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Elephanta Caves
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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 May 15, 2014

Place is great . Worth visiting with family , Friends and Children.Will enjoy the Boat Ride of approx 1 and 1/2 hours. Can spend the whole day as a picnic. People can carry thier own food . Also good no of hotels are available their . Dont expect Great food Quality in the hotels thier .
Caves are awesome and clean . Security is good. Visiting here through Boat ride is closed in monsoon season.
Definitely should visit for a one day picnic.

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Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

Was expecting the world heritage sight to be in better shape but the caves were dirty. The artwork was damaged which took away from its beauty. Tourists are charged 250Rs whereas Indians are charged 10Rs. Which was kind of absurd after all the caves weren't in best shape.

1  Thank Dhruv M
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

Visiting Mumbai must include a day’s trip to see the Elephanta caves which date back to the 4th Century, located on an island about 90 minutes by boat ride from the Gateway of India. Our visit in January 2014 was probably ideally timed. The weather was simply perfect for the boat rides to and fro and, as we discovered later, for the extensive foot work once we got off the boat.
Sunit from Bangalore, Raghu from Montreal, and I set off on the visit with 4 year old Nihaal and twenty month old Nishka- equipped with necessities like water bottles, snack boxes for kids, toiletries.
Visit to Elephanta is always a same-day-return affair. The caves are closed on Mondays, while Sundays and holidays tend to be crowded. The first ferry starts at 9.00 am from the Gateway and the return boats start from the Island at about noon each day. The last boat sails off at 5.30 pm and one has to plan the trip with these parameters in mind. No overnight stay is possible on the island.
We set off from ferry gate No.4 at 11.00 am. Tickets at Rs 150.00 per adult and Rs. 90/- per child are sold at the gate itself. Rs.10/- extra gets you to sit on the upper deck, which is recommended. Boats are lined up one after the other and so the queue moves on quite briskly.
Our boat set off from the Gateway and headed in the North East direction whizzing past the Dockyard where naval ships of all types were berthed. It was a treat for the kids to watch other boats and merchant ships along the way as we set off. It was almost an hour before we sighted the coast of the island, with the ferry wharf sticking out in to the water. By the time the boat berthed, we had been away for about 90 minutes.
Once off the boat, the ride over the jetty on the miniature train to reach the coast really got the kids excited! With all of us being hungry, and needing freshening up, it was inviting to see a restaurant right as we landed from the train. Toilets were clean and the food hot and fresh.
We set off towards the top of the hill where the caves are. After about 30 minutes of unbroken climb up the steps, we reached the counter where entrance tickets are sold to Indian vistors at Rs 10.00 per adult, and Rs 5/- per child. Overseas visitors are charged Rs 250/- per head.
We were approached by a guide at the entrance area who offered to take us around the rock cut Cave temple for a fee of Rs 350/-. It was indeed a good investment. He showed the magnificent set of painstakingly hewn idols depicting Shiva in his various forms and situations. The absolute perfection of proportion, workmanship and finish one sees in each panel is spell binding. The truly magnificent piece which stands out is the Trimurti, the three faces representing God as a Creator, Protector and as a Destroyer – the three divine functions attributed by followers of Hinduism. This 6 mtr x 6 mtr panel majestically faces the entrance and is well illuminated by ambient daylight.
Most images have been vandalized- ostensibly by the Portuguese soldiers who were stationed on duty to guard the main entrance into Mumbai from invaders from the sea in the 15th century. It is believed that they used various idols for target practice! Even the worst among them must have been mesmerized by the grandeur of the Trimurti. It is the only piece which has not suffered the man made destruction.
We spent a good hour and a half in the caves and returned to base, down the same steps we had taken. The boat ride back to Mumbai was a treat- with a number of sea gulls following the boat in perfect sync. As the evening sun faded, the coastline of Mumbai opened up, with the Gateway, the Taj Mahal Hotel and the Yacht Club adding a dramatic touch!
The cost per adult worked out to Rs 170/-per adult and Rs. 105 per child. Food and cost of hiring the guide added Rs 1000/- in all.

Important points to remember: The Caves are closed on Mondays. Always Plan for a morning start. The last return boat from the island is at 5-30 pm. There is no place to stay overnight!

2  Thank Srini77
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Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

This is a must see place. The ride is by boat which will cost around Rs.150 and worth. As soon as you land, you can take the small train which again is cheap. The sculptures are wonderful. You cannot believe the location and such a wonder existing there..

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Reviewed May 13, 2014

The situation of Elephanta caves is amazing as its not being connected by any land and only way to go there is through sea, Gateway of India. Carving and Mega structure of its time really make you think that how people did this at times when it was only labour, without any advance machinery was available. To see Shiv Mandirs at such place was amazing and journey through boat is indeed enjoyable. Now a days good food is available on a way to caves including veg. food. Structure was Amazing, such a huge cave. Wow ...

1  Thank JalpeshD
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