Beaches of Mumbai
Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra is a beautiful city filled with many
enchanting beaches, having shimmering sun, sand and surf. These beaches of
Mumbai are like the soul of this city of dreams, where people enjoy their
evenings. In the hustle and bustle of life on the fast lane, where waiting and
stopping is considered a waste of time, these are a breathing space for locals
and also a great stress buster. Just as the sun kissed sands of the cities
famous seasides are washed away by the sea, similarly the best beach
destinations of city have the ability to wash away the blues of the average
mumbaikar. Some of the wonderful beaches of Mumbai are given below.
Marine Drive (The Jewel of Mumbai) -Marine Drive is located in central
Mumbai. It was built in the 1920s and 1930s on land reclaimed from the sea. It
is Mumbai's most famous pathway. So much so that itís a must place to visit in
Mumbai. The drive and the promenade also gets lively towards the evening. It is
also known as "Queen's Necklace" because of the dramatic line of street lamps
lit up at night that surround the beach. Recently it's name has been changed to
"Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Road". Marine Drive is a fun place to be, here you
can enjoy yourself by watching children playing and vendors selling toys and
food. Truly, a colorful beach.
Chowpatty Beach- Chowpatty beach is situated at the top end of Marine
Drive. It is the only beach in the central part of Mumbai. This beach is the
venue where many Hindu religious ceremonies can be witnessed like the annual
thread-tying ceremony initiating young boys into the Brahmin caste. Another
festival 'Nariel Purnima' is celebrated towards the end of the monsoons. Here
the idols of Ganesha are immersed on the last day of 'Ganesh Chaturthi'. At the
beach there are statues of Lokmanya Tilak and Vithalbhai Patel. The beach is
also famous for a huge line of stalls, selling 'Bhelpuri', 'Kulfi' and 'Paan'.
Other attractions at the beach are shooting galleries, snake charmers, monkey
trainers, balloon sellers and masseurs. The recent addition to the beach is a
Nana Nani park that is specially made for senior citizens.
Juhu Beach-Juhu beach is one of the largest and frequently visited
beaches of India. It is located 18 km north of the city center. It is one of the
most exotic beaches on the shores of Arabian Sea. Areas near Juhu beach are one
of the posh localities of Mumbai where bungalows of the famous film
personalities are located. It is also the venue of many film shootings. This
seaside is dubbed as an all time favorite in terms of hangout zones in Mumbai.
The southern end of the Juhu beach is surrounded by many Luxury hotels and
apartments. Juhu beach has many stalls selling the famous snack of Mumbai,
Bhelpuri, which people enjoy eating while visiting the beach and is almost a
ritual for many. A popular weekend spot, Juhu, also offers horse and donkey
rides. Here you can enjoy yourself by watching dancing monkeys, acrobats,
cricket matches, toy sellers that all form a part of Indian beach entertainment.
Versova Beach is towards north of Juhu, which is a home to Mumbai's largest Koli
Marve and Manori Beach- The Marve and Manori beaches are located
approximately 19 miles from Mumbai. These attractive beaches are pleasant for
bathing. At Marve there is a 5-star resort hotel to spend a refreshing weekend.
On the way to these lovely beaches lies the Madh Beach, another favorite picnic
spot. Geographically Madh Island escapes from being termed as peninsula however
it is bounded by mangroves that cut across to the mainland of Aksa. At the time
of low tide when the waters recede one can actually walk through from Dana Paani
beach in Erangal to Aksa Beach These are popular tourist destination. There are
a number of smaller beaches around Manori that are also worth visiting. The
characteristic features of the beaches also vary. While Dana pani it is safe to
venture out into the sea while the strong undercurrents and swifting sand
prohibits venturing into the sea.