Cave Temples in and around Bombay
contain marvelous high-relief sculptures from the first century AD, and can be reached in about an hour and a half by boat from Bombay. Tourism details can be found in the MTDC writeup.
The Kanheri caves
in the Borivili National Park are the remains of old Buddhist cave temples.
containing Chaityas from the second century BC, are about 114 kms from Bombay. There are two other complexes of caves close by.
Forts in and around Bombay
General information is available in the section on forts in the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) pages.
was the island redoubt of the Sidi, an Abyssinian adventurer who played a part in the Maratha-Portuguese war.
used to guard the second town of Portuguese India (after Goa). It fell to the Marathas in 1739, at the end of the Maratha-Portuguese war.
Wildlife Sanctuaries and Reserves in and around Bombay
General information is available in the section on the Western Ghats in the documentation maintained by the Indira Gandhi Conservation Monitoring Centre (IGCMC). The sanctuaries closest to Bombay are listed below.
lies within Greater Bombay and forms part of the catchment area of the Vihar and Powai lakes. It includes a lion safari park and the Kanheri caves.
is about 80 kms from Bombay. The protected area contains a historic fort. Apart from over a hundred species of birds, leopards and antelopes can also be spotted in this reserve. Unfortunately, a highway runs through the forest.
is part of the catchment area of the Tansa lake, and is surrounded by the forests of Shahapur, Khardi and Wada.