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Elephanta Caves

Address: Elephanta Caves, Elephanta Island, India
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Type: Religious sites, Landmarks & points of interest, Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Elephanta Caves are situated on Elephanta Island about 7 kms from...
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Type: Religious sites, Landmarks & points of interest, Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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 from Gateway of India.
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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

You can reach there by a boat ride of about an hour from the Gateway of India. The Elephanta caves is dedicated to Lord Shiva and depicts his life. I am a hindu so it was a very spiritual and beautiful experience. It gives you a real appreciation for the hindu scriptures and the hindu religion. It shows Lord Shiva... More 

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mumbai
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Elephanta Island was a pleasant surprise. It is clean which is a big relief. Many years back when I visited it was very very dirty. the entry fee is just Rs. 15 collected as Rs. 5 and Rs. 10 seperately. The security guards on the site a doing a good job. we visited on a Wednesday morning at 8.30 am.... More 

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New Delhi, India
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28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Reach here by boat from the Gateway of India, takes a good ride a little away from the coastline along the docks, the Bombay High and then deep into the ocean arriving at the island having caves as one of the big attractions. Try not to go during the Monsoon season lest you would feel sick with the waves making... More 

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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74 reviews 74 reviews
43 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Elephanta caves has been on my 'to visit places' since last year and my husband finally took me there on Saturday. The caves are found on an island and there is several ferries which give public ride. We paid Rs 160 per person for the ferry trip which took around 45-60 mins to reach the island. Do not expect beautiful... More 

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Visiting Elephanta caves is worth if you are really interested in history. Few points. * The trip will take around 6 hours including the travel. * The boats which is going to this place is average.( I saw a non smoking board in the boat but the boat staffs were smoking in front of non smoking board and in the... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Elephanta caves was incredible, the caves were so ancient and the statues were huge with loads of history. The carvings were beautiful. The lake is not accessible like we thought it might be but you can go for a lovely walk to look at it, and the lake gardens are a nice, peaceful escape from crazy mumbai life. The shops... More 

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Srinagar, India
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

If Africa gave birth to the human race, places like Mesopotamia and the Indian subcontinent cradled and nurtured it. This is the kind of impression I got after seeing the glorious, intricately crafted ancient sculptures at Elephanta. No one knows who built all this magnificence... sadly time has dissipated all signs of those extremely skilled and creative people who, I... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I am not sure why it says there is no fee. You have to pay for the boat trip, entrance onto the island, and entrance to the cave area. In any case the caves are really worth seeing assuming you do not mind a 90 min boat ride and a long walk uphill. I would recommend eating before going to... More 

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Hyde Park, New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Don't let the name deceive you. The Elephant is no longer on the island, but the rest of the sculptures are amazing. While some are damaged by the Portuguese, they still are a feat of engineering. To have carved the entire area out of the rock and still made the Gods; wow. The three-headed Shiva is beautiful. The 100 steps... More 

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Guntur, India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

nice place to visit if you have not been to Ajantha and Elora. takes at least 90-120 minutes on boat from India gate. be prepared to walk a lot and climb steps, statues are extra ordinary. you have to take out one complete day to enjoy and feel the richness of sculpture.

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