Summer Fun: Spend An Evening At One Of Mumbai’s Popular Beaches

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One of Mumbai's many attractive features is its long coast line which offers Mumbaikars and tourists a range of beautiful beaches to visit! Beaches have been my favourite place to unwind in the evenings and before Mumbai summer is over and monsoons come raging in, we bring you a list of the most popular ones that are sure to pep-up your fun agenda
Girgaum Chowpatti during Ganesh Visarjan Image Credit: www.memumbai.com
Girgaum Chowpatti during Ganesh Visarjan Image Credit: www.memumbai.com
Girgaum Chowpatti Also known as Marine Drive Chowpatti, this beach has some really good snack stalls; don’t forget to try out the chaat! It gets quite crowded especially during Ganesh Chaturthi as it is popular for Ganesh Visarjans. The beach offers a beautiful view of the Malabar Hill skyline. The name ‘Chowpatti’ symbolises the four water creeks near it. Where: Near Charni Road station, Adjoining Marine Drive in Girgaum Dadar Chowpatti If you visit this beach you’d find numerous Mumbaikars taking a stroll; a few health conscious ones jogging perhaps. There aren't many food stalls here. The breathtaking view of the Bandra Sea Link is one of the best parts of visiting this beach. I'd recommend coming here during sun set. Where: Near Shivaji Park, Dadar Juhu Beach Juhu beach holds beautiful college memories for a lot of Mumbaikars. My favourite time to visit this beach is the rainy season though summers are great too. The food sold at the stalls here is to die for; value for money and delicious (don’t forget to try the kulfi!). You can also enjoy a horse ride, donkey ride or boat ride here and will find vendors selling imitation jewellery, toys and other knick knacks. This beach also pulls a huge crowd during Ganesh Visarjan. Where: Juhu, (15 minute walk from Ville Parle station) Versova Beach Versova is one of Mumbai’s posh areas and the beach here is a high light. Inhabited by fisherfolk, it doesn’t have any permanent structures or legal inhabitants primarily because it gets submerged by sea water during high tide. That said during low tide you could hire horses for a ride along the beach or even take a leisurely stroll. Where: Versova, Andheri Madh Island This is one of Mumbai’s cleanest and most beautiful beaches. Surrounded by mangroves, it cuts you off from the rat race of the city; a perfect weekend getaway. October to June is said to be the best time to visit this beach due to the pleasant weather. If you’re lucky you could even catch a Bollywood movie shoot or a television soap opera shoot on the beach. While you’re here try visiting the Madh Fort aka Versova Fort and Erangal, a beautiful village on the beach which is inhabited primarily by farmers. This beach is also popular with the elite class in the city. Parties are commonplace here.  The Retreat and The Resort are two five star hotels on this beach that are popular with tourists. Where: North-Western cost of Mumbai (Close from Malad station) Aksa Beach A popular beach in Aksa village, this is one of Mumbai’s silent beaches. There are quite a few private cottages and hotels where tourists generally stay over. This beach is also a favourite weekend destination with Mumbaikars. The beach is not too safe for a swim and many accidents have been reported in the past. It gets more dangerous during the rainy season so make your trip before the rains strike. Where: Malad, Near Malvani
Manori Beach Image Credit: www.olacabs.com
Manori Beach Image Credit: www.olacabs.com
Manori Beach Manori Beach is located on Manori islands, popularly known as mini-Goa. This place is the perfect destination for an outing with friends. There are value for money hotels and resorts to stay at and the food is good too; you must try out the East Indian cuisine here! Generally not too crowded, this is a fantastic venue for late night parties. The cashew nut trees on the beach make it all the more beautiful. Hazrath Baghdadi Shah Baba durgah and Samudreshwar temple, on the island are worth a visit. Where: Malad, (15 minute ferry ride from Marve beach) Marvé Beach This is a small beach and visits here are pretty much regulated as the Indian Naval Base is located here. If you visit the beach early in the morning you may find jawans training. There are ferries available quite frequently to cross the creek to the other side of Manori islands. You could even plan a trip to Essel World from here! Where: Malad West
That's a stray adopted by one of the restaurant owners at Gorai; was a fun trip!
That's a stray adopted by one of the restaurant owners at Gorai; was a fun trip!
Gorai Beach This beach is quite a long stretch with small time hotels and resorts along the way. If you plan a night out with friends here then don’t forget to taste the omelette and chai at the local stalls that sell breakfast in the morning. The tonga ride to the beach across the beautiful Gorai village is something you’re sure to enjoy. Where: Borivali West (through Gorai creek) So which is your favourite beach in Mumbai?    

Melissa Nazareth

Melissa Nazareth
Idealist. Feminist. Brevity advocate. Tries to read and write as much as she should. Loves KFC and cola.