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These rock-cut marvels are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that you must feast your eyes on at least once in a lifetime!
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10 per person for Indians
250 per person for Foreigners
Closed On Monday
All days of the week except Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
4 to 5 hours
ABOUT Elephanta Caves

The Elephanta Caves, Mumbai is located on island hills about 11 km north-east of the Apollo Bandar, Mumbai and 7 km from the shore of the mainland, approximately covering an area of 7 km in circumference. The island is named after a colossal elephant found in the island, which is popularly known as ‘Gharapuri’. 

There are seven cave excavations in this group of caves which date back to the 6th and 7th centuries CE Among the cave excavations, Cave 1 is the most impressive which represents the evolved Brahmanical rock-cut architecture. The cave in the Elephanta Caves is also famous for the exquisite and vibrant sculptures. On plan it almost resembles the Dumar Lena (Cave 29) of Ellora. The cave has a main entrance on the north with two other openings on the east and west respectively and a central hall with six rows of pillared columns, six in each row except on the western corner, where a shrine of lingam is provided.

There are three large square in the Elephanta Caves recesses divided off by pilasters each of them bearing a gigantic image of a dvarapala. The panel on the east has a figure of ardhanarisvara, a form of Shiva with the combined energies of male and female; and on the west figures of Shiva and Parvati playing chausar is carved. The other notable panels in the main cave are Andhakasuravada murti; cosmic dance of Nataraja; Kalyanasundara murti; Gangadhara murti; Ravana shaking Kailasa and Siva as Lakulisa. A panel depicting Saptamatrikas near the eastern opening is also remarkable.

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Monkeys are quite a menace here. So, it is wise to keep a safe distance. Also don't carry eatables with you. Origins of the caves are displayed amazingly on pictorial displays in a museum located just on the site. 
reviewed on Mar 28 2014
Wouldnt rate this place very highly. The caves are intriguing but the authorities have done little to keep this place clean and damage free. Even the beaches around are really filthy.
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