Forget Kerala's backwaters and Goa's sunsets for a hot minute at Salsette Island. One of the most beautiful islands near Mumbai is a paradise waiting to be explored.
The Portuguese architecture will take you back to the bygone era, as you walk around exploring Mahim village and the churches in the area. You will find that it is very easy to lose yourself to the local culture here. Spend your day swimming and sunbathing at Manori Beach located at the northern tip of the island; and when your hunger knocks, dig into the local cuisine from the shops lined up right beside the beach.
Salsette Island is also home to several migratory birds, so bird watchers be on the lookout! Head out to Gorai Beach and do not hesitate to indulge in water activities that include jet skiing and banana boat rides.
If you have ever fancied stories of pirates and booming canons, then the Khanderi Islands are where you must visit.
The Khanderi fort with its moss-covered steps and gunpowder rooms is surely going to make you wonder about how the Maratha warriors defended themselves in the past; however, if you dig a little deeper into the history of the fort you will soon realise that this very fort once served as a stronghold for pirates sailing on the sea in the area.
When you are done walking on the path to collecting stories about pirates on this island grab a kayak and paddle away on the turquoise waters, spotting dolphins and sea birds. Khanderi is the picture-perfect place for your next social media spam.
Take a break from the frantic energy of Mumbai at Madh Island, a quaint fishing village on the coast of the Arabian Sea. The remnants of the Portuguese era are strong on this Island with the presence of the Madh Fort and St. Andrew's Church. Enjoy mouth-watering missal pav and other coastal dishes on this island as you allow the swaying coconut trees and sea breeze to slow you down.
Madh Island is the perfect location when it comes to transportation across various other islands in Mumbai, so venture out into the sea, take a ferry ride or even a scenic drive and let the environs mesmerise you.
Looking for the best island resort near Mumbai? Nestled on this island is The Retreat and Convention Centre, your perfect tropical escape.
Easily accessible from Mumbai the resort also features a waterfall, an open Jacuzzi as well as free parking! This famous island in Mumbai is calling - book your vacation today!