25 Best Places to Visit Near Mumbai

Best Places to Visit Near Mumbai

A visit to Mumbai is like visiting a melting pot of history, culture, diversity, entertainment, architecture, and of course vibrancy. From its lively nightlife to the bustling beaches, from glitzy Bollywood to the colonial edifices and from the glistening malls to the thrifty bazaars, Mumbai accommodates it all. The City of Dreams never disappoints in terms of fun, entertainment, and adventure. A trip to this magnificent city is best enjoyed from November to March when it is relatively cooler. April and May tend to be hot and humid while its pours heavily from June to August. Again, September and October are hot but festivities are in the air with Ganesh festival, Janmashtami, and Navratri and the city is all decked up, a fantastic opportunity to view Mumbai in all its grandeur.

Below, we have compiled a list of 25 of the best places to visit during your trip to Mumbai. Here is the list of most iconic places in Mumbai to fall in love with.

1// Gateway of India

Located along the Arabian Sea at the waterfront in Colaba, the gateway of India is an iconic identification of Mumbai. The structure was built in 1924 to memorialize the visit of King George V to the city. A symbolic confluence of oriental and western architecture, the gateway also stands testimony to the last departing British troops in 1947. Ferry services abound here and you can catch a ride across the monument for a 360-degree experience around the structure. This site also serves as a pick and drop ferry point for rides to the Elephanta Caves and Alibaug. The place is buzzing with tourists, vendors, peddlers, and guides during the day time, while in the night the seascape across the Gateway complex is serene and enthralling.

Distance from Mumbai Airport: 25 km

Entrance fee: The entry is free of cost.

Location: Gateway of India is located at Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

Timing: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week

2// Juhu Beach

Stroll along the breezy shore of the longest and busiest beach in Mumbai or watch the sun set in the Arabian sea enjoying the famous chat and Chowpatty ice-cream. Juhu beach is a haven for kids, adults and families as well as for couples looking for a romantic stroll. Lined with scrumptious street food stalls, toy sellers and recreation activities, this is an ideal place for a short family picnic. Located on Juhu Tara road, the beach is surrounded by posh localities that houses famous TV and Bollywood personalities. Both bungalows of the legendary superstar Amitabh Bachchan are a short ride away from the beach, his famous Pratiksha bungalow being a tourist destination in itself. The celebrated Prithvi theater is in close vicinity and you can catch a great performance or experimental recital by famous actors. While there, don’t forget to visit the iconic ISKON temple, which is a short distance away.

Distance from Mumbai: Juhu Beach is around 5.9 km from Mumbai Airport.

Entrance Fee: No Entry Fee

Location: Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400049, India

Timings: Always Open

3// Marine Drive

One of the most glittering and glamorous places in Mumbai is the semicircular avenue around the South Mumbai coast, known befittingly as Marine Drive. It originates at the southern tip of Nariman Point and terminates at Girgaun Chowpatty. An ideal place to take a leisurely stroll along the palm tree lined promenade or watch the sun set in the orange sea, one can relax in the beauty and breeze of the reverberating waters. Across the promenade, one can enjoy delectable cuisines offered by opulent restaurants and cafes. There are plenty of options to enjoy some street food as well. At night, the entire coast brightens up with dazzling lights and the coastline appears star studded as a necklace, earning it the nickname Queen’s Necklace.

Distance from Mumbai Airport: 22 km

Entrance fee: The entry is free of cost.

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400004, India

Timing: Always Open

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4// Goregaon Film City

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Mumbai’s passion is personified in this dream factory located in Goregaon in the western suburbs. The Film City is the soul of Mumbai and one of the most popular tourist places in Mumbai. Built by Dadashaeb Phalke and managed by the Maharashtra Govt, the place is spread over 100,000 sq. ft. and houses several world-class studios, artificial landscapes, mock houses, streets, bungalows and villages for various shoots and filming. Full day and half day paid tours such as studio tour, live show shooting and dream tour are offered where you will be apprised on action shots, body doubles, dubbing, sound effects and legendary stories as well as experiences from celebrated movies. A great place to bump into your favorite actors and actresses, and sneak into the world of movies, this is an ideal way to spend time while in Mumbai. The place remains open from 10 am to 5 pm for guest tours.

Distance From Mumbai Airport: 14 Km from Mumbai Airport

Entrance Fee: The entrance to the film city is free of cost.

Timings: Opens from 10:00 AM–11:15 PM

Location: Film city is located Inside Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri Main gate, Post Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400065

5// Siddhivinayak Temple

Located in Dadar’s Prabhadevi area, the Siddhivinayak temple is the holy abode of Lord Ganesha. The temple houses a petite idol of Lord Ganesha carved out of a single slab of black stone, the trunk of the elephant god is curved toward the right, making it unique. The temple is frequented by Bollywood celebrities and bigwigs of Mumbai for a spiritual and blissful experience. Hundreds of devotees throng the temple as Lord Ganesha’s presence here is believed to have self-manifested and is known to grant wishes. Visit this place for a mystical and divine experience and make sure that you have enough time on hand as the temple tends to remain teeming with devotees all year round. The temple remains open from 5.30 am to 9.30 pm.

Distance from Mumbai Airport : 11 km from Mumbai Airport

Entrance fee: There are no entrance fees for entering the temple. The devotees can pay something of their own.

Location: Siddhivinayak Temple is located at S.K.Bole Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028

6// Haji Ali Dargah

Considered pious and hallowed by Muslims as well as non-Muslims, the dargah of Haji Ali located 500 meters inward of the Arabian Sea, is a 400-year-old shrine dedicated to the Muslim Saint Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The structure is composed of white marble and personifies the Indian-Islamic style of architecture. The shrine is accessed through a causeway connecting the land and the dargah. A walk along the causeway gives a unique feel of the mysticism and optimism of the place. The locale around is teeming with appetizing cuisines including fine-dining and street food. The dargah is open to public between 5.30 am to 10.30 pm.

Distance from Mumbai Airport: 17 km from Mumbai Airport

Entrance Fee: No entry fee

Location: Haji Ali is located at Dargah Rd, Haji Ali, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Timings: 5:30 am to 10:00 pm

7// Sanjay Gandhi National Park

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Spread across 105 square kms, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a major attraction for nature buffs and wildlife lovers. For trekkers, the Ashok Van and Gaumukh trails are most frequented. You can take a safari ride and watch the most magnificent animals in their natural habitat; occasionally, you may also get to catch glimpses of the barking deer, golden orioles and the Hanuman langoor. For kids, boating at the artificial lake and toy train rides are major attractions. The centuries old Kanheri caves with ancient Buddha relics are also in the vicinity and make for a great sightseeing.

Distance from Mumbai Airport: The Kanheri Caves are located at a distance of 23 kms

Entrance fees: The entry fee for Indians is Rs 5 whereas entry fee for foreigners is Rs 100

Location: Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400066, India

Timings: Opens from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM

8// Crawford Market

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Crawford market is a one stop shop for all your home needs. Known for eye-catching accessories, cosmetics, fashionable garments, footwear, household goods and much more, the market is famous for its collection of perfumes or itar, crockeries, fresh produce and flower markets. Located in the vicinity of Chhatrapati Shivani terminus, the market derives its name from Arthur Crawford, who was Mumbai’s first Commissioner of Police.

Though known as a shopping hub, the place offers some mouth-watering Mumbai style street food as well as exotic dining experiences. A must go for shopping enthusiasts.

9// Red Carpet Wax Museum

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An amazing display of famous personalities carved in wax will blow your mind at the Red-Carpet Wax Museum at the famous at RCity Mall in Ghatkopar. The life-like statues will make you come a lot closer to eminent personalities and global celebrities like Barrack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi, Balasaheb Thackeray, Dalai Lama, Michael Jackson and many more. Regard your favorite personalities in awe or take selfies with them in a truly red-carpet ambience. The museum is open between 11 am and 9 pm.

10// Worli Seaface

Considered a marvel by many, the Bandra-Worli sea link is a prominent aspect of the Worli Seaface. The sea face itself is a sight to behold, especially during monsoons when the raging waves mingle with the incessant rains. A lush promenade makes it a heaven for leisurely strolls and romantic escapades. The sea-link project is a jewel in the crown of the sea-face and it is an enthralling experience in itself to commute on this bridge. Worli seaface is another highly popular destination for Bollywood movie shots.

Distance from Mumbai: Worli Seaface is located at a distance of 13.4 km from Mumbai Airport.

Entrance Fee: No Entry Fee

Location: Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400030, India

Timings: Always open.

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11// Aksa Beach

One of the cleaner and serene beaches of Mumbai, Aksa beach is a preferred vacation spot and popular tourist destination near Malad. It houses the Indian navy base INS Hamla. Known for its beautiful sunset and pristine waters, Aksa beach attracts families and solo travelers alike. The beach has some great options for food and drinks. Owing to its quiet and peaceful location, the beach is home to several resorts and hotels and is a great place to relax on a weekend getaway.

Distance from Mumbai: Aksa Beach is located at a distance of 23 km from Mumbai Airport.

Entrance Fee: No Entry Fee.

Location: Aksa Village, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400095, India

Timings: Always Open

12// Jehangir Art Gallery

Founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir in 1952, the Jehangir Art Gallery is an internationally acclaimed center of Indian classical and modern art. Located at Kala Ghoda in South Mumbai, the gallery has 4 halls for exhibition and is a confluence of prominent artists, patrons as well as art enthusiasts. The gallery promotes and showcases art by local as well as leading artists. The Kala Ghoda premises also houses other prominent art galleries such as the National Gallery of Modern Arts as well as the Art Trust; all in all, an artist’s paradise.

13// Church of Mount Mary

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The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, also known as Mount Mary Church was built in 1761 and is visited by thousands of devotees belonging to all faiths and beliefs. The church is situated atop a small knoll or hill overlooking the Arabian Sea in Bandra west. Devotees believe that the church has curative powers and is supposed to grant wishes to those visiting it. The best time to visit Mount Mary is in September when the Mount Mary fair is organized in a week-long celebration of food, festivities, recreation and devotion.

14// Vipassana Pagoda

Built in reverence of Lord Buddha, the global Vipassana Pagoda is a huge mediation center located in Gora, Borivali. The domed structure is 300 feet high and can accommodate almost eight thousand people at a time. It contains the holy bone remains of Gautam Buddha inside the principal dome and holds the distinction of being the largest monument in Asia, while also being the biggest pillar-less domed structure in the world. The complex houses a colossal statue of Buddha carved in marble as well as a Bell Tower and Gong Tower all within a highly decorative sculpted Mynamar gate. Visit this placed for an alluring and peaceful experience.

Distance from Mumbai Airport: 40 km from Mumbai Airport

Timings: 6:30 am to 6:30 pm

Location: Near Essel World, Gorai Village.

Entry Fees: Free

15// Chhota Kashmir

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Although this may sound weird, but Chhota Kashmir is a reality in the hot and humid city of Mumbai. A perfect getaway for families and couples, this place in Goregaon will blow your mind away with its lush landscapes and serene environment. A beautifully manicured garden and the peaceful waters of the nearby lake will calm all your senses and transport you to paradise. You can relax in the laps of the luscious greenery of the garden or can go boating in the tranquil waters of the lake. The place is open from 10 am to 6 pm.

16// Colaba Causeway

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If you think it’s time for some shopping therapy again, look no further and head straight to Colaba. Known as a shopping haven, the place is lined with shops and stalls selling mid-range to high-end designer garments, accessories as well as branded bags, perfumes and jewelry. The colaba causeway place also has some great grub stops, with appetizing fine dining, cafes and snack shops. Do try some local flavors like chats, pav bhaji, kebabs and the ubiquitous vada pav.

Distance from Mumbai Airport: 26 km from Mumbai Airport

Entrance Fee: No fee

Timings: Opens from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

Location: Colaba Causeway market is located at Bakery Ln, Army Area, Nofra, Navy Nagar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005

17// Snow World

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Want to enjoy some chill in the sweltering heat of Mumbai. Snowmen and ice landscapes await you at the Phoenix Market City in Kurla. Snow world offers a range of snow activities, including ice skating, snowboarding, sledging and a thrilling snowfall experience. The subzero temperatures will chill you to the bones and will be a welcome respite from the sweltering heat of Mumbai. Kids and adults can enjoy alike by indulging in snowball wars, snow sliding and snow shaping. Enjoy the snow adventure between 11 am to 10 pm.

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18// ISKCON Temple

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The legendary Hare Rama Hare Krishna clan has its abode in Juhu with its iconic ISKCON temple. Run by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the temple complex houses the home of the Lord and a guest house for devotees staying over as well as a huge library containing captivating collections of spiritual and holy books in physical and digital form. Various programs on spiritual consciousness and education are conducted regularly to help devotees develop alternate perspectives and views on spirituality. You can also enjoy some delectable vegetarian cuisines at the retreatant within the complex.

Distance from Mumbai Airport: 22 km from Mumbai Airport

Entrance Fee: No entry fee

Timings: 4:30 am to 1 pm 4:15 pm to 9 pm

Location: Juhu, Mumbai

19// Linking Road

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Time for some retail therapy and sharpening your bargaining skills. Linking road is a shopper’s paradise and those who can negotiate can carry loads of stuff on their return at dirt-cheap prices. The place hosts fabulous imitation of big brands and international labels under one roof at highly affordable rates. The place is also teeming with spas which offer relaxing massages after a long day of shopping. Quench the soul at the luxurious spas while appeasing the body with lip-smacking treats along the way.

20// Elephanta Caves

Located a cozy 11 kms from Mumbai on the island of Elephanta are the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Elephanta Caves. These are rock cut caves that date back to the 5th century and are today in a state of preserved ruins. The caves can be reached by taking a ferry ride from the Gateway of India. The caves are largely dedicated to Lord Shiva while a couple of caves also belong to the Buddhist clan. Apart from being a historical site, the Elephanta Caves are also famed for being a great trekking trail. Overall, an exciting place for adults and kids as well as for the adventure seeking.

21// Prince of Wales Museum

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The Prince of Wales museum, currently known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay, is a prominent heritage structure in Mumbai. It is touted to be amongst the eminent museums in India. House to some of the ancient works of art, artifacts and sculptures, the museum also hosts a dazzling array of art related to Lord Krishna as well as has various Indian traditional apparel on display. The museum has a spectacular entrance surrounded by a sprawling lush garden. The architecture of the museum is a confluence of colonial and Indo-Islamic style. The museum is known to house around fifty thousand unique artifacts pertaining to the culture and traditions of ancient and medieval India.

Distance from Mumbai Airport: 25 km from Mumbai Airport

Entry fees: The approximate price for the entrance is around Rs 60 per person.

Timings: The museum opens from 8:00 AM–6:00 PM

Location: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is located at 159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400032

22// Mumbai Zoo

The Byculla Zoo or Rani Bagh or contemporarily known as Jijamata Udhyan is the one and only zoo in Mumbai. The zoo opened in 1861 and as such is one of the earliest zoos in India. Spread across 53 acres, the zoo has more than 800 plant species and around 3000 trees. Wild animals abound here including lion, crocodiles, deer, hippopotamus, giraffe, bears and hyena. A special attraction for the kids is the Humboldt penguins, amusing and entertaining visitors with their jovial ways. The aviary here has wide variety of beautiful and exotic birds, some of them local and others imported. A fun place for all age groups, a visit to the zoo can be a welcome respite from the humdrums of daily life.

Distance from Mumbai Airport: 21 km from Mumbai Airport

Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pm

Location: Lalbaug Flyover, Near Railway Station, Byculla East, Byculla, Mumbai

Entry fees: Rs. 20 per Adult & Rs. 10 per Child

23// Banganga

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The Banganga tank is a pool of water within the premises of the Walkeshwar temple. The water is considered sacred and is believed to possess medicinal properties, which can cure people from any ailment. Folklore has it that the water belongs to the river Ganga and erupted at this place from an arrow shot by Lord Rama, hence earning it the moniker Banganga (Ban means arrow). An odd specialty of this water is that the water is sweet in taste despite its closeness to the sea. Believers from across the country visit this reservoir to take a dip in the sacred water and deliver their offerings at the Walkeshwar temple. An interesting place to visit.

24// Chowpatty Beach

The Girgaun Chowpatty or more popularly known as the Chowpatty Beach, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mumbai. Surprisingly, though being a beach site, Chowpatty is not known for its beach activities, but rather for the lip-smacking and succulent varieties of street food on offer here. People of all ages and class flock to the beach to relax, watch the sunset and enjoy a snack of mouth-watering recipes under the shacks or tree shades. Kids can enjoy the Ferris Wheel, horse riding and other fun games at the various stalls. The beach is also a popular front for movie shootings and street plays. The beach also plays host to Ganesh idol immersions from all over the city during the Ganesh festival celebrations. A perfect place for families and couples looking for a short reprieve.

Distance from Mumbai Airport: 20 Km

Entrance fee: The entry is free of cost.

Location: Northern end of Marine Drive, South Mumbai

Timing: Always Open

25// Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

The erstwhile Victoria Terminus, now renamed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus or CSTM, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a spectacular specimen of colonial style Gothic architecture. Built in 1878, the site is the headquarters of the Central Railway Line in India. The terminus is the second most photographed destinations in India. The night lighting makes the site even more appealing. After appreciating the splendor of the monument, one can go out for a great culinary experience as the place is surrounded by gastronomic retailers.

Distance from Mumbai Airport: It is 25 km from Mumbai Airport

Entrance Fee: No Entry Fee

Location: It is located at D.N Road, Mumbai.

Timings: Always Open

Apart from these attractions, there are many more sites of interest in and around Mumbai that are definitely worth catching. The city has some hidden jewels in the form of Irani cafes, old churches, forts, trekking destinations, mangroves, and many more. We will bring out another interesting list of these best places in Mumbai along with their history and particulars. Till then, enjoy and stay safe.

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