Explore the Mumbai coastline on your boat, and discover some exciting places.
Exploring islands off the coast of Mumbai on a powerboat can be an incredibly exciting experience for you and your family. Several of these islands have historical and cultural significance, so you have enough to keep you busy over several weekends.
Hop on your boat and get ready to sail on exciting adventures!
Elephanta Island is located north-east of the Gateway of India. Famous for its caves with ancient archaeological remains, the Elephanta Caves is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cave-temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and home to impressive carvings created at least 1500 years ago. Don’t miss the 7 metre-tall “Sadashiva” statue at the entrance of the main cave depicting the three aspects of Shiva.
This is a small island off the Mumbai harbour and plays host to an old fort along with an oil refinery. The fort occupies almost the entire island and is largely unoccupied. You may spot some fishermen there, but the cannons on the island are a more exciting sight. You could climb up to the top of the fort, from where you will get a splendid view of the Mumbai harbour and south Mumbai’s prominent buildings.
Golden beaches, delicious food and water sports, that’s exactly what Mandwa offers. While the Mandwa jetty has been used over the years as a gateway to Alibaug further inside the island, Mandwa town itself is becoming an increasingly popular spot for fine dining restaurants and beach activities. So you can relax at a sundowner or head to Alibaug to check into a luxurious resort.
Located just 20 km south of Mumbai, Khanderi may seem like just another island with a fort. But it has several interesting spots to visit, such as a lighthouse, a centuries-old temple and even a curious rock which makes a metallic sound when you strike it with a small stone. Also, don’t miss the view of the smaller Undheri Fort near the Khanderi island.
The Murud-Janjira Fort is on an oval-shaped island near the port town of Murud in Raigad District. It was once a sprawling fort with palaces, lakes and living quarters, and even today its large scale is striking. You will see old cannons used to protect the fort and several of the original walls. But the most remarkable sights are some of the old sculptures and wall carvings that survive.