About Worli Koliwada:
Worli Koliwada, which sits on the northern tip of Worli – one of the seven original islands of Mumbai , is an urban village or a ‘Gaothan’ endowed with rich historical, social and cultural significance, that is struggling to fit into the city’s mosaic of contemporary urban culture.
It is a home to the Koli community, who are the original inhabitants of Mumbai along with the East Indians and now migrants from all over the country.
The narrow alleys of Worli village treat you abundantly to the local life and culture. As you amble past the village further, you will witness breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, the Bandra Worli Sea Link and a 360 degree view of Mumbai’s ever-rising skyline from the 17th century ruins of Worli Fort.
About our local expert:
Anita Yewale is a graphic designer turned history and heritage enthusiast.
Besides running her own stationary brand, she works as a docent with various museums and art institutions in the city. She regularly conducts art workshops for children and families.
She used to stay at the Mumbai Port Trust Colony in Worli Koliwada way back in 1980’s and this drew her to this precinct and to understand its dualities and dynamics as an old gaothan surrounded by contemporary Worli and the city of Mumbai.
Meeting point: Chededev Temple on S K Bhaye Marg
Meeting time: 3.30 pm
Walk duration: 3 hours
Worli Koliwada Stories
Worli village is dotted with numerous temples. Chededev, Hanuman,Golfadevi and Vetal guard the village from the four directions. Paapmochan mandir is situated in the heart of the village.
2) Grottos and church
Crosses and Grottos of Our lady of Velankanni dot the narrow alleys of the village. A small picturesque church at the tip of the peninsula has the statue of Christ standing in a boat, referencing the biblical Noah’s Ark.
Worli village has three jetties — Cleveland to the west, the old jetty at the northern tip of peninsula just under the sea-link and a new jetty to the east.
4) Worlikar Houses
Picturesque traditional Koli houses in bright colours replete with verandahs and mangalore tile sloping roofs with a name that roots them to their land dot the narrow alleys of Worli village.
5) Fish market
In the heart of the Worli village is the refurbished local fish market with a framed pavilion and a covered shed.
6) Hindu cemetery
Beautified with a garden, beside the sea on the western boundary of the village, it is fearlessly used for recreation by the locals of all ages, for moments of peace amidst the hustle-bustle of city life.
7) Worli fort
The Worli Fort located at the tip of the Worli peninsula, on an elevated site, was built as a Watch Tower in 1675 by the British.