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Elephanta Caves

Discover the UNESCO wonder with our Elephanta caves tour

The basalt rock-cut sculptures, an ancient form of stone art, in the Elephanta caves Mumbai are a UNESCO world heritage site and a major tourist spot in Mumbai. These stone-cut temples and shrines were carved out during the reigns of various dynasties, beginning with the Mauryas and continuing with the Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, and Yadavas of the Medieval Indian dynasties.

The carving depicts different magnificent Shiva figures from the 5th and late 8th centuries and narrates Hindu mythologies. The cave is accessible via an hour-long boat ride from the Gateway of India. Portuguese invaders renamed the island after a massive stone elephant sculpture that was separated from the island and now continues to stand outside the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum.

The cave resembles a fort with massive walls surrounding it, and the only way in/out is via narrow steps cut out of rocks. The caves are best visited between October and June when it’s not raining in Mumbai. During this time, the water levels are low enough to travel and safely reach the caves. We help you design the best tour plan and assign our best tour guides for you. You also have the option to choose group or private Elephanta tours.

Itinerary highlights

  • Visit Elephanta caves in Mumbai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Western India near Mumbai.
  • Enjoy the ferry ride from Gateway of India and soak in the panoramic view of the Arabian sea.
  • Discover the enigmatic stone-carved ancient Elephanta cave.
  • Explore three major caves and marvel at their intricate inscriptions: Hindu Cave, Buddhist Cave, and Shiva Cave.
  • Get insights about the cave and Hindu mythology from our English-speaking guide.
  • See the beautiful carvings of Gods inside our Elephanta caves tour.

What’s included?

  • Tours led by local guides to make the most of the incredible Elephanta cave tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicle transfer to Gateway of India
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Local English-speaking tour guides
  • Full support from your travel concierge throughout the Elephanta island tour.
  • The Elephanta caves Mumbai ticket is inclusive of the tour.

Tour at a glance

This classic journey is the ideal introduction to Mumbai and India, showing you the best of the fascinating city. Take the Elephanta island tour, an authentic cultural gem, alongside our expert guide on a hassle-free and safe tour.

Our Elephanta caves tour Mumbai is a simple and short tour that includes a ferry ride across the Arabian Sea. India’s charm, history, and UNESCO-awarded heritage will appeal to you; these archaeological portions reveal evidence of occupation from the second century BC. The Elephanta Caves were built between the mid-fifth and eighth centuries AD.

This diverse trip will take you on a classic trail to an ancient cave while ticking off some of Mumbai’s most famous landmarks and locations. Explore the ancient Elephanta caves in Mumbai that declares its rich social past. Begin your exploration of the ancient Elephanta cave near the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Your local English-speaking guide will bring centuries of history and culture to life as you explore the Elephanta caves, which are built from solid rocks and feature intricately designed idol sculptures.

Trip itinerary

1. Elephanta Caves Group Tour

Tour Duration: 4-5Hours

Availability: Tuesday and Sunday

Pick Up:  8:00AM, 9:00AM, 10:00AM, 11:00AM

Your Mumbai personal tour guide will pick you up from outside the main entrance of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel to begin your tour to discover the beguiling history of Elephanta caves Mumbai. We will take a ferry boat ride from the Gateway of India to reach the caves.

Just as magnificent as the world’s most famous archaeological sites, Elephanta caves have seen many visitors from around the globe; it is an astonishing ancient cave and one of Mumbai’s top highlights.

When you get to the island, you’ll notice two groups of caves. One large group of five Hindu caves is located on the island’s western hill, while a smaller group of two Buddhist caves is on the island’s eastern hill. These two groups of caves represent different architectural styles from the 5th to 8th centuries AD. The large group of five caves contains rock-cut stone sculptures dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, depicted in famous carvings. The small group of caves has Buddhist monuments. The Elephanta caves in Mumbai are ancient wonders which sit by the island with memorable views of the city. Our Elephanta caves group tour is selectively planned to provide the best experience and be one of the most enjoyable days of your life.

2. Elephanta Caves Private Tour

Tour Duration: 5-6 hours

Availability: Tuesday to Sunday

Pick Up: 8:00AM, 9:00AM, 10:00AM, 11:00AM

The Elephanta island tour is a great way to learn about the Hindu God Lord Shiva, who lives in the Elephanta Caves, which dates back to the 5th century BC. The Elephanta Caves Mumbai are located on Elephanta Island, about 10 kilometers from Mumbai’s Gateway of India.

The Portuguese named the island Elephanta after an elephant statue near the island’s landing area. These caves contain rock-cut temples from the fifth century. The island is approximately an hour’s ferry ride from the Gateway of India.

The tour would last approximately 6 hours. It requires a fair amount of walking and climbing steps, so we suggest you wear comfortable footwear. We would meet you in the lobby of your hotel and begin our tour in an air-conditioned vehicle driven by professional drivers.

Our experienced, highly qualified, informative fluent English-speaking local guides will always accompany you. The Elephanta caves Mumbai ticket and bottled mineral water are included in our Elephanta caves tour. Following the tour, the guide and driver will safely drop you at your hotel or another location of your choice.

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Enjoy Mumbai life with Magical Mumbai Tours

Magical Mumbai Tours customizes your Mumbai City Tour and takes you to the historic Elephanta Caves so have an unforgettable experience. Enjoy an escorted tour that has been curated after years of organizing for like-minded travelers from across the world. Book your trip with us, to get the most out of your stay in Mumbai. Start planning your Elephanta Caves Tour with us.

FAQ’s

– How do I plan a trip to Elephanta Caves?

Book a Mumbai sightseeing and Elephanta caves tour or just an Elephant cave tour with us and along with your tour guide, you take a ferry from the Gateway of India jetty to reach Elephanta Island. Gharapuri or Elephanta Island will take about an hour to reach by boat. Then we’ll take a toy train from the harbor to explore Elephanta island.

– Which is the best time to visit Elephanta Caves?

Elephanta caves Bombay are best experienced during the winter months of October to February. Avoid traveling during the peak monsoon season (June to August), when the sea becomes unpredictable, and ferry schedules are disrupted. This location is best visited in the morning.

– Is it safe to travel to Elephanta Caves?

Traveling to Elephanta caves and taking a guided Elephanta island tour is very safe. Our tour guides take all the safety measures to ensure you travel safely and enjoy your visit at every step.

– How long does it take to cover Elephanta Caves?

Our Mumbai Elephanta caves tour takes about 5-6 hours from the ferry ride to the cave and exploring the ancient caves. The ferry ride takes about one hour to reach the Gateway of India and another two minutes to reach the harbor.

– Why do people visit Elephanta Caves?

One of Mumbai’s oldest historical sites is the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Elephanta caves are famous for their cave temples with sculptures of Hindu gods. The caves are located off the coast of Mumbai on the island of Gharapuri, which is nine nautical miles from the Gateway of India.

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