Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide

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97 reviews   (4.54)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Mumbai, Mumbai

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Visit the Elephanta Caves on this 4-hour tour. Explore the more enormous Hindu caves, the smaller Buddhist caves as well as the main cave, also known as the Shiva Cave. See the numerous sculptures depicting various aspects of Shiva’s life.

What's Included

Expert Guide (English, Spanish or German speaking depending on option selected)

Family Lunch (Only if Lunch Inclusive Option Selected)

What's Not Included

Any other meals or drinks

Entrance fee: USD 8 per person


Hotel pickup & dropoff by airconditioned vehicle (available for extra charge of USD 24 for 1-4 pax)

Return Public sharing ferry ticket: USD 3 per person

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 10 - 99

Additional Info

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes, and sunglasses/sunscreen are highly recommended, as well as a hat or scarf for ladies
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • prices for English,Spanish and German are different
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • No strict dress code is enforced at tour sites. However, please be advised to dress accordingly for places of worship; spaghetti straps and short shorts are not recommended
  • Public transportation options are available nearby

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Elephanta Caves
Disemark with your Tour Guide After an hour long boat ride to Elephanta Island from the Gateway of India, explore the magnificent caves. The outer caves were used as a place of Hindu worship until Portuguese rule was established. The caves further in are smaller and are Buddhist caves.

The main cave, otherwise known as the Shiva Cave, contains numerous carvings throughout depicting various aspects of Lord Shiva including his wedding, his slaying of Andhaka and more. There will also be a sculpture of the Trimurti in the main cave that is approximately 20 feet tall.

Other wings of the caves have shrines dedicated to Shiva’s sons, Kartikeya and Ganesh. Book and explore this UNESCO World Heritage site with a guide from Gharapuri, which is a small village on the south side of the island.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included

The Gateway of India is an arch monument built during the 20th century in Mumbai. The monument was erected to commemorate the landing of King-Emperor George V and Queen-Empress Mary at Apollo Bunder on their visit to India in 1911.

• Admission Ticket Free


Definitely recommend! The easiest and most stress-free way to visit the Elephanta Caves
Kb19999, 09-01-2023
I really enjoyed this tour! The guide was a resident from the island so he knew all about the rich history of the Elephanta caves as well as the island itself. It was nice that the meeting point in Mumbai was easy to find, then the guide helps you get to the ferry because that would have been difficult and confusing to do alone.
Excellent tour
grewalgeetug, 28-12-2022
Excellent knowledgeable guide who was prompt with fascinating local tales and experiences. We enjoyed our day a lot!
Very helpfull team. Kudos to Mr Sailesh for rescheduling the trip.
benjamir0483, 23-11-2022
I appreciate the effort taken by the team. Who took real good care of our guest. He enjoyed the trip and has gone back to UK with beautiful memories t
Elephanta Island is a must-visit
MeganS3542, 10-11-2022
Just off the coast of Mumbai, Elephanta Island shed a lot of light on both the Hindu religion and the impact of the Portuguese on this island in particular.

The tour began with pickup from our hotel & a guide joined us on the 1 hour boat to get to Elephanta Island. When we arrived, a local guide showed us the caves and told us the important stories. (He’s also an expert photographer!) 90% of the jobs of the locals on the island are related to tourism, and 10% are fisher people, per our guide.

Great tour, nice boat ride, and awesome way to experience a nearby part of Mumbai!
Great local guides.
Denise_T, 01-01-2023
Skipped the lines with a wonderful guide who then transferred us to another guide who was born in Elephanta and knew all the history. He also took some amazing photos of the family, braving the crowds.

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