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 and drop-off by air-conditioned vehicle (available for extra charge of USD 24 for 1-4 people)
  • Entrance fee: USD 8 per person
  • Return 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 Prince of Wales Museum, 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)

Departure Time

9:00 AM

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 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Sarah M

03 Dec, 2019

Loved this tour and the personal touch of having it done by a local! Our tour guide was born and raised here and knew not just the facts but many personal stories as well. It was a great tour and would highly recommend!

Judy I

02 Dec, 2019

I booked this trip via La Vacanza Travel and was in contact with Mystical Mumbai. Shailesh was very helpful and the trip overall was excellent with Anthony as the guide to bring me (just by myself) to Elephanta Island and then I was greeted by Sameer who is a local on the island and is very well-versed with the history and each statue’s background. Plus Sameer is a great photographer and helped took wonderful pictures of me. I definitely recommend this trip which ultimately took half a day.

Victoria Q

03 Jul, 2019

Guide has a very good knowledge of the Elephanta Caves. He also took us to his village to visit his home which was very interesting.

Aaron L

17 Oct, 2018

I had an amazing time learning about Elephanta island's history. Sameer was a fantastic guide who brought a lot of local knowledge to the tour. Highly recommended .

Sanjay M

10 Jan, 2018

My tour guide Sameer with Mystical Mumbai was excellent! He was very knowledgeable and provided great insight on my tour to Elephanta Caves. I had such a great experience that I would use Sameer and Mystical Mumbai again! Thanks again for making my trip enjoyable and memorable.

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