Elephanta Caves, Elephanta Island
Categories: Caves, Sacred & Religious Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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Well worth the boat trip to see astonishing caves and superb carvings. Tips if you go - take the 9am ferry to avoid the crowds and avoid the scammers telling you timing is wrong and better caves they ... read more »
This was one of the most fun days out we had, fun boat trip with great views. The Caves were awesome, the Island was really nice with wild monkeys, it was very littered though which was a shame. This ... read more »
Every half an hour from Gateway to India from 09:00, one hours boat trip - great views of ships awaiting port. If the weather's good sit upstairs - there is NO supplement to do so (DO NOT pay extra as... read more »
Somali K Chakrabarti
The caves are an architectural wonder with huge sculptures on their walls. Though most sculptures are broken the site is well maintained. A must see for anybody interested in knowing about India's ancient heritage. You would have to climb a number of steps to reach the cave. Mind the monkeys inside the cave complex.
Very nice place to visit in Mumbai. You can go there by ferry from Gateway of India. Its fare is Rs. 180/- (as per February 2016) for a return journey. Entry ticket for Indians is Rs. 10/- and for foreigners it's Rs. 250/- The main attraction is at the start of the entrance point which is really very good. Even better if you visit in the monsoon season because of all the greenery. Later there isn't much to visit. Two canons are present in the area which are good to watch but the surrounding and basement of it isn't clean. Basement of canons is very dirty and lot of scrap reduces its value. (hence 4 stars). Overall, a good place to visit if you are with your friends or family. I personally enjoyed the boat journey very much. And yes... Beware of monkeys!
This is the historical place. Cave is not healthy good but, old fire TOPP is standing on top off the hill.... Very risky for that see. We also see BHABHA research center, Many streamer, boats, jahaj see from this hill. We also knew that this place going side too by tourism boat... Maharashtra Sasan.
EXCELLENT ARCHITECTURE . The Ajanta caves in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra are also must visit. For free audio guide download "AjantaCaves " a free android app from playstore.
I have heard a lot about Elephanta caves. So this time when I was in Mumbai I find some time go there. It is 1 hour approx. journey from gateway of India to Elephanta Island. Ticket booths are near to Gateway of India. Tickets are cheap approx. ₹150 which include the return journey. The journey is loved by those who love sea, beaches kind of stuff. Elephanta caves are mesmerizing. I am so much fascinated by thinking how the sculptures are made by cutting the rocks. I Can't tell much about caves because I'm not a archeologist type of person. Just went for outing and I liked the weather, wind, panoramatic view of sea. Many Restaurants are there so food no problem. If you want to some beer only one bar is there which is at the starting point of caves. I enjoyed a lot with my friends so what more I can ask for. Visited January 2016...
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