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Elephanta Caves

Elephanta is an island off the Mumbai coast declared as the most enigmatic heritage sites in India. It is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is currently maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The island, located on the arm of the Arabian Sea, consists of two group of caves. First is a large group of five Hindu Caves and the second one is a smaller group of two Buddhist caves.

It is one of the major tourist attraction for the people visiting Mumbai. The main cave also called the Shiva Cave is 27 metres square in plan with a hall. The caves contain rock cut stone sculptures. The west wing of the caves is in a semi-ruined state and has small chapel and a cistern enclosed within the pillared cave. How to reach Elephanta is not at all a big question. Mumbai to Elephanta caves can be easily reached by firstly reaching the Gateway of India. From here, you will find boats leaving for the caves at regular interval.

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Maharashtra, India
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Ticket / Cost / Expenses
Time people usually spend here:
3.5 hours
Latitude / Longitude:
18.9583000°N, 72.9306000°E
Distance from Mumbai city center to Elephanta Caves
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Read traveller's reviews about Elephanta Caves..

Overall Rating:4.3

  '4' out of 5
"The caves depicts the architectural finesse of ancient times. The place can be reached through Ferry from Gateway of India within 1-1.5 Hrs. You can get on a toy train for Just 20 bucks (to & fro) to reach near the stairs for the caves. There are around 200-300 stairs which can be tiring for aged people. Overall worth a visit. It will take around 2-3 hours to completely see this place."
  '4' out of 5
"Nice piece of history. Monsoons would be the best time to go to enjoy a better scenery and the crazy ferry ride till the islands shall remain memorable forever."
  '4' out of 5
"Good ancient place near Mumbai. Be prepare to climb about 2kms slope. You will find snatching monkeys and local fruits easily. "
  '5' out of 5
"The caves are an architectural wonder with huge sculptures on their walls. Though most sculptures are broken the site is well maintained. A must see for anybody interested in knowing about India's ancient heritage. You would have to climb a number of steps to reach the cave. Mind the monkeys inside the cave complex."
  '4' out of 5
"Very nice place to visit in Mumbai. You can go there by ferry from Gateway of India. Its fare is Rs. 180/- (as per February 2016) for a return journey. Entry ticket for Indians is Rs. 10/- and for foreigners it's Rs. 250/- The main attraction is at the start of the entrance point which is really very good. Even better if you visit in the monsoon season because of all the greenery. Later there isn't much to visit. Two canons are present in the area which are good to watch but the surrounding and basement of it isn't clean. Basement of canons is very dirty and lot of scrap reduces its value. (hence 4 stars). Overall, a good place to visit if you are with your friends or family. I personally enjoyed the boat journey very much. And yes... Beware of monkeys!"

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