30 Must-Visit Attractions you should not miss to visit in Mumbai

One of my first memories of Mumbai is looking up at the mighty Gateway of India, guarding the city against the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea beyond it, and being in awe of it.

It has only been around three years since I shifted to Mumbai. Before that, all my memories of Mumbai revolved around coming to the city to visit family living here and seeing all the landmarks that I had heard all about and seen multiple times in films, over the years.

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One such day visiting the Gateway quickly became a cherished memory for me and even years later I still remember the feeling of standing under the great arch crystal clear. I believe that is the magic of this city.

The vibrant atmosphere, that strikes the balance between old-world feel and the commercial fast-paced way of life makes Mumbai one of the most welcoming cities in the country for tourists.

It has something for everyone and falling in love with this chaotic yet charming city is not very difficult.

The city is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in the country.

So if you are wondering What are some great places to visit in Mumbai? then listed below are few destinations and attractions that are must-visits while on a trip to Mumbai-

Places to visit in Mumbai: For Kids

  1. Taraporewala Aquarium
  2. Nehru Science Centre
  3. Kidzania

Places to visit in Mumbai: Religious

  1. Shri Siddhi Vinayak Ganpati Mandir
  2. Haji Ali Dargah
  3. Basilica of our Lady of the Mount

Places to visit in Mumbai: Museums

  1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
  2. National Gallery of Modern Art
  3. Kala Ghoda Art Precint

Places to visit in Mumbai: Parks & Gardens

  1. Sanjay Gandhi National Park
  2. Hanging Garden
  3. Chota Kashmir

Places to visit in Mumbai: Iconic Places

  1. Marine Drive
  2. Gateway of India
  3. Colaba Causeway

Places to visit in Mumbai: Nature

  1. Gorakhgad Trek
  2. Mahakali Caves
  3. Madh Island
  4. Elephanta Caves
  5. Kanheri Caves

Places to visit in Mumbai: Cultural

  1. Prithvi Theater

Places to visit in Mumbai: Landmarks

  1. Bandra Worli Sea Link
  2. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
  3. Bandstand Promenade

Places to visit in Mumbai: Beaches

  1. Juhu Beach
  2. Mandwa Beach
  3. Gorai Beach

Places to visit in Mumbai: Theme Parks

  1. EsselWorld Amusement Park
  2. Adlabs Imagica
  3. Film City

Places to visit in Mumbai: For Kids

1. Taraporewala Aquarium

India’s oldest aquarium, Taraporewala Aquarium is one of Mumbai’s major attractions, for children and adults alike.

It is the ideal tourist destination for lovers of underwater species, both freshwater, and marine. The aquarium was renovated completely and reopened in the year 2015.

The new and improved version hosts over 400 species of fish, sea turtles, sharks, ray fish, and many other sea creatures.

Pro Tip for Taraporewala Aquarium:

  • One key tip to keep in mind before going to the aquarium is that it is difficult to enjoy during the peak hours because the narrow tunnels have a tendency to become crowded.
  • So a weekend may not be the best time to visit this particular attraction in the city.
  • Photography is allowed in the aquarium only after paying a fee for it over the normal entry fee.
  • Exploring the aquarium takes about 30 minutes to an hour and there are some special attractions targeted at children.

How to reach Taraporewala Aquarium

The aquarium is very close to the New Charni Road Railway station. You can also opt for a bus or app-based taxi services like Ola and Uber.

Address– Tarapurwala Building, Near Charni Road Station, Charni Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400002

Opening & Closing Time of Taraporewala Aquarium

  • 10:30 am- 08:00 pm (weekdays)
  • 10:00 am- 08:00 pm (weekends)
  • Mondays Closed

Entrance Fee of Taraporewala Aquarium

  • Adults- ₹ 60
  • Kids between age 13 & 12- ₹ 30

Phone No.– 022 22821239

2. Nehru Science Centre

The Nehru Science Centre strikes the perfect balance between fun and education! The largest interactive science center, the Nehru Science Centre is named after Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and was opened to the public by Rajiv Gandhi in 1985.

The center is one of the most visited attractions in the city, hosting about 75,000 visitors annually and it is also a popular destination for students.

It houses over 500 exhibits that are interactive and informative, enthralling children with their visuals and sound effects.

The experiments and exhibitions focus on a wide range of topics extending from mechanics and kinetics to anatomy and zoology.

It is almost impossible to exhaust all the interesting things that can be seen and experienced in the centre in one day.

Regular shows and programmes are conducted on special topics, including screenings of scientific films and documentaries.

Another major attraction of the Nehru Science Centre is the extensive collection of 3-D shows which can be seen in the amphitheater. It is truly an all-encompassing experience!

How to reach Nehru Science Centre

The science centre is located at approximately a distance of 1 km from the Mahalaxmi Railway station. The nearest bus station is Jijamata Nagar and visitors travel by one of the many regular buses.

Address– Dr E. Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400018

Opening & Closing Time– 09:30 am- 06:00 pm

Entrance Fee

  • General Visitors- ₹ 70
  • Group of visitors (25 or more)- ₹ 50
  • Fee for special shows to be paid separately.

Websitehttps://nehrusciencecentre.gov.in/

Phone No.– 022 24932668

3. KidZania

Kids’ Day out!

KidZania is an amusement park aimed specifically at children that allows them to experience real life by role-playing and Virtual Reality.

After being deemed extremely successful in several cities around the world, including Delhi, this themed park opened its gates in Mumbai. The park is an immersive experience right from the word go as the children queue up in what appears to be an airport.

KidZania is role-playing at its best and gives children the unique opportunity of getting a hands-on experience of different professions. Some of them include playing the roles of firefighters, doctors, pilots and several others, including the Mumbai special- dabbawalas!

They can also try their hand at working inside establishments of several brands including Parle G, Coke or even a Doughnut Shop!

Pro Tip for Kidzania:

  • There is a special area for younger children which is safe and attractive where they can play while the older ones go about their activities.
  • The children can earn their own money in the currency of KidZania, Kidzos.

The park guarantees a day filled with fun and information.

How to reach Kidzania

The nearest railway station is the Ghatkopar railway station. Other modes of public transport available in this area include buses, autorickshaws and taxis. 

Address– R City Mall, 3rd Floor, North Wing, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Amrut Nagar, Ghatkopar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400086

Opening & Closing Time– 10:00 am- 9:00 pm

Entrance Fee for Kidzania

  • Kid (4 to 16)- ₹ 1100
  • Adult (17-59)- ₹ 550
  • Toddler (2-3)- ₹ 550
  • Sr. Citizen (60+)- ₹ 350

Websitehttps://mumbai.kidzania.com/en-in

Phone No.– 08906444666

Places to visit in Mumbai: Religious

4. Shri Siddhi Vinayak Ganpati Mandir

Mumbai is the home to one of the richest temples in the country, the Shri Siddhi Vinayak Ganpati Mandir in Prabhadevi.

The donations to this temple range from ₹ 100 million to ₹ 150 million. The idol of the God Ganesha is unique as it is carved out of a single black stone.

The temple is especially popular among those who want their wishes to be granted and is visited by many celebrities on auspicious occasions.

Worshippers can opt for a paid darshan of the Siddhivinayak temple, which is more convenient, to avoid the crowd in front of the Ganesh idol.

There is also a Hanuman temple within the complex.

Pro Travel Tip for visiting Shri Siddhi Vinayak Ganpati Mandir

  • The closest railway stations to the temple are Elphinstone Road, Parel and Dadar. However, there is a considerable amount of distance from these local railway stations to the temple.
  • You will need to take a bus or taxi from the Railway Station. Auto Rickshaws do not run in this area.
  • The temple attracts big crowds especially on Tuesdays and over the weekend making it difficult to appreciate the beauty of the temple.
  • Two things to keep in mind about the temple is that photography is prohibited and it is better to deposit your footwear at the official counter.

How to reach Shri Siddhi Vinayak Ganpati Mandir

Dadar is the nearest railway station. One can also opt for travelling by buses and taxis. If possible it is advisable to not travel by private cars especially during peak traffic hours.

Address– SK Bole Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400028

Opening & Closing Time– 05:30 am- 09:50 pm

Entrance Fee– No Entry Fee

Websitehttp://www.siddhivinayak.org/index.asp

Phone No.– 022 24224438

5. Haji Ali Dargah

One of the most iconic landmarks of Mumbai, the floating Haji Ali Dargah is visited by hundreds every day.

Built in the 19th century the mosque is home to the tomb of Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.

According to the legend, the Saint died while on pilgrimage to Mecca and his casket miraculously floated to the shores of Mumbai. The mosque, therefore, came into existence in the middle of the sea.

Pro tip for visiting Haji Ali Dargah

  • The mosque receives the most amount of worshippers on Thursdays and Fridays and no one is barred from the mosque on the basis of their faith.
  • The mosque is an architectural wonder with separate praying rooms for men and women.
  • The stunning mirror work that forms kaleidoscopic patterns is a must see for all tourists visiting Mumbai.
  • After offering prayers, one can also get a taste of the local food and shopping around the mosque.

How to reach Haji Ali Dargah

The distance between Haji Ali Dargah and Byculla Railway station is approximately 3 kilometres. Visitors can take a local train to the station and then continue the journey by taxi or autorickshaw.

Address– Dargah Road, Haji Ali, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400026

Opening & Closing Time– 05:30 am- 10:00 pm

Entrance Fee– No Entrance Fee

Websitehttp://www.hajialidargah.in/index.html

Phone No.– 022 23529082

6. Basilica Of Our Lady of the Mount

More commonly known as Mount Mary Church, it is a Roman Catholic Basilica. Annually the church attracts lakhs of devotees and pilgrims seeking help from the miraculous powers of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The church overlooks the Arabian Sea making the view from there absolutely breathtaking. British architecture is appreciated widely and adds to the already beautiful surroundings.

The church is especially popular among those suffering from diseases or wounds as Blessed Virgin Mary is said to have exceptional healing powers. It is also possible to buy religious artifacts around the church as keepsakes.

Pro Tip for visiting Mount Mary Church

  • The church is truly a beautiful sight during the Bandra Fair.
  • If possible you must visit during the month of September to witness the beautiful decorations, stalls, and snacks.
  • Another tip is to see the church during the sunset, the view becomes even more amazing as the sky changes color.

How to reach Basilica of our Lady of the Mount

There are many buses available that stop near the church. The nearest railway station is the Bandra railway station and tourists can take either a taxi or an auto from there.

Address– Mount Mary Road, Mount Mary, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400005

Opening & Closing Time of Mount Mary Church, Mumbai

  • 08:00 am- 08:30 pm (On all days except Sunday)
  • 10:00 am- 07:00 pm (On Sundays)

Entrance Fee– No Entrance Fee

Websitehttp://www.mountmarybasilicabandra.in

Phone No.– 022 26423152

Places to visit in Mumbai: Museums

7. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Formerly named Prince of Wales Museum, this is the biggest museum in the city.

It was established in the early 20th century to commemorate the visit of George V, who was then the Prince of Wales. The architecture is Indo-Saracenic style with influences from Mughal, Maratha and Jain architecture, and is the thing most tourists marvel about.

It has over 50, 000 exhibits from ancient Indian history. The museum also houses relics from the Gupta Era, Maurya Era, the Indus Valley Civilisation and ancient archaeology.

Pro Travel Tip for visiting Prince of Wales Museum

  • Audioguides are available in several languages for the best experience and additional information for visitors.
  • The museum is a welcome relief from the Mumbai heat and a trip to the past that will be appreciated by all history buffs.

How to reach Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the museum from the nearest railway stations, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Central Railway) and Churchgate (Western Railway). 

Address– 159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400023

Opening & Closing Time of prince of wales Museum

  • 10:15 am- 06:00 pm (On all days except Mondays)
  • Closed on Mondays

Entrance Fee to Prince of Wales Museum:

  • Indian Adult- ₹ 110
  • Children- ₹ 20
  • Foreign Adult- ₹ 650

Websitehttps://www.csmvs.in

Phone No.– 022 22844484

8. National Gallery of Modern Art

Opened in 1996, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai houses exhibitions and collections of various famous artists from around the world.

Some of the work that the gallery houses date back to 1857. It has exhibitions of works by Thomas Daniell, Rabindranath Tagore, M. F. Hussain, Raja Ravi Varma and so on.

The Gallery provides an experience different from any other that you would get in the city.

It aims to familiarise the visitors with the works of several Indian as well as internationally renowned artists and sculptors.

Pro tip for visiting the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai

  • The architecture is gorgeous and at the same time the perfect setting for displaying the masterpieces.
  • The Gallery meets the international standards of lighting humidity and temperature control making the experience even more special and protecting the artwork from any harm due to exposure.

How to reach National Gallery of Modern Art

The area is easily accessible by bus and taxi. The nearest railway station is Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Address– Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall, M. G. Road, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400032

Opening & Closing Time of Shri Siddhi Vinayak Ganpati Mandir

  • 10:00 am- 05:00 pm (On all days except Mondays)
  • Closed on Mondays

Entrance Free:

  • Adults: ₹ 20
  • Children: Free
  • Foreign Nationals: ₹ 500

Websitehttp://ngmaindia.gov.in/ngma_mumbai-c-events.asp

Phone No.– 022 22881969

9. Kala Ghoda Art Precinct

The Kala Ghoda Art Precinct is the cultural center of Mumbai and was named after a statue of a black horse.

It is a crescent-shaped structure that house some of the best art galleries and museums in the city.

It also includes pavement galleries, where tourists can walk along with beautiful paintings and photographs displayed on boards along the road.

The Art Precint starts at Regal Circle and goes all the way up to Mumbai University at MG Road.

The Kala Ghoda Festival organized every year attracts thousands of visitors from all over the city and country who come to enjoy the atmosphere and ambiance while viewing the exhibitions by different artists.

Pro Travel Tips for Visiting the Kala Ghoda Art Precinct

  • The precinct is also home to some of the best restaurants that are visited by all those wanting to be a part of the cultural hub of Mumbai.
  • It is a trendy area which has many exquisite boutiques where you can buy artifacts and keepsakes to take back home.
  • You can also appreciate the intricate architecture of the heritage building as you walk through the art district.

How to reach Kala Ghoda Art Precint

It takes only about 3 minutes to travel from the nearest railway station, i.e., Churchgate. One can take a taxi from there easily.

Address: Kala Ghoda, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400005

Opening & Closing Time: N/A

Entrance Fee: No Entrance Fee

Websitehttp://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/about-kga.html

Phone No: 022 2288597

Places to visit in Mumbai: Parks & Gardens

10. Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Formerly known as the Borivali National Park, this park is notable for being one of the major national parks that exist within a metropolitan city and is one of the most visited parks in the world.

The park is rich in flora and fauna and the vegetation stretches out for miles, a happy break from the development of the city. The park covers major parts of the suburbs of Mumbai. It is on a hill and also houses two lakes.

The extensive amounts of greenery in the park is said to help combat the pollution from the rest of the city.

While visiting the Sanjay Gandhi National Park one can see over 1000 plant species, 251 species of migratory birds, 5000 species of insects and 40 species of mammals.

It is home to many endangered species of flora and fauna which cannot be found anywhere else.

Pro Travel Tip for visiting the Borivali National Park

Nature trails and treks are organized inside the park and it is a paradise for all those who love to explore the ecological abundance the city has to offer.

How to reach Sanjay Gandhi National Park

The park is 0.9 km east of Borivali railway station. One can easily hire an auto from the station to the park.

Address: Borivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400066

Opening & Closing Time: 07:30 am- 06:30 pm

Entrance Fee: ₹ 40

Entry for Tiger and Lion safaris: ₹ 60

Websitehttps://sgnp.maharashtra.gov.in/Site/Home/Index.aspx

Phone No.– 022 28866449

11. Hanging Garden

A popular tourist destination, the Hanging Garden is also known as Pherozshah Mehta Garden.

It is a terraced garden built in 1880 and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mumbai. The garden is known for the greenery and trees it has.

There are animal shaped hedges which are enjoyed by children as well as adults who visit the garden. The Hanging Garden also gives a magnificent view of the waves crashing in the Arabian Sea.

The garden houses a variety of trees and flowers and people interested in horticulture can study them and take in their beauty.

The ‘Boot House’ is another popular sight within the Hanging Garden which is interesting if you are visiting with children. In a city like Mumbai, a park filled with greenery is a welcome contrast from all the concrete.

How to reach Hanging Garden

The Grant Road Station is the nearest railway station, however, the most convenient way to reach the Hanging Garden is to hire a taxi or a rickshaw.

Address– Ridge Road, Simla Nagar, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400006

Opening & Closing Time– 05:00 am- 09:00 pm

Entrance Fee– No Entrance Fee

Phone No.– 022 23612577

12. Chota Kashmir

Named after the tranquil Kashmir, Chota Kashmir provides a welcome break from the crowd and hustle bustle of Mumbai city.

It is the perfect spot for a picnic and promises a peaceful day away from any disturbance. There is a lake where visitors are given the opportunity to go boating on paddle boats for a small fee.

The garden is also the venue for the shooting of several old Bollywood songs.

Pro Travel Tip for visiting Chota Kashmir

  • It is a common practice to travel to Chota Kashmir on a bike.
  • In the crowded city, Chota Kashmir is often considered to be a getaway paradise for couples so this is one thing that tourists traveling there for the first time should keep in mind.

How to reach Chota Kashmir

The place is easily reachable from the Goregaon railway station via autorickshaw. The distance from the station is only 5 km. One can also opt to take a bus, they generally travel through the Aarey Milk Colony.

Address– Aarey Colony, Goregaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400065

Opening & Closing Time– 09:00 am- 08:30 pm

Entrance Fee– No Entrance Fee

Phone No.– 022 33814064

Places to visit in Mumbai: Iconic Places

13. Marine Drive

The 3.6 kilometre long Boulevard in South Mumbai is probably one of the most easily identified locations in the city.

Constructed by the late philanthropist Bhagojisheth Keer and Pallonji Mistry, it is a ‘C’ shaped road along the coast. It provides one of the most majestic views of the Arabian Sea on one side and the city’s skyline on the other.

It is also known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’, because if viewed at night from a height the road looks like a string of pearls in a perfect crescent shape.

Pro Travel Tip for visiting the Marine Drive

  • Some of the best times to visit Marine Drive is during sunset and late at night. It is also frequented by morning walk lovers.
  • There are several food vendors and stalls that can be enjoyed by visitors.
  • Marine Drive is at its most beautiful during the monsoon season when the sea is rough due to the rain making the view even more stunning.

How to reach Marine Drive

The distance between Churchgate railway station and Marine Drive is about 2.1 km. It takes about 10 minutes to reach by taxi. If you plan on walking, it takes about 30-40 minutes but it is a scenic walk.

Address: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Chowpatty, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400007

Opening & Closing Time: N/A

Entrance Fee: No Entrance Fee

14. Gateway of India

The Gateway of India is an arch monument that was erected in 1911 to commemorate King George V and Queen Mary’s visit to India.

It is built in Indo-Saracenic style and forms a mighty sight that is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in the city and features heavily in photographs. The monument overlooks the vast Arabian Sea on one side and the Taj Hotel on the other.

The Gateway has always been a symbol of power and majesty as it stands high.

Pro Travel Tip for Visiting the Gateway of India

  • A statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Maratha king, stands opposite the gateway and is another popular spot for photography.
  • Visitors can also take rides on ferry boats on the Arabian Sea from the Gateway.
  • The ‘Elephanta Festival of Music and Dance’ has been held near the Gateway every year since 2012.

How to reach Gateway of India

The nearest railway stations to Gateway of India are CST and Churchgate. From there the best option is to take a taxi to cover the rest of the distance.

Address: Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400001

Opening & Closing Time: N/A

Entrance Fee: No Entrance Fee

Phone No: 022 22044040

15. Colaba Causeway

From shopping to dining, Colaba Causeway is famous for all things that are intrinsically part of Mumbai.

Walking along Causeway gives tourists the perfect taste of how contrasting the city is. Amidst the grand architecture and buildings left behind by the British Raj are stalls and vendors selling everything from clothes and jewelry to cosmetics and house decor.

Pro Travel Tip for visiting Colaba Causeway

  • The street vendors sell the latest trends at bargain rates. So you can be up-to-date on fashion while going easy on your wallet.
  • Colaba Causeway is also home to some of the most popular and trendy cafes in Mumbai including the iconic Mondegar Cafe and Leopold Cafe, where you can enjoy everything from the perfect continental meal and a delicious dessert to a jug of a chilled beer.
  • Causeway starts with the Regal Cinema where you can also take a taste of watching movies in the old fashioned movie theatres which are today seen so rarely.

How to reach Colaba Causeway

CST and Churchgate are the nearest stations to Colaba Causeway. It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk to the market from the station. You can also opt to take a taxi instead.

Address: Hormusji Road, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400005

Opening & Closing Time: N/A

Entrance Fee: No Entrance Fee

Places to visit in Mumbai: Nature

16. Gorakhgad Trek

Only three hours from Mumbai city, Gorakhgad is a serene and peaceful area perfect for a trek to be enjoyed by both beginners as well as hiking experts.

The trek covers forests, hidden caves, and stunning waterfalls.

The best time for this trek is during the monsoon when the forests sparkle with different shades of green and the sound of the waterfalls can be heard from far away as they gush to the ground. Though care should be taken during the rains to avoid any mishaps.

It is also the perfect spot to dabble in rock climbing.

The most satisfying part of this trek is definitely the breathtaking view from the top of the Gorakhgad peak from where you can see the Sahyadri range on one side and Sinhagad on the other.

The base camp for the trek is Dehri. Many tour companies provide packages for the Gorakhgad trek.

How to reach Gorakhgad Trek

To reach the base camp of Gorakhgarh, in Dehri, one can take a bus from the Kalyan station. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Murbad. From there one can either opt for another bus or hire a tum-tum (the local transport) to continue the journey, which take about another 35-40 minutes.

Address: Gorakhgad Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 421401

Opening & Closing Time: N/A

Entrance Fee: Depending on the package

17. Mahakali Caves

These rock-cut monuments form a Buddhist monastery that contain rock cut cisterns and remnants of other structures in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai.

The caves are carved out of solid black basalt rock and are located on a hill that overlooks the Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road.

The caves will surely take you on a journey into the past. It is a great place to learn about Buddhist history and heritage since the caves served as a home to Buddhist monks.

The carvings in the prayer halls and cells of the caves are a sight to be marvelled at.

What sets the Mahakali Caves apart and makes it special is that it is unexpected to see a place so immersive in ancient times and culture in the middle of the fully commercialised city.

It is a great getaway where you can explore each of the individual 19 caves and experience ancient culture first hand.

How to reach Mahakali Caves

Visitors must travel to either Jogeshwari Railway station or Andheri railway station. From the station, travellers can opt for either a local bus or taxi to reach the caves.

Address: Mahakali Caves Road, Sunder Nagar, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400093

Opening & Closing Time– 08:00 am- 05:00 pm

Entrance Fee– ₹ 20

Phone No.– 022 24078266

18. Madh Island

A group of fishing villages, Madh Island can be accessed via bus, auto or even a ferry service from Versova.

One of the the most popular tourist attractions in Madh Island is the Madh Fort.

It is a Portuguese fort built in the 17th century and has acted as the venue for the shooting of several Bollywood films.

Entry into the Madh fort, however, is not allowed without permission from Indian Air Force who controls the fort.

Madh Island with its stunning view of the Arabian Sea and the Malad Creek provides the perfect escape from the chaos of the city and is great for a relaxed weekend.

There are quite a few inns and resorts too, ideal for short stays.

How to reach Madh Island

Buses are available from various parts of the city. Visitors can also travel to Malad station and then hire a cab from there to the beach.

Address– Christian Wada, Madh, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400061

Opening & Closing Time– N/A

Entrance Fee– No Entrance Fee

19. Elephanta Caves

Predominantly dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, the Elephanta Caves were declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It consists of five Hindu caves and a few Buddhist stupa mounds. Similar to the Mahakali caves, these too are rock cut sculptures and are carved from solid basalt rock.

The carvings on the walls of the caves narrate Hindu mythology and even though a big chunk has been defaced over the years they still have the old world charm and will engulf you in the history of the place.

The harbour where the caves are located also provide a great view that is enjoyed by all the visitors.

Tourists can take ferries to the Elephanta Caves from Gateway of India and it takes about an hour to reach there.

How to reach Elephanta Caves

To reach the Elephant Caves you have to reach Gateway of India. From there a 1-hour ferry ride will take you to the Elephanta islands.

Address– Gharapuri, Mumbai Harbour, Maharashtra- 400094

Opening & Closing Time– 09:00 am- 05:00 pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Adults- ₹ 10
  • Children under 15- Free
  • Foreign Nationals- ₹ 250

Websitehttp://elephanta.co.in/ferry-to-elephanta

20. Kanheri Caves

These group of caves are rock cut monuments carved from a massive basalt outcrop.

The Buddhist sculptures and relief carvings are an amazing sight and exploring the different nooks and crannies of the caves will take you on a journey through Buddhist culture and mythology.

There are 109 caves to be explored. Since these caves were Buddhist viharas, meant for living, meditating and studying they still have the plinths used as beds and the cisterns which provided these living quarters with water.

Another significant thing to see while visiting the Kanheri Caves are the 51 legible inscriptions and 26 epigraphs that are found there.

Visiting the Kanheri Caves is part of the attraction while going to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park since it is located in the same forests.

The caves are on a hillside and one has to climb rock cut steps to access them so monsoon may not be the best season to visit these caves.

Walking through the halls and past the pillars is an experience of a lifetime.

How to reach Kanheri Caves

These caves are located at a distance of about 5 km from the entrance of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The park is 0.9 km east of Borivali railway station. One can easily hire an auto from the station to the park.

Address– Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400066

Opening & Closing Time– 07:30 am- 05:30 pm

Entrance Fee:

  • Adults- ₹ 5
  • Foreign Nationals- ₹ 100

Phone No.– +91 9447262570

Places to visit in Mumbai: Cultural

21. Prithvi Theatre

While visiting Mumbai if you want a true taste of the cultural side of the city, catching a play at the Prithvi Theatre or grabbing a bite at Prithvi Cafe is the best way to do so.

The theatre has shows every day of the year and hosts workshops and plays for children during the summer.

The theatre aims at promoting language, poetry, international cinema, documentaries, performing arts, etc. The architecture of the theatre is also beautiful.

Plays by renowned and professional actors, directors and playwrights are showcased in the theatre.

The Prithvi Theatre was started by Shashi Kapoor and his wife to honour his father, Prithviraj Kapoor.

It is a prestigious feather in the cap of Mumbai and you must not let go of an opportunity to experience a play in it.

How to reach Prithvi Theater

You can take a train to either Santacruz or Vile Parle stations. After getting down on the western side hire an auto from there to Prithvi Theatre.

Address– 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400049

Opening & Closing Time– N/A

Websitehttp://www.prithvitheatre.org/contactus.php

Phone No.– 02226149546

Places to visit in Mumbai: Landmarks

22. Bandra Worli Sea Link

Officially known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, the Bandra Worli Sea Link is a cable stayed bridge that connect Mumbai’s suburbs to South Mumbai.

The bridge is beautiful because of its architecture but what makes it a popular sight for all tourists is the beautiful view.

The bridge gives an unparalleled look at the skyline of the city and also allows travellers to marvel at the seemingly never ending sea.

The view from the Bandra Worli Sea Link is even more special at night with all the lights on and is a spectacle that is visible from afar on both sides of the bridge.

A must-do in Mumbai is to take a ride in a typical Mumbai kali-peeli (black and yellow) taxi across the bridge with the windows down and enjoy the experience. The prestigious sea link can also be seen by people sitting at Marine Drive and is a sight enjoyed by everyone.

How to reach Bandra Worli Sea Link

Bandra is the nearest bus depot and the nearest railway station is also Bandra. Visitors can also avail taxi and auto services easily. The sea-link is accessible on both sides.

Address– Mahim Bay, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400030

Opening & Closing Time– N/A

Toll:

  • ₹ 70 for a one way trip
  • ₹ 105 for a return trip

23. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

This is one of the most iconic and well- known sights in the city and a tourist cannot miss seeing the intricate architecture of the monument. Formerly known as Victoria Terminus, CSMT is a historic railway station in Mumbai and it serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. It has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The station was built in 1887 in the Italianate Gothic Revival architectural style.

The terminus is especially gorgeous during festivals or national holidays when it is decorated with beautiful lights, making it glow in the festivities. Mumbai local trains are infamous around the world and one must not miss the opportunity of experiencing it while visiting Mumbai. A good time to avoid the crowd would be in the afternoon.

How to reach Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

To reach the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus one must take any Central line local train. The Central Line starts from CSMT.

Address– Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400001

Opening & Closing Time– N/A

Entrance Fee– No Entrance Fee

24. Bandstand Promenade

One of the most popular hangout spots in Mumbai, Bandstand Promenade also known as Bandra Bandstand is a 1.2 km long walkway along the sea.

The fresh wind, the view of the Arabian Sea and the jogging track make this a highly attractive location for locals and tourists alike.

It is perfect for relaxing and looking at the sun set in the evenings.

A few things to see around Bandstand include the amphitheatre that is the venue for the Mumbai Festival, Celebrate Bandra, among other concerts and performances, the Artist’s corner and the Bandra Fort.

There is also a Walk of Stars, inspired by the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that honours six famous Bollywood actors.

A great time to visit Bandstand is on Sundays when there are public jam sessions and you can witness the true cultural vibe of the city.

How to reach Bandstand Promenade

The nearest railway station is in Bandra. After getting down at the station you can either choose to walk or hail an auto to cover the rest of the distance to the destination.

Address– Bandstand Road, Ranwar, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400050

Opening & Closing Time– N/A

Entrance Fee– No Entrance Fee

Places to visit in Mumbai: Beaches

25. Juhu Beach

Located on the shores of the mighty Arabian Sea, Juhu Beach stretches for six kilometers up to Versova.

The beach sees hordes of tourists and locals throughout the year and is also seen in many a Bollywood movie.

After the recent cleaning drive conducted with the aim to rid the beach of all the litter and plastic, Juhu Beach has been restored to its former glory.

The food stalls at the entrance to the beach are popular for their ‘street style’ food of chaat, pav bhaaji, ice cream and other such dishes that are prepared in the typical Mumbai style and must be tried by all those visiting the beach.

The Juhu beach is the most popular destination during the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations as the large idols of the god are taken to the beach for immersion amidst huge processions and the rhythmic beats of drums and dhols.

Cleaning Drive at Juhu Beach

After the recent cleaning drive conducted with the aim to rid the beach of all the litter and plastic, Juhu Beach has been restored to its former glory. While visiting this beach it is essential that one remembers the hard work required to do so and therefore, one must be environmentally conscious and avoid littering in the area. 

Responsible Tourism

There are horse-pulled Victoria carriages and the beach is also filled with acrobats and toy sellers trying to grab the attention of the tourists. In recent years, there have been debates and discussions around these Victoria carriages and the ethics involved in the exploitation of animals.

As responsible and educated tourists, it is advisable to take a stand against such practices.

How to reach Juhu Beach

The nearest railway station to Juhu Beach is Vile Parle and the nearest bus stand is Dadar. 

Address: Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400049

Opening & Closing Time: N/A

Entrance Fee: No Entrance Fee

26. Mandwa Beach

This name might be familiar to anyone who is a fan of the Amitabh Bachchan starrer or Hrithik Roshan starrer Agneepath movies.

A village in Raigad district, Mandwa beach is a popular weekend destination especially because it is very easily accessible by ferry and speed boats from Gateway of India.

The tall coconut trees and the isolated beach with white sand are beautiful sights for a weekend getaway. The view is breathtaking and on a clear day it is possible to see all the way up to Gateway of India.

Kihim is another beach that is serene and peaceful and not far from Mandwa.

There are several resorts and hotels that have a wide variety of packages to choose from depending on your needs.

The vegetation in this area is teeming with unique species of flora and fauna.

Pro Travel Tip: The seafood specific to this region is also a delicacy to look forward to while visiting Mandwa Beach.

How to reach Mandwa Beach

To access Mandwa Beach the easiest way is to take a ferry boat or a speed boat from Gateway of India.

Address: Mandwa, Alibaug, Maharashtra- 402201

Opening & Closing Time: N/A

Entrance Fee: No Entrance Fee

27. Gorai Beach

Unlike most of the other beaches in Mumbai and on the Western Coast, the Gorai beach is serene and peaceful.

It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sun on your skin while listening to the waves crash against each other. The sparsely crowded beach in Gorai seems unexpected because it is so close to the city.

There are several inns and resorts where you can stay for a day or two while you enjoy the beauty of the beach.

The best thing about these resorts is that they are built on the shoreline of Gorai, making it so that you can walk onto the sand right from outside your room.

Pro Travel Tip for Visiting Gorai Beach

  • A handy tip to keep in mind while visiting Gorai beach is to stay for a day or two in one of these resorts to have a leisure vacation without having to go far.
  • It is the perfect weekend getaway. The most advisable way of going there is by taking the train to Borivali station and then taking an auto from there.

How to reach Gorai Beach

By taking a train to Malad or Borivali railway station and then an auto from there one can reach Marve beach. From there a quick ferry ride is all that is needed to reach your destination.

Address– Manori- Gorai Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400092

Opening & Closing Time– N/A

Entrance Fee– No Entrance Fee

Places to visit in Mumbai: Theme Parks

28. EsselWorld Amusement Park

If the Mumbai heat gets too much to bear a good distraction from it would be a trip to EsselWorld and Water Kingdom.

They together stretch over 64 acres of land and are one of the largest Amusement and Water Parks.

For all the thrill seekers visiting the city, EsselWorld houses a wide variety of spectacular rides. It was also the first to start an ice skating rink in Mumbai.

From bowling and dancing to enjoying some of the best cuisines EsselWorld has something to offer to everybody.

A day spent here is bound to be filled with fun and excitement. The amusement park designed on international patterns receives around 1.8 million visitors annually from around the country.

Pro Travel Tip for visiting Essel World Amusement Park

  • Apart from the regular rides, the park also has special rides and attractions during the vacations.
  • So a good time to visit EsselWorld is during the summer vacations.

How to reach Essel World Amusement Park

The nearest railway station is Borivali. Since Esselworld is located in Gorai reaching it includes a ferry ride to the Gorai jetty.

Address: Gorai Road, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400091

Opening & Closing Time: 10:00 am- 07:00 pm

Entrance Fee: ₹ 390

Website: https://www.esselworld.in/travel/

Phone No: 022 61589888

29. Adlabs Imagica

This is a 130-acre park which is further divided into the Theme Park, Water Park, and Snow Park.

Imagica has some of the fastest and most exciting rides in the country. Attractions like the Nitro, Deep Space, Scream Machine, 4D cinema, and the many others leave the visitors gasping for breath.

The park provides a variety of options for meals and the visitors can choose from different cuisines. The Water Park and Snow Park are equally exciting.

Imagica also has a hotel in it which provides 2 days 1-night packages for visitors to experience all three parks to their fullest.

A major attraction that leaves children spellbound is the resident characters of Imagica. You might just stumble onto one of them in between one ride and another.

Pro Travel Tip for visiting Adlabs Imagica

  • The lines for the rides have a tendency to get a little long but the wait is totally worth it.
  • One thing to keep in mind is that while buying tickets for the Snow Park you will be asked to select a slot.
  • You will then be allowed to enter the park only in that time slot. After which they will provide all the equipment you need to brave the cold.

How to reach Adlabs Imagica

It takes about 90 minutes to drive to Imagica from Mumbai or Pune, and about 20 minutes from Lonavala or Khopoli. The nearest railways stations are Karjat and Khopoli. It is advisable to use cab services while travelling to Adlabs Imagica.

Address– No. 30/31, Khopoli-Pali Road, Near Lonavla Sangdewadi, Khopoli, Maharashtra- 210203

Opening & Closing Time: 10:30 am- 08:00 pm

Entrance Fee for Adlabs Imagica

  • Adult: ₹ 1499 (weekends) ₹ 1299 (weekdays)
  • Child: ₹ 1299 (weekends) ₹ 1099 (weekdays)
  • Senior Citizen: ₹ 899 (weekends) ₹ 699 (weekdays)

Websitehttps://www.adlabsimagica.com

Phone No.- 022 42130405

30. Film City

Mumbai is known to be the home to Bollywood and what better place to experience this aspect of the city than the place where the movies are made.

Film City is an integrated film studio complex that has served as the set for several Bollywood movies over the years.

The Maharashtra tourism department provides a variety of guided tour packages to choose from.

Film City was renamed after Dadasaheb Phalke who was known as the father of the Indian film industry.

The 520 acres of the Film City has about twenty indoor studios and all the important steps while making a Hindi film can be done within its premises.

A visit to Film City could give you a glimpse at the temple or the police station from your favorite movie! And if you are lucky you might just end up witnessing the shooting of a new movie and may see some stars.

How to reach Film City

The best way of reaching Film City is by taking a train to Goregaon station and from there one can hail a rickshaw for the rest of the journey.

Address– Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400065

Opening & Closing Time– 09:00 am- 04:30 pm

Entrance Fee– ₹ 599- ₹ 1699 (depending on the package chosen)

Websitehttp://www.filmcitymumbai.org/contact_us.html

Phone No.– 022 28499734

The City of Dreams welcomes millions of people every day from all corners of the world and all walks of life to be a part of the hustle and bustle and explore all that the magnificent city has to offer.

Mumbai is more than just the commercial capital of the country.

It is a cultural hub and has a lot to offer in terms of tourism.

It is the home of the Hindi film industry, some of the best ‘street style’ food in the country, beautiful pockets of nature nestled among all the development and people who like to find happiness in the little things in life.

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