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The Elephanta Island
Once the capital of a powerful local kingdom, Elephanta was earlier known by the name Gharapuri, derived from a small village at its southern end. In the 16th century, Portuguese explorers renamed it ‘Ilha Elefante’ or Elephant Island, in reference to a large stone elephant that was found there. The statue was later moved to Victoria Gardens or the current day Jijamata Udyan. The Island is home to a network of sculpted caves known as Elephanta Caves.
Antop Hill is a small hill in Mumbai, located towards the eastern side of the Harbour Railway line, between Wadala and Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar Stations. Named after its loval Marathi owner called Antoba, the hill eventually got renamed to its anglicised version – ‘Antop’.
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