Panju Island is a lesser-known place located in the Vasai Creek in Palghar district. The island is used to connect the mainland of Vasai to another island, Salsette. The place offers a stark contrast to modern-day living. With its ancient buildings and lifestyle, salt pans, mangrove forests, the island is a dream-like destination for every curious travaller.
Panju, which is also the name of the village here, is accessible from Naigaon as it lies between the railway stations of Naigaon and Bhayandar. Spread over 600 acres, the village of 1,500 plus population offers a glimpse into the life of the agricultural community here. Narrow labyrinth roads, congested colonies, matchbox-like houses, expansive salt pans, mangrove forests define the island.
Fishing, salt farming and agriculture used to be the primary occupation of the people here. Today, the younger generation seems to be keener on working on the mainland. The villagers own over 100 boats, most of which lie unused and in a sorry state of affair.