The Elephanta Caves are one of the major tourist attractions in Mumbai. The caves have historical and archaeological significance. They are located on Elephanta Island in Mumbai. These caves were built by Hindu kings between the 5th and 7th centuries AD. The structure of these caves is the perfect blend of the Dravidian and Nagara styles. The cave was initially known as Gharapuri, but later became popular under the name Elephanta.
The UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site is dedicated to Lord Shiva and still has ancient statues.
Facts about Cave .’s architecture
The Elephanta Caves are a group of rock-cut temples excavated to reveal five temples of Lord Shiva along with other deities. In the caves are also images engraved on these walls depicting scenes from Indian mythology, which are very similar to the paintings in Ajanta and Ellora.
How to reach the Elephanta Caves from Mumbai
The caves are located a bit away from the capital. Tourists can hire taxis from the CST station to go to this island. People who want to have fun can also take boat trips in the Arabian Sea. The boat trips can be taken from Gateway of India.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the caves is from October to June. During the month of July to September, the place gets heavy rainfall and the parts of the island are inaccessible, so travelers should avoid the place.
Tips while visiting the destination
Plan your trip to the caves taking into account the ferry times.
Elephant cave tours are available.
Carry water bottles
Please wear comfortable shoes and use sunscreen to avoid tanning
The entrance fee to the historical structure for Indian tourists is Rs 40 and for foreigners the cost is 600. No entrance fee for children under 15 years old. The caves open every day at 9am and close at 5pm. Avoid the trip on Mondays as the archaeological site is closed.
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