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Address: Elephanta Caves, Elephanta Island, India
Phone Number: +91-98677-07414
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Elephanta Caves are situated on Elephanta Island about 7 kms from Mumbai’s...

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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Great attraction but do your research

Really glad I we visited Elephanta, but I wish I had researched the venue better in advanced. We went on a Sunday and discovered there were no government guides on Sundays after... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Pune, India
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We caught a ferry boat at about 9.45 am on a Saturday from Apollo Bunder. The boat ride took an hour and was pleasant. We passed by the Butcher Island Oil terminal. The jetty at Elephanta had a narrow guage train taking tourists up to the base of the hill, a short distance away. The climb up the hill in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went on the first boat on a Sunday, scheduled for 9 am , but left when full at 8:45. On the 45 minutes journey someone will offer you snacks and drinks if you need it - all cheap by western standards. On arrival at the dock you can walk along the jetty , or pay 10 rupee and catch... More 

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Ambala, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have heard a lot about Elephanta caves. So this time when I was in Mumbai I find some time go there. It is 1 hour approx. journey from gateway of India to Elephanta Island. Ticket booths are near to Gateway of India. Tickets are cheap approx. 150 rs. which include the return journey. The journey is loved by those... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Boat trip was over an hour with not much to see apart from oil tankers and pipelines. Best bit was feeding the sea gulls who flew by the boat. We had no safety check, no life jackets in sight and we got stopped by port officials half way they. All the crew had no licences to pilot boat! Took ages... More 

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really glad I we visited Elephanta, but I wish I had researched the venue better in advanced. We went on a Sunday and discovered there were no government guides on Sundays after we arrived on the Island (a 60+ minute boat ride). We hired a local guide who was great, but likely way more expensive than the government guides. Apparently... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Elephanta Caves - 10 km east of Mumbai on Gharapuri Island are a network of sculpted caves dedicated to Lord Shiva, dated between the 5th and 8th centuries. The caves became more commonly known as Elephant Island when discovered by the Portuguese who sadly caused much damage to the caves by removing inscriptions and using the sculptures for target... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a great trip to elephanta. To reach there you need to go through a boat ride which is the most exciting part.It takes around an hour to reach there.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was great trip with my childrens to have a boat ride and an amazing but not well maintained caves just near to a metro city...The boat ride was good.but the management could make it better to avoid the conjection at the time of boarding the boat..Also it was not happy to see the vendor put the stall in either... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Traveling to the caves takes around an hour on the boat. I would recommend paying the extra 10 Rs to go on the upper deck (however there is less shade up there so on a hot day might be worth while staying on the under deck). Once at the island there is a train however it's a nice walk up... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Elephanta caves can be a good outing options as it takes an hour of boat ride through sea to the caves. the caves are good but not well maintained. This can turn into a good tourist spot.

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