Elephanta Island is teeming with monkeys so watch yourself! Some of them are really cute (especially the babies) but others can be quite intimidating especially if you're carrying or eating food. I would recommend not to eat anything within the cave compound as you'll only ask for trouble. There are also some stray dogs around the compound but they're not any trouble. I saw plenty of little puppies which really broke my heart but no-one seems to be bothered with them in India. Must be just a western thing, I suppose.
In order to reach the ticket counter by the entrance to the caves, you have to climb up a series of steps. These must number well over 100 if not over 200, so it's a bit of a climb up. However, there is an answer to this. There are some guys waiting at the bottom with wooden chairs known as palanquins and they literally carry you up the steps. This, of course, doesn't come for free and I suppose you would have to negotiate a price with them first.
Make sure you wear mosquito repellent to the island especially in the warmer months. Inside the caves in particular those mozzies are rampant. You will spend all your time fending them off if you don’t.
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Watch out for the monkeys!!!
The monkeys on this island are really something you have to be careful about as they can suddenly come up from behind you and snatch anything you are eating or even drinking. There are a lot of them around so be wary of them when eating anything on the way up to the caves or even inside the caves complex.
Picture: Monkey playing with a Coca - Cola bottle!!! They are used to eating and drinking everything you give them or even what they snatch away from you!!! HAHAHA!!! So be careful. You have been warned now!!!
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Avoid organised tours
The visit to Elephanta is easy and cheap. Don’t pay an organised tour, unless you are uncomfortable with the crowded boats of local people going there for a day excursion, and want to do it in a reduced group with your own guide.
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