Location Historic Brief: This Gharapuri island lies in the southern tip of Aamchi Mumbai, which is a hour ride in ferry from Gateway of India. This island hosts a series of sculpted caves, chambers, courtyards and massive shrines dated between 6th and 8th century. There are total seven caves sorted into two groups based on religion such as Five caves of Hindi Gods and Two caves of Buddhism.
These caves are kind of "Unknown date and attribution" as there is no clear source of construction of these caves in history. But still there are floating stories that these caves belong from the time period of Silhara Kings who ruled Konkan and Mumbai region with their ferocious clan tactics. Even Pulkesin II - Chalukya Dynasty prince rejoiced his victory by constructing the Lord shiva statue in this island. Where several beautiful and historic statues, shrines has been defaced and damaged by the Portuguese. Gharapuri caves has been renamed to Elephanta caves by the Portuguese in honor of a huge black stone elephant statue during their arrival. Where the elephant statue is now current placed for display in Jijamata Udyaan zoo in Mumbai.
Travel Note/Tips: Cave remains open for public visit all days of the week from 9AM to 5PM except Mondays. Ferry price: 120/adult & 90/Child. One day trip for people residing in and around Mumbai.