The Elephanta caves are a group of ancient caves depicting beautiful sculptures and carvings and have been granted UNESCO world heritage site cover. The caves start with a huge entrance hall in which there are tall pillars on either side and there is a big Mahesamurti statue that is the center of attraction. This statue is a 3 headed figurine of Lord Shiva and is the cynosure of all eyes here. Here the other forms of Shiva such a Natraja and Ardhanarishwara can also be seen in the form of sculptures.
The cave complex is made completely of natural stone and it lies in the sea which takes about an hour to reach via a ferry. Once you reach the island you would need to climb about 120 steps to reach the cave complex. For those who cannot climb on their own or have some difficulty there is a Palanquin service available which they can make use of.
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Rs.10 per person SAARC and BIMSTEC countries Rs.250 per person for others for children