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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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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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167 helpful votes 167 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
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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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Vadodara, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

It was not right time to visit Elelphanta Caves during summer Vacation, thiese caves are 1 hour journey by boat from India Gate to Elephanta Island. It was very humid and climbing in these summer was very tough, we all sweated like anything. Caves are worth visiting, but your condition force you to see only first Shiva Caves only. Historically... More

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Unlike some of the other Indian tourist spots this is well maintained and clean, the ferry ride to elephanta caves is comfortable and enjoyable. Few options to eat and some souvenir shops, overall a good spot from the hustle-bustle of Mumbai, takes around 5 hours to go and come back. The entry ticket rates and the toy train rates are... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The caves were actually quite smaller and fewer than expected, but still worth a visit when in Mumbai. Buy tickets for the ferry near the India Gate. Ferry ride, thankfully, wasn't too bad (I usually get sea sick) but not very scenic (it was in fact quite smoggy). Once on the island, you can walk or take a small train... More

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