Elephanta CavesCurrently Open [Closes at 04:30 pm]
- Address: Elephanta Island, off the coast of Mumbai, India
- Timings: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm Details
- Phone: 022-22044040
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Cave, Island, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Elephanta Caves - Review
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Elephanta Caves
59.5% of people who visit Mumbai include Elephanta Caves in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
73.84% of people start their Elephanta Caves visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Elephanta Caves
90.43% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves Trips
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Elephanta Caves, Mumbai Reviews
One of the best caves to enjoy and have your fun time. This place replicates ancient Indian Architecture and if you are visiting for the first time then you will enjoy it. The stones are supremely carved out and you will be amazed. Best place for one day family trip and yes the sea route is amazing you will get to see big cargo ships off the Bombay harbour. Monkeys are a lot fun here. Enjoy your time.
Nice place to spend one afternoon. Check for weather conditions. Once can relate to deep cultural and religious root in India. A marvel in time dedicated to God Shiva. These cave temples are a UNESCO world heritage site.
A must see if you are even remotely interested in knowing Indian culture. A showcase for Indian mastery in cave and rock sculptures. Equally enjoyable and deeply disturbing as most of the works are defaced. An UNESCO recognized cultural site. Weather and monkeys are to be taken care of. Decent food available.
A great weekend getaway and ferry ride. Caves are easily accessible on foot. Little hike and you should be able to visit the canon hill. Food and refreshments are available.. so all over a good a experience.
Amazing place. Mind blowing architecture reach for Gate way of India via ferry. That charge around 100 rupees per head. Take around one and halt hour depending on tide. Island have Good market for souvenirs.