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Other Popular Beaches, Mumbai
Lying to the north of Mumbai, are three beautiful
and serene getaways, virtual havens, for those
sick of the dreary monotony of the big city.
Marve, a quaint little fishing village, is the
nearest and the quietest of the three. Low -
lying hills make for a breathtaking canvas,
for the glorious scenes of sunrise and sunset.
Gorai and Manori, a little further away, though
a trifle crowded with revellers, are popular
for their wonderful all night beach parties.
A 15 minute ferry ride from Marve or Borivili
takes you to Gorai and Manori.
How To Get
There: Malad, a station
on the suburban segment of Western Railways,
is the nearest railhead. By road, Marve is 40
kms from Mumbai via Malad.
Madh Island is another popular spot, which comes
off surprisingly in the rural area of Mumbai's
northwestern coast. It is dotted with the bungalows
of the urban upper class. It has a reputation
as a discreet place to throw beach parties and
hold techno raves. Madh is lined by a series
of unspoilt sandy beaches.The beaches are not
particularly picturesque, strong currents and
shifting sands make the sea too treacherous
for swimming. The main reason to come here is
to escape the urban environment, explore the
fishing villages and enjoy a stroll along the
How To Get
There: Located in
the suburbs of Mumbai, Madh Island is easily
accessible. Mumbai city is well connected by
local trains, which reach every corner of the
city, and tourists can also reach Madh by city
Both these are excellent, safe suburban
beaches, linked by a rocky headland and accessed
across a small creek from mainland Mumbai. The
Gorai creek barge looks like a jalopy but is
sturdy and serviceable. On the other side, Manori
beach is a ten minute rickshaw ride away, fringed
with swaying palm trees and a row of beachside
cottage hotels. The most famous of these is
Manori Bel, a cluster of white washed spanish-style
villas with clean bright rooms and charming
wicker furniture. Some of the houses in Manori
village also double as hotels where you can
dump your belongings and order lunch before
heading for the beach. Nearby Gorai is more
downmarket but less expensive. The shacks for
rent here are usually occupied by illicit couples
or rowdy picnic groups and the beach is full
of dodging balls and flying frisbees. Still,
the sand is relatively clean and the water inviting.
How To Get
There: A ferry is
easily available to take you across from Marve
beach to the Manori-Gorai stretch.
This is also a popular beach like Juhu.
The village Versova inhabited by the fishing
folk is situated in the neighbourhood of the
Sea Beach. The village was once considered to
be an ideal port in the Historic Period. Arabs
and Portuguese had settled here for some period.
For a short while the village was in the possession
of Portuguese, but later on it was handed over
to the Britishers. During the British regime
a military training centre was established in
the vicinity of the village near Seven Bungalow.