Elephanta Caves

Open Time : 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m

Entry : paid

Address : Elephanta Caves, Gharapuri, Maharashtra, India

Phone : 022 2204 4040

Why to visit Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an example of mediaeval Indian rock-cut art and architecture. The caverns are situated on the Elephanta or Gharapuri island, which is 11 kilometres away from Mumbai. The Elephanta Caves, also known locally as Gharapurichi Leni, are the remains of once-complexly painted artworks.

The Elephanta Caves complex contains two groups of alcoves: the first is a sizable group of five Hindu caves, while the second is a more compact collection of two Buddhist caves. The Shaiva Hindu sect is represented by stone carvings found in Hindu caves. There are other significant sculptures in the caverns, including "Trimurti," or the three-headed Shiva, and "Gangadhar."

Facts about Elephanta Caves :

  • Elephanta Caves have a more than three thousand year history.
  • Hindu temples were built in Elephanta Caves' main cave during the Portuguese era of power.
  • The majority of the sculptures cut into the caverns were defaced by the Portuguese in the 17th century.
  • Many academics believe that Christian Portuguese soldiers practised shooting at targets using the sculptures and caverns in Elephanta.

FAQ on Elephanta Caves

How to reach Elephanta Caves?

To take a local bus directly to the Gateway of India. Hire a ferry as normal and travel to the Elephanta Caves. Due to its location on an island, the primary mode of transportation to access this location is a boat.

What attractions are near Elephanta Caves?

Attractions near Elephanta Caves: (11.13 km) Gateway of India (10.28 km) No Footprints (10.84 km) Khaki Tours

What restaurants are near Elephanta Caves?

Restaurants near Elephanta Caves: (0.04 km) Young Chilli (0.04 km) Kazipura (0.04 km) Starbucks

What hotels are near Elephanta Caves?

Hotels near Elephanta Caves: (0.04 km) Make My Day (12.30 km) The Oberoi Mumbai (10.45 km) ITC Grand Central, Mumbai - a Luxury Collection Hotel

When is the ideal time to visit Elephanta Caves?

The Elephanta caves are best visited during the winter months, from November to February. The caves should not be visited during the rainy season in Mumbai, which runs from June to August.

Special Tip

The Elephanta Caves are a well-known trekking destination. One of the two canons located close to Elephanta Caves can be reached by hiking from here. To get to the canons, you must travel a strenuous trek. The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) organises an amazing dance festival on Elephanta Island every February.


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