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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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

not the most amazing place ive stayed in india but worth the trip if you have time to kill in mumbai. the boat ride (1 hour each way) was probably the best bit for me...the caves were great but there are better ones out there! we went on a roasting hot day and there are something like 100 steps to... More

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The island, caves and views were beautfiul, the island is home to hundreds of monkeys, goats and dogs. quite a trek up the steep steps to the top but well worth it.

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Howrah, West Bengal, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The boat ride from Gate Way of India for an hour is charming. Better to start early as Caves remain open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 to 5.30 Pm. Few odds - u take tkt in boat @160 and then they as extra Rs.10/- per head to go to upper deck of the launch. Mini train is an attraction in... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

A very peaceful and slow journey to Elephanta caves and same return trip. This itself is enough for mumbai people to get relaxed. Adding to that is the green area with buddhist caves in the island is a must visit place. Had delicious fruits from the street sellers in the island... everything is WOW there......

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The best part about getting to the Elephanta Caves is the cruise by ferry, Pay a few extra rupees (10) and sit on the upper deck. The Mumbai coastal panorama unfolds as you cruise out to the island and is a great way to get your bearings if you plan to stay a few days. We had spent most of... More

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North Carolina
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101 reviews 101 reviews
38 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is a wonderful excursion from Mumbai by ferry. The ferry in itself is an adventure! Once on the island, we climbed up to the caves (I always thought of going down to see a cave). As we climbed up, local merchants were selling their goods which was very entertaining. For older people or those with mobility issues, one could... More

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Łódź, Lodz, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Going on the Island is fun by itself. You need to take a ferry and enjoy the ~1h journey each way. The caves are interesting but only in one you will see something interesting. The whole visit is more about the trip than the caves. If you like the idea about going to the island, the trip is a good... More

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Pasir Ris, null, Singapore
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

travlled in 2008, Student Exchange program. The experience was one in a million. You have to take a boat ride to the island. The monuments, the caves, the heritage of the places will intrigue you ONLY if you're interested on its history. I enjoy myself exploring the caves as i won't find such caves in Singapore.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The ferry asks Rs 160/- and you have to shell out another 10 bucks to sit on top of the boat. It takes around an hour to reach the caves. You will have to walk to the caves which also includes climbing few stairs (slightly challenging for senior citizens). It was fun seeing the caves and the sculptures of Lord... More

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southern illinois
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20 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Its a 45 min boat ride to the island. Plenty of cows, monkeys, dogs and goats milling around the area. You walk 120 steps UP hill to the caves. Plenty of merchants align the walkway. I was told these were the island locals. There is really only 1 cave with 6-8 carvings. We hired a local guide to tell us... More

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