About Elephanta Caves

Elephanta caves are located in the Grahapuri island. It means The City of Caves. However, it is called Elephanta Island now. Now, let's go back in history as the Portuguese settlers were who coined this name as they had found a stone elephant statue here on first coming here  Now, turning back the clock lets find out some more facts about all the 8 caves. These caves are mostly visited during Monsoon Season due to some waterfall nearby these caves. Many experts say that Pullkesin II, the great Chalukya prince built these caves to celebrate his victory. Most of the caves are dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses. But, there are a number of caves that represent Buddhist culture. We can also trace some sculptures that represent the combination of Hindu and Buddhist tradition. There are traces of some sculptures having both Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Due to the Portuguese invaders, most of some amazing structures were destroyed. The invaders marauded and removed most of if not all of the carvings and the writings. Yet, these caves have a lot to offer and have been a mainstay in attracting people for centuries. Famous amongst all is the Trimurti Sadasiva it is the most important and most amazing sculpture. This sculpture is 20 feet high. It is the image of a three-faced Lord Shiva who is an important God of the Trinity. The Trimurti Sadasiva is a representation of the Panchamukha Shiva. The central figure is accompanied by the image of Gangadhara (the source of the Ganges) to its right and Ardhanarishwara to its left.

Must See

  • Enjoy a ferry ride to Elephanta Caves
  • Spend time watching the caves of Shiva Parvathi

How to reach

A visitor can take a local train from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or Churchgate to reach Elephanta Cave. People can travel by taxi to reach the Elephanta Cave which takes only 10 minutes. 

Tips

  • If you are planning to spend your entire day at Elephanta Caves, it's advisable that you can take rest during the daytime. The Maharastra Tourism Department Hotel is a good choice. They also serve food and drinks.
  • If you want to stay overnight, then you have to stay with the locals and that is not advisable.
  • You can click lots of pictures and show them to your friends later.
  • Beware of the monkeys that roam around. They are quite used to the huge masses of people, but they do not like it when kids and even pesky teenagers tease them by throwing stones or making weird noises and gestures. There have been many cases of people being scratched or attacked by monkeys in retaliation.
  • Visit all caves, go up to Cannon Hill to see the Old Cannon.
  • The Elephanta caves were attributed the status of a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1987.
  • It is currently under the observation of the Archaeological Survey of India. You can pay a visit to these amazing caves throughout the whole week (except Monday) from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Take less luggage with you. 
     

Visit Time

Sunday :  07:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. 

Monday :  07:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. 

Tuesday : 07:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. 

Wednesday : 07:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. 

Thursday : 07:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. 

Friday : 07:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. 

Saturday : 07:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. 

 

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Entrance Fee

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Indians: Rs 10

Foreigners: INR 250

Children (under 15 years): Free

Village entry fee: INR 10

Photography Charges: Free

Videography Charges: INR 25

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Time you can spend

4 to 5 hours

 

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