Elephanta Caves Tours

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The Elephanta Caves are among the most beautiful, historically significant attractions in Mumbai. Situated on an island off the coast, this UNESCO World Heritage Site features multiple rock-hewn cave temples and statues dating back to around the 7th century AD, including a celebrated statue of Shiva in his three-faced form.

The Basics
There are two groups of caves at the site: one featuring five caves dedicated to Hindu deities, and a second group with two Buddhist shrines. While there's a lot of debate about the true origins of the caves, there are elements of South Indian Badami Chalukya architecture as well as architectural styles from the Gupta Empire. 

Many city tours come to the island, and going with a guide can help you make sense of the caves, as the signage here isn’t the greatest. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Elephanta Caves are a must-visit for those with an interest in history, art, or religion. 
  • Bring water, sun protection, and comfortable shoes.
  • Beware of naughty monkeys, particularly on the stairs leading up to the attraction.
  • This attraction is not suitable for those with compromised mobility, and accessing it requires climbing lots of steps.

How to Get There
Elephanta Island is located in the Mumbai Harbour, about 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) northeast of the Gateway of India monument, from which boats to the attraction depart. Once on the island, travelers can take a miniature train up to a tall, steep set of stairs that lead up to the monument.

When to Get There
The caves are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30am to 5:30pm. It's best to get there first thing in the morning to beat crowds and hot temperatures, but if you come in the evening, try to get on the last boat of the day, when things have quieted down. Note that visiting during monsoon season may make for a choppier boat ride to the island and back.

Monkey Business
You may see lots of monkeys while on the island (and all over India, in general, especially in rural areas). On Elephanta Island, you’re most likely to encounter them on the stairs leading up to the monument, and they can be aggressive and carry disease. Do not feed them, and keep an eye on any possessions you may have, from food to the eyeglasses on your head, as they are known to pickpocket the inattentive. 
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Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion

Explore Mumbai and beyond on a private full-day tour that begins with an excursion to Elephanta Caves — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After touring the rock-carved temple caves, return to Mumbai for a comprehensive city tour that includes the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai (Crawford Market), Marine Drive, the Hanging Gardens on Malabar Hill, the Gandhi Museum, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, and the Prince of Wales Museum. Includes private guide and vehicle, and pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Mumbai Private Tour: Full Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephant Caves

See the best of Mumbai on this private tour that includes the Elephant Caves. Follow your friendly and professional guide to some of the city's top landmarks and attractions, like the Gateway of India, Hanging Gardens and Prince of Wales Museum. Then make a stop at the incredible green island where the Elephant Caves are located and learn about the rock-cut cave temple dedicated to Shiva. This tour is easy to customize according to your interests and needs and includes a traditional Indian lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour of Elephanta Caves

Close to Mumbai on an island off the Sea of Oman, the “City of Caves” contains phenomenal rock art and rock-cut architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed archaeological complex, built in the 5th and 6th centuries, can be tough to navigate alone. Traveling by ferry from the Gateway to India, this private tour gives a personalized overview of the fascinating site.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Elephanta Caves Private Tour with Train Ride and Gateway of India From Mumbai

Visit the Elephanta Caves and Gateway of India on a 5-hour tour from Mumbai. Marvel at the intricate artwork of the Elephanta Caves, which are situated on Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbor and reached by a 1-hour ferry trip. Your guide shares commentary about the sculptural reliefs and rock-cut architecture that have placed the site on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Your tour includes round-trip ferry tickets, optional train ride on the island, local guide, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Elephanta Caves Tour Including Classical Dance Performance in Mumbai

India has a long, rich tradition of dance, and with this tour you'll get to learn about dance past and present. You'll start with a visit to the Elephanta Caves just off the coast of Mumbai, featuring rock-hewn temples, many dedicated to Shiva, the lord of the dance. You'll then return to Mumbai to watch a Bharatnatyam dance performance.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Half-Day Elephanta Caves Excursion from Mumbai

Visit Elephanta Caves on a half-day tour from Mumbai. Your private guide takes you by ferry to Elephanta Island to see the impressive rock-carved temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating to the 6th – 7th centuries AD, Elephanta Caves are some of the oldest rock-cut structures in India. Includes private guide and transfers, ferry tickets, and pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Mumbai Morning Tour Including the Gateway of India, the Elephanta Caves and a Mumbai-Style Breakfast

Watch the city come to life during this morning tour of Mumbai that showcases the top attractions and landmarks in the city. Follow your friendly, local guide through the historical sites, including the Gateway of India and the iconic Elephant Caves. Learn about local culture and traditions as you take in the incredible beauty and culture that surrounds you.
  • Duration: 5 hours 18 minutes
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Private Tour: Customizable Mumbai Sightseeing Including Elephanta Caves or Kanheri Caves

Sightseeing in Mumbai? Dodge the crowds and see the sights in style with a private guide and driver, and a personalised itinerary. This full-day tour is yours to customise as you want, so you can visit the landmark Gateway to India, drive down Marine Drive and admire the Mahalaxmi Temple, or venture off-the-beaten-track to Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat. Add on a tour of either the Elephanta Caves or Kanheri Caves, or spend time browsing the capital’s leading art and history museum.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour

Rewind to Mumbai’s pre-colonial days with a private half-day tour of the Elephanta Caves. With a private guide, ride a ferry to Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbor, and explore its UNESCO-listed caves and rock art, believed to date from the 500s. Explore the main Shiva Cave with its huge sculptures of Shiva and Hindu mythologies, and admire the smaller Buddhist caves as your guide shares their history. Ferry and entrance tickets at own expense.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Excursion to Elephanta Caves

Traverse to the iconic Elephanta Caves to witness this marvel fortress tucked away from Mumbai. See the marvellous Shiva sculptures and listen to tales about Elephanta's magnificence
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
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Dabbawala Tour With Elephanta Caves Tour

The word "Dabbawala" can be interpreted as "box-carrier" or "lunchpail-man". Watch how these men carry usually a cylindrical aluminium container & who carries and delivers freshly made food from home in lunch boxes to office workers. Experience ride in a mumbai local train in a less crowded route, finish off your tour with visit to world famous rock cut Elephanta caves
  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours
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3-Day Private Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves and Evening at Marine Drive

Spend two nights in the sparkling city of Mumbai and get a complete view of India's Economic Hub with Ancient Elephanta Caves and you can explore the antiques of the bygone eras concealed in the nooks and corners of these caves. You will be overwhelmed by the spirit of the city and the rich heritage it houses. Exploring the famous British-built landmark, the Gateway of India and Prince of Wales Museum is a must for every visitor in this city. The drive through the city will let you see the city from close quarters. You get to visit the famous historical buildings, open-air laundries better known as dhobi Ghats. A relaxing evening at the astounding Marine drive, popularly named, the Queen’s Necklace awaits you after touring the city. Here, you get to experience the mighty aura of the majestic Arabian Sea.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Elephanta Caves Tour from Mumbai

Explore the exquisite art of the Elephanta Caves, located on Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbor. During your 6-hour guided tour, your guide shares informative commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has a total of seven caves, including five Hindu caves and two Buddhist caves. Your tour includes a guide, ferry tickets, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off by private car.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Mumbai with visit to Tadoba National Park

Overview Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is a densely populated city on India’s west coast. A financial center, it's India's largest city. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Notably Maharashtra's oldest and largest National Park, the "Tadoba National Park", also known as the "Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve" is one of India's 47 project tiger reserves existing in India. It lies in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state and is approximately 150 km from Nagpur city. The total area of the tiger reserve is 1,727 Sq.km, which includes the Tadoba National Park, created in the year 1955. According to the 2010 National Census on Tigers, there are about 43 tigers in the reserve, which is one of the highest in India.
  • Duration: 6 days
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