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“Amazing Site with a nice water ferry ride over”
Review of Elephanta Caves

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 1 December 2011

Note that the boat ride is one hour each way, but it was cool and relaxing to be on the water. Yes, some jewellery peddlers were on board. If you ignored them, they left you alone.
Make sure you have a guide to explain the 9 panels of Lord Shiva. Only then can you appreciate this sight. Although there is some damage, there still remains some exquisitely carved sculptures. Note: there are 120 steep steps to the entrance.

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Reviewed 22 November 2011

you need full one day and a thirst for ancient indian heritage. You ve to catch a ferry from Gateway of India and then walk to the world heritage caves. first cave is most attractive one. You can see a stunning sunset while coming back from the caves. if u love to click, it is the best time to click. evening sun in arabain sea.....

3  Thank naveenjain
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

Elephant Island, with ancient caves! Great!
What else?
Um...I saw a restaurant....but I'm not sure if I really want to eat there unless I absolutely have to.
There are shop...Many of them...None of them under the roof.
But don't be disappointed. The ferry ride wasn't that bad...for about 20 minutes. Had to pay 10 rupees per person just to sit on the roof deck. After 20 minutes...Too hot! Had better stayed down stairs.

When you get off the boat... Don't walk...There is a little train that take you a half mile for 5 rupees. They will drop you off where the shops begin. Walk straight for another half mile, you'll see an adimission booth. 10 rupees per person......................................................
Of course, if you're an Indian. Foreigners pay 500 rupees.

After that, you will see a couple of caves.................Maintained with concrete.

What's next? vice versa, exept for the 10 rupees to sit on the roof deck!

1  Thank zaqxswcde
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

This island is locate doff the cost of Mumbai.One has to take a boat/ferry from gateway of india to reach here.Ferries ply almost every 30mins and tickets are readily available.Once you reach the island you will be awed by the ancient artwork and scultors on the walls of the caves.You can spend an entire day photgraphs all the sculptors. Beware of the monkeys running around ont he island....

3  Thank saipai
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

I went to Elephanta Caves with family - comprising of 6 adults and 3 children below 10 years.

The ferry from Gateway of India to the caves was a good ride in a deluxe boat - the ride is of abot 45-50 minutes. Once you reach the island you need to walk a bit before you climb 120 steps to reach the caves.

The first cave is the one where the stone sculptures - though damaged can still be seen. All the sculptures are about Lord Shiva and have been carved out beautifully, and each sculpture has an interesting story attached to it. A guide is absolutely recommended to explain the meaning behind each sculpture - we paid about Rs. 300 for the group to the guide.

The other caves are empty and do not have any sculptures.

Other than visiting the first cave, we also went to Canyon point - just for the fun of it. The point has 2 canyons that were brought to the island by the British.

The only other part that can be enjoyed is viewing hundreds of monkeys of all sizes indulging in all types of acrobatics (think they know they are being watched). The kids enjoyed this bit the most.

Also recommended are the raw mangoes that are sliced and sold on the island – simply delicious.

This place is recommended for people who don’t mind walking, have a few hours on hand and have already visited a lot of the attractions in and around Mumbai.

Though I really enjoyed my visit to Elephanta Caves – there is nothing that would make me want to go back there.

5  Thank TravMumbai
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