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Address: Elephanta Caves, Elephanta Island, India
Phone Number: +91-98677-07414
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: Elephanta Caves are situated on Elephanta Island about 7 kms from Mumbai’s...
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.
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Best One day trip in Mumbai

Book a ferry from Gateway and it will take directly to the Elephanta Caves. The journey through sea to Elephanta is just awsome. Inside the cave Carved face if Shiva can be seen... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Do some quick shopping as well, but do not forget to make a bargain...the caves are wonderful and so was the joy toy train ride to the caves

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The Island is far way from mumbai.. takes a good decent journey through sea route of around 1 Hr. ferry fare through sea is affordable. elephanta caves will attracts you if you are a history seekers and monuments treasurer. it will take min of 6-7 hours from going and returning back to this island. its a must watch if you... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Book a ferry from Gateway and it will take directly to the Elephanta Caves. The journey through sea to Elephanta is just awsome. Inside the cave Carved face if Shiva can be seen. A must visit .......

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

It gives the sense of the Indian civilization and one bows in respect for such a beauty. The boats to get there are not amazing, but would have never missed it for the world.

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Elephanta Island is a popular holiday and tour destination for Indians as well as foreigners so expect packed boats, cavalier marine safety standards, and an almost endless procession of hawkers selling cheap, Chinese-made trinkets. But the caves on Elephanta Island are truly magnificent, even though there was an effort to destroy them by Portuguese cannon in the 1600's. Despite the... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A fifteen minute boat ride takes us to a historic site..Elephanta caves..it can be reached from gateway of India by regular ferry..the route is surrounded by antique, flower and photo shops..one has to climb stairs to reach caves.. It is a wonderful site..a well maintained..good for half day tour from mumbai

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It pops top in the list if you are drafting plan for your family members' one or two days visits.. The place is of archaeological importance and the sculptures have close resemblance with Ajanta & Ellora in terms of style. It has both Hindu & Buddhist caves and the main cave has great sculptures of shiva..(Natraja, Arthanareeshwara, shiv ling, Trimurti... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Took the local ferry -- 160 rupees. Pay the extra 10 rupees (yes, even locals have to pay it!) to go on the upper deck. Be sure to take some water with you, and a moist bandana or handkerchief would be a good idea, too! Arriving at the island (about an hour trip) you can either take a little train,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The ferry over was great, not expensive. Then a guide called Sam took us round the caves and explained a lot of stuff which i added to my own research and it was just as mysterious and impressive as i had imagined it would be. A very beautiful place and a great thing to visit. There really is only the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

An interesting and moving site. Fantastic statuary, which under the circumstances of damage by non-believers in the past, was very well preserved. It was easy to lose oneself in the place and imagine what it must have been like.

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