Elephanta Caves

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  • 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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  • Elephanta Caves Address: Elephanta Island, off the coast of Mumbai, India
  • Elephanta Caves Contact Number: 022-22044040
  • Elephanta Caves Timing: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm
  • Elephanta Caves Price: Free
  • Time required to visit Elephanta Caves: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Elephanta Caves

  • 95% of people who visit Mumbai include Elephanta Caves in their plan

  • 62.27% of people start their Elephanta Caves visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Elephanta Caves

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

93.15% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Elephanta Caves

People normally club together Gateway Of India and Jijamata Udyan Zoo ( Ranichi Baug ) while planning their visit to Elephanta Caves.

People also prefer to start their day with Elephanta Caves.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Elephanta Caves, Mumbai Reviews

  • One of the best caves to to enjoy and have your fun time. This is shows 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 of the Bombay harbour. Monkeys are a lot fun here. Enjoy your time.

  • It's a great place to visit, to meet the past and great sign man works. Many things are polished or given finished look recently, that is quite visible but it was necessary. I touched all 4 caves and 2 cannons at the top of the hills. You will get great arial view of the sea and should take as pic as you want. Advice: Must keep at least 1l water per person, some dry food. Try to stay in group when you go to hill top because monkey will attack you definitely for food.

  • Lovely island... Amazing boat journey... Best time to visit after monsoon... Lots of greenery and beautiful caves.. Wonderful place. Boat return ticket is of around rs275 per person ticket counter at Gate way of India

  • Elephanta caves island is well connected with gateway of India thorough ship. It has eloquent view. Basically was built around 1200 BC on the life of Lord Shiva. It has got its name Elephanta due to the gigantic idol of Elephant but when Portuguese came they demolished the idols and English did the same. Now it is under UNESCO heritage list. Must visit you will enjoy the ship trip too.

  • It is an of old shiva temple. You have to go there by boat which is available from Gateway of India. Toy train service is available there. You have to go to the cave by stairs. Lots of stalls and restaurants are there. The cave contains big statues of god. Moreover you will get a taste of old architecture and heritage. The island contains lots of monkeys.

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