“Famous in Vasai Virar, Arnala beach is located at Virar is famous and most visited by tourists. Total of 4 beaches connected further in the vicinity and this one is the dirtiest. Located at far north suburb of Mumbai Palghar district, Arnala has ample coconut tree shades, semi white sand, multiple resorts and a fort that can be visited via ferry.
Year 2020, Lets know more details of this beach like exact address and location, How to reach, Distance from Virar railway station, Highway and Mumbai, Parking Facilities, Resorts, Water Current Safety and more..”
Speciality and Attractions of Arnala Beach Virar
Speedy development and the boom in travel industry bought into limelight some of the less explored picnic locations like Virar, which was once a small village with a coastal village & beach like Arnala known for fishermen community. Arnala beach in Virar was once an isolated beach and the only visitors were locals, villagers & fishermen community. Hardly people of virar use to go so frequently here.
The development and popularity of this beach came in late 1980’s and 1990’s with picnic groups started coming & couples wandering under tree shades. Slowly it became a popular picnic places for family and friends group. The speciality being lots of tree shades, resorts for day & overnight stay and cottages available on hourly basis which attracted couples.
Lets have a look at this beach video.
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 few years back, cottage rooms were available at cheaper hourly rates like Rs.150 to Rs.200 major occupied by young couples. People from far locations come here for a day picnic in huge Volvo buses as parking in not a problem here. Arnala Beach is pack jam during Sundays & public holidays specially during summers. These days also traffic in Virar West is at bottleneck in morning & evening hours, Specially at locations like Bolinj and Agashi Naka villages road junctions.
People from Gujarat borders also come to this beach to enjoy with family and friends as Gujarat after Daman, It 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 shades of coconut & palm trees (See Picture) and enjoy munching and Chit chatting with cool breeze throughout the day.
IMPORTANT ALERT 2020 !! Beach water currents are very dangerous and not that fun as seen from far. Water is about 50 to 100 metres away and the shore has slopes. DO NOT GET EXCITED and jump or Swim in.
Many have drowned here due to the UNEVEN & UNEXPECTED slopes & water currents. Previously sand mining used to be done and many locations which looks flat & same under water are actually deep and dangerous. So i would strongly recommend not to go in for swim & keep children away. If you feel like, go to the adjacent Navapur beach which is cleaner, flat shore & safer too.
Beach water looks black due to the black & White sand colour. No matter what, few people will not get civic sense & so littering was and is a very big problem here. Upon Sunset this beach is dark as there is no street lights or lamp post around, not even at the main entry pathway towards the beach which is very sad for such famous locations.
Exactly at entry of this beach, Their is also an old Hindu cemetery. Arnala fort is another attraction which needs a ferry ride, But frankly there is nothing much to be seen as the Historic fort is all broken and not well maintained.
Beach side eateries like tea, coffee, cold drinks and snacks like Vada Pav etc is available. There are couple of ice gola sellers at few locations of this beach. Flavours like Orange, Kala Khatta, Kachi Keri available which are not real sugar and ‘Saccharin’ liquid used (Bad Quality, Known substitute of Sugar) which is not good for health.
So it is up to you to eat gola etc here. Nature’s food like Tamrind, Ziziphus mauritiana, Raw Mango and other such seasonal fruit are available and 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 : 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 Mumbai traffic.
Reaching by Road : From National Highway, Virar is 10 Kilometres and From Virar west, another 8.7 Km inside is Arnala beach. From NH8 reach virar station (10 Km), Take East West Flyover Bridge, Then move straight on Agashi Road which reached to Arnala beach at another 8 Km.
Reaching by Train : Nearest railway station being Virar, Get down towards WEST side and options like private Auto, MSRTC & VVMT buses are available that will take you to the beach. Kindly note, Auto do not run on Metre System here and random amount is charges per person or in group (Approximate Rs.25 per person) in tumtum auto.
Car & Tourist Bus Parking : Ample parking space at beach location open space with no charges.
Other Places to See Near Arnala & Virar
Temples to see
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.