Must Visit Places in South Mumbai
| ByRaji Ravi
|1. Colaba - South Mumbai |
|Colaba area is a must visit especially for the
first time Mumbai visitors for the landmarks such as the Gateway, Taj
Palace hotel, Mumbai harbour.. a walk through the by lanes with its
colonial buildings, quaint textile & handicrafts shops in the evening
is a wonderful experience.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg on Colaba Causeway has a street market you could explore. If you can afford it, have a coffee at Shamyana coffee shop or Star bucks at the Taj Mahal hotel, OR explore the shopping arcade at the Taj just to get a feel of the grand edifice said to have been build by Jamsetji Tata, as an answer to the British when he was turned away from entering one of their hotels.
For lunch and dining, there are places in all price ranges you could try out, like the Indigo restaurant serving fine European food, and more reasonably Leopold cafe, and Bademiya, famous for their Sheekh Kababs, in the Colaba environs.
Colaba- View from the backwaters
| Buildings and Monuments in Colaba : Gateway,
Vivekananda statue, Chhatrapati Shivaji statue, Taj Palace Hotel
(old & new),
Mumbai Harbour, Royal Bombay Yacht Club
|2. Fort Area|
| The nearby Fort Area further north to Colaba, has splendid
museums, galleries and historical monuments along Dr. D N Road. Fort
was originally Mumbai's banking and commercial area and the center
of old British Mumbai. A stroll through the area gives an aura of
the bygone era.. Not to miss the Stone office buildings of Ballard
Estate designed by Architect George Wittet who was the designer of the Gateway of India.
Dr. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus formerly Victoria Terminus, at the north end of the Fort is worth a visit. Catch the walking tour of this magnificently carved municipal train station, and the lit up CST at night is a sight not to be missed.
|Galleries in Fort Area : Jehangir
Art Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahararaj Museum formerly Prince of
Wales Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, all on M. G road
Buildings & Monuments : Asiatic Society Library & Town Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
|Head to Bandra for shopping...along Linking road for trendy
clothes, footwear, bags and accessories. One of Mumbai's
main shopping, nightlife and dining destination, Bandra has fabulous
designer boutiques to bargain street shops. Elco vegetarian restaurant
in hill road, Bandra West is famous for local Chaats especially Paav
Bhaji, Paanipuri, Sev Puri etc.
Nearby Water field road has some of the best dining options. Moti Mahal for Kebabas, Thai Ban for Thai food, Dosa diner for dosas, China Gate for Chinese are some of the reasonable options.
Shopping : There are numerous shopping malls in the area. Bargaining is key for street shopping. Elco Market has lot of shops around and is popular for authentic chaats.
|4. Bandra - Worli (Rajiv Gandhi) Sea Link|
|The new land mark of Mumbai, the Bandra Worli /Rajiv Gandhi sea link which connects Bandra in the western suburbs of Mumbai to Worli in South Mumbai is awesome.. This 8 lane cable stayed bridge is an engineering marvel. Great views from the bridge especially at night. Travel time from Bandra to Worli is reduced by 1/3rd to 30 minutes by crossing the bridge.|
|5. Elephanta caves|
A boat ride from Gateway of India will take you to the tiny island of Elephanta in the middle of Mumbai harbour. Be warned. After the boat ride, almost an hours walk including climbing the uneven rock steps to reach the caves is quite strenuous. The train that is supposed to take you half way is mostly out of order. The place gets quite filthy on a holiday with the crowds throwing plastic covers and eatables around. It is a pity that Maharashtra tourism is not taking any effort to maintain the renowned world heritage site, with a series of cave temples and fine rock carvings.
|How to Reach : |
A one and a half hour boat ride from Gateway Of India across Mumbai harbour will take you to Elephanta caves. The boat ride back in the evening with the winds blowing and sea gulls following your boat is an awesome experience.
Watch Video: Sea gulls at Mumbai harbour