here because one has to take permission from forest department to enter to the forest as it is inside the tiger reserve forest.
Lakhs of people come here every year from Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra on Maha shivaratri. To go inside the cave one has to stand in a que upto 3-4 hours. And one should walk in a steep way.
This nature made kavala cave is very beautiful. There is a separate entrance and exit to this cave. Only one person can walk at once. After entering this cave nearly 40 feets we can find a 5ft height shivalinga fully made-up of stone. This shivalinga is called siddeshwara. There is enough space around shivalinga, 6-7 people can stand in that space. Beside shivalinga you can find Ganesh, Karthikeyan and Parvati idols made up of stones. After watching Siddeshwara we have to go in another way inside the cave upto the exit point. The exit of the cave from shivalinga is slightly lengthier and is nearly 60 feets long.
It is not so easy to reach this place. As this cave temple is in the middle of big hill, There are two ways to come here, if you want to get down 300 steps then you can come from pansoli(12km) or if you want to climb thousands of steps then you should come from from ambikanagar(8km).
As kavala Cave is inside the wildlife sanctuary You can't carry your own vehicle with you. There will be KSRTC bus facility from both the places on the occasion of maha Shivaratri. They will charge 25-30Rs per person.
There is no food and other facilities, one has to carry food with him.
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