Elephanta Caves, Elephanta Island

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A World Heritage Site, Elephanta Caves exposes the cave system named after a colossal elephant which was unearthed nearby. Located on island hills 7 km (4.3 mi) from the shore of mainland, the entire network consists of seven sculpted caves which date to the 5th and 8th centuries and feature sculptures, shrines, and a colossal bust of the three forms of Siva (Mahesa-murti). As you roam its natural halls, notice that the larger group of five caves have Hindu features dedicated to Lord Shiva, where other two contain rock-cut formations indicative of Buddhist craftsmanship. If you wish to learn more about the complex, on-site guides can help. Plan to see Elephanta Caves and other attractions that appeal to you using our Elephanta Island sightseeing planner .
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  • It was awesome journey to elephanta cave from gateway of India, through ferry. I like it so much and when reaching out their it's worth it and very beautiful  more »
  • Reaching via Ferry from Gateway of India. Approx 1 hour and than walking around 500-600 m in between dogs and stray cows, after surrounded by monkeys on nearly 120 steps to reach elephanta caves. All ...  more »
  • Very beautiful and interesting, there are mani steppa to get there but it worth. It takes around 30 minutes by ferry to get there plus around 40 minutes of walk. But in General is quite Pleasant. Also...  more »
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  • A World heritage monument. The cave is located in a small island. We go to it by boat for 45 minutes. Very peaceful travel. the caves are so good. there are good shops and restaurants in this place to fulfill yourself. It has a couple of small temples to visit to which you need to walk for few minutes. Very good place to visit with friends, couples etc.. an entire day can be spent here.
  • Very nice cave no one. It reminds us our history book cover & school days. Excellent carvings Trimurti & other idols. May be nice place to visit in rainy season. Travel from Gate Way of India & Elephanta island in boat is also added value to this site seeing.
  • Excellent Masterpiece. The enclaves and artistic works are marvelous. This is great tourist spot. Best time to visit is morning 9-11 and on weekdays, other days and timing very crowded. Ferry service Rs.180 at India gate, nearly 45 minutes journey. Then you can take mini train for just Rs.10. Then walking on the stair/steps are great, aged people can use walking sticks or carrying by chair services also provided.
  • The place is located on an island which is a 1 hour ferry ride away from gateway of India. The journey on the sea is very scenic. To reach the caves one has to climb a lot of steps. The steps are adorned with several shops with various things to buy. There are restaurants on the way too. The caves are very beautiful and the carvings are exquisite.
  • After nearly 1hr ferry ride from Gateway we reached here at 2pm.. The look at all the skyscraper of Mumbai you get while going there is stunning. The weather here is amazing. You'll feel a bit relaxed to be away from all the pollution. Once we entered the Island we saw numerous stores selling various articles. A nominal Entry fee was charged for visiting the caves. The group of caves are nice to watch and are more interesting if you are a history enthusiast.

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Where to stay in Elephanta Island

You cannot stay overnight on Elephanta Island, so most travelers opt to stay in Mumbai, one hour away by boat. Hotels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts in Mumbai can be very expensive compared to the rest of India, but shoestring travelers have a few budget options as well. When on the island, you may meet locals who give tours of the island, though it is not wise to stay at a home overnight. If you need a place to rest during your day trip to Elephanta Island, you can step into the Maharashtra Tourism Department Hotel for food and drink.
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