Explore the grandeur of majestic and serene Elephanta Island.
Dating back to AD 600, India’s most priceless collection of Hindu temple art, Elephanta Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and BluSail ensures you get your full tourist experience of the caves. Named after the statue of the Elephant that guarded these renowned caves, the complex and stunning network of subterranean caves are home to invaluable statues of the Hindu God Lord Shiva and other deities. Boasting of carved rock pillars, courtyards, and halls, the esteemed Elephanta caves are the perfect weekend escape for those fond of Indian mythology and the architecture associated with it.
Ferry away from Gateway of India with BluSail to the shores of Elephanta Island for a weekend of leisurely, learning and laid-back moments.
Things to do at Elephanta Island
Located in the Mumbai Harbor, Elephanta Island is 9 km northeast of the city’s Gateway of India. Reach the island in BluSail yacht and boat rentals, hop on the tiny train to the steps leading up to the cave and take an elaborate tour to get the most from your visit to the alluring Elephanta Island!
- Find the history behind the island’s artworks and carvings.
- Explore the temple surrounded by latticework screens dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- Discover the seven cave excavations carved from solid basalt rock.
- Treat yourself to the delicious local cuisine.
Trimurti and Gangadhara: Considered the most important sculptures at Elephanta, the statues of Trimurti and Gangadhara are the masterpieces representing Lord Shiva and Goddess Paravathi.
Main Cave Shrine: The free-standing central square is a shrine, with entrances on each side guarded by ‘Dvarapalas’ or gatekeepers, which symbolizes the unity of Lord Shiva and Goddess Paravathi.
Shiva Paravathi on Kailash: Depicting the incident where Ravana lifts Mount Kailash while Lord Shiva and Goddess Paravathi were seated on their adobe, the cave is intricately carved and is a testament to the Indian architecture.