Most of us would love a nice coastal weekend getaway with the family: just sun, sand and some authentic coastal food. Maharashtra is a unique state which has 700 Km of coastline and has some fantastic and serene beaches. Mumbai the capital of Maharashtra has beaches like Juhu, Chowpatty, Marve, Versova etc. But these are under tremendous environmental danger due to urbanisation. They are also dirty, noisy, overcrowded and are not fit for a family getaway.
If you want to enjoy some untouched, pristine and serene beauty then you would have to step out of Mumbai.
Here is a list of some popular beaches which have still maintained their natural beauty
Bordi Beach – Dahanu
Bordi beach is around 150 km and 3 hours drive from Mumbai. It is also famous for its chickoos and its well styled colonial Parsi bungalows. There are many places to stay at Bordi. We would recommend a good Parsi hotel with some authentic Parsi/Iranian cuisine.
Alibuag is one of the most beautiful beaches and is around 100 kms from Mumbai. You can travel by road, rail or Ferry services. The best way to travel is by taking a boat from Gateway of India or Bhaucha Dhakka. Once you reach Mandwa or Rewas then you will need to travel by bus.
Ferry Boat Services are available from 6 in the morning till 6 in the evening at an hourly interval. The Journey takes close to an hour depending on your method of transportation.
Daman is located at approximate 170 km (approximately 3 hours)from Mumbai and is a good family weekend destination. Some of the key attractions of Daman are Moti Daman Fort, Devka Beach, Dominion Catholic Monastery etc.
Murud – Janjira
Murud Jangira is located at a distance of 152 km from Mumbai and takes around 3 hours by bus. It is located near Alibaug in Raigad District. It is one of the most popular and pristine beaches of Maharashtra. The green palm tree and the coconut trees add scenic beauty to the beach. Kashid beach is also close to Murud janjira. There are good resorts and government hotels available. You need to try the traditional Malvan seafood which is quite spicy and tasty.
Tarkali is a fantastic beach a little far away from Mumbai. It is located approximately 540 km away from Mumbai. This beach is also famous for dolphin watch rides. Sindudurg fort is a prominent location closeby. Some enjoy scuba diving or snorkelling in the clear sea.
Kihim Beach is located approximately 10 kms away from Mumbai. It is one of the closest in Mumbai. The pollution free environment attract lots of people to this beach. It is the perfect picnic spot.
One of these days when you have a long weekend , just pack you bags and head towards one these beaches.
Please read our earlier article Places to visit in Monsoon.
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