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    Elephanta Caves Tour from Mumbai

    4.5 (21 reviews)

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    • Free Cancellation - 24 Hrs Notice
    • Show Mobile or Printed Voucher
    • 5 Hrs Duration
    • English
    • Join In Group
    • Optional Hotel Pick Up
    • Visit to the Elephanta Caves; a UNESCO World Heritage site, accessible from the Gateway of India
    • Learn about the 7 cave excavations at Elephanta, all carved from solid basalt rock
    • Discover the temples which honor the Hindu God Shiva and contain many intricate sculptures
    • A fun journey to the caves, learning about each of their features and the story behind each one
    • An English speaking guide will be available to help you in your tour
    • Enjoy great price benefits when traveling with 2 or more adults

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    Most Recent Review

    • Yen Lei 16 Dec 2019
      Highly Recommended
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour

      it was interesting trip. The guid was awesome. He was kind and told us interesting stories. thanks for that tour.

    What To Expect

    Elephanta Caves is a must-see destination for history buffs or archaeology afficionados who would like to see true excavations pertaining to the ancient histories of India. From the Gateway of India, your tour will ride a ferry to the island where the Elephanta Caves are found. You will climb 120 steps to the plateau where these caves can be entered. There are seven major excavations in the area, and you'll be able to explore the history behind the artifacts and structures found therein. There is a spacious hall supported by huge pillars, which are characteristic of architecture of the 6th and 7th centuries. A massive three-headed Shiva sculpture stands therein, which is one of the major attractions in the caves. You will be able to explore 3 caves, each with a unique feature: one is a large Hindu Cave, the other is a Buddhist cave, and the final one is a cave dedicated to the God Shiva. You will discover a beautiful cultural heritage site and gain deeper understanding of India's religious history.

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    Depart and arrive back at the Gateway of India, a noteworthy national landmark
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    Ride a toy train up to the plateau of 120 steps!
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    Enter the caves and discover their history
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    Marvel at the archaeological wonders of the Elephanta Caves
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    This is an engaging journey into the local history and religious culture

    Booking Information



    • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
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    • 9:30am meet up with guide outside Pizza Express restaurant and proceed to Gateway of India
    • 10:00am ferry ride on the Arabian sea from Gateway Of India to the Elephanta Caves (duration: 1 hour)
    • 11:00am on arrival to the island, walk or take a short toy train from the jetty to where you need to climb 120 steps to the plateau where the caves are located
    • 11:30am see the large three-headed Shiva sculpture. Explore the 3 caves - the large Hindu cave, Buddhist cave and the main Shiva cave
    • 1:00pm after exploring, the guide will drop you back to the ferry point and see you off from there on the return hour long ferry ride back to Gateway Of India
    • 2:15pm tour ends at Gateway Of India

    (Note: In case of transfers, the operator will arrange a pick up and drop off by car/van accordingly)

    Additional Information

    Additional Information:

    • Child ticket: Age 3-11
    • Children under 0-2 years old can participate free of charge
    • This tour does not operate on Monday
    • No strict dress code is enforced at tour sites. However, please be advised to dress modestly for places of worship
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses/sunscreen, hats or scarf are highly recommended
    • This tour is not recommended for pregnant women, guests with heart problems or other serious medical conditions and those with walking disabilities or guests who will need use of a wheelchair
    • The transfers option includes roundtrip hotel transfers. Pick up and drop off are available only for hotels in areas between Colaba-Andheri and Colaba-Kurla-Powai. For areas beyond Andheri and Powai, additional charges are applicable to be paid in cash to the operator
    • Entrance fees to Elephanta Caves (INR600per person) is applicable for non-Indian passport holders only. Indian tourists have different rates for entrance fees

    How To Use

    • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
    • This voucher is valid only on the date and time specified
    • Please Note: During monsoon season (15 June-15 September), the tour of Elephanta Caves will be subject to favorable weather conditions since it cannot run in the event of rains or high tide
    • If you have opted for the car transfer service, the operator will reconfirm the pick up time in advance
    Meet Up Details:
    • Meet up time: 9:30am
    • Meet up location: outside Pizza Express Restaurant
    • Address: Dhanraj Mahal Shivaji Marg, Opposite Yacht Club, Appolo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

    Terms & Conditions

    • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 24 hours prior to the activity
    • A full refund will be given in the event the tour is cancelled due to weather conditions
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    Reviews (21)

    • Yen Lei 16 Dec 2019
      Highly Recommended
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour

      it was interesting trip. The guid was awesome. He was kind and told us interesting stories. thanks for that tour.

    • Pui Chi Sanus 30 Sep 2019
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour

      The caves were amazing and we learnt lot history and religion from the guide and the caves. The monkeys on the island were funny and the other animals on the island were cute.

    • Ruth 16 May 2019
      Highly Recommended
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour + Car Transfers (Group of 4)

      I went there alone with the tour guide, but i find it very safe. The ferry trip was very exciting you will see another face of Mumbai. The naval base was the best. We visited a lot of caves the tour guide told me the back ground stories of the huge statues. he also showed me the colorful village. i never had a problem with the hotel pick up arrangement. the driver was very kind, on our way back he brought me to a place where i could shop what i was looking for. i went back to the hotel by myself very happy.

    • Michelle Leslie 22 Dec 2018
      Highly Recommended
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour

      A tour not to miss if you’re in Mumbai! My guide’s name is Haresh (photo below), who is a local of Elphanta. He was a fantastic guide who met me early from the set time and gave a very good overview of the caves as well as the city (Mumbai) during the cruise. Upon docking at the port, he was very nice to take pictures of me on the train and by the entrance of the caves with the signage. He was also very mindful to wait for me while going up the stairs, ready to assist. He continued to share the caves’ history and religious backgrounds about Shiva apart from it minding to taking more photos of me. And by the end of the tour, he was very courteous to ask if he can stay in the island instead of going back with me to the mainland. I had a great time on this tour and was glad to have chosen this over my weekend stay at Mumbai!

    • Ying Ying 12 Mar 2019
      Highly Recommended
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour

      Amazing trip to have! Our tour guide Haresh is a true local on Elephanta Island and would be the best person to explain its history, culture and people. The caves are natural and huge, with the locals making their own livings on the island itself. Be prepared to spend at least half a day there as a return journey already takes up 2 hours. Glad it has been preserved as a UNESC O heritage site.

    • Mario Alberto 1 Oct 2018
      Highly Recommended
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour + Car Transfers (Group of 4)

      Haresh was amazing. The Caves were brought to life with his explanations. He even did some quick checkpoints to make sure we remembered names and events. It definitely would have been a dull experience without him. Since it’s a meet-up, I suggest you don’t underestimate the Mumbai traffic. Be there early!

    • Fabrizio 4 Dec 2017
      Highly Recommended
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour

      Great experience. Guide was helpful, well prepared and flexible. As we proceeded quickly through the caves, we also had the chance to climb up the hill to have a look at one of the cannon and the landscape from there. Would recommend such experience! The island isn’t kept really clean, and the boat trip is rather harsh for western standards, but this has nothing to do with the tour operator.

    • Mung Ni 18 Nov 2018
      Highly Recommended
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour

      The guide Harish is very knowledgable and informative. A good tour to understand the history of Mumbai and Hinduism!

    • Ramsay 26 Sep 2017
      Highly Recommended

      Good trip, good places to go, overall the service is value for money.

    • Ian 2 Sep 2017
      Highly Recommended

      The tour was amazing! Our guide was very knowledgeable!

    • Tsz Lun 5 May 2019
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour

      Nice It would be better if you have some Hindu backgrounds

    • Yannie Yan Nie 28 Apr 2019
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour + Car Transfers (Group of 4)

      Underwhelming experience. But driver was on time and guide was interesting enough.

    • KAIYUANWANG 26 Nov 2018
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour

      First of all, I am sorry, but the guide was sick and didn’t want to talk at all, which might be why they called the night before to reschedule to 10:30 am, or it was just that I was the only one on the tour. I was the one kept talking on the boat from gateway to the island, and it’s the most awkward one hour I had on any tour. The guide gave a fair presentation on all the statues in the Shiva cave, but his voice was so low that I could barely hear him, and he gets irritated when I ask the meaning of the names. I wouldn’t need him if I knew all the names right? On the other 4 caves, the only explanation was “All has been destroyed. Nothing left here.” What the fxxx! There are guide books for sale on the island, I would recommend those books over this 3000 rupee tour.

      Reply from Klook

      Thank you for raising your concern to us. We sincerely regret to hear that you had unsatisfactory experience and we take your feedback extremely seriously. Your case has been noted and passed to the local operator for further improvement. Your understanding will be much appreciated.

    • Thi Thu 4 Jan 2020
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour

      Enthusiastic tour guide, very nice cave, statues with many special posture shapes. It is worth a visit. During the ferry ride there are many seagulls flying around very interesting.

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    • CHIYI 30 Mar 2019
      Highly Recommended
      Review for: Elephanta Caves Tour

      This stone statue is very beautiful, just like the monuments that have passed through the millennium. It existed 2,500 years ago, and many European and American customers came to see this stone statue. I recommend everyone to look at it.

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