“Built by British in 1833 (Some says 1952) and lately opened to pubic is another tourism attraction (By Mumbai Port Trust Permissions), Kanhoji Angre Lighthouse on island called Khanderi, a latest Tourist spot which is opened to public lately in 2013 / 2014, is the only sea side coastal lighthouse attraction near South Mumbai. After Elephanta Caves, Yet another reason to explore and enjoy the ferry ride and speedboat inside vast blue sea which covers our city from all 3 sides..”
Island and Lighthouse Attraction Details
Kanhoji Angre is one of the oldest and very less accessed / explored lighthouse near Mumbai .The powerful imported lights once travelled up to 26 km inside sea, But as the local Indian filament used the distance the light travel has been reduced to 15 to 16 km only. Every 10 seconds the Red and White flashing lights rages till 25 and 22 nautical miles deep inside the coastal bay of Mumbai. We excited citizens and foreign tourist will be waiting to get all travel options and facilities getting ready for fun and tourism attraction, until permissions from Mumbai port trust comes.
Before starting to explore the main attraction and one you get down at maandwa (Mandava Jetty) you have options to relax at cottages, do some water sports at jetty, have some food and get fresh before you reach the island. The total journey from Gateway to Island will take about 1 hour and 15 to 20 minutes. The entertainment and fun starts here with a speedboat cutting the waves for next 30 minutes. The ride is awesome and one of its experience and you reach the island shore and here is that beautiful and attractive piece of 17 meter long standing lighthouse tower since more than 1 and half century old now. This isolated Khanderi island since the historic story says about the attack of Maratha on British Ships via the route. So old now, it has footsteps, muddy path, greenery, water supply and an old fort too.
A quick note if planning any visit to this attraction is to carry water and food along as their is no food facilities once you reach the island. Also the island is closed for tourist and public visits in monsoon, Yet the lighthouse operates always and shows the light of hope with the new solar operated instruments since 2008.
As of date with special permissions from Mumbai port trust, Only Royal Bombay Yacht Club which is a famous sailing company took a yearly tour to this island which has currently nothing but a old fort surrounding this lighthouse. If one sees the Map of Google attached to this article, it also shows another island exactly between Kanhoji Angre island and Navgaon, This island is called Underi. Possibly and isolated unused place which might be used by local fisherman during sail and fishing here.
How To Reach Kanhoji Angre Khanderi Island
Best way to reach this island is to start from Gateway of India. First ferry starts at 8:00 Am. Upon reaching Mandwa you need to reach THAL at Navgaon fishing port which takes about 15 to 20 minutes 4.5 kilometer road ride in vehicle. At the coastal you get speedboats that will take you to Lighthouse Island Kanoji Angre in next 30 minutes.
Another nearest way to reach Kanhoji is from Alibaug at 9.5 kilometers. Few beaches and locations around alibaug coastal to explore along with the lighthouse are Awas beach, Kihim Beach, Navgaon (Thal), North Drain (RCF) and Ash Pond (RCF), Varsoli Bandara Beach and Mandava Jetty (Also Called ‘Maandwa’).
Remember, the last ferry from Mandwa jetty is at 7:30. If you miss this the long road route is the only option taking alternate public transports or hiring a vehicle finally. Repeating the note if missed, Island is closed during monsoon (June to September) and have no entry exit timings as all depends on ferry and speedboat availability.