Road Trip: 10 Beach towns Near Mumbai You Can Drive Down To

by Vaishalee Kalvankar

Every time one feels like taking some time off from their mundane work, they either want to go to the mountains or the beaches. Well what are you? A beach person or a mountain person? Well if you are a beach person, then we are here to help you plan your next getaway. Nothing beats wind in the hair, strolling on the sand and the sound of gushing waves. Here we have curated a list of 10 beach towns near Mumbai which you must visit. 

1. Gokarna

Gokarna is truly lovely, with palm-fringed beaches and a wonderful atmosphere that might remind you of Goa. Going to Gokarna is like going on vacation to a beach, sand, and sun-filled tropical paradise with so many beaches. 

Things to do: Beach Trekking, Water Sports, Shikara Ride, 

Places to visit: Mahabaleshwar Temple, Koti Tirtha, Mirjan Fort, Om Beach, Honey beach

Where To Stay: Om Beach Resort, Kudle Beach View Resort

Kms From Mumbai: 685.9 km


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Also Read: Here’s How To Plan A Budget Trip To Gokarna Under ₹5,000

2. Tarkarli

Tarkarli, a coastal town in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg district, is a haven for thrill seekers. It is known for its clear blue water, white sand beaches and loads of thrilling activities.Make sure that you do not miss sunsets here. 

Things to do: Scuba Diving, Water skiing, Parasailing, Snorkeling.

Places to visit: Sindhudurg Fort, Devbag, Tarkarli Beach

Where To Stay: Samant Beach Resort, Konkan Villa Dream

Kms From Mumbai: 476.1 km


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3. Ganpatipule

This town named Ganpatipule is located on western India’s Konkan Coast. It is known for its beaches. The centuries-old Swayambhu Ganpati Temple on Ganpatipule Beach is a popular pilgrimage destination and has a huge orange statue of Ganesh within. 

Things to do: Water Sports.

Places to visit:  Magic Garden, Prachin Konkan Museum, Ganpatipule Temple 

Where To Stay: Blue Ocean Resort & Spa, Homestays

Kms From Mumbai: 337.7 km

4. Dapoli

This Indian seaside town, also known as Camp Dapoli, is situated in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is home to a huge number of coconut farms and is a totally hidden gem. The village is surrounded by lovely rivers, including the Bharja and Vashishtha.

Things to do: Water Sports.

Places to visit: Murud Beach, Karde Beach, Panhalakaji Caves, Harnai Port

Where To Stay: Sagar Sawali Beach Resort, Lotus A Eco Beach Resort 

Kms From Mumbai: 223.4 km


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5. Diu

The Indian island of Diu has a seaside town called Diu near its eastern tip. The Gujarat state and the island are connected by a bridge. It is a location that needs to be on everyone’s vacation itinerary because of its historical significance in addition to its white sand beaches.

Things to do: Water Sports.

Places to visit: Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple, Diu Fort, Nagoa Beach, 

Where To Stay: Sugati Beach Resort, Radhika Beach Resort

Kms From Mumbai: 833.5 km 

6. Kaup

In the Indian state of Karnataka’s Udupi district sits the town of Kapu. The British renamed the scenic town Kapu as Kaup. It is situated between the twin cities of Udupi and Mangalore. The area is mostly recognised for having one of the most tranquil and clean beaches. 

Things to do: Water Sports, Eat at shacks on the beach

Places to visit:  Kaup Beach, Kaup Light House, Kaup fort

Where To Stay: Hotel Mayura, Hotel Comfort, Hotel Kidiyur

Kms From Mumbai: 842.4 km


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Also Read: Named After The Bard Of Bengal, This Karnataka Beach Is Located Where River Kali Meets Arabian Sea

7. Harihareshwar

Harihareshwar is a beautiful town in Maharashtra, India’s Raigad district. It is surrounded by three hills, Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, and Pushpadri. The river Savitri flows into the Arabian sea through this town. 

Things to do: Witness the sunset, visit temples

Places to visit: Kalbhairav Temple, Harihareshwar beach, Bhagamandala

Where To Stay: Whistling Waves Beach Resort & Camping, Shiv Shanti Holiday Inn 

Kms From Mumbai: 201.6 km

8. Kochi

The city of Kochi, often known as Cochin, is located in Kerala, a coastal state in southwest India. One of the most picturesque seaside towns in southern India is Kochi. The town is known as the Gateway to Kerala and doesn’t fail to mesmerise people with its charm. 

Things to do: Water Sports,  Eat at shacks on the beach

Places to visit: Explore the Portuguese architecture, Try Kerala Cuisine

Where To Stay: Sugati Beach Resort, Radhika Beach Resort

Kms From Mumbai: 1,431.4 km

9. Pondicherry

With the southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu as its border, Pondicherry is presently a Union Territory town. It’s a stunning seaside city in India that’s renowned for both its contemporary beauty and old-world charm. 

Things to do: Water Sports, Explore the french architecture

Places to visit:  Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Seaside Promenade, Paradise Beach 

Where To Stay: Homestays

Kms From Mumbai: 1,345.0 km


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10. Puri

In the eastern Indian state of Odisha, the city and municipality of Puri is located on the coast. The most known attractions here are the longest Golden Beach & Jagannath Temple are Puri. 

Things to do: Eat at shacks on the beach

Places to visit: Sri Jagannath Puri Temple,  Narendra Tank, Chilika Lake

Where To Stay: Pride Ananya Resort, Sterling 

Kms From Mumbai: 1,764.9 km

Also Read: Odisha Village Prince Charles Visited In 1980 Held Prayer Meeting As He Becomes King

Do let us know how many you have visited?

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