One of the earliest fishing villages in Mumbai, Worli Koliwada has been host to the original settlers of Mumbai - Kolis, Agris and Bhandaris for hundreds of years.
Much coveted location
This might just be the village with the most expensive real estate in the world. It is blessed with the cleanest air in the island city and has excellent views of the Arabian sea on three sides.
Unsurprisingly, it faces a constant threat of cultural and physical extermination at the hands of unscrupulous builders allegedly trying to term this beautiful village as an illegal slum and replace it with towers that will further imbalance a struggling city’s resources.
A visit to Worli Fort is a must on a visit to the Koliwada, unless you’re here only to buy fish. The fort at the end of the peninsula was built by the British in 1675 as the north-western most fortification for the fledgling city. The fort was an important outpost that looked over Mahim bay before the Great Breach was filled and Worli was directly connected by land to the rest of the city.
Today, the fort houses a small temple and a functional gymnasium within its walls. Its upper ramparts provide excellent 360 degree views of the city, the sea-link and of course, the Arabian Sea.
A photographer's dream
19°01' N, 72°81' E
Distance from Mumbai (BKC)
A simple map of the Koliwada
Note: The Koliwada is best explored by foot. If you have a two-wheeler, such as a motorbike or bicycle, you may take it through the main roads up to the fort. Cars are best left on the main road outside the village.