Seven reasons why Mumbai is a tropical paradise
Modern-age marketing has many of us convinced that only deserted islands with white sand beaches that are surrounded by coral reefs and crystal clear blue waters can be considered as tropical paradises. How about we give other places a chance?
We know, Mumbai is crowded, busy and stressful. But if you look around, it is also home to many places that are calm, quiet and peaceful. So, if you live here and you want to travel to a tropical beach destination you might want to remember that you already live in one.
Here are a few reasons why we feel Mumbai is a tropical paradise.
- Mumbai is a tropical island
Stretching from 18°53’ N to 19°19’ N, it lies entirely within the tropics. Even as the original islands have now been reclaimed and connected by land bridges – the only way from the city to the Indian mainland is on a bridge across saline water.
- It has a lot of beaches
The western coast of Mumbai island alone, from Colaba to Uttan – is home to 17 distinct beaches. Even though some of them have severe waste management and urban encroachment issues, many are relatively pure and are an absolute pleasure to visit. As we go further away from Mumbai, there are hundreds of beaches which are more pristine and isolated.
- It is home to unique communities
From the Kolis (fisherfolk) to the Warlis (self-sustaining tribals), the Mumbai region still has many communities that are linked with the sea, the jungles and the incredible abundance of natural resources in the region – in part due to the heavy monsoon rainfall received by the region. As the city grows and pollutes the seas, air and land further, their culture and profession is under threat, but as of today it is very much alive.
- It is also home to a lot of marine life
If you think that a tropical paradise must be abundant with exotic marine life, then Mumbai is certainly one. Flamingos, dolphins, turtles, crabs, jellyfish, octopuses and even sharks and whales are found in the waters in and around Mumbai.
- It has its own dense jungle
If the Mumbai local is the lifeline of Mumbai, then the lungs of Mumbai certainly are its mangroves and the Borivali National Park. Accounting for around 17% of Mumbai’s land area, Borivali National Park is home to several species of indigenous fauna and flora, including over 35 leopards! This makes Mumbai the only large metropolis to have a species of big cat roaming in the wild.
- It is surrounded by more dense jungles
All around the city – to the north, east and south there are dense tropical jungles. Many of these are rich in endemic species that are not found anywhere else. In fact, the Western ghats have so much unique bio-diversity that they have been designated as a World Heritage site.
- It has a pleasant climate
You may or not agree, but Mumbai is a rare Indian metropolis where summer temperatures rarely exceed 40 or go below 10 degrees – making it ideal for living sustainably without much need for air conditioning or heating. Almost every evening can be enjoyed outdoors in the open, especially along the coast.