Marine drive, Mumbai

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Marine drive, Mumbai Overview

Marine Drive is the most easily identifiable landmark associated with Mumbai and is indicative of the glamor and glitter of the city. It is essentially 3.6 km long, arc-shaped boulevard along the South Mumbai coast that starts at the southern end of Nariman Point and ends at Girgaum Chowpatty, popularly known as Chowpatty Beach. The coast wraps the Arabian sea and is the best place in Mumbai to watch the sunset or even to just take a leisurely stroll by the sea any time of the day or night. At night, when the whole coastline lights up, it justifies its other moniker i.e. Queen's Necklace.

The whole curve of the coastline, shielded with palm trees 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. It is also one of the places people visit late at night, and you will find vendors selling chai and cigarettes at all hours. The sound of the waves, a view of the Mumbai skyline and the starry sky easily make Marine Drive one of the most romantic spots in the city.

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In the fast-paced life of Mumbai, Marine Drive instils a sense of calm and serenity. The Marine Drive makes the Mumbai monsoons a lot more special as the view from there is spectacular during rains. If you happen to visit during a high tide, you will get splashes of water from the strong waves crashing on the shores below! It is also the perfect place for morning or evening walks. For students from a lot of nearby colleges, this is a favourite hangout spot. It has long been an inspiration for the artists, writers, poets, musicians and photographers, and you would find a lot of movie scenes shot here.

There are several restaurants along the Marine Drive. Some popular ones on the southern side include Pizza by the Bay, Gaylord and Tea Center. Pizza by the Bay is ideally located for a view of the sea and the sunset. You can finish your meal with an ice-cream from Natural or Baskin Robbins, walking distance from there. Towards the northern end, closer to chowpatty, New Yorker and Cream Centre are the more popular ones (both are pure veg). 
There are also quite a few upscale hotels located on Marine Drive which have fancy restaurants, for eg Trident, Bayview or Hotel Intercontinental.

One of the most popular hangout spots for young and old alike, Marine Drive at Night is an otherworldly experience. A city that is constantly on its feet at any given time of the day, Mumbai is known as the city that never sleeps. Its spirit is indomitable and the pace is hurried. However, the feeling of cool ocean breeze blowing at night as the lights along the marine drive glitter like stars, provides a welcome respite. It is not uncommon to find youngsters taking a leisurely drive along its coast from all parts of Mumbai. You can grab a soothing cup of chai or coffee that is sold by street vendors, grab a snack to eat, or simply smoke a cigarette while listening to music. In recent times there have been instances of police patrolling along the road to reprimand miscreants so, make sure that while you enjoy your peaceful time, you are also respectful of the people around. The queen's necklace - as it is also referred to - is a great place to enjoy your solitude.

Marine Drive is probably the most well-identified landmark in Mumbai. You can walk to here from any of the two south-most railway stations - Churchgate or Marine Lines (both are on the Western line). Both of these are less than 5mins of walking distance from here. You can easily take a cab from anywhere as well, and if you happen to be driving, it should be easy to find a parking along the boulevard. There are also a few buses which regularly ply via Marine Drive, for eg the famous double-decker (bus no 138) from CSMT station or bus 123 from Churchgate.

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Marine drive Reviews

10 months ago by Anam Shaikh

Marine Drive is rightly called “Queens Necklace”; looking at this impressive promenade from Nariman Point, you feel like the streetlights lining the arc are beads on a necklace. Large crowds of people come to this place to stride along the beautiful walkway and to view the stunning sight of the setting sun at dusk. The scenic beauty of the perfectly lined palm trees offers its visitors an enthralling experience. The sight of sparkling waters of the Arabian Sea and the amazing feeling of cold breeze caressing your hair along with a long array of restaurants offering mouthwatering snacks and drinks can make any low day bright again. You can also find people offering cycling rides along the pathway. Beware of fake guides, touts, and pickpockets.

10 months ago by Mrunal Mahadik

There is a famous food joint right across the road called Bachelors and is frequented by almost everyone. Avoid visiting marine drive around patriotic holidays, the cops won't allow you to visit because of security concerns.

10 months ago by Mrunal Mahadik

I have been to marine drive a several dozen times and it's always packed at all hours but I highly recommend going there after dark, the town's skyline at the night time is something else. I've just sat there and stargazed for hours, I've also seen impromptu jam sessions between strangers, there's something different every time you visit.

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