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Elephanta Caves

Mumbai, MH, India
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  • Elephanta CavesPro 2014
    Margot B
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    4 Dec 21, 2013

    If you're staying anywhere near Colaba Causeway, Mumbai's main tourist strip, make it a point to take a boat trip out to the Elephanta Caves, a group of basalt caves on a small island, about 6 miles offshore in the Arabian Sea. The caves are notable for their rock-cut shrines that are believed to have been carved somewhere between the 5th-8th centuries AD. There are seven caves in total; five contain Hindu shrines and two have Buddhist shrines. Boats leave regularly from the dock next to Colaba's India Gate.

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    Amisha Upadhyaya
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    5 Dec 12, 2013

    Just a ferry ride away from the Gateway of India, these exquisite caves are like taking a step back into ancient history. Be careful of the monkeys though! They will take whatever you have to offer -- and don't offer.

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    Travis Katz
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    4 Oct 24, 2013

    Definitely a must when in Bombay. Catch a ferry boat near the Gateway to India and go explore the beautiful carvings on these island caves.

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    Matthew Crompton
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    4 Oct 21, 2013

    The Brahmanical caves on Elephanta Island in Mumbai harbor are an expected stop for the tourist to Bombay. That said, they're still pretty nifty, with excellent scuptures, and the boatride out gives the visitor a real sense for how enormous the harbor really is. If a bit of solitude in Mumbai is what you're seeking, wander just a little ways away from the crowds here for a quiet moment.

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    Santiago Prieto
    2 Sep 16, 2012

    Hindu caves in an island near Mumbai. Whole trip takes at least 1/2 day. The main cave is cool but the grounds are not that well kept, it's full of pestering vendors and the monkeys, which have herpes b, are vicious and scary.

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    peter
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    4 Jun 22, 2014

    nice place

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    Matthias Hagemann
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    4 May 21, 2014

    very touristic but good anyway, not in monsoon season, boats from Gateway of India

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    Ahmed Khan
    3 Jul 15, 2012

    good place

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    ashok Reddy
    2 Jul 08, 2012

    this is one of those place u can find lot of monkeys which can harm u

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    Syed Raza
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    it is beautiful place during raini season

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    Sharath Chandran
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This really shows how good is Indian architecture

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    Ragh Sap
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    nice place

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    Kevin Picholo
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Interesting island to visit for couple of hours!

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    Sandesh Parulkar
    3 Jun 26, 2012
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    5 Jun 24, 2012
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    4 May 07, 2011
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    4 Aug 17, 2012
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    3 Feb 28, 2012
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4.0 out of 5
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Located on Elephanta Island, 11 km to the east of the mainland in the enormous Mumbai Harbor, these cave temples (five Brahmanical caves dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and two smaller Buddhist caves) are an excellent example of the tradition of rock-cut architecture. Not definitively dated, the caves were thought to have been created between the late-5th to late-8th centuries, though the caves ... read more
were damaged and effectively abandoned as places of worship under Portuguese rule beginning in the early 16th century. A UNESCO world heritage site, guides are readily and cheaply available at the boat landing on the island; boats leave half-hourly from the Gateway of India in Colaba.

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