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Things to do in Manori, the mini Goa of Maharashtra

Are you looking for an awe-inspiring destination near Mumbai? Nestled near the Gorai beach, Manori Island may be the idyllic weekend destination for you within 60Kms reach from Mumbai. A blend of serene seashore and breath-taking environs surrounded by some worth staying resorts make Manori a must visit weekend destination near Mumbai. Located far away from city’s hustle and bustle, Manori is quite popular as mini Goa. This is because, the tranquil beach area of Manori is surrounded by plenty of cashew and coconut trees where you would love to lie on a hammock and turn over the pages of your favourite novel. Besides, the place is an abode to finishing communities, and the culture here is very much similar to Goa.

Manori Beach

The 2Kms long beach of Manori is completely refreshing for a day long time-off, which is frequented by many weekenders, travellers and picnic junkies on regular basis. However, you won’t get much to involve into any rousing water activities here, but the enticing splendour of the site is gradually turning to a favourite pick amongst many back packers who just love to stopover such relaxing destination. Apart from its arresting landscape, you will get to explore different temples, ashrams and pagoda around the location. If it’s been quite long that you didn’t visit any overwhelming destination near Mumbai, count on the following things before you give your plan a go ahead:

Gorai Beach

Gorai Beach near Manori

Real thrill of accessing to the terrain of Manori is through taking a ferry from the Gorai beach. Located in a close proximate to Bhayandar and Borivali, Gorai beach is one of the cleanest seashores for picnickers, love birds and adventure freaks. The place offers you plenty of biking, camel riding and boat riding opportunities. The best time to hang around the Gorai beach is during full moon nights when you get to catch a wonderful panorama of the beach area. In addition, you can also visit the Essel World amusement park, which is located very close to the beach.

Essel World

Essel World near Manori

It’s wonderful to get into so much amusing activities around an island. Located nearly 25Kms away from Manori, the Essel World is a must visit destination for the people of all age. Sprawled over 60 acres of land area, this location is also popular as the “Island of Fun” where you can spend quality time with your kids and buddies. Besides taking part into various exciting rides and activities, you can also explore the botanical garden located within the theme park complex.  

Samudreshwar Temple

Samudreshwar Temple

Situated at the doorway of Marve-Manori landing stage on Manori beach, Samudreshwar Temple is a religious place to visit. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and plenty of Hindu worshipers flock near the temple on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri. Apart from its religious significances, the temple is also worth visiting to witness its Koli-style architectural brilliance. The temple complex is very neat and well-mainlined, and surrounded by plenty of cashew trees.

Barbeque Parties

Barbeque Parties

If you want to feel the intoxicating nightlife of Goa staying in Maharashtra, do join the barbeque parties on Manori beach. Plunge into the platters full of fish, meat and other fried stuffs with alcoholic sip. To get the best out of it, try to visit Madh Island and Manori beach on the eve of New Year when the entire atmosphere around the seashore turns extremely exhilarating. Besides, weekend beach parties are something more electrifying thing that one should attend when in Manori.

Ashrams of Nath Sampradaya

The diversity of Manori can best be witnessed once you visit the Ashrams of Nath Sampradaya. Sounds of birds and gentle breeze around the Ashram premises make this place an absolute getaway for meditation. There are two Ashrams here that are led by Swami Gagangiri Maharaj and Swami Gagananand Maharaj. This is one of the offbeat destinations that you get to explore in Manori.

Nath Sampradaya in Manori

Apart from the listed destinations, you can also visit Vippasanna Pagoda, which is an interesting site to visit near Manori.

Food taste

Gola a must try in Manori

A rich variety of sea food and East Indian dishes make you feel the true essence of Goa in the beaches of Manori. There are plenty of eateries with some luscious food stuffs and drinks can turn your trip amidst the beach even spicier. In addition, one should also try the Panipuri and Gola near the seashore sold by the local vendors.

Best time to visit:

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Manori can be visited all round the year. However, the best time to reveal the actual thrill of the place is from October to March when the temperature is soothing with comfy humidity.

Getting there:

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One of the alluring beach destinations near Mumbai, Manori can easily be reached through any of the following modes of commutation:

By Air: Being located very close to Mumbai, the nearest airport to Manori is Chhatarpati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, which is well-connected to various domestic and global destinations. From the airport you can hire a cab or taxi to travel till Marve Beach and then take a ferry to reach the Manori beach.

By Train: For railway travellers, the best way to reach Manori is via Marve. To reach Marve, the nearest railway stations are Borivali and Malad. From here, take an auto or get into a bus that will take you till Marve. From Marve, get into a ferry that will reach to Manori beach in 20-25 minutes approximately. However, people who are leaving outside Maharashtra, Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Bombay Central Station are the two main railheads that are well-connected to other major Indian cities. From these railway stations you can reach Malad station by local trains, taxi and buses.

By Road: From Mumbai, reaching Manori beach is quite convenient by road. Travellers may rent a car or they may travel by their own car till Marve. The driving distance between these two places is nearly 2 hours. From Marve, its further 25 minutes ferry ride to reach Manori beach.

Places to stay:

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There are various luxurious resorts and budget hotels that you may pick for a pleasant stay in and around Manori beach. Depending on the type of accommodation and amenities you avail the charges may range from INR 1,000-INR 5,500 and more.

Resort in Manori

Following are few recommended staying options for you:

#The Resort

11, Madh-Marve Road, Aksa Beach,

Malad West, Mumbai 400064

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#C cube Resorts

1102/4, Gorai-Uttan Road, Near Vairala Talao,

Borivali, Gorai West, Mumbai 400091

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#Palm Beach Resort

Near. Manori Dargah, Mumbai 400095

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#Goari Hill Resort

Goari Uttan Road, Near Vayral Talav, Opp Dagdachadev,

Gorai, Borivali West, Mumbai 400092

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#Manori Resort

Manori Village, Panchghar, Malad (W),

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Pin-400095

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So call up your buddies and plan your weekend trip to Manori. Don’t forget to share your experience with us. And do share some of the arresting moments that you capture in your camera.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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