10 km from the eastern coast of Bombay (Mumbai), the Elephanta Island is noted for a string of caves that date back to the 5th century. Originally called Gharapuri, it was renamed by the Portuguese as Elephanta, since they found a large 13-ft-high stone elephant there. The stone elephant is now kept in Bombay's Victoria Gardens.
Several temples are found on this green island, all dedicated to
Lord Shiva. This is one of the World Heritage Sites of the UNESCO. All facilities for food, accomodation and sightseeing are available.
The nearest airport is Mumbai, 20 km away by land, and 9 nautical miles across the sea. The nearest railheads are Churchgate & Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. The best time to visit the island is during the Elephanta festival (February).