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City: Mumbai State: Maharashtra Country: India
If you're feeling energetic, a stroll down Marine Drive is possibly the best way to discover Mumbai. This is a windswept promenade, flanked by the sea and a row of art deco buildings. Looped between the concrete jungle of Nariman Point, Mumbai's Manhattan, and the leafy green slopes of Malabar hill, Marine Drive was once called the queen's Necklace, strung with glittering street lights like an enormous strand of imperious jewels. It is also one of Mumbai's busiest roads, an important artery for the heavy suburban traffic heading downtown. Cars whiz continually past the two mile stretch, past huddled lovers, children and babies in perambulators. Like other seafronts, this is where most of south Mumbai comes to breathe in some fresh air.Marine Drive is a 3 km long avenue in South Mumbai, shaped like an inverted 'C'. A natural bay on Arabian Sea, it has six lanes and run along the coast. Marine Drive has recently come to be known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road with Nariman Point on one end to Babulnath and Malabar Hill, while at the foot of Walkeshwar on the other. The curve of the road resembles a radiant pearl string. Chowpatty Beach at the northern end of Marine Drive is famous for its snacks and fast food.Besides, statues of Lokmanya Tilak and Vallabhai Patel can also be seen at Marine Drive. A plethora of stalls adorn the beach, selling Bhelpuri, Kulfi and Paan. There are also shooting galleries, snake charmers, monkey trainers, balloon-sellers and even masseurs.The official name of Marine Drive is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road which is rarely used. The boulevard is lined with palm trees and street lights. Seen from an elevation at night, when all the street lights are on, the Marine Drive looks like a gold necklace studded with gems and pearls. This is why Marine Drive is also known as Queen’s Necklace.Towards the Northern end of Marine Drive is Chowpatty Beach famous for Bhel Puri, Pani Puri, Pav Bhaji, Batata Puri and many such local snacks. Marine Drive has innumerous houses lining along the beach. Several festivals take place in Marine Drive making it a very congested beach.Marine Drive with its clean sweep along the bay a major traffic link. The wide pedestrian area next to the sea-wall, and the breath-taking view over the bay makes this one of Bombay's most well-known public spaces. Marine Drive offers the best causeway to take a refreshing saunter next to the sparkling waters of the Arabian Sea. The cool breeze would caress you with its gentle touch, making you feel at cloud nine. 'Nana-Nani' park is the recent attraction, which has been added for senior citizens in the area. Tickle your taste buds with the local 'kulfi' and tit-bits available at road-side kiosks. Thus, Marine Drive is a place that you cannot afford to miss while holidaying in Bombay.
Climate | When to Visit
Visit during: September to April