Elephanta Caves7232 Votes Currently Open
- 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
Elephanta Island is a combination of islands located near the Mumbai harbor. It has an array of temples inside its caves that 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 southeast 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 5th and 8th centuries when Indian Art and sculpture were 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 not historically proven document about the caves or the island, the history of 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.
Elephanta Caves Travel Tips
- Looking back at Mumbai from the caves is a surreal experience. Do be sure to enjoy it.
How to Reach Elephanta Caves
- Take a cab or rent a car to get to Essel World
- Leopold Cafe
- Bade Miyan
- Salt Water Cafe
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53.84% 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