Elephanta CavesCurrently Closed
- 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 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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59.4% 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
Good place to visit for a day trip. We took a ferry from Gateway of India, which took about 1 hour. We spent around 2.5 hours at the location itself. There are lots of monkeys so beware with your food products. There are decent eating joints on the island itself. Taking a local tour guide makes the experience more interesting.
An awesome place to know about history. You have to take a ferry from Gateway of India to travel here. It takes 1 hr on the ferry. There are a total of 7 caves, 4 main and 3 others. Better take a local guide to know more about the caves. You can also visit 2 canons and a lake along with the caves. The canons are good but lake is not worth for walking 2 miles.
Extraordinaire. Great monument not given due importance till date. Must visit place for a stone carvings lover and be proud about our ancestors. PERSONAL HUMBLE REQUEST TO EVERY VISITOR TO LEAVE THE PLACE CLEAN AND UNHARMED. Already too much damage have been done.
A must see in Mumbai. Caves, artillery, statues, apes, birds etc. Takes one hour with boat to get to the island. Very nice experience, island full of history. Terrain is bit demanding if you want to see the artillery and nice view on the top of the hill. Take good shoes. You can also find souvenirs and gifts from market.
What a majestic place. The journey by big boat towards this island is very enjoyable and fun filled. Elepanta cave is surrounded natural beauty and its carved rocks present a magnificent grand temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. A very nice historical place.