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Juhu Beach

One of the most popular beaches in Mumbai, Juhu Beach is a microcosm for Mumbai with small, indigenous fishing villages and luxury hotels jostling for the same space. Its sand is trod upon by tourists from all over India and the world, as well as locals residents and celebrities alike.

History

A few centuries ago, Juhu Beach was a narrow but long strip of sand just off the coast of Salsette Island. It was called ‘Juvem’ by the Portuguese.

At either end of this beach, small fishing villages have survived the centuries as the urban jungle of Mumbai grew around them by reclaiming land from the sea. These villages are inhabited by Bhandaris, Agris and Kolis, who mainly trade toddy, fish and salt.
In the decades following India’s independence large tracts of land around the beach were reclaimed to create residential societies, where many professionals working in the film industry live today.

Juhu Beach today

Today, Juhu Beach is one of the most visited beaches in Mumbai by locals and visitors alike. Some visitors from the Indian hinterland see the ocean for the very first time in their lives here. On a clear day, the entire Western skyline of Mumbai can be seen from this beach, and great sunsets are guaranteed.

The streets in and around Juhu are lined with shops, bars and restaurants. Further away from the beach is a highly residential area, and one of Mumbai’s most sought after addresses.

Practical information

State
Maharashtra
District
Mumbai Suburban
Elevation
Sea level
Coordinates
19°09' N, 72°82' E
Distance from Mumbai (BKC)
10 km

Problems faced

Juhu Beach and its environs have seen rampant development over the years. The northern end of Juhu Beach was once replete with mangrove forests and mudflats. Due to the shortage of space in Mumbai and absolute disregard of any environmental consequences, most of these forests and mudflats have been reclaimed in massive engineering projects. While this created more land, it created an outflow problem as many of these mudflats were natural sinks in the area. As a result, Juhu sees a water-logging problem almost every monsoon. Fresh catch for the fishermen, once available right at the coast, has depleted significantly.

Beach map and places of interest

1 – Juhu Beach main entrance

2 – Mangrove Forest at the Northern end

3 – Silver Beach entrance (far less crowded)

4 – Khar fishing village

5 – Vile Parle Suburban Railway Station (the closest station to the beach)

6 – Statue of Gandhiji on Gandhigram road

7 – Arabian Sea

 

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