Experience Mumbai Monsoon – Pictures | Videos | Destinations

Mumbai Monsoon usually start in first & second week of June, After Metropolitan department announces rain arrival dates for the year. After scorching heat We Mumbai citizens are all excited and eager waiting for Mumbai Monsoon which brings in relief and also time to plan monsoon picnics and explore destinations.

So, I thought of sharing my 45 years experience & knowledge of Monsoon in Mumbai city in this one post, helping to plan some lovely destinations in Mumbai and Near locations which are about 110 to 150 km from city.

Listed are details about 21 best Waterfall to explore, Some Visuals (Pictures and Videos), Things that make Mumbai monsoon news global like Flooding Potholes and traffic jams, Exclusive Treks near Mumbai (i.e within Maharashtra), High Tide (Days, Dates, and Tide heights), and ideal monsoon picnic spots for a perfect rainy day spent with family and friends. Let’s enjoy and get the most out of this year’s monsoon in Mumbai city, Suburban and MMR..

Gateway Of India Water Splash
Gateway Of India Water Splash

Below is a small guide to monsoon destinations in simplest possible way intended to help you know about Mumbai Excursions and Destinations, Locations not to be missed.

We all know the Mumbai monsoon has some of the other stories every year that go viral. As the local train splash of 2017, Remember? The worst was the Flooding of 2006 which Mumbai was not ready actually. These were some classic examples that gave a lesson on how Humans and Nature should be balanced and how plastics clogged the Mithi river which brought the city to stand still for 24 hours in the 2006 flooding.

Potholes & its story seems like a compulsory things we Mumbai citizens needs to go through every year, Hope 2022 is different and the potholes helplines be not required to call upon. But then if nothing unforeseen happens, Will, that be a Mumbai anymore? If trains do not get delayed due to waterlogging on tracks, Specially on the Central railway route, Will that be actually a Mumbai monsoon story of the year? In any case, we Mumbaikars are excited and ready for all as the city always did and gave an example and spirit of ‘Show Must Go On and ‘Mumbai Fights Back’ every year during heavy rains.

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So, We have to be ready for our safety, I mean things like Raincoats, Umbrellas, Windcheaters, etc. Mumbai monsoons are unpredictable sometimes and be any commuting options, you might get delayed and stuck. So it is highly recommended to carry some packets of chips, biscuits and similar packed foodstuff and water during your travel. Our local trains never announce that the train you traveling might get stuck ahead and one needs to stay back for a couple of hours, It just tries to be its best during heavy rains too.

Although, the year 2017 was a classic example again that showed we are humans first and religious after when Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and others stood up together helping citizens with food and shelter at Gurudwaras, Mosques, etc during that one ‘Mumbai Standstill’ day. That’s the spirit and one of the reasons I love Mumbai and never care about heavy rains.

So, get your pair of umbrellas, windcheaters, and rainy shoes ready and be prepared in the first week of June itself. What next, We talking about Enjoying Mumbai rains and another preparation is to know about places best to hang out with family and friends in and around the city.

Also, Keep note of High Tide Dates (Will be updated as received), List of Famous Waterfalls, BMC Helplines and also know which are flood safe car parking locations and major flooding locations in Mumbai in past so that you can avoid getting into trouble during high tides days. This way you are prepared for this years monsoon to be safe and to enjoy the rains too.

City Rain Pictures

Here to start with some old & new Pictures of Mumbai rains. Candid photos of Street views, Citizens, Local Train & Station, Railway Tracks, Flooded Roads, Aerial Views, buses & Autos, and lots more.

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Monsoon Excursions Within Mumbai

In this section, I will try to help with my personal experience of the last so many years in the city to get the most out of monsoon days. It is also important to understand and take serious notes about a few things to avoid some risks in day-to-day life on Mumbai’s rainy days. Otherwise, With that glass of cutting chai, Bhajiyas and sweet corns, long rides and these destinations, Monsoon is at its best in Mumbai. Let’s begin.

Nariman Point & Marine Lines

This place rocks during monsoon and especially on tides days. People block their calendars to not miss those huge tides and splashes. I tried to capture a video of Nariman point high tide (Not the highest tide) but still, you get the fun of it. The nearest railway station is Churchgate, this one destination is an all-season hit and monsoon brings in a special reason to visit. Check below video and learn more about this promenade. Nariman Point and Marine lines are connected and on the same stretch, so do not get confused about the location. People do refer to marine lines high tides for the same. Below are both location monsoon videos.

ALERT !!! : Seating, Standing, and Walking on boundaries (Seating area) of Nariman Point & Marine Lines during high tide splash is very risky.

Gateway of India

Historic and Iconic location of Mumbai, This place is highly visited by tourists, and citizens love it the most during monsoon. To experience the highest waves, sailing boats, ferry, and the location itself have the beautiful Hotel Taj right in front. Many Bollywood movies of the ’80s and ’90s selected this location for a few shots. Below is one picture that shows how it feels to be at the Gateway location during monsoon tides. Many more videos are available on YouTube that brings in the fun and action at this place. The nearest railway station is Churchgate on the Western railway Route and CSMT in Central.

ALERT !!! : Seating, Standing, and Walking on boundaries (Seating area) of Gateway of India during high tide splash is risky.

Gateway Of India Water Splash
Gateway Of India Water Splash

Calm and quiet otherwise, Worli sea face is one of the longest beach fronts that connects Bandra to Worli via the sea link. It is one of the most visited Monsoon Excursions in Mumbai for 2 main reasons now, The fun and excitement of tides themselves and the pathway of the Sea link which is easy to travel and a fun ride in itself. Must watch this slow-motion video of the High tide splash enjoyed by people at Worli sea face during a perfect monsoon day last year.

ALERT !!! : Seating, Standing and Walking on boundaries (Seating area) of Worli sea face during high tide splash is risky.

Haji Ali Dargah During Rains

My Monsoon Haji Ali Video got the highest hits as I tried my best to give the real feel of a monsoon splash by walking the pathway inside covered by sea from almost all sides. Hope you will like it too. This Holy mosque is another pride of Mumbai as it is located a Km or 2 inside the sea, all covered with Arabian seawater. The fun is walking on the pathway to reach the Dargah and enjoying the scenic view of the city around.

ALERT !!! : The Backside area of Dargah where people enjoy the splash is risky during tides, It is not a safe zone to get in especially during tides.

Bandra Bandstand Fort

Mumbai is blessed with waterfronts from all 3 sides and so are the rocky and sandy beaches which makes the beautiful outing locations during rainy days. Most scenic locations is Bandra bandstand area, right from jogging & walking track starting opposite Salman Khan home till the top of Fort adjacent to Hotel Taj. This fort near the Taj hotel gives a mesmerizing view of the Worli Sea link any time you go during monsoon, Check the below video to know what it feels like.

In the past, the bandstand was also known for the crowd that use to gather at Father Agnel Ashram and people enjoying the monsoon at the seafront which didn’t have the walkway like it is today. It is also known as the best lover’s point in Mumbai. If you want some privacy and hiding from the rain, Head towards the private garden near the fort or simply enjoy the beachfront, Lots of couples are seen getting cozy in this public area.

Reclamation Promenade, Bandra

If this is the first time you visiting the Bandra reclamation promenade during the monsoon, Trust me you will love it. Especially when in a group or in a couple. Remember the famous ‘Uday Chopra’ bike race scene in the Dhoom movie? This is that place. This is also the location for the Iconic ‘LOVE MUMBAI’ artwork. The very first floating restaurant ‘Ab Celestial‘ is located here too and this can also be a good monsoon date, bit costly although. This place connects the sea link bridge to Worli and so the beautiful sea view too with changing climate. Mumbai monsoon brings in the charm and romance of this place and is one of the recommended places to visit this monsoon. This is no High tide or splash enjoying the location, Yet ideal for couples in romance.

Bandra Reclamation
Bandra Reclamation

Borivali National Park

For those who love nature, Borivali national park is one place not to be missed during the monsoon. Especially, in the early rainy days when it blossoms and the greenery is scenic and rains are still not very heavy but the excitement is high. The scenic view inside the woods is what many love. The flowing streams, flora and faunas, pollution-free and the best breeze and climate is what Mumbai’s national park located at Borivali suburban offers you. Of course, one needs to be a little adventurous and ready to walk a few miles to enjoy the effects of the rain at such locations.

Take Casual Monsoon Bus Ride This Year

To feel the city in monsoon as a tourist or just anyone like me, One should think of getting on a bus as I do. Yes, put on your music / FM and sit relaxed in a bus to ride and hang around Mumbai city to have a great rain ride experience and possibly click around pictures if you like. Bus no’s like 202, 203 and 79 are perfect to get complete city view of western suburban in monsoon. It goes through the S V Road route and the famous locations like Lokhandwala, Link Road, etc.

Filmcity View Point Location (Goregaon Mantri Park)

A Beautiful hilly location, Mud Flat View point that gives an uninterrupted view of Mumbai Filmcity. This place is located inside Goregaon East on Boundries of National Park.

Monsoon brings to life here the greenery all around with clouds nearby and the pollution-free breeze that can be enjoyed by parking your vehicle at the edge.

Monsoon Destinations Near Mumbai

The Above locations were all within Mumbai. Now let’s understand and explore a little more details and check the best monsoon excursion not far from the city at about 100 to 150 Kilometres ideal as a road ride. These are the destinations major visited and well known near Mumbai. An important point to remember here is to try avoiding locations like Lonavala during weekends or one may end up half of the day inside traffic. Here we go.

  • Igatpuri : Just a week back, i explored Igatpuri hills, A perfect monsoon gateway to enjoy waterfalls, ghats and more. Just 120 Km from Mumbai, Igatpuri is one place if you love nature, greenery, smog, road drives, waterfalls, and fort hiking as one package in Mumbai monsoon.
  • Lonavala : One of the most visited monsoon excursion near Mumbai. Hardly 2 hours at a distance of about 85 Km. As soon as the rain starts, this famous monsoon destination gets crowded. In recent years, it was seen that Saturdays and Sundays were hectic rather than fun as the traffic jam inside was so huge that authorities had to put some restrictions on entry-exit timings of cars at some locations and others for heavy vehicles movement in the area.
  • Matheran Hill Station: This place is actually a tourist destination to beat the summer heat and otherwise get a pollution-free climate, Yet many make special plans to visit Matheran during rainy days as the Heritage mountains are scenic and give a very beautiful view of the valley around. Resorts and other stay options are cheap comparatively during monsoon as it is off-season. Mudpuddle might be the only seemed problem here as there are no concrete roads around this hill station.
  • Malshej Ghat : A perfect 1 day excursion mountain pass location between Pune and Thane. These are dense hilly western ghat locations with lots of waterfalls on the roadway itself. Just park your car at the location you like and get inside the waterfall you like. One needs to take care of slippery stones at every waterfall and drive safe on this hilly road. Another caution is NOT to wander around OR make plans at this location during heavy rains as landslides are very common here. Checkout Malshej ghat pictures and plan your excursion in early June and July to get the maximum fun.
  • Waterfalls : Nearest waterfalls for those who don’t want to leave city and MMR locations are Tungareshwar and Chinchoti (Vasai Highway), Both are ideal monsoon destinations and a great excursion , Hangout locations for a day. Tungareshwar is known for the famous Shiva temple deep inside the jungle which needs half hour trek. Both are safe locations for family and friends, Although one needs to take care of Chinchoti during heavy rainfall and especially a corner area of Waterfall pond which has claimed lives. Tungareshwar is rather safer compared to Chinchoti as the pathway is fun during not-so-heavy rains. One can find small waterfalls along the pathway and the half-hour jungle walk is a very beautiful experience during rains. Read more about Tungareshwar and Chinchoti before you plan a day monsoon trip here. Kharghar and Navi Mumbai area do have some lovely waterfalls, refer to the list of 16 most visited waterfalls to gain more inside about location, distance, safety, and other details.
  • Monsoon Treks 2019 : Looking out for some more adventurous things to do this monsoon ? Refer list of all these monsoon treks near Mumbai that can be explored well in a group and say Cheers to life.
  • There are more places ideal as Monsoon picnic spots not very far, But not inside city. Do your homework well and enjoy the rain of 2012. Here is a article dedicated to Mumbai monsoon videos if at all i missed it somewhere before.

Hope I was able to help you. If yes, help your friends too by sharing this. Happy monsoon.

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My love towards Mumbai city took me to passion blogging from hobby. Upon quitting job, now i am one of the online city & travel guide since 2007. Hope my efforts helps citizen, foreign nationals & tourists in some or other ways.

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