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Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide

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From $70.62

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  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Rewind to Mumbai’s pre-colonial days on 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 and option to include a family lunch.
  • Private half-day Elephanta Caves tour from Mumbai
  • Catch a public ferry to see the UNESCO-listed ‘City of Caves’ on Elephanta Island
  • Tour the main, Shiva Cave with its giant Hindu rock statues of Shiva, Nataraja, and Yogishvara
  • Explore other Hindu and Buddhist caves, filled with statues and reliefs of religious scenes
  • Discover why the caves were carved, and the symbolism of their rock art
  • Personalized attention from a private, professional guide
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What's Included

  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Regal Cinema
    Colaba Causeway, opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India

Pickup points

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

We pick up from your accommodation

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • 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.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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100 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Great local guides.
Denise_T, 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.
Mystical Mumbai Tours Unreliable.
Amanda_P, Nov 2022
Tour guide kept delaying so we cancelled. We only had 3 days in Mumbai. Scheduled a 9 am tour with Mystical Mumbai Tours. Contacted company day before to confirm, and agreed to their request to move tour to 0930. We were contacted again to change tour time to 10 and we said no, because we had plans for afternoon. Arrived at mtg place and no guide. He kept texting 10 more minutes. When he said he’d probably be there at 10:20, we cancelled and headed off to ferry on our own. Requested company refund our 190 USD (very high amount compared to other tours and didn’t include standard hotel pick up/drop off) and owner did not agree to refund money until we threatened to contact our cc company to report him for fraud. Used Amaze Tours day prior for a city tour and had a perfect tour which included a guide and a driver for a lot less. Wrote review because had we known company lacked reliability, we would have booked with another company. Elephanta tour ended well for us, after we got off ferry we found a wonderful guide (Avi), an island resident, who gave us a tour for 50USD, so a savings of 140 USD.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
I’m sorry to hear about your experience, Amanda. I appreciate you reaching out and am sorry to learn that our customer service has fallen short of the level you deserve. It sounds like we missed some critical information when processing your insurance coverage for this visit–please reach out to us so that we can make it right. It’s also unfortunate to hear about the delay in tour departure time due to Major accident on the road and stuck in traffic. We also provided full refund and will be credited 2-3 working days Thank you again for taking the time to share your feedback with me – we take all reviews seriously and will use them in our continuous improvement efforts!
Highly recommend
Jason_S, Oct 2022
This was a great experience. It is a 1 hour boat ride that can be out in the sun so bring your SPF. Sameer was our tour guide on the island and he is a native to the island. He was friendly, knowledgeable and took great photos of us. Anthony was our guide on the boat and he was friendly and knowledgeable about the city. Overall this was a great knowledgeable tour.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
"Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5-star review."
Trip to Elephant Caves
mayaelizabethmann, May 2022
I’ll be honest, you don’t need to book a tour to visit the caves. You’ll also have to pay for the ferry ride and entrance separately so I do think it’s a bit expensive. That being said, Sameer and Anthony were brilliant, kind and just the best so if you do decide to go ahead and book a tour to the island, do go with them. Thank you both for being such good sports and kind people.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We're sorry you had a bad experience. We'll strive to do better. ”
1 traveler found this review helpful
My time on Elephant Island…
Gregory_C, Mar 2022
This was an incredible experience, and the driver and the guide did such a great job of meeting me and taking care of all needs for the day. Sameer Mhatre is one of the most knowable guides I have ever had. Such a wonderful man! We explored the caves and he not only made me aware of all of the history, but was able to answer all my questions. I could highly recommend this tour, and Sameer was GREAT!!!
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks a lot for writing review !
Tour worth visiting
Teri_F, Feb 2020
Tour was very informative, the ferry ride was very calming and a different view of Mumbai from the water and the price was right. The guide on Elephanta was very professional and personal, taking pictures for us and showing us the best place to shop.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
First of all ,Thanks for taking the time to writa a review and sharing your experience to other.We appreciated it.Hope see you again.Thanks again
Good Experience
Peter_T, Feb 2020
The caves are definitely worth a visit. The caves are beautiful and the guide was knowledgeable. Speaking of guides, I was expecting one guide to accompany my group, but instead you get passed between guides (one to get you on the ferry and the other on the island). Having a guide on the ferry (70 minute ride each way) to point out landmarks and tell you about the history of Mumbai would have made this a 5 star experience.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Thank you for the time that you have taken in providing a feedback of your tour with us. We are pleased to note that you enjoyed with us.
yesheytsogyal, Feb 2020
COMPLETE RIPOFF! DO NOT BUY FROM THIS! YOU DON'T NEED A GUIDE UNLESS YOU ARE DISABLED OR SOMEHOW INCAPABLE OF HAVING ANY KIND OF COGNITION OF THE THINGS AROUND YOU. I am a travel agent (Bhutan Yodsel Tours and Treks) and wanted to check out few touristic sites in Bombay. I ended up paying 7000 for a guide (3000 per person) for a 5 minute explanation of the Elephante Site. AND this is just for the guide!! You will haev to pay ferry : 220 (ferry fees) 60 + 10 (entrance fees if you are regional) 400 (for foreigner) What I recommend is to read up on the site before you leave! The statues itself was pretty incredible, but not worth 7000++
Elephanta Island
steverusty957, Feb 2020
It was wonderful hearing about the history and stories of the caves, statues. Even better was the lunch with a village family. A truly authentic experience. Absolute highlight
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Thank you so much for your lovely review.
Great experience
Laura_W, Jan 2020
Really interesting place to visit and had a great guided tour of the caves. The boat trip over was really lovely too; I really enjoyed the experience. The tour guides met us at each point so although there were different people to get you to and from each point, the process was smoothly done - I’d definitely recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
thank you for your detailed description and feedback of our tours. We really appreciate these reviews
Great Tour and Guide
sarahderbymurphy, 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!
Response from Host, Dec 2019
Thank you so much for writing a review. our guide always try to give the best and thanks for highly recommending us.
Definitely a trip to make if in Mumbai
judyikeda, Dec 2019
I booked this trip via Viator 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.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are glad that you really enjoyed the tour and we would really appreciate if you recommended this tour to your family and friends.
Driver's knowledge
Victoria_Q, May 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.
Response from Host, Jun 2019
Thanks alot for writing a review
This tour was really cool, visit the...
NIRVANIE D, Oct 2018
This tour was really cool, visit the cave and seeing Shiva 9 forms were super cool. The only thing is I didnt enjoy the 45 minutes boat ride. To the island. Our guide was really helpful. Both Anthony and Amish was helpful.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Hi,I just wanted to thank you for your detailed description and feedback of our tours. We really appreciate these reviews
Amazing private tour with lots of history .
Aaron L, 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 .
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Hi. Thanks for the review. Hope you are safe and happy. Thanks for giving your precious time. By doing this tours with us you are helping the people of slum. hope to see you again
My tour guide Sameer with Mystical...
Sanjay M, 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.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Thanks a lot for writing an excellent review and compliment to our Team. will pass your massage to Sameer. Thanks once again....
A breathtaking tour of the Elephanta...
Z_A, Jan 2018
A breathtaking tour of the Elephanta Caves. Go early before the ferry crowds come in. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. We didn't feel rushed. All of our questions were answered efficiently. What I truly loved what that Samir took care of us the entire time, even after the tour when we were ushered to our private car. Highly recommend tour.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
EAR GUEST , Greetings from Mystical Mumbai. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor on your experience. It is our sincere endeavor to ensure that our guests enjoy a memorable experience
This was an amazing day of wonder...
Karlie M, May 2017
This was an amazing day of wonder! These caves are truly spectacular and our guide was so informative and thorough that I learnt a lot about the Hindu religion that I didn't know before and the stories were great! There is great little market stores lining the steps on the way in and out that are hard to go past without bagging a bargain Unfortunately I had problems when my computer uploaded my photos from iCloud and lost them! But the memories will always be there!
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Thanks a lot for writing an excellent review and compliment to our Team
Vishal was our guide getting to and...
derek m, Feb 2017
Vishal was our guide getting to and from the island. He got us there and back safely and was very friendly. Samir gave us the tour of the caves. He was friendly and very knowledgeable. By the end we felt we had made new friends. Vishal helped us get to the Taj Palace afterwards which he didn't have to do. Thank you for a great experience. Highly recommended.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Thank you for the time that you have taken in providing a feedback of your tour with us. We are pleased to note that you enjoyed with us.
lcbetancourts, Feb 2020
Compré un paquete que incluía guía en español. Sin embargo, el guía que destinaron no sabía español. Un fiasco total.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Dear Guest, we are sorry for the inconvenience and we will check in our team and proper action will be taken against this issue


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