If you have been reading my blog posts regularly you would’ve known by now that I love Marine Drive, a sea-side boulevard in South Mumbai. Well, I am a sea person and therefore I am always searching for new sea-side destinations that can offer me some great sunrise and sunset experiences. One of the things Mumbaikars would agree on with me is that there are many beaches in the city. For instance, the Girgaum Chowpatty, the Worli Sea Face, Bandra Bandstand, Aksa Beach in Malad and the most popular of all the Juhu Beach in Vile Parle.
These beaches offer great beach experiences to the residents of the city, but they are usually crowded, polluted and sometimes frequently visited. Hence, they might not offer you the kind of experience that you get when you visit a new beach altogether. If you are looking for beaches near Mumbai for the weekend you can visit the Suruchi Beach. This virgin beach is a hidden gem in Vasai, a little north of Mumbai. It is among the best beaches near Mumbai for one day picnics.
If you are living in the city, you can take a Western Railway Vasai or Virar local train and get down at Vasai station (on the west side). The moment you step out of the railway station you will find rickshaws ready to take you to the beach, but I would recommend instead taking the VVMT bus (in yellow-green colour). Rickshaws will charge you around 5 times more than what you pay for the bus ride.
Ask for the VVMT bus stop which is a 5-7 minute walk from the station. Take the Bhaskar Ali bus (Bus No. 115) from the bus stop. The bus frequency is every 20 minutes, so you won’t have to wait for long. You may ask the conductor to inform you when your stop arrives.
The bus won’t take you right to the beach but will drop you on the road that leads to the beach. The moment you get down from the bus just take the single road (as in the picture). It will lead you straight to the beach.
The single stretch of road is a bit long. Hence, it will take you around 10 minutes to reach the beach. Once you are at the entrance of the beach you will see food stalls and ice cream vendors. There are dustbins available around the food stalls so kindly use them. I would humbly request my readers to please do not litter and protect the environment. The dustbins are only available on the beach. Hence, if you carry snacks and food on the beach, do not throw plastic bags and wrappers on the beach. Carry it along with you, and dump it in dustbins available at the entrance of the beach.
One of the unique features of this beach is that it has a sort of lagoon. So, there is a shallow area of water separated from the actual sea area. If you visit the beach with kids you can let them play in the shallow water area. Kids can also enjoy some slides and swings at the beach. Families looking for beaches near Mumbai for one day picnics can visit this beach.
Geographically, Suruchi Beach is in the interiors of the Vasai village. Hence, to prevent any unfortunate event the local authorities have decided to close the beach at 7 pm. The best time to visit the beach would be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can enjoy some horse riding and horse carts as well at the beach. I would also request my readers to ensure that you stay safe. Do not to venture into the water during high tide hours.
Enjoy Responsibly. Protect the Environment
Enjoy the pictures below.