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  • Hours: Open Tue - Sun, 9am - 5:30pm
  • Admission: Adults: Rs 250

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Elephanta Caves

Protected as a Unesco World Heritage Site, the Elephanta Caves are among Mumbai’s most astounding temple sites, home to one of India’s most precious collections of Hindu temple art.

In Elephanta Island’s labyrinthine network of subterranean caves, highly prized statues of Shiva and other deities, shrines, pillars, courtyards and halls are carved out of rock in high relief.

Elephanta’s collection of cave-temples date back to around AD 600, and were named for the elephant statue that once stood near the shore. The statue now stands in Mumbai’s Victoria Gardens.

Tours are essential to get the most from a visit to the island, revealing the stories and history of the island’s carvings and artworks. The highlight is the temple to Shiva with its towering statue of the three-faced deity, surrounding by latticework screens, carved pillars and winding corridors.

Practical Info

The Elephanta Caves are on Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbour, 9km (5.5 miles) northeast of the city’s Gateway of India monument.

Take a tour or ride a half-hourly launch over to the island from Colaba on the peninsula (the trip takes an hour). Once on the island, ride the tiny train to the steps leading up to the caves (beware of the monkeys!).

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Private Tour: Kanheri Caves, Elephanta Caves or Karla and Bhaja Caves from Mumbai

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Journey back in time on this private tour from Mumbai to ancient Indian rock-cut caves. You have three cave options to choose from: the Kanheri Caves, the ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 5, 6 or 7 hours

From USD $61.25

Private Tour: Customizable Mumbai Sightseeing Including Elephanta Caves or Kanheri Caves

Cruise around Mumbai in an air-conditioned private vehicle during a customizable sightseeing tour. Choose up to five main attractions and lesser-known gems to ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.33

World Famous Ancientness Elephanta Caves Tour with Toy Train Ride

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An hour-long ferry ride from Mumbai reaches you to the Elephanta Island, a representative of the past eras. This island houses the ancient Elephanta Caves and ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.00

Mumbai Morning Tour Including the Gateway of India, the Elephanta Caves and a Mumbai-Style Breakfast

Often referred to as "The City of Dreams," Mumbai is India’s largest metropolis. On this morning tour, explore the historical side of the city at the ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.00

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