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Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the Elephanta Island. The caves are rock-cut and were constructed in the 5th or 6th Century AD. These caves are related to the Lord Shiva worshippers. The Portuguese named it the Elephanta caves as there was a huge elephant statue on the shore. The statue broke because the Britishers tried to move it in 1814. Now it is at the Jijamata Udyan.

Most of the sculptures and inscriptions are destroyed but some of them still stand strong. It is an architectural marvel of the medieval times. The caves are protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. The main attraction is the Shiva dedicated temple which consists of the huge statue of Sadhashiva, pillars, and amazing channel of courtyards and halls.

The best time to visit would be the winter season as the weather is really pleasant during this time. You can reach the place by taking a ferry from the Gateway of India. The first ferry leaves at 7:30 AM from the gateway.

Visit the caves to be awestruck by the architectural marvel of the 5th-6th century!

You could also pack a picnic and make it into a day out with your family or friends!

Timings: Closed on Mondays. Tuesday to Sunday: 9 AM to 5 PM

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