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
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
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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
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
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)