Top 10 Soul Soothing Beaches in and Around Mumbai
Mumbai is one of the most fascinating cities in India. Apart from being the commercial capital of the country, it is known for being the potpourri of different cultures and cuisines. Tourists from all over the country and abroad flock to Mumbai to revel in its vibrant nightlife, take part in various festive celebrations and visit the various iconic and historical monuments.
But one of the less talked about aspects of Mumbai’s tourism is its beaches. As a coastal city, Mumbai is blessed with a long coastline and many beaches. Some of these beaches are crowded while others are secluded and are a perfect spot to relax, unwind and feel the true spirit of Mumbai.
Let us look at some of the best beaches in Mumbai that you can visit anytime and enjoy a soul soothing experience.
Located just a couple of kilometres away from Juhu, one of the busiest areas in Mumbai, the Versova beach is far less crowded and is the perfect place to spot a celebrity or two who frequent here for a run or to take a dip in the sea.
Once a quaint fishing village, today, Versova is one of the plushest areas in Mumbai city, and the beach only adds to its charm. You can take a long walk along the beach with your loved one in the evening and enjoy watching the sun painting the sky with a thousand shades of yellow and orange as it sets over the horizon.
One of the popular and quaint beaches in Mumbai, the Gorai beach is easily accessible by road or by ferry from Malad or Borivali. One of the important highlights of the beach is the Water Kingdom and Essel World, which is located about 3-4 kms away from the beach.
The beautiful stretches of sand along the beach, the calming sound of the waves, and the stunning view around work as a therapy to soothe the soul. It is a great place to spend some quality ‘Me time’ and take in the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Many Mumbaikars head to Goa to put their feet up and relax. But you can feel the vibe of the Goan beaches right here in Mumbai at the Marve Beach. Located in the Western suburbs of Malad, the beach is lined with cashew plantations, and it even boasts of a medieval Portuguese church.
If you are visiting the beach with your family for a weekend, it is the perfect place to relax amongst the natural surroundings.
Quaint, clean, and picturesque in ways like no other, the Manori Beach is one of the less visited beaches in Mumbai. It is an ideal place to take a peaceful walk along the shore while enjoying the beautiful scenery around that boasts of cashew nut trees on all sides.
During the weekends, you can even see exciting night parties happening along the beach and if you are a partygoer, this place will surely leave you delighted. You can enjoy dancing on the beach with fellow party lovers and let go of all your stress.
Talking about the beaches in Mumbai, the Aksa beach must inevitably be featured in the list. This is perhaps the only beach in Mumbai that finds its mention in a Bollywood song that was picturised on the superstar of Indian cinema, Salman Khan.
Rightfully so, its unblemished beauty is worth mentioning in golden letters. Imagine powdery sand, the shimmering sun over the sea and the uninhibited natural beauty around the beach. Sounds like a place in a fairy tale, right? Well, that’s exactly what you get here for real.
The beach also deserves a special place in the list of best beaches in Mumbai for its peaceful surroundings and no commercial activities.
Madh Island is another scenic beauty in Mumbai that is quietly tucked away in the northern part of Mumbai away from the city. The local village near the beach is mainly inhabited by the Koli community and East Indian Roman Catholics.
With a stunning view of the Arabian sea and dotted by the mangroves along the shore, the Madh Island is a famous beach in Mumbai. A specific section of the beach plays host to many late-night parties, especially during the weekend and is a must-visit if you are looking to break away from the mundane routine.
If you are a party lover, you can attend any of these parties, let your hair loose, and dance your heart out all night or you can simply lay back on the sand under the stars, chill your feet and enjoy the soothing sound of the waves as the cool breeze gently ruffles your hair and soothes your soul.
Located in the far northern suburbs of Mumbai in the Palghar district, the Kalamba beach is one of the best beaches in Mumbai. Unknown to many, it is an isolated boast of semi-black sand on the shore for as long as your eyes can see.
If you want to get off the grid, it is a great way to laze around and enjoy the cool breeze and of course the mesmerising view around. If that is not enough, you can get adventurous and go for a swim or you can just enjoy splashing the water with your friends and family.
If a clean beach with natural beauty had a postal address, it would be Uran Beach. Located in Navi Mumbai in the Raigad district, Uran Beach is also sometimes referred to as the Pirwadi beach by the locals in the Uran village.
Surrounded by the sea on three sides, Uran beach is one of the best beaches near Mumbai and a perfect place to be at, if you want to escape the urban hustle-bustle, seek solitude, and soothe your soul.
If you visit the beach early in the morning, you may get a glimpse of the local villagers catching fish with their bare hands. The fishermen’s meticulous moves and immaculate precision as they pluck the fish out of the sea is a sight to behold.
Another popular beach in the Raigad district is Murud Beach. Located in Alibaug, the Murud beach is quite popular amongst Mumbaikars who come to spend a quiet weekend and get some vitamin sea and unwind.
The calm and serene atmosphere makes Murud beach an excellent destination for a family holiday. You can further elevate your travel experience by booking your stay at the Club Mahindra associate resort in Alibaug, the Tropicana Resort and Spa. The premium rooms and amenities at the resort are just too perfect for a laidback vacation by the beach.
Located on the western coast of India in the Raigad district about 64 kms from Murud, Diveagar beach is known to be one of the safest beaches in the Konkan region. It is also known for its cleanliness and proximity to the Harihareshwar fort, which is a popular trekking site.
The charming landscape of the beach that is flanked by hundreds of swaying coconut and betel nut trees is awe inspiring to say the least. The best part is, the Diveagar beach has something for all, whether you are an adventure buff, nature lover or a wildlife enthusiast there are plenty of activities that you can indulge in around the beach.
After a day well spent at the beach, you can peacefully retreat at the associate Club Mahindra resort in Alibaug, the Tropicana Resort and Spa, which is just off the Kihim beach and enjoy the warm hospitality.
Whether you are a Mumbaikar or a visitor to the Maximum city, take time from your schedule and head to one of these beaches for a soul soothing experience.