“Gorai beach at Mumbai North Suburb can be reached via Borivali or Bhayandar is much cleaner and crowded beaches, Ideal for a day spend or overnight too. Lets Understand beach attractions, How to reach Gorai and Other places to explore around / near this beach..”
Ideal Day and Overnight Picnic Spot : Gorai is one of the most frequented beaches of Mumbai north suburb. It major attracts citizens from Suburb and also from far for a day picnic. Couples prefers this beach due to easy accessibility from Bhayandar and Borivali and also lots of resorts, cottages available too. It is one of the safest and cleanest beaches with ample space to have fun with your picnic group, ride bikes, ride camel or go inside sea for a boat ride. Hang around at full moon nights (In Group Only) is romantic and so is one of the beach for night hangout as many resorts are available on Uttan Road for overnight stay.
Festival Attractions on Beach : Holi (Festival of Colours) and Ganesh Visarjan (Immersion of Ganesh Idols) are two major Indian festivals and a reason to hit the beach as its fun on beach to play with colours and then get inside the sea water. Similarly 10th day of Ganesh festival see giant Ganesh idols made of clay here on Gorai beach final ritual, the Immersion.
Its a Lovers Point Beach : Gorai beach is known to be frequented by couples since last 3 to 4 decades as there were hardly any locations of isolation to spend quality time and get cosy with the partner, that too without parents knowing. Unlike today, those days 2 decades back, friendship dating and getting away from home for few hours was not that easy for girls. Gorai beach was not as much frequented and crowded like today and was so much a perfect lovers beach and still is.
Another reason i called Gorai a lovers point is the easy access to cottage rooms which are available on hourly basis, unlike the costly resorts which not all college going guys can afford. Ask any couple of suburb colleges for a good lovers point or a beach in vicinity and they will point to Gorai. The beach is beautiful and easy accessible from both Borivali and Bhayandar. The Ferry ride makes it exciting too, Although the creek area is bit smelly. Get outside Borivali station platform no.1 towards virar and first thing a Auto driver ask a young college couple is a single word ‘GORAI ?’.
Weekend Gateway : With time, more and more resorts have come up and have boosted the tourism indutry of Mumbai suburb locations. Beaches like Gorai, Manori and Uttan which are not far from each other are getting crowded every coming summers and people are ready to spend enough for luxury and stay around for couple of days. Equally, the hectic life of bustling Mumbai has bought up the need of such weekend gateways to spend leisure time with family. Gorai beach has become an ideal weekend gateway for all beach lovers in Mumbai and Other cities of Gujarat and Pune. People travel from far in groups to spend couple of days at resorts around these beaches.
Specialty of Gorai beach
Food and Fun Options on Beach : Ride bikes, Walk on clean beach sand, Enjoy cool breeze, Lay down on wide open space under green trees shades or at a beach front resort and keep munching food items available at hawkers like Baraf Golas (Like Ice Candy), Chana Masala, Bhek Puri & Pani Puri. If around Rainy days a fun to eat Hot Sweet Corn and Roasted Full Corn (Called Bhutta) on Gorai beach is a different fun all together. For non-vegeterians, fresh catch fishes are a boon here and Pomfret is a must to try at much cheaper cost compared to other locations of Mumbai. For Vegeterians, sad to say food quality is average all around.
Ride horses and camels as and when available. Boat rides at Rs.100 per person is another fun to be inside huge sea and look at the beach front. Hey tourists, if you want to feel the real Mumbai way of people on beaches, this is it and is sure different from Juhu Chowpatty & Girgaum beach. But if you are here looking out for a serene beach of Mumbai suburb, This is not for you as most of the time it is crowded as clean, beautiful and wide.
There is ample car parking area around beach and you are allowed to drive your vehicle inside the beach too.
How to Reach Gorai Beach Via Borivali or Bhayandar
Via Borivali, Mumbai North Suburb
You need to reach ‘Gorai Ferry Point’ from Borivali Railway Station (West) with Road Distance of 3.6 Km taking 17 Minutes in an Auto or Bus. Take LT Road opposite railway station which goes straight and connects Gorai Road to reach this Jetty. Two Wheelers are allowed on Ferry of ‘Dolphin Boat Club’ which ply at every 15 minutes to and from other side of creek towards Gorai.
Once on other side of creek, Gorai beach is at 4.3 Km road travel on Gorai Borivali Road which will take another 8 Minutes. Auto services available for same.
Via Bhayandar, Far North of Mumbai
Bhayandar railway station is at North Suburb beyond Borivali towards Virar. See station names for reference.
Once at Bhayandar railway station west, Auto and Bus options are available which takes about 30 to 40 minutes covering distance of 14.3 Km on Uttan road which goes straight to beach.
Those planning private vehicle (Car etc), Will have to reach via Bhayandar route only. From National Highway 8, Get inside Kashi-Mira junction and keep straight. After 5 to 7 minutes of drive you will reach Bhayandar East West Flyover on left. Now keep following Essel World sign board and go straight on Uttan Road to reach Gorai beach. See Road Map & Route below
Other Places to See Around Gorai Beach
Gorai location is also very famous for Essel World Amusement Park all year around and Water Kingdom during Summer and October, adjacent to it. At Bhayandar Uttan road comes a beautiful place called ‘Keshav Srushti‘ which is an ideal farm side picnic location and a wonderful educational centre of Mumbai for all nature lovers.
Just few Km from this beach is Global Vipassana Pagoda a meditation centre which by itself is a huge and attractive Golden yellow coloured tomb structure that can be seen from far locations. The meditation centre is surrounded by greenery and is very peaceful to spend some time, specially in morning and evenings.
Many cycling groups of Mumbai also known of a location called ‘Sunrise Point’ at Gorai which is a beautiful hilly slope known to give a good view of sunrise every day. Early morning also gives some scenic view of greenery and vast sea front from here.