Mumbai is a cluster of 7 islands. There are innumerable features which make it unique and ensure that people keep coming back for more. One such feature are the beaches of this island city. They are a perfect experience of nature, mouth-watering street food and exciting activities for all age groups. Here are the top 10 beaches that are a must visit in Mumbai.
Located in the Malad West, Marve is comparatively a smaller beach. From its North end, ferry services to Essel World and Water Kingdom (Amusement Parks) are available. Due to the presence of Indian Naval base, INS Hamla the movement at the beach is restricted. You can witness INS Hamla Jawans training on the beach early in the morning. Reaching this beach is very easy from the Malad Railway Station. You can either take a BEST bus or an auto.
Girgaum Chowpatty Beach
Famously called “Chowpatty”; it is one of the oldest seafronts in the city. It is located at the northern end of Marine Drive. The beach is famous for its meals and street food items like Bhel puri, Pani puri etc. Also, it is a key venue in the celebration of ‘Ganesh Chaturti’ and provides quite a spectacle of colour and grandeur during the festival.
Juhu Beach is one of the most famous beaches not just in Mumbai but all over India. The beach is a prominent location, which has featured in numerous Bollywood films. As you stroll along the beach you can munch on a wide variety of street food that you will not find on any other beach. It is a popular choice for Mumbaikars to end the day with family. It is a quite popular with people living in the suburbs.
Situated in the suburbs of Andheri West, this beach is a continuation of Juhu Beach and is separated by a creek. There are a good number of pubs nearby that are open till late night. It’s a popular hangout for young people from a lot of colleges in the vicinity. History claims that, Shivaji Maharaja came here to rest after his battles. The Versova beach is a home to a large number of fishing folk called ‘Kolis’. The fishing market has an auction that takes place everyday.
Madh Island Beach
Madh Island is one of the cleanest beaches in Mumbai and in the state as well. Located near Malad, it is a renowned tourist spot and is formed by a cluster of small villages and farmlands in north-west coast of Mumbai. The mangrooves around the coast add to the scenic beauty of the beach. Erangal Feast is held on the second Sunday of January every year. Harbadevi Temple is a famous spot here.
Another beach in Malad, this beach is a popular vacation destination for youngsters and has many private cottages and hotels that are rented out to visitors and tourists. The sands are bad and not suitable for any water related activities. Located near the beach is INS Hamla – a base of Indian Navy and a small beach called Daana-Paani at the other end.
Dadar Chowpatty Beach
Formerly called as lower Mahim, the beach is a walkable distance from Shivaji Park. The Mumbai Mayor lives here. You can munch on famous Maharashtrian foods, like Vada Pav, Thali Pith, Misal Pav and Sabudana Vada. This being a less populated beach, the visitors often come here a sense of calm and a peaceful sunset. The Bandra-Worli sea link is also a beautiful sight here. Water activities are not safe here.
Located in north Mumbai, Gorai beach is another less frequented beach. People come here for silence, relaxation and the quite (a rare commodity in the city). You can also drive around the beach as the sand here is hard. Food is available in local resorts here. Essel World and Water Kingdom are theme parks that are a ferry ride away which you can visit with family and friends.
Manori Beach is a popular weekend destination for the people in Mumbai. The beach has a culture similar to Goa and one can indulge in Chinese, East Indian food and seafood. Pork vindaloo, sorpotel, chicken raan, stuffed pomfret, prawns chilly fry are some of the famous dishes to try out. Beach Shacks and Spanish Villas near the beach can are comfortable options for accomodation.
This beach is located in Navi Mumbai. It is best known for its salt pans and fishing villages. The Dongri Temple and other famous temples are a tourist attraction. Uran was a subject of Maratha Princely states in Maharasthra. Pirwadi beach and Ransai Dam near Dighode Village are also major attractions.
These beaches are an easy escape from a hard day of work for Mumbaikars. They not only offer peace and relaxation but are also great places to indulge in some fun family time in the lap of nature.