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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 7 June 2014

Unlike some of the other Indian tourist spots this is well maintained and clean, the ferry ride to elephanta caves is comfortable and enjoyable. Few options to eat and some souvenir shops, overall a good spot from the hustle-bustle of Mumbai, takes around 5 hours to go and come back. The entry ticket rates and the toy train rates are very nominal.

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

The caves were actually quite smaller and fewer than expected, but still worth a visit when in Mumbai. Buy tickets for the ferry near the India Gate. Ferry ride, thankfully, wasn't too bad (I usually get sea sick) but not very scenic (it was in fact quite smoggy).

Once on the island, you can walk or take a small train to the entrance area of the caves, which are a walk up the hill from this "entrance." The walk is pretty short so I wouldn't recommend taking the train (we did thinking the walk was far and walked back to the ferry stop on the way back). The long walk is actually up to the caves area. The steps are shallow so it's not too bad. If you prefer not to walk, there will be porters that can carry you on a sedan chair. The walk up/down is filled with little shops/stalls with a variety of goods from stone carved elephants, fabric purses, clothing, jewelry and more. FYI, near the beginning of the shops area there are bathrooms (gross but available) but not inside the site once you enter. Once you get to the the official entrance to the caves, you'll have to pay a fee to get in (of course, foreigners have to pay much much more than domestic travelers). If you get side tracked and decide to take pictures of old ladies with birds on their heads, be aware that they will try to charge you for that picture.

The first cave was pretty cool and then it goes downhill from there with fewer carvings and end up in simply just a cave. I think there were about 3 caves or so. It gets pretty hot and bright with few trees around so be sure to wear a hat, plenty of sunscreen and bring enough water. Have fun! (traveled Dec 2012)

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

I have been to elephanta caves in year 2008 and again visited last saturday.
We got the tickets and boarded the ferry at 10 Am. We shelled out 10 per passenger extra for the upper deck . Unfortunately it was super hot and there was no shade.
Wind wasn't blowing enough.
We were already so tired before reaching the caves that we hardly spend 30 min in the caves.
Return trip was pleasant though with wind blowing .

Overall :
1. 1 time visit , ride by ferry and the sea view and ships view etc is good.
2. it takes almost half of your day so need to plan accordingly.

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Elephanta a world heritage site close to happening city of Mumbai but caves are located on island..If love to see such monuments good option to visit..bit taxing on moving between caves..but certainly good to spend time with family and friends..one visit is at-least must..get luxury boat in a group at gate way of India, it takes about one and half hour one side...do not forget while coming last boat is at 1730 hrs..in any of the journey additional money is asked for upper deck but officially it is not required, already you have paid for full...its your wish to choose lower deck and upper deck once or any thing else..Sincerely feel such good site need to be maintained even better..

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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Take a boat ride from the Gateway of India. The charges are quite nominal and the boat ride for more than an hour is different experience. Once you reach the cave, you are in a shock as the place is badly maintained and is full of bats. The place stinks and the caves/statues are damaged or defaced. What does it take the tourism department to promote this lovely destination. The monkeys are really notorious. If you have any food in your hand, from nowhere the monkeys come and attack you. There is no proper place to sit or relax. There are no restaurants there, so carry your own food and water.

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