Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

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  • Address: Elephanta Island, off the coast of Mumbai, India
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm Details
  • Phone: 022-22044040
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Cave, Island, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
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About Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

Elephanta Island is a combination of islands located near the Mumbai harbour. It has an array of temples inside its caves which attract the tourists in huge numbers. These caves are known as the Elephanta caves. They were carved out of rocks in ancient times. The island has two mountains in two directions.

One can use the boat service to reach there from Mumbai to the south east coast of the island city. Daily boats are available from the Gateway of India and the tickets are quite inexpensive.

A huge, serene statue of Shiva is what most people come to see. This stone architecture of the caves probably belongs to the the 5th and 8th centuries when Indian Art and sculpture was at an all-time high. When the Portuguese came to India, they started calling it Elephanta on seeing its huge enormous statue of an Elephant (which has now been placed elsewhere). As there is no historically proven document about the caves or the island, the history about the island has been theorized from the stone architecture of the walls of the rocks. The island has two groups of caves depicting the legends of famous Hindu sculptures. These caves are also known as Gharapuri.

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Elephanta Caves Information

  • Looking back at Mumbai from the caves is a surreal experience. Do be sure to enjoy it.

How To reach Elephanta Caves by Public Transport

  • Take a cab or rent a car to get to Essel World

Restaurants Near Elephanta Caves

  • Leopold Cafe
  • Bade Miyan
  • Salt Water Cafe

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  • About a one-hour ride from Gateway of India Port by ferry. Go to the ticket counter and buy a ticket for the ferry only. In 2018 the price is Rs. 200 for the ferry ( luxury class) - don't expect much from the luxury class. After arrival you can take a trolley train or walk about 15 minutes to the main entrance. Plan to be offered guides - price will depend on your ability to negotiable Rs 600 to Rs 2000. For you non Indians, plan to pay Rs. 500. go ahead and pay it, although the locals will pay only Rs. 30 ( surprise them, and pay more- this is something that they are not used to, as everyone tries to rip them off). I am sure they need the money to maintain the place. Next, Plant to climb uphill on steps while many shop owners promote their merchandise. if you are not used to climbing steps, this will take you quite a while. Take your time to look at the details all around you, there are five caves to explore. Plan your return according to the boat schedule.

  • History welcomes you here. One hour ferry ride and you reach there. Then approx 1 km walk and 120 stairs to the Elephanta caves. But you can avoid walk as there is a toy train just for rs 10. But can't avoid stairs. There are palki for old aged people. Market for shopping and small cafes to hang out. There are 5 caves upstairs. But only first one is important. Better to take a guide, who costs you rs 450/-. There are monkeys so please be aware. Don't keep eatables in hand. While returning from caves, seagulls chases the ferry for food. 😃😃😃 One can feed them chips and biscuits. That is so memorable.

  • Very poorly maintained. 4 stars are because overall experience is good. You will need about 6 to 7 hours. Go by 9am to beat the crowd. Ferry is about 1 hr one way. Return ticket cost is Rs 200 for luxury boat (don't keep high expectations). Few spots are very dangerous at this place. Open ditches, slippery and steep descents (photos attached), no safety railings. Monday, the caves are closed and so are street shops on the way up to caves. It is a good bit of climb. Good exercise, elderly and those going with infants may want to avoid. There are vendors who will carry you up to the caves in a chair in case you want to avoid climbing. Do carry a water bottle. Beware of monkey, dogs, cow menace. Especially monkeys will run behind you if they see food in your hand.

  • A World heritage monument. The cave is located in a small island. We go to it by boat for 45 minutes. Very peaceful travel. the caves are so good. there are good shops and restaurants in this place to fulfill yourself. It has a couple of small temples to visit to which you need to walk for few minutes. Very good place to visit with friends, couples etc.. an entire day can be spent here.

  • It's a one hour Ferry ride from Gateway of India, Bombay. It's a scenic place. Lots of caves here. Elephanta falls on an island and so it's surrounded by water. It is a beautiful heritage structure. Should be preserved nicely. Tourists sometimes dirty this place. Security has improved since past one year. It's a tourist destination and spot for local as well as International tourists and visitors. The place is tried to be kept clean on all times but it's very difficult as the people here aren't aware of civic sense and that's to keep Elephanta Islands clean and tidy, spic and span.

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