Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

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About Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

Elephanta Caves, Mumbai - Address, Phone Number

Address: Elephanta Island, off the coast of Mumbai, India

Phone: 022-22044040

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

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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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  • Awesome place to visit with family and friends. Very much enjoyable place. Its Adobe for anyone who love history and having interest in ancient places and ruins like any archeologist. Ferry ride from gateway of India which takes almost more than one hour is awesome. One can enjoy the soothing air in mid of the sea. And have view of some giant seaplanes. Absolutely worth visiting. Very calm place than the Mumbai city. One more thing before coming here please carry some edible items and drinking water bottles as these items are very costly here due to remote location. Statue of Buddha and other Hindu gods need more attention.

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  • Good place to visit just after the rainy season to enjoy lush green nature. 1 hr fairy ride is most fun part. We get to see the cargo ships and Indian Navy base from fairy. It's too crowded at the afternoon time so one must take 1st fairy at 8:30 am. Elephanta caves remains closed on every Monday...

  • Good place to visit especially those who love to explore historic places,The carvings and caves are pretty cool and gives you a brief history about the place. There is a small lake behind the cave where you get the boating, check that out. Amazing. Reaching the cave is very difficult if you are old.

  • People go here because it needs a ride on the boat to get there. The main attraction for the tourists happens to be the boat ride rather than the ancient caves. Good for a day's outing with family and kids. Food options on the island are mediocre. You won't go hungry. Flea market on the way up to the caves is good.. has a lot of variety of trinket and souvenir shops for tourists.

  • Amazing and best place for tourists and to see the ancient historical events, but points to be taken care are: 1) There are no ATMs 2) Sellers of stones, handcrafted products and other things are too much dominant there, they sell products by seeing at customers face, they charge excessively high if you are new to bargain. If you don't buy after bargain they may shout on you or even may hit you. So be careful 3) Carry water bottles and sufficient food with you. You may not like the food quality there if you are vegetarian.

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