Have you found the right beach for yourself? If the answer is no, then look no further! Here are the best beaches that Mumbai has to offer, each beach with its own uniqueness. Mumbai is a city of beautiful beaches since it is surrounded by the Arabian Sea and there is no shortage when it comes to finding the beach of your dreams.
11 Best Beaches Near Mumbai
- Chowpatty Beach
- Juhu Beach
- Gorai Beach
- Dahanu Beach
- Murud Janjira Beach
- Harihareshwar Beach
Chowpatty beach is a very famous beach located in the heart of Mumbai. It’s a great place to unwind a tiring day and relish the local food in the evening. Usually, this beach is buzzing in the evening hours because people love to come to see the beautiful sunset and then try some food from local vendors. Other than that, Chowpatty is also a place for health-conscious people who come for a jog or yoga asanas in the early morning. Nearby is Marine drive which is the also called the ‘Queen’s necklace’.
Distance: 5 km
Time: 30 minutes by road.
Even though known as ‘home to celebrities’, Juhu is still a peaceful beach. The high Bollywood influence makes this place a must visit. There have been many shootings for Bollywood movies in Juhu and that has made its name. The beach is also famous for its Mumbai style street food like ‘sev puri’,’vada pav’ and ‘bhel puri’. One of the biggest festival, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on this beach by immersing the idol of Lord Ganesha in the water.
Distance: 20 km
Time: 40 minutes by road.
The Gorai beach is also called the ‘mini Goa’. It has a very calm and pleasant atmosphere which is what most people are looking for. There is a dense forest as you arrive near the beach and the beach has a cold breeze blowing constantly. The best time to visit Gorai beach is in the evening when you can witness the sunset. Gorai beach is famous for its night parties and has two major attractions nearby, Marve and Manori beaches. If you want to have an extra adventure then you can cycle up to this beach which will be a great workout for you.
Distance: 32 km
Time: 2 hours by road
Surrounded by sea on three sides, Alibaug has numerous beaches. Founded in the 17th century, rumour says that the name Alibaug or Alibag was derived from a wealthy Muslim who has many plantations in this place. It is located in the Konkan region of Maharashtra and has many beaches as well as ancient forts. The most famous beaches are Alibaug beach, Kihim beach, Akshi beach, Mandwa beach, Kashid beach and Murud beach.
Distance: 102 km
Time: 3 hours by road
This picturesque beach consists of both black and white sand. Located close to Alibaug, this beach with serene beauty is not to be missed. There are other attractions near the beach like the Korlai fort, a functioning lighthouse and an old Church that dates to 1728. Korlai is suitable to be visited after the monsoon since it cools down the temperature. If you are visiting before monsoon then expect heat on the beach.
Distance: 120 km
Time: 5 hours by road
Kashid is a beautiful beach with unspoilt beauty. It offers various water sports like boat ride, banana ride, jet ski and parasailing. The best time to visit Kashid would be on weekdays since the weekends are jam packed with tourists and it is difficult to get parking or a place to stay. The white sand beach stretches long and is great to witness sunrise or sunset while walking barefoot on the wet beach. Kashid beach is also preferred during festival holidays when people want to take few days off from their busy schedule and enjoy the tranquillity of a beach.
Distance: 125 km
Time: 3.5 hours by road
If you want to be in peace for a few hours then visit Dahanu Beach. The beauty of this beach has not been spoilt by tourism yet. The black sand beach is rare and makes itself a unique attraction. The view of the vast sea is serene and walking around the beach barefoot is like a therapy. The beach has many cafés and restaurants which offer a wide variety of delicious food. There are many resorts with beach view so you can spend your entire day on the beach.
Distance: 143 km
Time: 3 hours by road
Murud Janjira Beach
Murud beach is famous because of its pristine beauty and the Janjira Fort for which gives a historic touch to the beach. The fort is in the middle of the Arabian sea and is said to be built by Ahmednagar rulers. A 20-minute boat ride which costs RS 60 for adults and RS 30 for children, will take you to the fort which is oval in shape, unlike other royal forts which are square or rectangular. The fort is said to have third largest Cannon in India which weighs 22 tons. The beach, on the other hand, has some amazing fresh seafood dishes for visitors.
Distance: 160 km
Time: 4 hours
Located only 20 km away from Mumbai, Harihareshwar beach is one of the most popular beaches in Maharashtra. You can enjoy the calm beach with a soft breeze and delicious local snacks or you can go on an adventure boat ride to see the remains of the kingdom of Peshwas. The beach offers you both the sides and you can choose as per your will. The most famous food offered at Harihareshwar beach is the Maharashtrian Thali which has a wide variety of food.
Distance: 200 km
Time: 5 hours by road
With only around 100 houses, Ganpatipule is a small village with spectacular beaches. Located along the Konkan coast it is an attraction for peace-seekers. You can enjoy the camel ride on the beach as well. There is a Ganpati temple attached to the beach. Nearby attractions include Jaigad fort and aare-ware. Many water sports like a bike ride, jet ski and boat ride. The water has rocks, so try not to go deep into the water without precautions.
Distance: 343 km
Time: 8 hours by road
Guhagar beach has just started being listed on the tourism map. It stretches in 6 km and is backed by dense trees. Velneshwar and Hedvi are two major attractions in Guhagar. Water sports are quite famous in Guhagar but keep in mind that during the monsoon these sports are closed for safety purpose. The beautiful white sand beach has a lighthouse as well as a temple Vyadeshwar in the town.
Distance: 300 km
Time: 6.5 hours by road. 5.5 hours by rail
So, these were some of the best beaches that were near Mumbai. Mumbai faces the Arabian Sea and is home to many beaches that are equally gorgeous. Of course, there are many more and here they are Manori beach, Uttan beach, Marve beach, Vasai beach, Madh island beach, Tarkarli beach, Velneshwar beach, etc.
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