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Address: Elephanta Caves, Elephanta Island, India
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+91 98677 07414
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Very nice half-day attraction

The approach to the Elephanta caves is very nice. You are accompanied by a host of sea birds flying along with your ferry all the way to the caves. The caves are full of history... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 June 2016
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Adelaide
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

is 75 minute trip by boat from Taj to the island on open ship and was a hot day (normal in Mumbai) - then the train at the dock broke down - had a hot tiring walk and climb up a steep hill to the cave (approx a kilometer) caves were unremarkable and need attention - a full day trip... More 

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Dusseldorf
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

There are only 5 caves and in bad circumstances. The price for Indians is 30 Rps, for tourists 500 Rps. For the boatride we paid 180 Rps each. The boatride took 45 minutes to Elephanta and 100 minutes back to the gateway of India. When on the island there is a majour touristtrap with souvenirs while climbing lots of stairs.

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

Went to elephanta caves with great expectation as it is an island which is in between the sea but really disappointed as there was nothing to look forward to. One has to first take a motor boat to reach the place and also has to walk a long way but ultimately there is not much to enjoy and even click... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

The approach to the Elephanta caves is very nice. You are accompanied by a host of sea birds flying along with your ferry all the way to the caves. The caves are full of history of Indian culture. The most unfortunate part is a number of sculptors have been damaged/stolen. It is a part of our history and every visitor... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

Must see the sculpted caves as part of culture of India. Entire Visit takes half a day. Includes a 45 min ferry ride followed by a train experience & a climb to see the caves. A further climb will take you to the British Cannons / Guns kept to guard Elephanta. Worth the visit. Lots to see, good photo opps,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

As soon as my girlfriend and I got off the boat we were approached by a man stating that he was our tour guide, knowing that this would probably be a con I decided to humour him and listen to what he wanted to say and how much he would cost. After realising it wasn't too much money at all... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

The other reviews summarize this place very well. It is a great day outing that includes the ferry ride - probably the best way to interact with the locals. As an anglo, the ferry ride proved fun with locals asking for pictures with us. The caves themselves are interesting, but would agree the entry fee is better spent elsewhere. Hiking... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

To get to Elephanta one normally starts out from the Gateway of India - another important landmark of Mumbai which is itself at one end of the heritage district of the island city. So if you are pressed for time you can do Mumbai in a day by planning Elephanta in the first half and taking in the sights of... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

In my opinion, the caves in itself were not worth the entrance fee - which has recently been raised. I found the boat ride to be enjoyable. There are a lot of souvenir stands all the way to the entrance of the caves, which also maybe take a little of the magic away. Budget more than one hour on the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Caught a ferry out to the caves located on an island off Mumbai. Scenic trip across the water, very calming and picturesque. Great view of the 'Gateway to India' as you sail away from the dock. At the caves' dock you get an authentic olde worlde train to the islands 120 steps. Beware they are steep and cobbly, not for... More 

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