Manori Experience: Manori is an island located in the western suburbs of Mumbai. Manori is frequented by families, couples and BPO staff for one day or one night picnics.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Good Goan-style food, no restaurants; resort food is the best food. There are no points or attractions around. The only solace is the sea and the near-perfect silence in the area.
Activities & things to do: The only thing to do is laze around.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The ride to Manori is a tiring one, especially if you are coming from central suburbs or further. The best option is to take a train to Malad station, then take a rickshaw or bus to Marve. (Bus is the better option as rick drivers tend to take a longer route.) From Marve, the only route is the creek which divides Manori from the rest of Mumbai. It is only a five minute ferry ride, filled with fisher folk, hawkers, bikers and picnickers.
Manori Experience: An awesome and not so far away destination for Mumbaikars....hardly an hour to reach from Andheri...if you are coming via car...its not too far as well...maybe 2 1/2 hrs drive, if you know the exact way that is...the beach can be maintained better....but nonetheless, you will get the value for money for a weekend get away...superb for both family and young groups to enjoy
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There is not much for shopping and sight seeing...its a detination where you would want to relax for an evening with your loved ones in a cottage....just near to the beach
Activities & things to do: There is only one place called manoribel...which provides and indoor and outdoor activities next to the beach itself...other wise there is not much adventure just lying there
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best and the least time consuming is to reach Malad Marway from any part of Mumbai and take a ferry across to Manori...its much more fun and adventurous. there are ferry rides every 5 mins from Marway to water kingdom and Manori both....
Manori Experience: If you think travel in Mumbai is all about crowds and clamor, Manori is the destination to prove you wrong. This is the place where you wont find too much of crowd nor the disturbance of hawkers shouting vehemently as in other beaches. Its just a sojourn to indulge one's soul in nature and keep off the routine tensions of life at the bay ...quite literally !
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food: If you are a foodie and have a stomach for sea food, then there are quite a few eateries to savour your taste buds with pomfret-fry, fried Bombay duck, shrimps, crabs and many such delicacies.
Sight-seeings: The nature lover in you will be pampered every bit with greenery and beaches around. The places worth visinting are:
1)The Manori Beach : The 2.5 km beach is the main attraction.
2)The twin ashrams of Swami Gagangiri Maharaj and his disciple Swami Gagananand Maharaj near Manori jetty are sure to find you peace of mind whether your spiritually inclined or not .
3)Samdreshwar Temple: This Shiv temple is located in the vicinity of ashrams.
4)The Global Vipassana Pagoda: The tall golden structure is visible from throughout this region and is a must visit to wonder at this architectural marvel.
5) The Essel World & Water Kingdom: The vicinity of these famous amusement parks makes the soiree all the more enjoyable !
If you are on a shopping mission ...then its Mission Impossible ! You may have to return with empty bags but mind full of memories .
Activities & things to do: The beach is quite quiet during weekdays and perfect spot for a family gathering and activities. You can even explore the northern part of beach which is lot more cleaner. Or if you are just in need of a idle break ,laze off on the beach shore during sunset to experience celestial beauty.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Manori can be reached quite easily from Mumbai city :
1)By Rail: Malad-West (Mumbai suburb) is the nearest rail-head.Also can be reached from Borivali-West (Mumbai suburb).
2)By Public transport Bus: Mumbai\'s BEST bus number 272 plies from Malad-west railway station upto Marve beach. Also, BEST #269 from Borivali west takes you upto Marve village. Longer route exists from Bhayander (Mumbai - suburb railway) via Uttan village where state transport buses ply.
3)By Ferry boat: Once you reach Marve village, you can board a ferry boat to cross Manori creek which charges Rs.2 per person and Rs.5 per motor cycle one way. Last ferry boat runs till 23:45.
Travel Warnings: The beach can be really lonely during some week-days. Advisable to carry own food on weekdays especially at morning or afternoons. An autorickshaw from Malad may not be the option if budget is your concern. The road to Marve village can be an example of typical heavy Mumbai traffic on week-ends !
Manori Experience: I had Rs.1000/- in my packet...my maid's children wanted a getaway as their schools are closed..me and her 3 children took a bus from Andheri at 8.00 a.m.got down at Gorai bus depot went to the jetty by tuk tuk..(auto)went across by a mini odi ( a sort of boat with all locals and bikes,goats!!!!,bicycles) we were charged rs 5.00 each and the moment we were on the other side..all the eats and drinks were almost doubled (in charge)for eg...a packet of chips costing at Gorai jetty is Rs.20.00 the other side it becomes Rs.30.00. to go to essel world they charge Rs 80 to 100 per person..if you have time wait for the bus and can reach Manori and half km walk to the beach..we all took some packed lunch and beverages and our swimming trunks..found a corner and made sure that every one had their swim and later on had golas, sherbats (kids they love it)by 2.30 p.m. we were on a junction near a chinese joint we all had food there along with water again took a bus to Gorai jetty crossed the other side to Marve and reached home by 5.00 p.m. a bit tiresome for the kids but I felt for teenagers young adults this is the best way to have fun..a warning ask the locals what time is the high tide which almost reaches the walkways close to all those huge stone blocks during daytime..watch your belongings all the time and ladies make sure your other parts don't indulge in getting drunk and create nuisance..just go swim,walk on the beach have your lunch/evening tea /snacks and return back home for your evening T.V.SHOW and your cocktail dinner...If you are in big group make sure to approach the close by shacks they will charge you rs. twenty to thirty rupees for couple of hours..per person usually but try your luck and convince them without bargaining...for newly weds,romantic couples better stay in close by hotels for couple of days and look around uthan, buddhist pagoda, esselworld etc...when you really enjoyed yourself thing this review and thank me and bless me!!!!!I am a 63 year old retired person and will give more tips....check's raj resident joe's on facebook....good luck.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There is nothing like best food, beaches beaches beaches around.....
Activities & things to do: Walk from one corner to other and relax on a stone and view the beach, pack your sandwiches, snacks and beverages avoid all those toddy on the streets and junk food on the beach side...look for some homefood if somebody makes it..few restaurants are available but choice of food is very limited and prices are usually exhorbirant for a middle class individual..
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best way to explore Uthan, Manori, Gorai is bus from Bhayndar end the trip at Marve jetty cross the other side and reach back to your nest..warning buses are limited next choice is autos which will create a big whole in your pocket....knick knacks are double the price..villagers are smart and don't compromise in bargains.....watch the high low tide timings from the locals...the above tips are only for a day trip please note!
Manori Experience: Manori is an ideal place for a weekend break or a one day picnic from Mumbai. It lies within Mumbai but once you reach here you feel its miles away from Mumbai. Itís a small village with Christians & fishermenís families as itís main residents.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There are small food joints which serve mainly sea food. Otherwise the resortís restaurant where you are staying is your best bet. One can have food at Manoribelís restaurant, food is ok but the sea view from the restaurant is amazing. Try Ice golas at the beach.
One can trek on a small hillock near Palm Beach Resort from where you get stunning sun set views. Gorai beach, Global Pagoda, Esselworld & Waterkingdom are nearby from Manori.
Manori is not for shopping enthusiasts.
Activities & things to do: Beach is the main attraction here, so most of your time is spend lazing, playing, walking on the beach & taking a dip in the sea. There are no water sports at the beach. If you find a fishermanís boat ask him to take you for a ride in the sea. During weekends horse carts are available for a round of the beach.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: To reach Manori take a train to Malad station (Western Railway), from Malad (West) take a rickshaw to Marve ferry point from where a ferry will take you to Manori village. Rickshaws & Tongas (Horse carts) are available at Manori village to take you to the beach or to the resort you are staying. Two wheelers are allowed on the ferry. If you want to reach by car take Bhayander Ė Uttan Ė Gorai route.
Best time to visit Manori will be in winter season.
It does see a fair amount of visitors on weekends but itís far less when you compare it to Chowpatty beach or Juhu beach. However on weekdays itís almost deserted.
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