Gorai beach is located in the Gorai creek, four to six kilometres into the suburbs of Borivali. The beach is known for its scenic view and friendly locals and hence, serves as a local beach getaway to Mumbaikars. Gorai is famous among youngsters and families alike, for a picnic or a weekend excursion. It is accessible to various other places too such as Essel World and Water Kingdom, as well as Global Pagoda which explains the popularity of the beach.
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Located in the northern most section ofMumbai, Gorai beach is less polluted compared to the other beaches in Mumbai and therefore is enjoyed by all. Want to know more about this distant beach with unknown possibilities? Read on.
How to reach
From Bhayander: Gorai Beach is at a distance of 12 km from Bhayander station, which falls on the Western line. From there, one can take the MBMT bus number 4 towards the beach.
From Borivali: Bus numbers 247 and 294 starting from the western end of Borivali station (which also falls on the western line) takes you to the Gorai jetty.
From Malad: People coming from Malad can take a jetty from Marve beach which is available every 15 minutes. It charges about Rs. 20, per person.
From Essel World: Someone who is coming to the beach from Essel World can take bus no. 4 towards Gorai beach.
People coming by the Central or Harbour lines can prefer taking the route connecting via Ghodbunder Road, Thane towards Borivali and then board a bus towards the beach. Another commute option could be to take a connecting train to Bhayander via Dadar.
Definitely among the cleaner beaches of Mumbai, Gorai is shaded by palm and coconut trees making it a beautiful and scenic place to take a long stroll at. Especially, the 2.5 km long stretch which begins from the entry point of the beach till Darya Kinara resort in the north is the crowded patch. The beach lies along the Arabian Sea in the North Western part of Maharashtra. Gorai is known to be a hangout spot for both youngsters as well as couples, as the former bunk college lectures to come and chill here whereas the latter find the place peaceful to spend some quality time together. Families often visit the beach for a leisurely weekend vacation.
Specialties of Gorai Beach
Here are the top reasons why Gorai beach is unique:
1) Not as crowded asJuhu beach or most of the other beaches in Mumbai(andbeaches are a place to find peace and solitude, right?)
2) Horse rides for Rs. 50.
3) One of the few beaches in Mumbai that allow the entry of vehicles and autos on the beach.
4) Gorai unlike other beaches of Mumbai is not overcrowded with beach stalls, which actually is the reason why we said you can find your solitude without having to be disturbed by hawkers or loud salesmen.
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Weekend Beach Getaway: True to its name, people belonging to The city that never sleeps often spend sleepless nights and tiresome weekdays and most of them cannot afford a long weekend. Thats where Gorai beach becomes an absolute favourite! Easily accessible and great lodging options make it the right choice for a short weekend getaway.
Festival Attractions: Ganesh Chathurthi, one of the famous Maharashtrian festivals often find a lot of devotees bringing the Ganesh idol home for a stipulated number of days. The Gorai beach is an immersion spot and is crowded throughout the festival days. The beach is also a famed spot for Holi celebrations by youngsters.
Local Stalls and Eateries: Similar to the other beaches of Mumbai, even Gorai has its share of stalls along the coastline. While the number of stalls are comparatively lesser, but there are enough to fulfil your taste buds. Raw mango, salted tamarind, cutting chai and chaat are some of the items that are a must-try!
Lovers Point: While collegians are a regular at the beach, Gorai is also a favoured spot for couples. You may find a number of lovers huddled along the beach-side spending some quality time enjoying the beautiful weather.
While the beach itself is a big attraction, there are other places near Gorai that are worth a visit. Some of these are Essel World andWater Kingdom, Global Vipassana Pagoda, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Velankanni Church, Aksa Beach, Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary and Arnala Fort.
Hotels and Resorts near Gorai
If youve made a long-distance trip,you have options to stay around the beach. Gorai beach has resortsandhotelsfor people of all budgets. Were listing down the best of them, with prices for a nights stay.
Fonsecas Resort: Rs. 2,000/-
Gorai Hill Resort: Rs. 2,100/-
Palm Beach Resort: Rs. 2,500/-
Darya Kinara: Rs. 3,000/-
Major Issue Facing Gorai Beach:
Mumbai is expanding owing to rapid urbanisation and development, and that is affecting the open spaces and green cover which is in turn making the rainfall erratic and unpredictable. All this is ultimately leading to an increase in the land temperatures as well the sea surface temperature. This entire cycle is resulting in the rise of the sea level of Mumbai coast (majorly around the Gorai area) and that is leading to a drop in the numbers of the annual fish catch majorly disturbing the lives of the fishermen in Gorai.
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