Mumbai: Full day Elephanta caves tour with pick-up and drop-off

Mumbai: Full day Elephanta caves tour with pick-up and drop-off

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7 Hours

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Believed to be the homestead of Lord Shiva, the Elephanta Caves are an encapsulation of Hindu cave culture, a unique affirmation to bygone human civilization. Visit this marvel on a full-day tour from Mumbai.


  • Explore the UNESCO-listed 7th-century Elephanta Caves
  • Visit Mumbai’s most famous landmark, the Gateway of India
  • Enjoy a boat ride across Mumbai Harbour
  • Ride a toy train from the jetty to the base of the hill
  • Visit the intricately carved Cave Temples


After hotel pick-up, explore the Gateway of India, a prime landmark of Mumbai. Opposite to the Gateway stands the Royal Taj Mahal Hotel. Board the ferry to reach Elephanta Island, and listen to an introduction to Hinduism.

Hop off the boat and explore Elephanta Cave, a kilometers' stroll from the wharf. Ride a toy train from the jetty to the base of the hill. Trek the 120 steps to the caves. Step into an enormous hall upheld by a large pillar and see the vast Mahesamurti statue. The whole cave complex is around 60,000 square feet and is made out of natural rock. Capture excellent pictures with the Arabian Sea in the backdrop, and head out of the caves to see the beautiful Elephant-shaped rock structure.

After completing your Elephanta tour, head back to the ferry at 1:30 PM to travel back to India's Gate. On reaching the harbor, the chauffeur will drive you back to your hotel.


  • Entry fee to Elephanta Caves
  • Roundtrip boat trip
  • Toy train ticket
  • Hotel pick-up by private air-conditioned car
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • All taxes and service charges


  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Camera fee at monuments

Departure details
  • We pick up all travelers
  • We Pick from all hotels located in Mumbai City.
Know before you go

  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Knees & Shoulders to be covered at all places of worship.

Customer Review

Overall Rating

5.0 / 5

1 Reviews

Tour of Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

October 26, 2019

This was a half day trip that included a guide to take you on a ferry to the island in the bay of Mumbai. So the starting point is the Gateway to India monument and the guide (Ms Mahindra) was very helpful and gave some good background to the history of the area and details of the statues that are place in the Gateway area. She was also a delightful companion for the day. The boat trip was refreshing and passed by some interesting sights en route. It took about 90 minutes. At the island you had the option to walk or to take a miniature train ride to the footpath up to the caves. The route was lined with souvenir stalls and the climb is quite steep and slippery (it had been raining) but it was all interesting and care with placing your steps takes you to a plateau wherein the caves are located. The caves themselves are fascinating, carved out of the solid rock. We hired a licensed guide to detail the story behind each of the features and friezes in the caves. They tell the story of Vishnu and other deities. It was an absorbing tour. Despite some 17th century vandalism by the Portuguese soldiers there is enough still visible to appreciate the great effort and devotion that drove people to create this fascinating and worthwhile location to visit. Overall I had a great day and learned a lot. It is well worth a visit.

reviewed by robertpK8538UF

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