Vasai Creek, Thane Overview

Vasai Creek, also known as Bhayander Creek, is one of the inlets in the shoreline of the Arabian Sea. The local trains which run between Vasai-Virar and Mumbai cross the Vasai Bridge to reach their destination. There are two Bridges over the Vasai Creek which connect to the Western Railway Route. The passengers in the local trains, which run across the Vasai Bridge, witness the inherent beauty of the estuarine Creek.

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Installations in Vasai Creek

The Vasai Creek is located in the Palghar district of Maharashtra. The part of the Creek where the current of the ocean is more tidal, the Bhayander seashore, is rapidly developing. A children’s park and playground and two separate areas for performing religious rites and for immersion of idols have recently been built near the Creek. The Maharashtra Maritime Board also has plans to use the Creek for cargo transport and other shipping facilities, which are currently under process. You can enjoy the tidal ebb and flow of ocean sitting on the small benches, installed a little far west from the Bhayander Seashore.

History of Vasai Creek

The Vasai-Virar city was originally known as Bassein in the 16th century, which is the reason why the Vasai Creek is also popular by the name, Bassein Creek. It has been a part of India since a time when India was only a piece of land, invaded and marauded for wealth. Owing to the Portuguese, the Maratha and the British Era, the Vasai Creek has a diversified history. An old Bridge, which was likely constructed during the British Raj, still stands on the Creek but the Government has denied any access to it due to safety protocols.

Places to Visit Nearby

The best places to visit near Vasai Creek include Vasai Fort, Panju Island and Rajiv Gandhi National Park. The view from the Vasai Creek watchtower is a beautiful reminder of the past. The Vasai Fort is one of the least discovered places of Maharashtra and is partially in ruins. But if you are into exploring historical suburban areas, this might be a place of interest for you.

The Sanjay Gandhi National Park houses an abundance of flora and fauna, which attracts almost 2 million tourists in one year, from all over the world. The 2400-year-old Kanheri Caves, located inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is also in the range of 35 kilometres from the Vasai Creek, and it will only take you about 45 minutes by car to reach there.

Panju Island is habituated by the Agri community and is located in the Vasai Creek. To reach the island, you can take a jetty from Naigaon.

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