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 your Elephanta Caves visit and explore what else you can see and do in Elephanta Island using our Elephanta Island itinerary builder.
Create a full Elephanta Island itinerary
Unable to display map at this time. Please try again later.
Plan your trip to Elephanta Island
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Related Tours to Book
Private Tour: Customizable Mumbai Sightseeing Including Elephanta Caves or Kanheri Caves BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $71
Mumbai Morning Tour Including the Gateway of India, the Elephanta Caves and a Mumbai-Style Breakfast BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $38
View more tours
Plans in Elephanta Island by other users
60 days in Maharashtra BY A USER FROM INDIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 48 days in Maharashtra BY A USER FROM INDIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Elephanta Island & Mumbai (Bombay) BY A USER FROM INDIA February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 41 days in Maharashtra BY A USER FROM INDIA January, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Maharashtra BY A USER FROM INDIA March, kids, relaxing, beaches, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, kids, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Elephanta Island BY A USER FROM INDIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Maharashtra BY A USER FROM INDIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Elephanta Island BY A USER FROM INDIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Maharashtra BY A USER FROM INDIA January, outdoors, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in Maharashtra BY A USER FROM INDIA December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Elephanta Island BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
You get the ferry to Elephanta Island from the Gateway to India at a cost of about RPS 180 return - although its another 10 rps each way to sit on the open top deck - and depending on the wind/tides t... more »
To give you an overview we are an Australian family and have travelled a little. We currently live in Dubai but have also lived in India so have a good understanding of the culture and nuisances. We a... more »
Beautiful statues and well kept. Excellent photo opportunities and a lovely half day trip! I loved the ferry ride to the Island. I loved the small train ride to the bottom of the caves!
One big misunderstanding. You need to spend one hour on old and creepy boat to get there, then they charge you the same as for Elora or Ajanta but you have here only few "temples". Only one is interesting, rest are just caves without any sculptures or paintings. Do not bother to go there...
Good place to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city. You will probably get very thirsty roaming there, so do remember to carry enough water as it cost double the price there and there is only one water dispensing machine which is too in a very bad state.
One of the best replica for our impressive sculpture and traditional architecture of India. Elephanta Caves is unforgettable experience to me. It is in Elephanta island,to which we will have to take mesmarize voyage from Gateway of India. It has a very attractive nature and sculptures to give a astonishing view and joy to its visitors. I like the way they have provided the route to reach the caves from boating point. There are different varieties of restaurants,clothings,articles,ornament shops which amuse us with their arts. Trust, you people will enjoy each and every moment in this memorable trip..
If you are looking for moments away from hustle bustles of Mumbai city, this is perfect gateway to peace. I would recommend visiting this place on weekdays as weekend gets crowded, though manageable. Place is not made differently abled friendly but not a big issue as there is option available to hire kursiwala people who will help with chair to reach you up there. So if ruins and caves interests you, don't miss this world heritage site.
It takes a 40 min ferry ride from the gateway of india to reach the beautiful island there are several shops on the jetty itself selling forest berries and salted mango and corn A long flight of stairs surrounded by shops selling various things on both sides leads to the caves The caves itself are a wonder to behold I would suggest employing a guide they will explain to you almost everything about the caves The short trek to cannon point is extremely worth the effort as you are rewarded by the amazing view of Bombay harbour and the island with its lush forest of green interspersed with red gulmohar trees The ferries leave at 5:30 and no tourist is allowed to stay overnight
Best things to do in Elephanta Island
Are you the owner of this business?Click here for promotion tips.