Maharashtra has 720 km long affair with the Arabian Sea and it owns some fantastic beaches that offer everything from adventurous sea surfing to sand bath to snorkeling to bird-watching to authentic coastal food. The beaches here are situated far away from the maddening crowd of the cities of Maharashtra and offer a plethora of exciting water sports activities, sun bathing, beach walking, etc. One of the major features of the beaches in Maharashtra are the historical forts located near the beaches that mark the history of Maratha people. Guys, make it a point to visit the forts built near the beaches as a part of family beach holidays.
Located at a distance of 375 km South of Mumbai, Ganapatipule makes a perfect holiday destination with its captivating scenic beauty, clear water, white sands and palm trees. Unlike other beaches of Maharashtra, Ganapatipule is less crowded, making it an ideal destination to relax. Known as one of the most famous beaches of Maharashtra, Ganapatipule is home to 400-year-old temple of Swayambhu Ganpati (self originated). You can also visit Malgund, birthplace of the renowned Marathi poet Keshavsut.
Located in the ‘Dream city of India’ Mumbai…..Juhu is one of the most popular and posh beaches of Maharashtra, famous for the eatables like bhelpuri (Indian snacks) and chat available at the food stalls surrounding the beach. A lot of Bollywood celebrities live nearby this beautiful beach and are often seen walking down the seashore. Juhu is one of the most crowded beaches in Maharashtra and offers everything from horse ride and donkey ride to some typical Mumbai snacks and allow tourists to play cricket matches and watch film shoot, which often takes place here. It is located in the north of Versova, which is Mumbai’s largest Koli (fishing community).
3. Shriwardhan Harihareshwar
Crowned as one of the most popular beaches of Maharashtra, this is an ultimate destination for water adventure sports and sea food lovers. Located nearly 200km away from Mumbai, this beach is home to Kalbhairav Shiva Temple. Besides, enjoying the serene beauty of the beach, the adventurer junkies can hire small boats to explore the history of Shrivardhan, where the Peshwas of Maratha Kingdom originally dwelt. Swimming, beach walking, beach volleyball etc are some of the popular activities one can enjoy at Shrivardhan Harihareshwar beach.
The green coconut palm grooves and rock free seawater makes the Velneshwar Beach a must see tourist places around Mumbai, ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Located in the north of Shastri River, this beautiful beach lies away from the hustle and bustle of the city, giving a peaceful and pristine atmosphere to nature lovers. This destination is also famous for Maha Shivratri Fair (Festival of Lord Shiva), which takes place here every year in March.
5. Marine Drive
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Mumbai, Marine Drive, also known as Queen’s Necklace, is the lifeline of Mumbai, where locals hang out to cool down the work-pressure of their otherwise busy life. Marine Drive is located on the edge of Chowpatty Beach, which is popular for several Hindu religious ceremonies like annual thread-tying ceremony, nariel-purnima and Ganesh Chaturthi immersions. Chowpatty Beach is equally known for stalls that sell Bhelpuri, Kulfi and Paan, and Nana-Nani Park for elderly people. This place is ideal for people who like to indulge in soft activities like walking, sun bathing, relaxing, and for enjoying local cuisines.
6. Dahanu Bordi Beach
A nearly 17 km long stretch of coastline, from Dahanu to Bordi is known as one of the most picturesque beaches of Maharashtra. Located 145 km away from Mumbai, Dahanu a small village of Thane district is famous for its vast fruit orchard, especially chikoos. Bordi which boasts some of the best and safest beaches of Maharashtra is half an hour drive away from Dahanu. The most popular and nearest tourist attraction from Dahanu is Udvada in Gujrat, which is famous for its Atash Bahram fire temple of Zoroastrian community. It is believed that the sacred fire of this temple has been kept alive since almost a millennium.
7. Marve Manori And Gorai
Marve Manori and Gorai beach would be must visit destinations for you. Located 40 km from Mumbai, Marve popularly known as Borival, is a small fishing village which offers a great sunset and sunrise view for the travelers.
Just 15 minutes drive away from Marve, you can find another beautiful beach Manori. The small beach is a famous for its night beach parties and it becomes crowed with tourists on full moon night. This place is the home to World’s largest structure of Lord Buddha, ‘The Global Vipassana Pagoda’ which has the bone relics of Gautama Buddha. If you are looking for tranquility, Gorai beach is the ideal place for you. Adorned with silvery sands and lush green palm trees, this place is perfect place to enjoy swimming.