Elephanta Caves Mumbai Entry Fee
  • 10 per person for Indian, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives,Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand citizens
  • 250 per person for other foreign citizens
  • 10 per person for Village entry
  • 10 per person for Toy Train ride
  • No fee for Still Camera
  • 25 for Video Camera

Elephanta Caves Mumbai Phone
022 2204 4040
Elephanta Caves Mumbai Timings
Day Timing
Monday Closed / Holiday
Tuesday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wedesday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

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Elephanta Caves Mumbai Address: Gharapuri, Maharashtra, 400094, India

A Mumbai tour is incomplete without a visit to the majestic Elephanta Caves. These are located on the islands in the Arabian Sea, which are named after the gigantic elephant that was found here. It is also called as Gharapuri. Elephanta caves are one of the finest examples of rock-cut architecture and offer a glimpse into the lives of pre-medieval India. Although it suffered during colonial era, it still presents a stunning sight with enviably sturdy and intricate structure.

The island is consisted of two set of caves; the first set is of five caves that are related to Hindu religion, dedicated to Lord Shiva and the second set is of two Buddhist caves. These caves are a place to visit not only for their historical importance but also for the natural beauty that they present.

History of Elephanta Caves

According to the most popular theories, Elephanta Caves date back to 5th – 8th century, however the exact period when these were built and its creators are still a mystery. As per some theories, these caves were excavated during 450 to 750 AD, while later it came under various dynasties. From Chalukyas of Badami Dynasty, Mauryas of Konkan, Trikutakas, Silaharas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas of Deogiri, Kalyani Chalukyas, Shahi dynasty of Gujarat, Marathas to Portuguese and British, Elephanta Island and the caves saw many reigns.

The main cave of the Elephanta caves was a religious shrine for Hindus which later suffered huge damages during the rule of Portuguese since 1953. In 1970s, the cave was renovated. In 1987, it was recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is now maintained by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India).

Architecture of Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves were built by carving the rocks. Its rock-cut architecture presents an alluring sight. Spread over an area of 6000 sq. feet, the entire cave complex is consisted of a main chamber, two side chambers, various small shrines and courtyards. The columns, spaces and images have been carved out aesthetically in the caves.

The cave 1, which has been built in Brahmanical rock-cut architecture, is the most captivating cave, with brilliant sculptures. There are three entrances to the cave temple- the main entrance on the north while one opening on the west and another on the east. A huge hall in the centre consisting of six rows of pillared columns adds on to the impressive structure of the caves. Each row consists of six pillars except the row on the western corner where a lingam of Lord Shiva is located.

There are three indentations on the walls, each with a massive image of dvarapala. On the east side, there is an Ardhanarishvara figure, which is a form of Lord Shiva where energies of male and female amalgamated while to the west, there are figures of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. While the central part showcases an impressive figure of Mahesa-murti. There are many other sections in the cave, each presenting beautiful carvings. Andhakasura Vada murti, Kalyanasundara murti; Lord Shiva as Lakulisa, Gangadhara murti and Ravana shaking Kailasa are few other worth noticing figures here.

Elephanta Cave Timings and Entry Fee

Timings of Elephanta Caves are from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. It is open on all days of the week except on Mondays.

The entry fee of Elephanta caves is Rs.10 per person for Indian citizens as well as visitors from countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Afghanistan while it is Rs.250 for tourists from other countries.

There is a minimal charge for videography at the caves while photography is free of cost. A toy train also runs on the Elephanta pier, between the ferry point and the caves. The ticket cost for the toy train is Rs.10 per person.

Boat Timings to Elephanta Caves: The ferry boat to Elephanta caves starts at 9 AM from Gateway of India while the first boat to return from elephanta caves starts at 12 in noon. The last boat that leaves the Elephanta caves is at 5.30 PM.

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Location of Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves are located on the island hills which are around 7 km away from the mainland and around 11 km from Apollo Bandar of Mumbai.

How to reach Elephanta Caves

Reaching Elephanta caves is not at all a difficult task. Tourists are required to reach Gateway of India, which is another prominent landmark in the city. From there you can take a ferry that takes around 1 hour to reach Elephanta caves.

One can hire a taxi or city bus to reach Gateway of India. If travelling by local trains, then you can get down at the Church gate station, which is located nearby. You can also get down at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which is a UNESCO world heritage site and a popular place to see in Mumbai. CST (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) is also located quite close to Gateway of India; it is at a distance of around 10 minutes by taxi and 30 minutes by walk.

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