An outrage! An elephant island with NO elephants. Where are the truth in advertising laws when you need them?!?
Actually I had kind of known not to expect any elephants when I jumped on a boat for the one hour journey to the island. Just some really old stone carvings. The island was named by the Portuguese when they 'discovered' it and saw a large stone elephant carving...the elephant has since collapsed and was moved to a museum in Mumbai to be re-constructed and displayed so, today, the island named after a stone elephant doesn't even have a stone elephant. Nada. Nothing...not an elephant to be found.
The exact origins of the carvings on the island are unknown but some of them can be dated back to the 5th century.
On the island there are seven caves cut out of the hills, most of them are small but one, known as the main cave, is friggin' huge. Inside the main cave are many intricate stone carvings of the Hindu god Shiva in different poses and mythological interpretations. Whoever created these carvings was a big fan. A couple of them have been very well preserved over the years but most have seen better days and have since fallen into a bit of disrepair.