“Kalamb beach is located at Nalasopara West near Nirmal Village. Nalasopara is located at Thane District, Far north suburb of Mumbai. Kalamb is the 4th beach connected in row after Arnala, Navapur and Rajodi beaches. Much cleaner, Un-crowded, Semi Black Thick Sand, Resorts and Ample Tree Shade makes it an ideal picnic beach with group or in couple..”
Of 4 connected beaches, Kalamb is the 4th beach, much cleaner and recommended to spend a day long on thick wet sand compared to Arnala beach, which is visible from here. In between is a village called Rajodi and so is the second beach named Rajodi. Similarly, Adjacent to Rajodi towards Arnala is Navapur beach which is hardly known to many, It does have couple of resorts if you looking out for a weekday beach with serenity . Below video will give you and idea of how these connected beaches look like.
Except weekends and public holidays, Kalamb beach is uncrowded and silent. If you are looking for a isolated beach around Vasai Virar location to spend time with yourself, this is where your search ends. It is absolute serene, breezy and wide, is what one can experience while seating under shades of coconut and other trees of the shores. Evening at beach is more beautiful due to the undisturbed mesmerizing sunset view. It is just you and the sound of waves along the cool breeze travelling with waves. And so is the isolation which attracts lovers to this beach.
Water current and quality is ideal to get a dip and one can get inside without fear. But, Remember there is limit to everything and to make it a point, it is safe to get inside Kalamb beach water during high tides when water is at distance of just 100 to 150 metres from shore, Otherwise low currents are known to pull someone inside. Water looks black due to the sand colour, other wise it is clean and has no litter floating as seen at major beaches of Mumbai. This flat beach sand is hard and slightly wet due to previous night tides. This makes it an ideal place to ride your bike or car on such sand which so much fun.
If you are a couple to explore this for first time, then please note to spend quality time until sunset only. Upon Sunset, the location is dark with no street lights. Few locals might be seen drinking around which may be uncomfortable to you both after spending a wonderful day. So enjoy this beach, ideal for lovers and if you like collecting shells and ride on camel together, all options are available here too.
This beach has couple of resorts and cottages for a day picnic or overnight stay and so is Kalamb an ideal beach for overnight picnic and camping too. Beach front is shady and hardly any shops or vendors available, which also means low commercial activities and more isolation and nearness to nature. One needs to carry your belongings and much needed drinking water when at this beaches. Packed drinking water bottles are available near station and market area of Nirmal, But getting just Aqua or Bisleri water brand is a question here. Nearest and market area to Kalamb beach is Nirmal at 1.6 Kilometres and 7 Kilometres from railway station. With ample car parking space and beautiful villages around, Kalamb beach will make your day fun.
Nearest Railway Station : Nalasopara on Western Railway Route, Far North of Mumbai Suburb in Thane District.
Distance from Mumbai : Approximate 70 Kilometres to beach from Mumbai city which may take anywhere between two to 3 hours.
How to Reach by Road : On National Highway 8 (Mumbai Ahmedabad Highway) get inside Nalasopara towards station (Keep Note of Sign Boards on Highway as one can easily miss it in the way it has been kept). Cross over the East West Flyover and go straight in west. Once inside Nalasopara village, be on Wagholi Nirmal Road. Upon reaching Nirmal market naka go straight towards Kalamb beach.
Reaching by Train : Get down at Nalasopara West (See Railway Map or Station Names) for reference if new to Mumbai. Adjacent to railway station is bus depot and also private auto’s available (No Metre System here, Only Fixed amount). From Railway station, beach is at 7 Kilometres and Nirmal Junction is at 6 Kilometres. Auto may take anywhere between Rs.150 to Rs.200. VVMT & MSRTC Buses are much cheaper options comparitively.
If you like lakes, Nirmal lake is one not to be missed. It is very close to the market area. Exactly opposite the lake is an old church too. Like i said, other 3 beaches are adjacent if you want to explore same. Next station to Nalasopara is Virar which has multiple attraction inside and little far area like Jivdani Temple, Mahavir Dham Jain Temple, Vajreshwari and Ganeshpuri temples which are famous for Hot water springs, Yazoo Park etc.
Pictures Courtesy : Jigar Saxena and Abhishek Maurya.