Elephanta is easily one among the most enigmatic heritage sites in India. Who created this spectacular sculptural and architectural feast is still mysterious.
Elephanta represents the pinnacle of rock cut architecture and sculptural art medieval India achieved. Despite the mindless destruction, Elephanta's art suffered during the colonial past, it still reserves the right to awestruck any ordinary visitors.
Elephanta island stands in stark contrast with hectic Mumbai city, which is an hours ferry ride away..


Quick Tips:

Elephanta Boat Timing: The first boat for Elephanta leaves Gateway of India ferry point at 9 am. The first return boat leaves from Elephanta island at 12 noon and the last return boat leaves at 5.30pm from Elephanta. See how to travel to Elephanta

Elephanta Cave Timing: Elephanta is open on 6 days a week. Closed on Mondays
Elephanta Entrance Fee: Rs10 (Indian, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives,Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand citizens) ; Rs250 (other foreign citizens ). Village entry fee for all (Rs10).
Other Charges for Elephanta visit: Photography : Free. Videography: Rs 25. Toy Train in the Elephanta pier (optional) : Rs10.
Boat Ticket : Rs 130 to Rs 150 for two way, based on the type of boat. There is also a concessional child fare.
Season: Elephanta is open throughout the year. Winter months (November to February) are pleasant. Avoid peak monsoon season (June to August ) as boat  schedules could get interrupted due to the rough seas and heavy rain.
Elephanta Festival : Two day dance and music festival in February every year. See Elephanta in a Nutshell




Elephanta Carving

Mahesh Murthy image in the main cave of elephanta.

Mahesh Murthy image in the main cave of elephanta.


Ferry point Elephanta

Ferry to Elephanta

Elephanta Ferry (launch) services operate from the Gateway of India ferry point also called the Apollo Bandar.


Caves in Elephanta

Elephanta in a Nutshell

What is Elephanta?Elephanta Caves is UNESCO World Heritage site is a fine specimen of rock cut architecture and art of medieval India.


Entrance to the cave 3 in Elephanta

Elephanta Caves

The name, Elephanta was given by the Portuguese as there was a large elephant sculpture in the island, when it was held by them as a naval outpost.Otherwise this island was known as Gharapuri.


Ferry returning to Mumbai from Elephanta. The Elephanta Island in the backdrop.

How to reach Elephanta Caves

Elephanta is an island off the Mumbai (Bombay) coast.So the first point is to get to Mumbai.


Elephanta Photos

Elephants Island Map

Elephanta Map

The Elephanta Island Map (Gharapuri).Popular attractions are marked (Cave 1 to Cave 5) and the Cannon Hill.


Ardhanari image at Elephanta

Mythical Themes at Elephanta

The choice of the themes in Elephanta's panels is an interesting mix... anything from love to contemplation to violence to performing arts to yoga. In Elephanta you'll see some of the highest watermarks of medieval India's sculptural art.