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Elephanta Island is found around 10 kilometres off the eastern shore of Mumbai (Bombay) in the Arabian Sea and it will take you around an hour to reach it by ferry. The Island was originally named Gharapuri (Fort or Fortress City) but the name was changed to Elephanta Island after the Portuguese found a large stone elephant.

Depending on the tide, the Island measures around 10–16 sq kms in size. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is known for its cave temples which probably date back to the 6th century AD and were probably built by the Kalchuri King Krishnaraja. The caves are dedicated to Lord Shiva and cover around 60,000 sq ft with a roof of natural rock. The carved figures and columns are really quite remarkable and well worth the side trip from Mumbai.

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright and digitally marked. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks. (c) keeweechic 2001-2008 (copyright)

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  • TheaIren's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2009 at 6:46 AM

    I felt myself in there for a moment while taking tour with your tip's. Very facinating ! Thank you !

  • jethanand's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2008 at 9:07 AM

    Thank you for posting - awesome - I am glad you went there (I lived in Mumbai for 18 years but somehow did not get to go)

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2007 at 12:54 AM

    Good to see you visited the caves and had a good time out there. Great to see your pictures and tips too.

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