Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: India, Maharashtra, Mumbai

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  • 4 hours
  • Mumbai
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


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.

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Stop At: Elephanta Caves, Mumbai India

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.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Gateway Of India Mumbai, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

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.

  • Expert Guide (English, Spanish or German speaking depending on option selected)
  • Family Lunch (Only if Lunch Inclusive Option Selected)

  • Hotel pickup & dropoff by airconditioned vehicle (available for extra charge of USD 24 for 1-4 pax)
  • Entrance fee: USD 8 per person
  • Return Public sharing ferry ticket: USD 3 per person
  • Gratuities
  • Any other meals or drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Elephanta Caves
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • 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
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • prices for English,Spanish and German are different
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Regal Cinema, Colaba Causeway, opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from your accommodation


  • Mumbai Airport, Maharashtra 400099, Mumbai India


  • Alexander Dock(Green Gate)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


4 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


15 Jan, 2023

Magnificent caves, astounding 6th century architecture and artistry and statues with rich history and mythology. Great experience with knowledgeable guide brought up on the island.


12 Jan, 2023

A very enjoyable and informative experience. From the start, being met at our hotel by Mukesh informing us in excellent English about the sites during our drive through the city to the port. The fun boat ride with delicious Chai tea to the actual tour of the island with Sameer who being born there, in his very sweet manner explained the whole history in detail took great photos. Skipping lines was a bonus too!


09 Jan, 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.


01 Jan, 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.


28 Dec, 2022

Excellent knowledgeable guide who was prompt with fascinating local tales and experiences. We enjoyed our day a lot!

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