Mumbai is such a marvellous city that one day is very less to enjoy its magic completely. There are lots of places to see and visit here. In case you have one day at hand, you can enjoy the vista of Suburbs of Mumbai. Mumbai Suburbs includes cities like Andheri, Bandra, Borivali, Dahisar, Goregaon, Jogeshwari, Juhu, Kandivali, Khar, Malad, Santa Cruz and Ville Parentheses cities lie in the west of Mumbai. Various location that you can relive here is like Victoria Terminus, Film City, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Haji Ali Dargah, Siddhivinayak Temple, Essel World, Taraporewala Aquarium, Aksa Beach, Worli Sea Link, Kanheri caves and many more. Mumbai is dream city, a wonder land a lot to see and enjoy. Here is a list of top 10 places to visit in the Mumbai suburbs:
1. Victoria Terminus
This is a Railway Station as well as an architectural heritage. Previously, entry inside this place was not allowed. But later it was opened for site seeing. It costs only Rs.200/- for the visit. A tourist guide will assist you throughout the duration. While you’re here, you can enjoy the beautiful and creative architecture of the building. During special occasions like Independence Day or Women’s Day, the heritage building is lit in Tricolour or in Pink color respectively.
Location: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Best time to visit: Any seasons
Timing for visit: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Only on weekdays)
Pro Tip: Visit after dark to enjoy the real beauty of this place.
2. Film city
If you are a person who loves movies, acting, cinema, dancing, etc. and has always dreamt of seeing and meeting film stars then film city is a must location in Mumbai to visit once. Film Studio is located at Goregaon east, Mumbai near Sanjay Gandhi National Park. An association named “Mumbai Film City Tours” organises Tours to visit Film City. Although, you cannot enter without permissions. Film city has lots of lakes, temples, fountains, mountains, manmade waterfalls, and beautiful landscapes. These are created for shooting purposes. The travel agents create packages worth Rs.1500-2000/- per person. They take you to shooting site visits, Dance shoots, and Famous Shoot locations. Entry for kids below 5 years age is free of cost. So overall, Film city is a wonderful location to enjoy the life of cinema and acting. This location can be visited at any time of season.
Location: Goregaon east, Mumbai near Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
Best time to visit: Any season
The timing for visit: Based on the ticket booked.
3. Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP)
Sanjay Gandhi National Park, previously known as Borivali National Park, is located in the Mumbai Suburbs. This is the most visited Park in Asia. What attracts tourist here? The place is rich in Flora and fauna. You can find animals like deer, Hyena, langur, monkey. Not just animals but you can also find reptiles and birds. Tiger and lion Safari is also available here. Apart from animals and bird watching, there is a separate park for recreation where you and your family can sit and relax. Lakes and greenery is the most attractive aspect of this park.
Location: Borivali, East.
Best time to visit: Rainy and winter seasons
Timing for visit: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
4. Haji Ali Dargah
Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque/tomb. It is located near Worli. The Dargah is built on an island a little distance from the coast. Tourists come here because of its beauty and the way the mosque is built far away in the midst of the sea. The devotees come here for praying and enjoying the sea breeze. Outside the dargah, you’ll find street shops and small stalls that sell artistic ornaments or accessories. Stalls nearby sell fruit juices and famous vada pav which you can enjoy when you visit here.
Best time to visit: Winter and summer season
Timing for visit: 10:30 am and after 4:30 pm
Siddhivinayak Temple is near Prabhadevi, Mumbai. It is a very famous Ganesh temple. It is believed by devotees that all the wishes are fulfilled here, therefore, various celebrities, sports celebrities, and business men come here to seek blessings from Lord Ganesha. Entry is free. It is crowded during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The atmosphere is very serene and calm. You will find peace here. Visit to this temple is an absolute must.
Location: Prabhadevi, Dadar.
Best time to visit: Any season
Timing for visit: 7 am to 7 pm
6. Essel World
Essel world along with Water Kingdom is an amusement theme park and Water Park. It is located in Gorai, Mira Road West. It has various rides for family, thrill rides, and various rides for kids. The amusement park is also has a food court and rest rooms. Water Kingdom has Pools and Water slides of every size. Once you are here then the fun will never end. It is a perfect for family picnic and outing.
Location: Gorai, Mira Road West.
Best time to visit: Winter and Summer Season
Timing for visit: 8:00am – 8:00pm
7. Taraporewala Aquarium
This aquarium is located near Marine drive, Mumbai. This is the city’s major attraction for tourists and children. Entry fees for adults is Rs.60/- and for kids below 12 years is Rs. 30/-. Even school picnics are planned here as field study for educational purpose. Here you will find wide variety of fishes and the aquarium is timely updated with new variety of species of fishes. There is a special pool area for kids where they can touch fishes which are not dangerous. It is very fun and cool place for kids as they can observe, enjoy and learn at the same time.
Location: Marine drive, Mumbai.
Best time to visit: Any Season
Timing for visit: 10:00 am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm (not on Monday)
8. Kanheri Caves
Kanheri Caves is one of the most famous locations in Mumbai Suburbs. It is also known as Krishnagiri Caves which mean “black caves”. It has 34 unfinished Buddhist wall paintings. It is known to be very cool, calm and a pleasant place, free from pollution. The entry charge is just Rs.5/-. The travel busses take you to and from the city to Kanheri caves at a cost of Rs.66/-. The famous attractions here are 109 special entrances, green forest cover, Ancient architecture and basalt formation.
Location: Borivali East.
Best time to visit: September to March
Timing for visit: 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
9. Aksa Beach
Aksa Beach Is long beach located near Malad West. It is famous vacation spot in Mumbai. You can take pleasure in the sea breeze and cool atmosphere. Families can have fun playing on the beach, making sand castles, taking strolls along the coast line etc. Here swimming is strictly prohibited. The eye-catching beauty of the sunrise and sunset is a must watch.
Location: Malad Wests
Best time to visit: Summer and Rainy Season
Timing for visit: Any time
10. Worli Sea Link
Bandra-Worli sea link is a bridge which connects the Mumbai suburbs to the Nariman point. The most beautiful thing that attracts you here is the sight from Marine Lines. You can have the complete view of the sea from this point. The “Bandra-Worli Sea Link” looks divine. You can then take a cab and drive over the Bandra-Worli sea link- the complete view of the whole city from there is divine. You will fall in love with the charm of the city. You can click photographs during the sunset and sunrise to capture the sea shining in the orange sunlight.
Best time to visit: Any Season
Timing for visit: 7am to 7pm
These are few entertaining places in Mumbai suburbs. The city has various places which are pleasurable to visitors who love peace, greenery, architectures, thrill, and amusement. From Beaches to caves, from temples to lakes Mumbai Suburbs has all at one place. Hope you have fun exploring the place! Happy traveling!
Contributor: Deepika Devendra Kumar.