Half Day Elephanta Caves Tour - Mumbai-Maharashtra
Elephanta Caves : Hewn out of solid rock, the Elephanta Caves date back to 600 AD, and attract more visitors each year than the entire city of Mumbai. No wonder: this place resonates with the spiritual energy of India. The cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. It is situated on Gharapuri Island in Mumbai's harbour, about an hour's boatride from the Gateway Of India. At the entrance to the caves is the famous Trimurti, the celebrated trinity of Elephanta : there's Lord Brahma the Creator, Lord Vishnu, the preserver and Lord Shiva the Destroyer Unfortunately, many of the sculptures inside have been damaged by iconoclastic Portuguese rulers who took potshots at Hindu Gods with their rifles. And yet somehow, nothing has disturbed the sublime beauty of this place for centuries.
Elephanta Caves Getting There :
To get to Elephanta Caves, you will need to go to the Gateway of India in the Mumbai city. From here, get the tickets for the launch (boat or ferry ). The journey takes 1 hour to reach the island by sea. The launch travels at a speed of 14 Nautical miles. The tickets are available at the Maharastra tourism development corp (MTDC) at the entrance of Gateway. The launch (boat) leaves from
gate no.4 at the rear of Gateway of India. It is about a 45-minute boat ride from the Gateway of India to the Elephanta Island. Timing is between 9.00 to 14.30 hrs. It is closed only on MONDAYS. The best time to visit is between November and March. There are 2 types of launch:
Economy and Deluxe. One is big, the other one is slightly smaller in size. Travelling by both carries its own fun experiences. They have a boat going to Elephanta Island every 30 minutes. Week days are less crowded than weekends. Get out The first boat leaving Elephanta Island
for Mumbai is at 12:00 noon and the last one is at 5:30PM. If you are fast, you can the the first boat from Mumbai to Elephanta Island, visit all caves, go up to Cannon Hill to see the old cannon, come back to the dockside, and take the first boat back to Mumbai.
Location : Mumbai
Duration : 4 - 6 hours
Pick up at 09:00 AM in morning from City/Suburb Hotel & transfer to Gateway Of India Boat Jetty
Tour ends at 15:00 PM & return by Boat at Boat Jetty Gateway Of India & drop at hotel
Number of Pax :
Minimum 1 person
Group sizes vary from 2-4 persons
Guide Service :
Optional on Request
English Speaking or language of your choice subject to availability
Visit to Elephanta Caves
- Cancellation before 72 Hrs before check in: Full Refund.
- Cancellation Before 48 Hrs before check in: 75% Refund.
- Cancellation Before 24 Hrs before check in: 50% Refund.
- Cancellation less than 24 Hrs of check in: No refund.