When one talks about beaches in Mumbai, the name the comes off the tip of our tongues is Juhu beach. The most popular beach in Mumbai, Juhu is located close to Andheri and was once quite a beautiful beach. The beauty and serenity of this beach also make it a desired location for most film shootings. Juhu beach is the longest beach in Mumbai, and arguably the most popular among tourists as well. Juhu beach is renowned for its wide variety of street food with a very typical Mumbai flavour. The nearby area of Juhu is a posh locality in Mumbai, home to a lot of famous Bollywood and TV celebrities - the most famous being Amitabh Bachchan's bungalow. And it is not very rare to spot a celebrity jogging on the beach, as this beachside is one of the most popular jogging sites in Mumbai.
How To Reach: Andheri, close to Andheri and Santa Cruz Lines local station.
A continuation of Juhu Beach towards the Andheri suburbs, Versova Beach is comparatively less crowded and only separated by a creek from the former beach. Versova is essentially a fishing village inhabited by Kolis (fisherfolks) situated in the vicinity of the beach, and is a hotbed for fish trade. The beach is rather small but is extremely popular for the humongous fish market and the fish auctions held at the spot on a daily basis. Separated by huge rock boulders to keep the village safe from the sea waves and tides, the beach attracts tourists owing to its natural beauty and surreal horizon views.
How To Reach: Versova, close to Andheri local station
Located a little on the outskirts of the city in Malad, Aksa Beach is an unparalleled oasis for a rejuvenating retreat from the hustle bustle of the city traffic. The mesmerising coastline is one of the longest in the city and offers an extremely vivid and surreal panorama of the merging horizon ahead. The beach, no doubt, owes most of its fame to the song 'Tujhe Aksa Beach ghuma du' from the hotshot Bollywood movie but is lately becoming a first pick by tourists among the beaches in Mumbai seeking tranquillity and peace from the mainstream chowpattis in Bombay.
How To Reach: Kandivali station is the closest local railway station
As the name suggests, Dadar Chowpatty Beach is situated in the Dadar suburbs of Mumbai. Majorly popular for the giant view of the Bandra Worli Sea Link bridge, this beach is customarily used for jogging and watching beautiful sunsets. Located in South Bombay, the beach is frequented by residential locals coming for an evening stroll, early morning yoga or to spend some leisure time. The absence of shacks and eateries ward off the tourists a little bit.
How To Reach: Dadar Local Railway Station
Home to umpteen villages, farmlands and surreal vistas, is the locale of Madh Island in Mumbai. Clustered with quaint fisher villages and dotted with lush green farms, Madh Island is a respite from the glitterati and dazzling environs of the city and can be reached by an hour drive from the main city. Considered to house one of the cleanest beaches in all of Mumbai, the neighbourhood is surrounded by Arabian Sea on the west and Malad Creek on the east. Primarily inhabited by Kolis, Marathis, and Roman Catholics, it also has several luxury resorts to help you escape from the maddening city life to come and coop up here for a few days.
How To Reach: Madh Island, close to Kandivali local station
Mumbai has two beautiful Chowpatty beaches, which celebrate the spirit of the city and tend to be one of the most loved and popular spots of Mumbai. Girgaum and Juhu are the two Chowpatty here - the latter being the more famous one. Popularly known as Chaupati, the Girgaum Chowpatty beach is located in southern Mumbai along the western railway route. This small sandy beach is a superb place to chill, and a must visit for all tourists who are seeing Marine Drive for the first time. The white sand glistens beautifully in the sunlight, as the adjoining waves dance to the movement of the pleasant breeze. This beach is a retreat from the mind-numbing and chaotic routine of the day-to-day life. Most people visit this place to unwind and relax after a long, strenuous day.
How To Reach: South Bombay, close to Marine Lines local station.
Located in the north suburb of Mumbai, 40 km from the main city, Gorai Beach is one the cleanest, most tranquil and one of the most frequented beaches of Mumbai. Located near Bhayandar, on the Gorai Creek, the soothing calmness of this beach bordering the Arabian Sea, makes for a perfect leisure weekend vacation.
How To Reach: Close to Kandivali station
Away from the industrial pollution and the chaotic city life, Marve Beach is situated in Malad, in the western suburbs of Mumbai. Due to the strong tides and currents, it is generally not recommended to swim in the sea waters or even to step aside post evening hours. Lined by cashew nut trees and elite villas, the beach is a charming spot to spend some quiet time with your loved ones. Mostly frequented by couples owing to the romantic appeal and idyllic setting, the beach is also visited by college troupes and families occasionally.
How To Reach: Close to Kandivali station
Starting from the north of Nariman Point and ending at the famous Chowpatty beach, the Marine Drive is a 3 km long arc-shaped road along the seacoast of South Mumbai. The coastlines the Arabian sea and is the best place to watch the sunset in Mumbai. Not technically a beach, but it a favourite waterside hangout spot for Mumbaikars. The Marine Drive is also known as the Queen's necklace on account of its shape and yellow streetlights. It makes for a spectacular view at night - you can go to either end of Marine Drive after sunset and see the lights glowing in a perfect arc all along the coast. People come to walk here in the evening to experience the brilliant sunset.
How To Reach: South Bombay, close to Churchgate local station.
Situated at the end of Navi Mumbai, Uran lies in the Konkan division between Panvel and Karjat. Primarily a tiny fishing and agriculture village, Uran has several beaches to its attribute- the most popular of which are Pirvad, Mankeshwar and ONGC. Surrounded by water bodies on three sides, the village is just attached to the land from the side of Raigarh district. Pirvad is the most frequented beach, with plenty of tourists visiting it every day, Mankeshwar is considered to be a religious beach owing to the grand temple of Lord Shiva situated at the seaside itself. Whereas ONGC is popular for housing the gas plant at the beach.
Location: Around 36km from Mumbai
Manori, a small village located on Dharavi Bhet in northern Mumbai, is most commonly known for the beautiful Manori Beach and the Manori Creek. If one is looking for a quite, calm and serene beach in Mumbai, then Manori Beach is the place. It is although relatively cleaner than the other beaches in Mumbai. Essel World, a well-known amusement park in Mumbai, is located at a very small distance from Manori. Fishing activities also occur frequently at the Beach. Away from the hustle bustle of the city, the beach is entirely peaceful and perfect to vent out your stress and go into the relaxation mode.
How To Reach: Manori Island, close to Kandivali station
Its white sands dotted by numerous Suru trees and an occasional spotting of birds, Akshi Beach at a distance of 5km from Alibaug, is a beach ideal for spending some slow-paced, relaxed time as well as bird watching. The water is clean and pristine, making the area ideal for an enjoyable swim. Sandwiched between Nagaon beach and Alibaug beach, Akshi is a fisherman's village which is not very popular amongst tourists making it secluded and peaceful. The calm waters hitting the shore laden with palms and coconut trees are what makes this place an absolute delight. It is one of the cleanest beaches in India.
How To Reach: Alibaug, around 100km from Mumbai by road
Located in Nalasopara in Thane district of Maharashtra, is the really long and secluded Kalamb Beach. A paradise away from the din of the city, the beach is beautiful owing to its tranquility, serenity and an altogether mesmerising panorama.
Location: Around 68km from Mumbai.
The beautiful and mesmerising Mandwa beach is located 20km north of Alibaug. Located in the vicinity of Gateway of India, the beach can be reached easily via ferries from Gateway of India.
Location: Around 104km from Mumbai by road.
A relatively lesser known Saswane Beach lies on the coastline extended after Awas and Alibaug. The beach faces an elite residential village with sparse bungalows and posh apartments.
Location: Around 100km from Mumbai by road
So we have given you many options for the best beaches in Mumbai. But be aware that some of the popular beaches can be very crowded and you might not get the solitude you might be looking for. Or some of the beaches are great if you want to spend time with family, but not so good if you want to spend time with friends playing a game of frisbee or football.
This post was published by Surbhi Parashar