The coastline bordering Western Maharashtra, stretches 720 kms and extends from Dahani and Bordi in the North to Goa in the South. With a plethora of beaches it provides a coastline for exciting water sports, sun bathing on golden sands, exploring grand fortresses, temples, and churches and discovering tiny, remote villages. The mouth watering dishes of Konkan leave an unforgettable taste. The vast Arabian sea expanding beyond these coastlines has a mesmeric charm to offer.
Marve - Manori - Gorai
To the North of Mumbai lie these 3 calm and pleasant beaches. Away from the bustling city life, these places provide a great relief to the stressed out urbanite. Nearest of the three is Marve which is an attractive, intriguing fishing village. The village provides breathtaking sights of sunset and sunrise from the low-lying hills. 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 Borivali 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.
An important ship-building centre in the 17th century, the Marathas defeated the Portuguese here in 1739. The Portuguese fort now stands in ruins amidst the dense palm grove. 10 kms away is the former Konkan capital (1500 B.C. to 1300 A.D) now known as Nalasopara village. Nalasopara is believed to have been the birthplace of the Buddha in a previous incarnation. Many Buddhist relics have also been found here. The Vajreshwari temple, the Akloli hot springs, the Sadguru Nityanand Maharaj Samadhi Mandir at Ganeshpuri, the Bhimeshwar temple and other ashrams are at a short distance away from Bassein. There are quite a few interesting churches, too, in Bassein, poignant reminders of the Portugeuse past. The churches of Nalasopara are a reminder of the Portuguese.
How To Get There : The nearest railhead is Bassein Road, on the Western Railway line. By road, Bassein is 77 kms, along the Mumbai - Ahmedabad highway.
Murud - Janjira
The majestic fortress of Janjira is a major attraction of Maharashtra. The splendid piece of architecture of this impregnable fort stands three centuries old. Set on an island, it can be accessed by boats. It was the former capital of Sidis of Janjira. Murud, which houses this famous fort, is also popular for its enchanting beach and rejuvenating stretches of coconut and palm groves. The Lord Dattatraya shrine, the 3 headed image representing the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva lies on a hill at the top. A little further away are the two beaches of Nandgaon and Kashid reflecting alluring beauty, Ganpati temple, and the annual fair held in God's honour, every February. Other sites of interest in this area, are the palace of the Nawab and the Janjira caves.
How To Get There : Roha is the nearest railhead. Mumbai is 165 kms away by road.
Accommodation :The M T D C Holiday Resort on the beach is a popular means of accommodation.