Elephanta Caves is the perfect picnic spot for families. It is a beautiful place with plenty of things to do and see. The Elephanta Caves are a great place to explore and learn about Indian history and culture. There are many temples and sculptures to see, and the views from the top of the caves are stunning. Elephanta Caves is also a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery. The Elephanta Caves are definitely a place worth visiting for families.
Elephanta Caves: It’s located on a small island called Gharapuri (city of caves). There are 7 caves on this island. Its approx 10 km east of the Gateway of India.
This is one of the top 11 places you should visit in Mumbai. This is not actually in Mumbai but it’s located on an island. There is something for every age group on this island. If you have kids they will enjoy the Toy train and monkeys the most.
How To Reach Elephanta?
You can reach the Elephanta caves by taking a boat from the Gateway of India.
The boat cost approx Rs.200 for the return journey. There are tickets for the cheaper options as well. So checkout with the vendors selling tickets.
Duration: It takes about 1 hour by boat. (There are no other means of transport to reach there)
First boat from Gateway of India to Elephanta: 9 am (boat at every 15 mins)
First, return boat from Elephanta to Gateway of India: 12 noon and LAST boat at 5.30 pm from Elephanta.
Attractions: Rock-cut temples, statues, Shivalingam, Trimurti Sadashiva, Cannon Points
Best time to Visit: It’s open throughout the year. November to February is the best time to visit but you will also enjoy the rainy season. Rains might interrupt the boat timing and do not plan when it’s heavily raining or expected to rain heavier as you will have to take the boat.
Elephanta Caves Timing: 09:30 am and 05:30 pm (Monday Closed)
Entry Fees: Rs.40 for (Indian, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Thailand citizens and Rs.600 for Foreigners.
It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.