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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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North Carolina
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

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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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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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The Elephanta Caves (are a network of sculpted caves located on Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the east of the city of Mumbai. The island, located on an arm of the Arabian Sea, consists of two groups of caves—the first is a large group of five Hindu caves, the second, a smaller group of two... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I had a training in Mumbai last year in July and as usual made out some time to visit this island. Elephanta is known as "Gharapuri" in local language. I took one ferry from Gateway of India that charged me Rs 300/- for to-and-fro journey. I was quite amazed by such a low price the ferry asked for! But then... More

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California
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7 helpful votes 7 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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