Elephanta Festival is another festival for dance and music organised by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). It is organised in the month of February. Renowned dancers and musicians perform outside the caves of Elephanta under the starry sky in front of the selected and appreciative audience. Special launch services and catering arrangements are also provided for visitors.
A boat ride from the Gateway of India in Mumbai to the Elephanta
Islands is also included as a part of the festival. Elephanta is just
one-and-a-half hours drive away from Mumbai. The island was once known
as Puri or Gharapuri. Portuguese found a monolithic stone elephant at
this place so as named derived 'Elephanta'.