“Arnala beach located at Virar is the famous and most visited of total 4 beaches connected in vicinity. Located at far north suburb of Mumbai’s Thane district, Arnala has ample coconut tree shades, multiple resorts, and being at virar, More other places of attraction around to explore. Otherwise, adjacent beaches are more cleaner and less crowded compared to Arnala. Lets know more of this beach details like exact address and location, How to reach, Distance from Virar railway station, Highway and Mumbai, Parking Facilities, Resorts, Water Currents, Safety and more..”
Speedy development and the boom in travel industry bought into limelight some of the less explored locations like Virar which was once just a village with a coastal village Arnala known for fishermen community. This Arnala beach of Virar was once an isolated beach with the only visitors being local villagers, fishermen community and very less crowd from virar.
The development and popularity of this beach came around late 1980’s and 1990’s with picnic groups started exploring places for a day break out in open with family and friends group. The speciality being lots of tree shades, resorts and cottages available on hourly basis which attracted couples to this wide shores with semi white and black sand.
Lets have a look at this beach video.
Today resorts like Anand Resort, C Beach Resort, Sagar Resort, L D resort, Arnala Sea lord Resort, Alexson Resort and few more are major attractions of this beach. Don’t known about current situation, But couple of years back cottage rooms were also available at cheaper rates like Rs.150 to Rs.200 per hour major occupied by young couples. People from far locations come here for a day picnic in huge Volvo buses and the beach is pack jam during public holidays and Sundays during summers. Traffic is seen bottleneck at locations like Bolinj and Agashi Naka villages road junctions on the way to the beach.
People from Gujarat borders also come to this beach to enjoy with family and friends group picnic as Gujarat hardly has any such beaches. Major attraction being the resorts, people are seen in huge groups on the shore playing games like cricket, football etc. Elderly prefer to seat under ample shades under huge trees (See Picture) and enjoy munching and Chit chatting enjoying beach view and cool breeze throughout the day.
IMPORTANT ALERT !! Beach water currents are dangerous and not that fun as seen from far. Water is about 50 to 100 metres from shore and may make you feel like jump and swim. But this particular beach has history talking about many youngsters getting drowned due to the UNEVEN & UNEXPECTED slopes enough to get drowned at many locations. People says, sand mining is one of the reasons behind such dangerous slopes and few deep hole like situation, which looks all same and are hidden under sea waves. So i would recommend not to go for swim into this beach. If you feel like, go to the adjacent Navapur beach which is flat, safe and clean too.
Beach water looks black due to the semi black colour sand with litter another problem here. No matter what, few people will not get civic sense. Upon Sunset this beach is dark as there is no street lights or lamp post on or around, not even at the main entry pathway towards the beach which is very sad to see at such famous locations. Their is also an old Hindu cemetery on main entry of the beach. Arnala fort is another attraction which needs a ferry ride, But frankly have nothing much to be seen as the Historic fort is not well maintained and hardly available.
Basic eateries like tea, coffee, cold drinks and snacks like Vada Pav etc is available. There are couple of ice gola sellers at various locations of this beach. Flavours like Orange, Kala Khatta, Kachi Keri available which are not real and ‘Saccharin’, which is a known substitute of Sugar is used in it which is not good for health. So it is up to you to consume or not. Tamrind, Ziziphus mauritiana, Raw Mango and other such seasonal fruit also available which taste yummy with little salt topped. Sweet & Roasted Corn (Butta’s) are fun to eat during rainy monsoon days. Horse & Camel rides, Paragliding activities are also seen at this beach.
Arnala Social Group
Young Dynamics of Aranala Village, This social group is hope and future to village and is actively taking care of various needs. Be it taking care of beaches to keep it clean or some crucial steps like banning plastics (No plastic Campaign) which is not at all eco-friendly. Every now and than they take up activities and work for betterment, education of Arnala village with help of Grampanchayat (Municipal Body). To reach this group, Contact Pradip Saliyan on 9145458149.
Recently, for the first time this group organized the very first Arnala Beach Festival which had various activities, fresh fishes and lantern flying etc.How to Reach This Beach Location
Arnala Distance from Virar : At 8.7 Km from Railway Station, This beach takes about 27 to 30 minutes to reach.
Distance from Mumbai Suburb (Andheri) : About 69 Kilometres from Western Suburb of Mumbai. Time taken to reach may anywhere be 1 Hour 30 minutes to 2 hours or more depending on the famous Mumbai traffic.
Reaching by Road : From National Highway, Virar is 10 Kilometres and From Virar another 8.7 Km deep inside is Arnala beach. On NH8 go towards virar station (10 Km), Take East West Flyover Bridge, Little ahead From Viva College (Take Left) and You will be on Agashi Road which goes straight to Arnala beach at another 8 Km.
Reaching by Train : Nearest railway station being Virar, Get down on WEST side and options like private Auto, MSRTC & VVMT buses available that will take you to beach side bus depot. Kindly note, Auto do not run on Metre System here and random amount is charges per person or in group (Approximate Rs.150).
Car & Tourist Bus Parking : Ample parking space at beach location open space with no charges.
On the way towards Virar comes a village called Agashi which has this very old and famous Jain temple. ON Virar east side is the very famous Jivdani temple on Mountain with more than 1000 foot steps to climb. On Highway few metres ahead near Shirsad naka is another jain temple with lunch, tea, snacks facilities available for all called Mahavir Dham. From this Jain temple at about 18 Kilometres is Vajreshwari & Ganeshpuri temples famous for natural hot water springs.
For kids, Virar’s Yazoo Park is fun during evening.