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Visit Elephanta Caves

Dating back between the 5th and 8th centuries, the Elephanta Caves in Mumbai are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that represents the diorama of the Hindu and Buddhist culture dilating from the rock cut sculptures.

Dating back between the 5th and 8th centuries, the Elephanta Caves in Mumbai are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that represents the diorama of the Hindu and Buddhist culture dilating from the rock cut sculptures. It is safely nestled in an island on the harbor channel of Mumbai.

According to the archaeological excavations, the Elephanta Caves exhibits the reign of several dynasties. From the defeat of Mauryan rulers of Konkan by the Badami Chalukyas to the invasion of Portuguese and British, the history of the Elephanta Caves is a testimony to Mumbai Travel Guide. The Elephanta caves consist of two groups of caves and a total of 7 caves, five of them representing the Hindu culture and two representing the Buddhist culture. The Trimurti of Elephanta showing the three faces of Shiva is one of the major attractions. Nonetheless the caves also maintain several other Hindu deities. After the invasion of the Portuguese in the year 1534, the island of Gharapuri was renamed as Elephanta Island, on seeing a huge rock-cut black stone statue of an elephant that was then installed on a mound. The elephant now sits in the Jijamata Udyaan zoo in Mumbai.

Being one of the major archeological sites and tourist destinations, how to reach Elephanta Caves, Mumbai is not a matter to worry about. There are ferries from the Gateway of India that takes 1 hour to reach the Elephanta Island by sea. It is closed on Mondays and the Elephanta Caves timings are from 9am to 5pm.

Timing

All days of the week 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

PREFFERED BY

History Buffs ,Photo Fanatics

TIME SPENT

4 to 5 hours

ENTRY FEE

Rs 10 per person for Indians Rs 250 per person for Foreigners

Quick Info

  • Attractions

    City of Dreams
  • Altitude

    14 m
  • STD Code

    022
  • Best Season

    Oct – Mar
  • State/Code

    /400xxx
  • LANGUAGES

    Marathi, Hindi and English