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Essential Collection

Elephanta Caves Experience

Access from: Mumbai (ex Bombay)


Key info

  • Tour ID: 51825
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Pick up point: Outside Green Gate
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • Elephanta Caves
  • Cannon Hill

From $65.70pp

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 51825
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Pick up point: Outside Green Gate
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • Elephanta Caves
  • Cannon Hill

Itinerary

Itinerary order is subject to change.

When does my tour start?

This tour can commence to suit your cruise ship porting times.

When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?

We schedule your return to port to ensure you arrive in plenty of time to re-join your ship - normally 1 hour before the scheduled sailing time. All tour times are based on Shore time (ie local time, - not ship time)

Itinerary

Meet the guide at the port entrance of Mumbai
Scenic drive towards the Gateway of India
Transfer onto a ferry to cruise the Elephanta Caves (ferry journey approximately 50 minutes)
Disembark the ferry, walk (or mini train) to the foot of the hill at the Elephanta Caves
40 minutes exploring the Elephanta Caves
Short walk to the top of the Island
Photo opportunities at Cannon Hill
Take the mini train which will take you to boarding the ferry for return
Enjoy a 50-minute journey by ferry back to the Gateway of India
Board the coach
Enjoy the drive back passing landmarks (Fort, Colaba)
Drop back off at cruise port of Mumbai

You will be met at the port by your Cruising Excursions representative who will then guide you to your air-conditioned transportation ready to commence your tour.

The tour will start with a breath-taking drive toward the Gateway of India, a Prominent Arch Monument, with the famous Taj Mahal Hotel in the background. From here you will then be transferred onto a ferry to get to the famous Elephanta Caves the ferry journey will take approximately 50 minutes.

Your guide will be giving you interesting and fun facts during the journey and will tell you all about the scenic landmarks you will witness on the way, such as Butcher's Island & a historic jetty for oil tankers.

Once the ferry has arrived at Elephanta Island, there will be a small train taking you to the bottom of the Caves hill. Here there are plenty of souvenir stalls, cafes and restaurants, and the green monkeys are in full view as they wander around trying to find food.

To get to the caves there is approximately 120 steps, which can be taken leisurely, as you are walking up these steps there are plenty of souvenir stands and cafes along the way should you wish to purchase something.

Once at the top your eyes will be opened for a wonderful collection of masterfully sculpted picturesque caves which await your exploration.

Dating back to the fifth century, you will discover the greatest example of Indian rock-cut art and architecture. The sculptures are known for their many forms, dimensions, alignment, execution, and spiritual themes. The first cave you will venture upon is the most prominent sight, with a 23-foot high sadashiva monument dominating the entrance. The magnificent sculpture represents the three aspects of shiva: Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer. All surrounding sculptures in the caves are in their natural setting, which will allow you to appreciate Western India's most historic achievement in the field of rock architecture.

After the guided visit around the Elephanta Caves, your guide will then take you on a short walk to the top of the Island. Cannon Hill is a flourishing setting, ideal for taking those memorable photographs, here we will stop for a few moments to take in the scenery and of course allow you to take plenty of photographs.  We will then take a leisurely walk back to the bottom of the Elephanta hill, before preparing to make our way back to the ferry.

Once the ferry has arrived back to the Gateway of India we will meet up with our air conditioned coach which will take us back to the port.

Along the way you will enjoy a few more landmarks (this will include Fort, a vibrant business district and Colaba, Mumbai's art centre, renowned for high-end boutiques) before being dropped back off at the port with plenty of time before your departure. This is a tour you cannot miss, so make sure you bring your camera for the beautiful sites of Mumbai!

Included within the tour

  • Air conditioned transportation
  • English speaking guide
  • Ferry Transportation to the Elephanta Caves
  • Mini Train at Elephanta Caves
  • Entrance tickets to the Caves
  • Bottled water
  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 51825
    • Duration: 5 hours
    • Pick up point: Outside Green Gate
    • Activity level: Moderate

    Top highlights

    • Elephanta Caves
    • Cannon Hill

    Itinerary

    Itinerary order is subject to change.

    When does my tour start?

    This tour can commence to suit your cruise ship porting times.

    When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?

    We schedule your return to port to ensure you arrive in plenty of time to re-join your ship - normally 1 hour before the scheduled sailing time. All tour times are based on Shore time (ie local time, - not ship time)

    Itinerary

    Meet the guide at the port entrance of Mumbai
    Scenic drive towards the Gateway of India
    Transfer onto a ferry to cruise the Elephanta Caves (ferry journey approximately 50 minutes)
    Disembark the ferry, walk (or mini train) to the foot of the hill at the Elephanta Caves
    40 minutes exploring the Elephanta Caves
    Short walk to the top of the Island
    Photo opportunities at Cannon Hill
    Take the mini train which will take you to boarding the ferry for return
    Enjoy a 50-minute journey by ferry back to the Gateway of India
    Board the coach
    Enjoy the drive back passing landmarks (Fort, Colaba)
    Drop back off at cruise port of Mumbai

    You will be met at the port by your Cruising Excursions representative who will then guide you to your air-conditioned transportation ready to commence your tour.

    The tour will start with a breath-taking drive toward the Gateway of India, a Prominent Arch Monument, with the famous Taj Mahal Hotel in the background. From here you will then be transferred onto a ferry to get to the famous Elephanta Caves the ferry journey will take approximately 50 minutes.

    Your guide will be giving you interesting and fun facts during the journey and will tell you all about the scenic landmarks you will witness on the way, such as Butcher's Island & a historic jetty for oil tankers.

    Once the ferry has arrived at Elephanta Island, there will be a small train taking you to the bottom of the Caves hill. Here there are plenty of souvenir stalls, cafes and restaurants, and the green monkeys are in full view as they wander around trying to find food.

    To get to the caves there is approximately 120 steps, which can be taken leisurely, as you are walking up these steps there are plenty of souvenir stands and cafes along the way should you wish to purchase something.

    Once at the top your eyes will be opened for a wonderful collection of masterfully sculpted picturesque caves which await your exploration.

    Dating back to the fifth century, you will discover the greatest example of Indian rock-cut art and architecture. The sculptures are known for their many forms, dimensions, alignment, execution, and spiritual themes. The first cave you will venture upon is the most prominent sight, with a 23-foot high sadashiva monument dominating the entrance. The magnificent sculpture represents the three aspects of shiva: Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer. All surrounding sculptures in the caves are in their natural setting, which will allow you to appreciate Western India's most historic achievement in the field of rock architecture.

    After the guided visit around the Elephanta Caves, your guide will then take you on a short walk to the top of the Island. Cannon Hill is a flourishing setting, ideal for taking those memorable photographs, here we will stop for a few moments to take in the scenery and of course allow you to take plenty of photographs.  We will then take a leisurely walk back to the bottom of the Elephanta hill, before preparing to make our way back to the ferry.

    Once the ferry has arrived back to the Gateway of India we will meet up with our air conditioned coach which will take us back to the port.

    Along the way you will enjoy a few more landmarks (this will include Fort, a vibrant business district and Colaba, Mumbai's art centre, renowned for high-end boutiques) before being dropped back off at the port with plenty of time before your departure. This is a tour you cannot miss, so make sure you bring your camera for the beautiful sites of Mumbai!

    Included within the tour

    • Air conditioned transportation
    • English speaking guide
    • Ferry Transportation to the Elephanta Caves
    • Mini Train at Elephanta Caves
    • Entrance tickets to the Caves
    • Bottled water
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