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Your trip to Elephanta Island would be incomplete without a small climb up to Cannon Hill – aptly named because of the cannons strategically perched on top of the hill. The cannons are cleverly camouflaged by the surrounding greenery. In its hey days it must have probably been a very effective weapon in keeping out attackers.
One of the cannons in all its glory. The dais can actually turn a full circle thereby giving a 360° field of attack.
The sturdy base of the cannon. From where I shot this photograph, there’s a staircase leading downstairs and into a maze of rooms probably meant for storing shells for the cannon and other artillery. Passageways cut into the hill were probably used as escape routes. You can actually feel yourself being transported into history. Quite mesmerizing!
Probably a lookout wall meant to keep a watch for attackers coming in from the sea and also as a first line of defense. Again, it’s perfectly camouflaged amidst the surrounding greenery.
To be continued…
Part #1 – A Day Trip to Elephanta Caves, Mumbai
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