Elephanta Caves

The rock-cut caves are carved from solid basalt and are dedicated primarily to Shiva. Cave one is the largest and most important, and the other caves are arranged around it in a mandala pattern. The caves house impressive sculptures that portray scenes from various legends and myths.

Cave one is the main cave and has several entrances, and has many sculptures of Shiva in his various forms like Trimurti, Gangadhara and Nataraja. Each of these carvings is over five meters in height, and is fascinatingly detailed. The Trimurti is a form of the pancamukhalinga and has Tatpurusha, Aghora, Vamadeva and Sadyojata. This sculpture is almost 6.5 meters in height, and is the most important one in the cave. Cave two has a chapel that is supported by eight octagonal pillars, and is irregularly shaped. Caves six and seven are located on the adjacent Stupa hill.

The elephant caves were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India at present. The Elephanta Caves are elaborate, majestic and larger than life, and are frequented by tourists throughout the year.

# A UNESCO World Heritage site - the opening timings for Elephanta Caves are from 6 am to 6 pm. You should confirm the timings before visiting the site. You might like to visit other tourist places in Mumbai like Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, Juhu Beach among others.

# The location of Elephanta Caves is Elephanta Island, 10 km east of the city of Mumbai. Elephanta Caves address is Gharapuri, Maharashtra 400094. A few hotels near Elephanta Caves are Hotel View Point, Hotel KP, Hotel Padmini, Hotel Murli Manohar.

# Indians can pay Rs 30 as the ticket price for Elephanta Caves while foreign tourists, need to pay Rs 500. The entry fee for SAARC and BIMSTEC tourists remains Rs 30 each. Since Elephanta Caves are near Mumbai, you can visit the city and indulge in various activities. Among things to do in Mumbai are Mumbai city tour, visiting Essel World, or shopping at Crawford Market.

You can now buy tickets for Elephanta Caves online from Yatra.com and book tickets online for historical monuments across the country on the website. Visit today and browse through the museums and historical sites to check their ticket price.

Did You Know?

* One can find many structures and sculptures damaged at the Elephanta Caves as these were used for target practice by the Portuguese in the 17th century.

* The caves were initially named as Gharapuri but the Portuguese rechristened these to Elephanta.

About Elephanta Caves

The rock-cut caves are carved from solid basalt and are dedicated primarily to Shiva. Cave one is the largest and most important, and the other caves are arranged around it in a mandala pattern. The caves house impressive sculptures that portray scenes from various legends and myths.

Cave one is the main cave and has several entrances, and has many sculptures of Shiva in his various forms like Trimurti, Gangadhara and Nataraja. Each of these carvings is over five meters in height, and is fascinatingly detailed. The Trimurti is a form of the pancamukhalinga and has Tatpurusha, Aghora, Vamadeva and Sadyojata. This sculpture is almost 6.5 meters in height, and is the most important one in the cave. Cave two has a chapel that is supported by eight octagonal pillars, and is irregularly shaped. Caves six and seven are located on the adjacent Stupa hill.

The elephant caves were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India at present. The Elephanta Caves are elaborate, majestic and larger than life, and are frequented by tourists throughout the year.

# A UNESCO World Heritage site - the opening timings for Elephanta Caves are from 6 am to 6 pm. You should confirm the timings before visiting the site. You might like to visit other tourist places in Mumbai like Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, Juhu Beach among others.

# The location of Elephanta Caves is Elephanta Island, 10 km east of the city of Mumbai. Elephanta Caves address is Gharapuri, Maharashtra 400094. A few hotels near Elephanta Caves are Hotel View Point, Hotel KP, Hotel Padmini, Hotel Murli Manohar.

# Indians can pay Rs 30 as the ticket price for Elephanta Caves while foreign tourists, need to pay Rs 500. The entry fee for SAARC and BIMSTEC tourists remains Rs 30 each. Since Elephanta Caves are near Mumbai, you can visit the city and indulge in various activities. Among things to do in Mumbai are Mumbai city tour, visiting Essel World, or shopping at Crawford Market.

You can now buy tickets for Elephanta Caves online from Yatra.com and book tickets online for historical monuments across the country on the website. Visit today and browse through the museums and historical sites to check their ticket price.

Did You Know?

* One can find many structures and sculptures damaged at the Elephanta Caves as these were used for target practice by the Portuguese in the 17th century.

* The caves were initially named as Gharapuri but the Portuguese rechristened these to Elephanta.

Monument Information

Address

Gharapuri, Maharashtra 400094

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
  • Nearest Bus Station : Chembur Bus Stop

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 06:00:00 am
  • Closing Time :06:00:00 pm

Weather

  • Monsoon : Maximum: 30°C Minimum: 25°C

    Summer : Maximum: 33°C Minimum: 27°C

    Winter : Maximum: 30°C Minimum: 18°C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Winter season (November to February)

Facilities available At the Monument

  • Food
  • Benches
  • Dustbins
  • Sinages
  • Toilets

Contact Details

  • Shri Kailash Shinde
  • Phone: 9604531885
  • E-mail: circlemum.asi@gmail.com

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
INDIAN Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
FOREIGNER Visitor:
Total ₹ 600
₹ 600 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
SAARC Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
BIMSTEC Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax