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Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Island, India
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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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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you are interested in Hinduism or Indian history or sculpture......and if you aren't, then why on earth are you going to India ?......this is a MAGNIFICENT half-day outing. The late afternoon ferries aren't crowded, the angled sunlight is golden, the walk up the hill is invigorating, and the sculpted caves will take your breath away. But stay away from... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The caves have nothing much to offer. The statues are ancient and to understand that you have guides to hire. The place has fine restaurants. As it is on an island, the cost for artifacts and food is above average, but if you are not from Mumbai, it would suit you just fine. If you are visiting, be sure about... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Elephanta Caves is a World Heritage Site and lies of the coast of Mumbai. On a clear day it can be seen in the horizon as a thin strip from Gateway of India, most likely the haze makes it impossible to see the island which is about 11 kms from the shore.It is an hour long ferry ride worth 120rs... More

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The pleasure from Elephanta Caves starts from the very trip to them by sea-tram. The very caves represent a mixture of reality (when you see the hands of gods shut down by Portugeese) and something mystical (when nobody from the group you travelled within) could get a proper photo of Trimurti in the centre of these caves - only darkness...... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is an incredible example of incredible engineering. Imagine a massive rock. Imagine people carving into that rock, and carving sculptures and columns. That is what was done here and it is really amazing to see. On the way to go see this attraction, you can also visit the Gateway of India. WATCH OUT FOR THE MONKEYS!!! They will take... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Ferry Ride till Elephanta is Awesome.. Next comes the snail-slow toy train which gives you a laid back pleasure and a bit of rest which you woould need to clicb the rocky stairs of the caves.. The caves are awesome and gives you a feeling that you have travelled back to the ages of saints and sages... Worth a... More

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Lamorlaye, France
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It was not the 1rst time I visit this place in Mumbai...but this time, too much is too much ! 1) the place is really dirty , Litter everywhere, lawns very badly maintained... I know the place is very much visited by Indian and foreign tourists but that is why this "Indian Cultural Heritage " has to be kept clean...it... More

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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I'm historic moment lover so these monuments always attracts me but my wife doesn't have same attraction but here you won't regret if you love to enjoy ferry ride on sea and island views. However when reached caves main entrance, we're very tired and nobody enjoyed the inside views and just wanted to have some rest. So I would recommend... More

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Newdelhi india
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103 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Andre Malraux the noted writer & french minister of culture called the Shiva`s `Maheshmurthi` sculpture located here as the greatest religious art sculpture that he had seen! One fine morning i took the ferry from Gateway of India to revisit the Elephanta caves, a distance of about 9 nms. Instead of walking up the steps one can take a train... More

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Kolkata
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26 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Went there to revive some of my old memory - after almost 20 years. Though I find nothing has changed - the basic type of motor boats are still remaining the same - taking 1 hour to cover a distance of 11 KM - in today's age of catamaran that sound too old fashioned. For luxury travellers there is no... More

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