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Hop on a boat ride to explore the awe-inspiring Elephanta Caves and island!
A renowned Unesco World Heritage Site, the Elephanta Caves are one of Mumbai’s most spectacular temple sites, boasting precious collections of Hindu temple art. In fact, Elephanta’s cave-temples date back to 600 AD, named after the elephant statue that once stood near the island’s shore.
To start off your day of discovery, we’ll take you to the busy Sassoon Docks, one of Mumbai’s oldest ports. Then, we’ll explore the beauty of the Afghan Church (one of our favourite churches in South Mumbai). Finally, we’ll hop on a ferry to witness the majestic religious wonders housed within Elephanta Caves.
On Elephanta Island, you’ll wander through a web of subterranean caves. These caves hold highly prized statues of Shiva and other deities, as well as shrines, pillars, courtyards and halls, that are all carved out of rock. Listen to the tales and stories behind these sites. We’ll end the day with a delicious lunch with a local family.
Visit one of Mumbai’s oldest docks, one that has been functional for over a century! Witness the hustle and bustle of the market in action in the morning.
Jump on a ferry to a new world, the world of architectural wonder and history that Elephanta Caves offers. We’ll take you through the main caves, the west wing, the east wing, and all the tales that are associated with this wondrous site.
After all that exploring, we’ll take you to have lunch with a local family. You’ll be invited to sample the best of homemade Indian cuisine on Elephanta Island. (We’re sure you’ll be helping yourself to seconds!)
Gateway of India
8am – 1pm
If you do have any serious allergies feel free to let us know at time of booking and do also let your guide know on tour so that certain foods may be avoided!
This depends on what produce is seasonal at the time; families will prepare according to their tastes but if you do have any questions or concerns, feel free to let us know! We’re happy to accommodate all kinds of preferences and diets.
Yes, we welcome children 12 years and over on our normal tour at the responsibility of an accompanying adult. For visitors with children less than 12 years old, please get in touch in advance as we would recommend a private tour.
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This tour was fantastic! Tavrej was a great tour guide who knew a lot about the city of Mumbai having grown up there. Sameer, a local host who lives in a village on Elephanta Caves, had immense knowledge about the caves that he shared with us. They both took their time to explain things and answer any questions we had. Not only was the tour informative and engaging, but we also got to experience a homemade meal from a local household which was terrific. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who visits Mumbai.
PS. 80% of the fee you pay for these tours goes to a fantastic cause helping the local community. So not only are you learning, but also helping fund a great mission. Check it out!
I went on the Elephanta tour on the back of a recommendation from a friend in the UK. The tour was great from end to end. The guides Tavrej, Arjun (new man) and Sandeep were really great. Tavrej and Arjun were great fun and made the trip a really enjoyable one. Sandeep was very knowledgeable about the island and was able to explain the whole history in detail. A really great trip which I would thoroughly recommend.
This is a really interesting place to visit. I strongly recommend linking with Reality Tours if you want to understand the meaning of the different sculptures. The journey out also gives a very good perspective looking back at Mumbai.
The Elephanta and Transport tours do an excellent job of giving you a sense of what daily life is really like in Mumbai and we loved the local lunch aspect. Overall, this is one of the best tour companies we have dealt with anywhere in the world, let alone Mumbai! If we are back in Mumbai we will definitely book with them again.