Once known as Puri or Gharapuri, Elephanta island was the proud capital of a powerful coastal kingdom. It was named Elephanta by the Portuguese, who took possession of it several centuries later, and found a monolithic stone elephant at the place they first landed.
Today Elephanta is a World Heritage Site, showcasing legends of Lord Shiva carved in rock cave temples. The cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The island is about an hour's boat ride from the Gateway Of India.
All days of the week EXCEPT Monday. Starts at the Gateway of India at 9:00 a.m. Group sizes vary from 2-6 people. Not offered June to September.
Costs and Booking:
- INR 1650 per person for 7-10 persons
- INR 1850 per person for 5-6 persons
- INR 2350 per person for 3-4 persons
- INR 2950 per person for 2 persons
- INR 4950 for a solo traveller
Ferry tickets, toy Train ride, village tax, knowledgeable lady guide and bottled water.
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