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“Nice Picnic Spot rather than tourist place”
Review of Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves
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Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour
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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.
Reviewed January 13, 2014

Recently visited Elephanta Caves. Nothing great to see there. However you can enjoy arround 50 min ferry journey to reach there. It is good, if you carry some food with you as eating outlets available there are not good. Caves are very old and nothing left to see as such. Lot of monkey are there on the island with whom you can play. Will enjoy if you are in big group as it is like a Picnic Spot.

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Incredible caves and gigantic sculptures that are worth being visited ! The Trimurti (three faces) sculpture is impressive, and the feeling, as we walked in the caves, very special and mysterious.
All the island is beautiful, and the walk to Elephanta, the stairs we had to climb, with little handicraft shops all along, made it a very pleasant trip.
I keep a great memory of it.
Yet, it is good to know that the cross, by the sea, takes quite a loooong time (more than one hour).
You should keep in mind the whole visit takes at lead 3 hours !
I remember seeing some visitors being carried by two people or more, to climb the stairs - but I have no idea if wheels chairs can easily visit the caves.

Thank AnnStre
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Had heard a lot about these caves, but got a chance to visit them during my recent visit to Mumbai. The ferry originates from the Gateway of India and costs about 150 rupees (2 Euro) for onward and return journey. 45 minutes sea trip takes you to Elephanta islands.

The caves are centuries old, but have been preserved rather well. There are about 10 caves in all and you can still see the sculpture - though most have been vandalized during invasion by foreigners between 7th till 11th Century. It would take you about 2 hours to visit the caves and based on the time at hand, you can visit a couple of other points like sunset point. While returning, you do not have to buy ticket again, as the ticket you had purchased is valid for return also.

Care must be taken to carry water bottle and your personal snacks. There are some eateries around but food is not hygienic, so better avoid those.

2  Thank Arvind Kumar S
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Elephanta Island was definitely worth the 4.5 hours it took, though it wasn't mind-blowing amazing. If you have less than 3 days in Mumbai, you could consider skipping it. The ferry ticket-buying process is pretty straightforward but there are two classes of ticket: "economy" and "luxury". The "luxury" ticket is only about rs20 more, so we just bought it with no idea what the difference was between the two. As it turns out, we're pretty sure the tickets get you the exact same thing: a seat on an old, wooden boat that takes an hour to get to Elephanta island.

When you get your ticket, nobody really gives you instructions as to where to meet your boat. There are hundreds of people all around the Gateway of India waiting for and boarding various boats, most of which are NOT going to Elephanta Island. You want the boats that are BEHIND the Gateway of India, not the ones that are off to the left. if you're feeling confused, ask someone else who is standing in line, preferably one that speaks Hindi or Marathi in addition to English. They will help you out and won't shake you down like the touts.

Once you're on the boat, it's an hour to the Island. We were there in January and it was about 75F outside, so once you were on the boat and the wind was blowing, it was a bit chilly. Consider bringing a scarf or lightweight long-sleeve shirt.

The island itself was basically as advertised. I recommend reading in advance about the various caves if you're not getting a guide. The rs150 guidebook you can buy there (that Lonely Planet recommends) is fine and explains a lot about the history and meaning of the engravings in the main caves, but it comes up short on explaining the other caves and describing the differences between the Hindustani engravings and those of the various other religions.

Oh one more thing - if you eat at the main restaurant/bar (the one that's not pure vegetarian), and you're tempted to get the Chicken Byriani, don't. The amount of chicken that comes with it is not worth the price increase. Just get the veg byriani. It's plenty tasty and filling. And bring some rs2 coins for the restrooms - you have to pay. rs5 if you want toilet paper.

3  Thank Adam R
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

I went to the island on the 28th December 2013,there was a heavy traffic to get into there,and the boats where we boarded onthe gateway of india is a total mess and i almost slipped while getting into the boat.The govt. should maintain strict vigil or else life threatening accidents might occur any day.

2  Thank MuzibarRahman
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