Elephanta Island

  • Elephanta Island is a 16 sq. km island that has several archaeological remains famous for its cave sculptures.
  • The island is locally known as Gharapuri Caves.
  • It is located in Mumbai Harbour, east of Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • The island is believed to be inhabited from 2nd century BC but the famous temples carved out of rocks are believed to have been constructed around 5th-6th century AD.
  • The island has a dam to conserve freshwater collected during monsoons and two British-era canons atop a hill that offers a panoramic view of Mumbai.
  • Tourists are not permitted to have an overnight stay at the island as it is covered with thick forests.
  • Elephanta Caves has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. 
  • Why in news? India’s first and longest ropeway is planned to be constructed by the Mumbai Port Trust to link Mumbai with the famous Elephanta Island in the Arabian Sea.

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