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.
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.
Juhu Beach today
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.
19°09' N, 72°82' E
Distance from Mumbai (BKC)
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