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 Mumbai City District sightseeing planner .
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  • Took a one hour boat ride from the Gateway of India to Elephanta Island, we were pounced on the minute our feet touched land in Elephanta by a local who didn't introduce himself as a guide to start wi...  more »
  • An enjoyable boat ride takes you to this pleasant island where you walk past several stores as you wind your way up the the train stop to travel onto the caves a Unesco world heritage site dedicated t...  more »
  • This was a very nice trip to embark upon. First there is a pleasant one hour boat ride followed by a short mini train trip. Then its a walk up 120 steps which were easy to negotiate. Very interesting ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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 a very nice place. But they Local vendors are charging anything. Please carry your own food and water. They don't accept any cards or money wallets. Boat ride is great 200rs for adult both ways and 125 for kids. Tickets are Available gateway of India next to entrance.
  • Great experienced, never enjoyed before like this.cool weather. Good place to watch you have to take a fairy light vendor Arabian Sea for about 1 hour one side journey one time watch place. It is a very nice place but the local vendor are charging anything please carry your own food and water.
  • Elephants caves are situated on an island close to Bombay. The only way to get to the island for tourists is by ferry. There are many ferries that operate to and fro from gateway of India. One way journey to this island takes close to an hour.once you reach the island you have a long walk up the hill where the main caves are located. The caves are part of UNESCO heritage sites. There are many temples withing the caves, most of them are dedicated to lord Shiva and his different forms. The ferry ride to the island for us was an interesting and enjoyable one. As soon as the journey started there were seagulls flying beside us through out the journey. It was really delightful to see. On the island there are many monkeys that cause chaos . It is advisable not to carry food while there.
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