Elephanta Island: World Heritage, cultural conservation and options for nature conservation

Walters, G.

Current Issues in Tourism 7(4/5): 456-460


ISSN/ISBN: 1368-3500
DOI: 10.1080/13683500408668001
Accession: 004141674

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Elephanta Island lies within a large natural harbour 7 km east of Mumbai, India, and is the site of several cave temples devoted to the Hindu diety Siva dated 4th to 9th century AD. This paper examines whether the conservation measures for the cave temples have incidental benefit for the natural environment of the island (particularly its mangrove forests), providing a means of securing a nature conservation area for Mumbai inhabitants. Exploring this issue revealed a complex situation necessitating consideration of issues well beyond the techniques of either cultural or nature conservation.