Monkey Business at Elephanta Island

Perhaps I should seek employment as a surveillance photographer for I found it so amusing to catch mischievous primates on film in Bali, Cambodia and India! :)

This cheeky monkey was spotted on Elephanta Island. To get there, we had to take a 50-minute boat ride from India Gate in Mumbai / Bombay.


First, the little macaque checked the scene to ensure she wasn’t being watched.

Into the blue bucket she dove.

With her prize in sight, she completes one final check…

…before spiriting away a bag of savory snacks.

It’d be hard to identify her in a line-up with only the derrière shot!

But I caught her later, enjoying the evidence. :)

Where in the World?

Planning Pointers:

  • To reach Elephanta Island, catch a ferry by the Gateway of India. The ferry ride takes about 30 minutes each way.
  •  Need more inspiration as you plan your travels in India? This link contains an index of all my posts from India.

Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.


15 thoughts on “Monkey Business at Elephanta Island

  1. These Bonnet macaques can be quite a menace at times. Most are ridiculously daring and will grab food from children’s hands and will scratch badly if you don’t cooperate with their plans! Where I live now, they’re constantly running on the roof.

    1. Ruth, you’re absolutely right! When we were in Bali, we saw a baby macaque playing on a female tourist’s lap (with her dress tassel). When baby accidentally rolled a few inches, the mother monkey grew frightened, thought the human was hurting her little one, and latched onto the woman’s arm with her teeth!

      We also saw the macaques stealing sunglasses, juice bottles and children’s candy.

      Do they also tightrope walk on power lines by your home?

      As roguish as they can be, it’s such a delight to watch them though. Fascinating creatures!

      1. Oh dear. Haha, their tightrope walking skills are quite well known, I see! Yes, they are fascinating. It makes for an interesting analysis because people usually believe there is a clear divide between the wilderness and urban landscapes, or the homes of humans and all wild creatures.

      2. Throughout our travels in Asia, we also sadly saw a fair number of them kept as pets – chained to a post and lonely. Guess that’s why it was such a joy to observe them in a more natural environment – even if it is an intersection between an urban and wild landscape.

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