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“Long time to get there”
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 15 November 2012

You definitely have to keep enough time for this visit since the ferry ride is about 1 hour one way.
The visit in itself takes time ( many stairs to climb).

I visited it during Monsoons, on the way back it started rainin heavily.

The caves aren't thaaat fancy I mean, except the 2/3 first caves.

but still I prefer to see and judge by myself.

2  Thank S0ukaina
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Reviewed 3 November 2012

The ferry ride is around a hour from the gateway to india. Tried to get tickets from the little window, but someone had the bright idea of buying all the tickets and then selling them off for 20 IRP more ...

When you reach the top of all the stairs, you have to buy a ticket to enter the area where the caves are (250 IRP,rip off).... theres only 7 or 8 in total...but once you have seen about two, theres no real need to go and see the rest...

Walked up to see the canons at the tope of the hill,stopped half way and got a drink. When we continued walking,we bumped into some monkeys on the path...these monkeys were not the cute ones you see in disney movies.. they were nasty.. The monkeys started jumping towards us ,hissing and showing their big teeth and trying to basically mug us.....we threw our bottles and they then left us alone....for 5 minutes... they later came and attacked us again when we were up near the canons. We found some big sticks for the way down and also some stones to scare them off.... I am totally not the type of person to hurt any type of animal... but be warned,they will attack you,and they have all sorts of desises.

If you go to elephanta,keep your cameras in your bags if you are not using them,keep drinks in your bags our of sight and if you walk up to the canons ....carry a stick to scare off the monkeys ....

2  Thank Kate J
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

I took my parents to Kanheri caves as this was their first trip there. They loved the ferry ride to the caves. For the first timers its not bad as hiking is quite easy for elders and there are not many caves. The island is quite beautiful. Loved the new train which takes you from ferry to the gate. Even though you can walk, its a part of experience!! Its a good place to go only once. Second time you'll get bored.

1  Thank Neha M
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

The caves are located on an island about one hour by boat from Gateway of India. The island has only one cave of interest, the others only housing the "lingam". A small train transfers tourists from the boat to the base of the caves, from where it is a steep climb. The surroundings are poorly maintained and very unclean. Beware of the monkeys and the hawkers alike.
In short, I don't feel the visit to these caves is worth the time and effort.

5  Thank ashoo123
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

well the visit to elephanta caves was great and an alltogether diffrnt experience,we reached there in a steamer from gateway of india,the ride was adventurous ,u can see a few yacths ,naval bases ,ships on the way n BARC too,a huge sea view ,well after reaching there we went thru a toy train n then finally elephanta caves,splendid work n huge magnificient monuments n statues of lord shiva n several others with loads of monkeys on the way who r gonna snatch all the edibles from u .so beware:)..although the monkeys are harmless n just give them a cold drink bottle n see how tactfully they open n drink it with savour,so the visit was a nice experience with steamer ride,toy train ride n several local shops too where u can buy smaal things and handicrafts n several other things,also there are a few smaal restaus too,so u can shop,eat,visit n njoy,good for all ages ....

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