“Kalamb Beach is located at Nalasopara West, near Nirmal Village. Nalasopara railway station falls under Palghar District in the far north suburban area of Mumbai on the western railway route.
Kalamb is the fourth beach connected in a row after Arnala, Navapur, and Rajodi beaches. Much cleaner, safer, and less crowded with semi-black thick sand, hotels and resorts available, and ample tree shade, which makes it an ideal day picnic beach with a group or a couple.”
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Of the 4 connected beaches, Kalamb is the 4th beach recommended to spend a day on thick wet sand compared to Arnala beach, which is comparatively crowded and dirty, visible from this place.
In between is a village called Rajodi, and so is the second cleaner adjacent beach named Rajodi. Similarly, Adjacent to Rajodi towards Arnala is Navapur Beach, which is hardly known to many as the route and far from both Virar and Nalasopara. It does have a couple of resorts if you’re looking for a weekday beach and serenity. The below video will give you an idea of what these connected beaches look like.
Except for weekends and public holidays in 2020, Kalamb Beach is less crowded and peaceful. If you are looking for an isolated beach in Vasai Virar is a location to spend time alone or in group; this is where your search ends.
An absolute serene, breezy, and wide beach front. Nothing much but an experience of seating under the shade of coconut and other trees at the shore, as summers are very hot and winter is ideal. Evenings at this beach are more beautiful due to the undisturbed, mesmerizing sunset view. It’s just you and the sound of the waves in the cool breeze. And so is the isolation, which attracts couples to this beach.
Talking about food availability, Pick up some stuff and bottled water from Nirmal Village Junction. I’m here for a day on this beach. Resorts are available, But to be frank, average food quality is not for vegetarians. Let your experience talk about the non-vegetarian food in the below comment.
The water current and quality are ideal for a quick dip without fear, but do take care of children as lifeguards, etc. are not available, and the right people to listen are the local villagers and fishermen.
Although there is a limit to everything, to make a point, it is safe to get inside Kalamb Beach water during high tides when water is at a distance of just 100 to 150 meters from shore. Low currents are known to pull inside. Water looks black due to the sand color; otherwise, 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 nighttime tides. This makes it an ideal place to ride your bike or car on such sand, which is so much fun. Just take care of the entry area where the sand may stick to the vehicle.
If you are a couple exploring this beach for the first time, then please note that you should spend quality time until sunset only. At Sunset, the location is dark, with hardly any or no street lights. Locals love to be at the shore after dark for some booze, which may be an uncomfortable situation. So leave before dark and spend the undisturbed daytime here. A perfect place for nature lovers and those who love collecting shells and enjoying camel rides, a few such options are available here.
The beach front has shades and hardly any shops or vendors available, which also means low commercial activities and more proximity to nature. One needs to carry their belongings and much-needed drinking water when at these beaches.
Packaged drinking water bottles are available near the station and market area of Nirmal village. But getting just Aqua or Bisleri water brands is a big question here, as there are many local water bottle brands that are not recommended.
The nearest market area to Kalamb Beach is Nirmal, at 1.6 kilometers, and the beach is 7 kilometers from Nalasopara railway station. Car and Huge bus parking spaces are ample, and the village is very beautiful for a stroll too. Check out the Nirmal Talav area near the market.
How to Reach Kalamb Beach
Nearest Railway Station : Nalasopara is on the Western Railway Route, Far North of Mumbai Suburb in Thane District.
Distance from Mumbai : It is approximately 70 kilometers to the beach from Mumbai city, which may take anywhere between two and three hours.
How to Reach by Road : On National Highway 8 (Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway), get inside Nalasopara towards the station (Keep Note of Sign Boards on the highway as one can easily miss them in the way they have been kept). Cross over the East-West Flyover and go straight west. Once inside Nalasopara village, be on Wagholi Nirmal Road. Upon reaching Nirmal Market, 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 the railway station is a bus depot, and private autos are also available (No meter System here, Only a fixed amount). From the railway station, the beach is at 7 kilometers, and Nirmal Junction is at 6 kilometers. Auto may take anywhere between Rs. 150 and Rs. 200. VVMT & MSRTC Buses are much cheaper options comparitively.
More Places to See Near Kalamb
If you like lakes, Nirmal Lake is one not to be missed, especially during the monsoon. It is very close to the market area. Exactly opposite the lake is an old church, too. Like I said, the other three beaches are adjacent if you want to explore them.
Next station to Nalasopara is Virar which has multiple attraction like Jivdani Temple, Mahavir Dham Jain Temple (On Highway, 10 Km far), Vajreshwari and Ganeshpuri temples which are famous for Hot water springs (More ahead of Highway, 15 to 18 Km from Virar) & Yazoo Park (Permanently Closed) at Virar West.
If you are at Kalamb during monsoon and love waterfalls, you must head towards vasai highway (i.e towards Mumbai from nalasopara) and see Chinchoti waterfalls (Not recommended if with Kids & Elderly) and Tungareshwar which has a Shiva temple, beautiful 45 minutes jungle walk and waterfalls.
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Pictures Courtesy : Jigar Saxena and Abhishek Maurya.
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