Getting there & away
Launches head to Elephanta Island from the Gateway of India every half-hour from around 9am to 3pm Tuesday to Sunday. Economy boats cost Rs 100 return while more spacious ‘deluxe’ launches are Rs 120; buy tickets at the booths lining Apollo Bunder. The voyage takes just over an hour.
The ferries dock at the end of a concrete pier, from where you can walk (around three minutes) or take the miniature train (Rs 8) to the stairway leading up to the caves. It’s lined with handicraft stalls and patrolled by pesky monkeys. Maharajas-in-training can be carried there by palanquins (one-way/return Rs 150/250).