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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
Fee: No
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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Extremely interesting to go into the caves on this island, with their huge statues and curious side rooms and spaces. The climb up and down the hill was not so great with overly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We took a ferry from the Gateway of India ferry ghat, there are counters to take tickets for the ride up to the Elephanta Island which cost around about INR 40 per head for Indians and around INR 350 for foreigners. We had to wait in a queue for about 10 minutes under the sun since we left in the... More 

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is an interesting piece of history for those of you who love archaeology, history, mythology and art. The Elephanta Island is an hour's boat ride away from the Gateway of India in Mumbai. If the weather is not perfect, the ride could be a bit tiring as the boats are pretty basic. While you get to the island, the... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Extremely interesting to go into the caves on this island, with their huge statues and curious side rooms and spaces. The climb up and down the hill was not so great with overly pushy trinket sales people mostly selling the same junk. It was very hot the day we went, if the heat is a problem you definitely want to... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It's hard to believe these caves were made so long ago, they are outstanding. We had a tour around them by a man working there, but it was quite hard to hear him. I wish I had read about them more before I went so I could learn more about them whilst there, and know what I'm looking at etc.... More 

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Gravesend
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Hundreds of years old caves and monuments carved out of the same rock? Yes please. So you're a Hindu monk, you've got this island with a giant rock and then someone (your leader, I guess?) decides that you should carve things, monuments, caves into the rock and what do you do? Stupid question really, you do it of course. Go... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The caves are underwhelming. They are not well maintained and there are a lot of monkeys. Ride in the sea is the fun part.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Boarding the boat can be quite a hassle, but you are staring at the Gateway of India. The journey will take over 30 minutes each way, so travel with people or bring a book and relax. Upon landing, you can wait for a group guide, hire your own or go it alone. (I chose to hire a local so I... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The journey for the caves starts from Gateway of India. It is around one hour journey in boat to the island. The tickets are available near the entrance to Gateway of India. Ticket counters are open at 8 am, and officially the first boat starts at 9 am and every half an hour after that. Well depending upon the crowd,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

The boat ride is quite long through the bay so I would suggest only doing Elephanta and quick looks at the nearby Taj Hotel and Gateway to India. After the trip there and back you will probably be overloaded. There are 5 caves were you can see the evolution and development of technique involved in constructing the big main cave... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Elephanta caves are about a 50 min boat ride from the boat piers at India Gate. Our guide actually comes from the island, so was very knowledgeable. The temples, carved out of a hillface of solid bassalt, were quite something. No wonder they took 200 yrs to complete. Pity the invading Portugese felt the need to use the arms and... More 

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