Elephanta Island, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Elephanta Caves are located on the Elephanta or Gharapuri island near Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Elephanta Caves are one the must visit place in Mumbai, India. Upon entering the caves, a massive hall supported by large pillars and a large 'Mahesamurti' statue will greet you. This remarkable, three-headed Shiva sculpture is the main attraction of this island. Other sculptures of Shiva, in the 'Shiva Nataraja' and 'Ardhanarishvara' forms, can also be seen here. The entire cave complex is about 60,000 sq. feet and is made out of natural rock. Elephanta Island is located at approx 10km from Mumbai, To go to Elephanta Caves, one will have to go to the Gateway of India in Mumbai and take a boat/ferry ride from there. The journey takes one hour by sea. Mumbai is located at approx 584km from Goa, 281km from Surat, 150km from Pune, 166km from Nashik, 893km from Mangalore, 984km from Bengaluru.
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