There's no better place to spend a random evening than on Madh Island beach. One gets a perfect sunset view, kids playing football or cricket and waves gushing onto you. There are many resorts and bungalows which can be rented, one of which is Samara Gardens. The beach however is infamous for it's sinking sand, which has caused many cases of drowning over the years.
Madh Island is situated in the north western coast of Juhu, in the rural parts of Mumbai, Maharashtra. The area of Madh Island is bounded in the east by the Malad Creek and on the western side by the Arabian Sea. Madh Island is well connected with all regions of Mumbai by road and waterways.
In recent times, it has developed into a popular tourist spot and has several popular bungalows, resorts, and attractive places for picnics and parties. There are several small fishing villages and farmlands in Madh Island. Kolis and East Indian Roman Catholics form the main communities of the region. The Aarey Milk Colony located near Madh Island is a dairy farm and supplies milk to the city of Mumbai.
Madh Island, constructed by the Portuguese, was earlier a watchtower and later on a training place for military students and cadets. Now anglers inhabit most of the area. Geographically, this island would have been a peninsula if it were not divided by a small creek that is bounded by mangroves, which separates it from the mainland near Aksa.
At the time of low tide, people are able to walk across the beach sands from Erangal’s Dana Paani Beach to Aksa Beach. Although the beaches in Madh Island are not suitable for swimming due to strong currents and shifting sands, these are popular picnic spots.
One of the most popular areas in Madh Island is Erangal village, which houses the famous Erangal Beach. Here, most of the people depend on agriculture for their livelihood. The Church of St. Bonaventure on Erangal Beach is an ancient Portuguese church that was built in the 16th century. The local celebration of the Feast day of St. Bonaventure is a major attraction here and is held on the second Sunday of January every year.
The nearby areas of Madh Island include Ghodbunder, which is surrounded by paddy fields and is also a popular picnic spot. The Kanheri Caves, which is located in the centre of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, consists of 109 Buddhist caves.
These caves have been carved out of rock and were earlier used by Buddhist monks as monasteries for over thousand years. Cave numbers 1, 2 and 3 are popular for its massive pillars, stupas and ancient scriptures. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is also known by the name of Krishnagiri Upvan. It has the Gandhi Smriti Mandir. Lion Safaris are available in the Park.