Elephanta Caves, Elephanta Island in Mumbai

Elephanta caves are very popular in Mumbai. It is a symbol of Indian architecture and art. One must visit Elephanta caves to see the beauty of Indian art.

Elephanta Caves in Mumbai

Elephanta caves are the one amongst the famous tourist attractions in Mumbai. Thousands of people come here every year. Actually it is a Island which is just 10 km away from the famous Gateway of India. One can easily reach this place by ferry ride. It takes only half-an-hour for ferries to reach Elephanta caves. This name was actually given by the Portuguese. The name was given by seeing a statue of elephant near the landing area of Elephanta Island. The island is about 60,000 square feet.

Only three entries are there to Elephanta Temple. These caves are mainly the house rock cut temple which were constructed by ancient artists back in the 5th centuary. Motor boats from Appollo Bunder are also hired by the visitors to reach this temple. The Stupa hills of Elephanta caves are also very popular. Also, from the heart of Elephanta Island, a ravine cut through north to south. Mangrove bushes can be seen on the fringe of the Island.

Map of Elephanta Caves

elephanta caves
1. Ravana lifting Kailash
2. Shiva-Parvati on Kailash
3. Ardhanarishvara
4. Trimurti
5. Gangadhara
6. Wedding of Shiva
7. Shiva slaying Andhaka
8. Nataraja
9. Yogishvara
16. Linga
10. Kartikeya
11. Matrikas
12. Ganesha
13. Dvarapala
14. Yogishvara
15. Nataraja

Tourist Attractions in Elephanta caves

1. Maheshamurti cave
2. Sculptures of Kalyanasundara, Gangadhara, Ardhanariswara andUma Maheswara
3. Trimurti, Gangadhara and Ardhanarishvara
4. Yogishvara and Nataraja

How to reach Elephanta caves

Elephanta caves are situated on Elephanta Island. It is just 10 kms away from Gateway of India. One can easily reach Elephanta Island with the help of ferry ride from Appollo Bunder to Elephanta Island.

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