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Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Island, India
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As featured in 3 days in Mumbai (Bombay)
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Religious Sites, Islands
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Elephanta Caves are situated on Elephanta Island about 7 kms from Mumbai’s mainland shore. The caves can be reached by an approx. 1-hour boat ride... more » Owner description: Elephanta Caves are situated on Elephanta Island about 7 kms from Mumbai’s mainland shore. The caves can be reached by an approx. 1-hour boat ride from Gateway of India. Open from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Closed on Monday. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Spent the best part of a day going to elephanta. Was easy to gwt tickets be gateway to india. The boats to/from are very basic and pray you dont need to use a toilet as im not sure there was one. Once you arrive you really have a fair way to go to get to the actual caves. The train... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our guide was so knowledgable, kind and patient with our group. The ferry ride over was really nice and our lunch at the top of the island was delicious. The steps leading down from the top is filled with vendors of all kinds that are fun to chat with or buy a few souvenirs (don't be afraid to haggle, it's... More

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Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

No trip to Mumbai would be complete without a trip to the caves. Take the inexpensive boat from beside the Gateway of India. When you get to the island treat yourself to the short journey on what will probably be the smallest train you ever ride from the boat to the entrance to the caves. The caves themselves are very... More

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Elephanta Caves are located in Elephanta Island which is originally known as Gharapuri in the Arabian sea and approximately 10 to 11 km far from the Gateway of India. So, if you want to go there, first you have to reach Gateway of India in time. The Ferry-boat takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes time from Gateway of India to... More

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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Last Visited : February 2014. How to Reach: We reached from Pune by Volvo Bus upto Sion Station. From there we took a cab to reach this destination on our way to Elephanta Caves. Site Review : I have visited this place for the first time but, ferry ride from Gateway of India to Island is a treat. Historical Information:... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My daughter and I loved the ferry trip out to the island to see the caves. We were tempted by all the beautiful local art and craft on the way. The shopping is very reasonable and the best place to buy souvenirs that I have found. Caves are remarkable and a real treasure to find such incredible carvings of the... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

An hours trip by ferry, these can be taken at the same place as the gateway to India. We were there in May, so it was incredible hot and humid. The 120 odd stairs to the caves are lined with vendors selling trinkets and lots of beautiful things. There is a fee to enter the actual cave site. The caves... More

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mintlaw
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

when we visited these caves we hired a sailing boat from the Royal Yacht Club and with a trained boat skipper we sailed for about an hour.With the weather being very humid this was the best way to keep cool.We also took a picnic with us on the sailing boat which passed the time until we got there.Once arrived found... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The hour to hour and a half boat ride is very relaxing. The caves are well maintained and holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar beautifully carved in stone is an amazing site. Some must dos recommended: Carry a camera with a flash as lighting is very low in the cave. Do not carry food, juices etc,. visibly displayed, as... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A half day tour to an amazing site on an island not far from Mumbai. The beauty of this half day sightseeing is the view of the Gateway of India when you leave the city and when return. In itself it is a photo opportunity that worth the trip by itself. The Elephanta Caves has nothing remotely connected to any... More

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