Know Indian History – Architectural Wonder – Monuments – World Heritage Sites in India – Elephanta Caves Mumbai, Maharashtra

Elephanta Caves located in Arabian Sea at sea journey of nine nautical miles from the Gateway of India, another monument and prime tourist attraction of Mumbai. Elephanta caves rock cut stone sculptures of Lord Shiva hence since the centuries the place is a Hindu pilgrimage and was known as Gharapuri. Besides the Hindu temple caves, there are two caves dedicated to Buddhism hence Elephanta caves are also part of Buddhism tourism in India.
Elephanta caves dating back to era between the 5th and 8th centuries were included on the List of World Heritage Site of UNESCO in the year 1987. Presently this majestic historic monument is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Till the beginning of Portuguese rule in the year 1534, the place was famous as Gharapuri but as there is gigantic statue of an Elephant at the entrance of the caves hence Portuguese started calling these caves as Elephanta caves, the name by which this monument is known to world now.
About 2.5 KM long island at which Elephanta caves are situated also have two hills, tourist must get note of the fact that this is a protected island. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation [MTDC] is running Chalukya Restaurant at Elephanta caves so dining is not a problem here, besides that MTDC also providing tourist accommodation at Self-contained rooms with facility of Bar & Restaurant.


Vital Tourist Information : Elephanta Caves

Location :
Elephanta Caves situated in Arabian Sea at sea journey of nine nautical miles from the Gateway of India, another monument and prime tourist attraction of Mumbai.


Near By City : Mumbai


State : Maharashtra [India]


Region : Western India


Best Time to Visit :
One can visit Mumbai at any time in the year but city experience more pleasant climate between November & February. this is most appropriate time for those planning a pleasure trip to Mumbai.


Spoken Languages :
Marathi - Gujarati - Hindi and English are most common spoken languages but you can find people speaking almost all Indian languages and foreign languages here.


Interesting Information :
Tourist Attractions of Mumbai
Tourist Spots : Chh. Shivaji Terminus - Elephenta Caves - Flora Fountain - Gateway of India - Hanging Gardens - Jogeshwari Caves - Juhu Beach - Malabar Hills - Marine Drive - Stock Exchange - Varsova Beach
Religious Places : Afghan Church - Basilica of Mount Mary - Haji Ali Mosque - Mahalaxmi Temple - Siddhivinayak Temple - St. Thomas Cathedral


Travel Tips :
Elephanta Caves remains close on Monday.
Night Halt at island is not allowed, Even the Check out of MTDC tourist stay home is 5 PM.


How To Reach : Elephanta Caves Mumbai


Basic Travel Info :
Tourist go for day trip to Elephanta caves. Ferry boats are available at Gateway of India for sea journey between Mumbai and Elephanta Cave island.


By Train :
Mumbai is well connected by train journey with rest of country. Chh. Shivaji Terminus is headquarter and origin point of trains of central railway where is Mumbai central is same for the Western railway.


By Bus / Road :
Mumbai Pune Express way, Western and eastern express ways along with National highway and state highways are the source of road travel to Mumbai.


Air Travel / Nearest Airport :
Mumbai's international airport is among the busiest airports of the world.