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“Elephanta Caves: A world heritage site approved by UNESCO”
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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.
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Elephanta Caves: A world heritage site approved by UNESCO”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Elephanta Caves are located in Elephanta Island which is originally known as Gharapuri in the Arabian sea and approximately 10 to 11 km far from the Gateway of India. So, if you want to go there, first you have to reach Gateway of India in time. The Ferry-boat takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes time from Gateway of India to Elephanta Island. Ferry-boat charges Rs.140/- for an adult and Rs.90/- for a child for a return journey from Gateway of India to Elephanta Island and return. Ferry-boat starts at 9:00 am from Gateway of India and it is available through-out the day at an interval of 30 minutes (approx.). The last boat leaves Gateway of India at 2:00 pm. From Elephanta Island to Gateway of India, the first boat starts at 12:00 noon and the last boat timing is at 5:30 pm. So, plan your trip to Elephanta Island accordingly. Moreover, Gateway of India is very crowded on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Once you are in the boat, you will have an option to travel on the top deck of the ferry-boat and you have to pay extra Rs.10/- per trip, if you choose so. There are amazing views of the Gateway of India, Hotel Taj-Palace and high buildings of the Mumbai city. Once you are middle of the journey, Sea view from the ferry-boat is amazing. You will see lots of ships/launch floating on the sea. Overall the surrounding is amazing. You can collect a number of good photographs of the surroundings on the sea.

Once you reach Elephanta Island, there is an option to ride a small distance by toy train offered by Maharashtra Tourism and if you choose, you have to pay Rs.10/- per head for one way journey. After getting down from the toy-train, the way is uphill and there are chains of local shops both-side of the way, shopkeepers are offering varieties of jewelries, many wood-works, various idols of Lord Ganesha & Lord Shiva made of marble-stones, some worship accessories like bells etc. and many more other things. There are also many local Indian food stalls and also a restaurant run by MTDC available on the way. There are also solar lights on the street. There is also a beer-bar just beside the entrance gate. Elephanta Caves entry fees for the Indian is Rs.10+5=15/- and for foreigner is Rs.250/-.

The main attractions of the Elephanta Caves are rock temples, caves, various rock sculptors and Shivalingam & Trimurti Sadashiva (three headed Lord Shiva). There are seven caves out of which five are Hindu Caves and two are Buddhist Caves. The name of the Elephanta caves given from the view of the caves which looks like an elephant. The Elephanta Caves is a a world heritage site approved by UNESCO and a very popular tourist destination, very peaceful place and is a must for visit.

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You may also love to spend some time in front of the Gateway of India and take some photographs of Gateway of India.

On returning from Elephanta Cave, you may visit to NCPA - National Centre for the Performing Arts located at Nariman Point which is India's best known performance art institute for theatre, film, music and dance. It is better to contact them over phone number to enquire whether any performance is going on that day before you visit there. You may also check at website for the program schedule, if any. If you want visit inside the campus & roam around, you may also need to get permission from the respected authority.

Visited June 2014
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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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“A good place for One / Half Day Trip”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Last Visited : February 2014.

How to Reach: We reached from Pune by Volvo Bus upto Sion Station. From there we took a cab to reach this destination on our way to Elephanta Caves.
Site Review : I have visited this place for the first time but, ferry ride from Gateway of India to Island is a treat.

Historical Information: The Elephanta Caves are a network of sculpted caves located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri (literally "the city of caves") in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The island, located on an arm of the Arabian Sea, consists of two groups of caves—the first is a large group of five Hindu caves, the second, a smaller group of two Buddhist caves.

Additional Observation: In the start there is a navy area of the left hand side and a murky view of Trombe oil refinery. prohibited to take snaps during this navy area ride.
When you reach the island it is a 5 min trip by a small toy train / or by walk from the bank of the sea to foot of the hill.
Crossing the local bunch of shops , and can had lunch at the hotels at bottom of the hill , it a good steep climbing. But view is good after reaching there. Not all the caves are good but it is must to see 20 feet (6.1 m) high Trimurti sculpture , called "Sadashiv". Then a little rest and climb further to see the big rotating cannon a good historical learning on how they used to operate a cannon.
Then on return a large pool of birds fly behind your ferry boat is a awesome view. Also must mention the amazing view of TAJ & Gate Way from the arabian sea is must to see. A nice feeling to see the reflections of TAJ & Gate Way of INDIA in water.

Localities : Place is overall poorly maintained to manage this high footfall. Ferry ride to elephanta caves takes 160 /- approx. per head.

Hotels : No hotel on island , go and return by last ferry.

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Visited February 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Amazing Elephanta Island”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

My daughter and I loved the ferry trip out to the island to see the caves. We were tempted by all the beautiful local art and craft on the way. The shopping is very reasonable and the best place to buy souvenirs that I have found.
Caves are remarkable and a real treasure to find such incredible carvings of the Indian Gods and Goddesses, the Hindu Trinity.
Well worth a visit, as it is also very peaceful there after the hustle and bustle of Mumbai.

Visited August 2013
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“Amazing Elephanta Caves”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

An hours trip by ferry, these can be taken at the same place as the gateway to India.
We were there in May, so it was incredible hot and humid. The 120 odd stairs to the caves are lined with vendors selling trinkets and lots of beautiful things. There is a fee to enter the actual cave site.
The caves are amazing, even though some have been destroyed by Portuguese bullets, they are still impressive. they tell the story of the Hindu trinity.
We were fortunate to get a guide on the island as we got off the ferry. His English was good, and he was very knowledgeable on everything to do with the island. if you do get a guide, make sure you find out the cost before you start off on the tour.
Carry water to drink, as we were told not to drink the water, there are stalls/ restaurants selling drinks and food. Keep it in your bag, as there are thirsty monkey's around that will grab it from you.
Great views of the gateway leaving the bay and coming back, as well as amazing views of Mumbai.

Visited May 2014
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“Elephanta caves Mumbai”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

when we visited these caves we hired a sailing boat from the Royal Yacht Club and with a trained boat skipper we sailed for about an hour.With the weather being very humid this was the best way to keep cool.We also took a picnic with us on the sailing boat which passed the time until we got there.Once arrived found to be one of the best trips we have had whilst we stayed in India

Visited July 2013
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