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Visit the famous Elephanta Caves or Gharapuri as they are also known as in the local tongue Marathi, situated at about 10 kms away from the Gateway of India and approachable by boat from there as well as from Ferry Wharf too!! The island houses the mystifying rock cut temples which date back to the 7th century AD. The chief attraction is the huge 3-headed bust of the Lord Shiva also popularly known as 'Trimurti'. These rock temples in the caves are a fine example of hindu architecture at it's best!!! Boats do not always operate during the monsoon season due the choppy seas!!! Tickets are Rs10 for Indians and $5 (Rs250) for foreigners. The ride to Elehanta Islands is Rs100 by boat and it takes about an hour to traverse the 9 kilometer distance!!! On the way to the islands you will see a lot of ships anchored at sea and also a few of the smaller islands as well as the nuclear reactors and the petroleum refineries!!! No night stay is possible on the island and everything is very expensive on the island so be prepared for higher rates even for a bottle of mineral water!!!
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