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Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide

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Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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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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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 ferry ticket: USD 3 per person
Any other meals or drinks

Departure Point

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

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Mystical Mumbai
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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75 Reviews

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Tour worth visiting
, 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.
icon 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
, 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.
icon 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.
, 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
, 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
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you so much for your lovely review.
Great experience
, 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.
icon 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
, 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!
icon 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
, 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.
icon 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
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thanks alot for writing a review
This tour was really cool, visit the...
, 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.
icon 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 .
icon 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

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