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 your Elephanta Caves visit and explore what else you can see and do in Elephanta Island using our Elephanta Island itinerary builder.
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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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  • This place definitely holds a lot of historic beauty, the ancient caves of lord shiva are situated on a small hilly island. It takes about 45 minutes from the Gate of India by ferry, and the ferry rid...  more »
  • This is a sea trip of 11 km from Gateway of India, Mumbai, which takes you off the shore and the noise of city. These are the traditional Elephanta caves known for its mesmerizing art and ancient cult...  more »
  • Mainly Lord Shiva Temple Called, Elephanta Caves are sculpted caves located on Gharapuri Village a island near Mumbai harber. Elephanta caves UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beutiful caves can see by visi...  more »
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  • The ferry ride is an important component of this worthy enough one day trip. The seagulls will give you a pleasant company. It may not be a very enjoyable experience to visit this place during summer afternoons, but if you do, don't neglect to keep yourself hydrated. Although there are cave networks in India that are much better than this, it still is a worthy enough visit.
  • The main attraction is the ferry ride. Ferry ride, including return, costs Rs. 180/- for "luxury" and Rs. 150/- for smaller ferry. Ferry ride is from Gateway of India. The ride is about an hour and half hour long for one-way trip. Lot of seagulls and merchant vessels to see on the way. After you reach the island you can board a toy (mini) train for Rs. 10/-. There are a lot of stairs to climb to reach the caves. Many restaurants present in case you're hungry but I will suggest you to carry your own food. Toilets are present at entrance of stairs as well as the far side of island. The caves are beautiful to look at if you don't have very high expectations. Drinking water is also available at top of the stairs. Rs. 30 entry fee will be levied at top as entry fee. Last ferry from island leaves at 1730 hrs. Best time to visit is the winter season.
  • The most amazing thing is the ferry ride. Will request you to go for luxury one. That way they call it. It's actually bigger boat and that's why will be safer. You must visit the Cannon kept at the top of island after visiting caves.
  • The best place as one whole day package trip. It's great ride in sea where boat will be sailing through and cutting the sea. It will be dry for whole trip if you don't want to pay more money on water then carry water bottles. Eatables are available but better to carry your own. There will be small train kind of kiddo train to carry passenger for distance of 500mt.plan to travel one way through train and other way walk. The first boat will start from elephanta caves back to India gate is at 1130 and u will reach by 130 almost so plan your activities Total worth to watch such majestic historical place great art..
  • Beautiful place. Many things to see. Best time to visit is after monsoon and before summer. If you like historical places. You will be amazed. Don't forget to take a walk above the caves and where the Seven step water fall starts.