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.
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!).
Tours & Tickets
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
Duration: 5, 6 or 7 hours
Discover two of India’s impressive art and architectural wonders on this full-day private tour to the ancient Elephanta Caves and the Prince of Wales Museum. ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)