All those of love beaches have a different kind of inclination towards shorelines that are secluded, bereft of the crowd and the cacophonies. While beaches aren’t new to the Mumbaikars, but then, most of the beaches in Mumbai are usually jam-packed with people and activities. For a wee bit of relaxation, many folks in the bustling city often take a walk along beaches like the Marine Drive and Juhu. But does that really help them take a break from the monotony of the diurnal routines? We guess no. But often, due to lack of time, leaving the city and going on a tour to a distant place becomes challenging. So, if you love seclusion, there are some hidden beaches near Mumbai with fewer tourists, where you can head over for a serene weekend. Some of these beaches are as follows:
The small city in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district, Dapoli is nearly six hours away from Mumbai. And in Dapoli’s Murud Village lies the beach of Murud. Dolphin watching, especially in the winter months, is one of the main attractions here. There are many marvellous places near the Murud Becah like the Panhalakaji Caves, Unhavare hot springs, Harnai Port, Karde Beach and Kadyavarcha Ganapati Temple.
Conspicuously isolated, the Bhogwe beach is nestled where the Karli River meets the Arabian sea. The beach on the Konkon coast is around 11 hours away from Mumbai. With negligible crowd and echoing greenery, the sounds of waves crashing on the shoreline can be heard louder at this white sand beach.
With a lighthouse, a fisherman’s jetty, the Vengurla rocks and lush greenery, the hidden beach of Vengurla seems to tell a splendid story of mother nature. The Vengurla rocks can be great for all those who love birdwatching. Vengurla beach is approximately 11 hours drive from Mumbai.
In the Raigad district of Maharashtra, 170 kilometres south of Mumbai, lies the tranquil Diveagar beach. Thanks to the white sands, the coconut palms and the clear waters, the beach on the Konkon coast can be a captivating escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. One corner of the beach is the breeding ground for migratory seagulls.
Located around three and a half hours away from Mumbai, the pristine Kelwa beach ( or Kelva beach) in Thane district is gradually gaining popularity. There are two forts around this beach. One is on the beach, while the other in the sea can be reached only by a boat ride. There are many cosy resorts near the beach for a comfortable weekend stay.
So, the next time you think about taking a short break from Mumbai, instead of visiting Goa, you can drive off to these secret beaches. Also, they can be ideal options for a socially-distanced trip. Meanwhile, here’s everything about Kamiya Jani’s Mumbai to Goa road trip: