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
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Cave, Island, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture

About Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

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

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

  • 62.1% 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 while planning their visit to Elephanta Caves.

People also prefer to start their day with Elephanta Caves.

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Elephanta Caves, Mumbai Reviews

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  • About a one-hour ride from Gateway of India Port by ferry. Go to the ticket counter and buy a ticket for the ferry only. In 2018 the price is Rs. 200 for the ferry ( luxury class) - don't expect much from the luxury class. After arrival you can take a trolley train, or walk (my recommendation) about 15 minutes to the main entrance. Plan to be offered guides - price will depend on your ability to negotiable Rs 600 to Rs 2000. For you non Indians, plan to pay Rs. 500. go ahead and pay it, although the locals will pay only Rs. 30 ( surprise them, and pay more- this is something that they are not used to, as everyone tries to rip them off). I am sure they need the money to maintain the place. Next, Plant to climb uphill on steps while many shop owners promote their merchandise. if you are not used to climbing steps, this will take you quite a while. Take your time to look at the details all around you, there are five caves to explore. Plan your return according to the boat schedule. Monkeys everywhere, avoid where monkeys and dogs are in a common area.

  • Place has historical value though the upkeep and preservation efforts are not up to mark. Beautiful sculptures are in a dilapidated state. Historical monuments are to be treated with utmost respect. Cave 1 has the major significance out of all caves. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site and collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to Lord Shiva.

  • Excellent Heritage place, must visit once. Please carry cash before going there as no ATM here & also card payment is also at very limited place. Only way to go there is by sea only, toy train ride is very short but enjoyable. Be aware of MONKEYS, don't try to entertain them in any way, they will attack you if you have food items in your hand. Carving of all the statues is excellent, do your

  • Not too good option if you are going there in summer. it is too hot. Only way to go there is by sea only, toy train ride is very short but enjoyable. Be aware of MONKEYS, don't try to entertain them in any way, they will attack you if you have food items in your hand

  • The trip over on the boat is nice as you leave from gate of India, but once on the island it is a long walk from the boat and then a difficult climb up to the entrance to the caves. You can take the train from the boat to the entrance to the climb. On both sides of the climb there are people selling souvenirs. Make sure you bargain with them! The caves themselves are nice, but not what I was expecting. It is still a nice boat ride with a good breeze to help with the Mumbai heat.

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