The main cave in Elephanta with massive panels carved on the inner walls. You'll be spending majority of the tour time here. Beyond this main cave are four more minor caves connected with a walkway.
How to reach Elephanta Caves
Elephanta is an island off the Mumbai (Bombay) coast.So the first point is to get to Mumbai.
Elephanta Cave 3
This a large cave complex, probably second only to the main Cave.The facade is impressive with a row of large cussion capital pillars.
Ferry to Elephanta
Elephanta Ferry (launch) services operate from the Gateway of India ferry point also called the Apollo Bandar.
Elephanta Cave 4
This cave has a large open verandah with a massive unsupported rock formation overhanging above.There is a beautiful doorjamb carved around the entrance to the main shrine at the center.
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.
Elephanta Cave 5
Though it's an unfinished cave, a visit can give you good idea of the how the work in progress sites looked like during the excavation of caves.
Elephanta Cave 6 and Cave 7
Cave 6 and 7 are located in the eastern hill in Elephanta Island. It's not very frequented by visitors compared to the rest of the caves.