Who are the Kolis? What is unique about Worli Koliwada? What stories do the Kolis have to tell us?
Worli Koliwada is a native home of the Koli community, one of the original inhabitants of Mumbai. Today, like the rest of Mumbai, the Koliwada is home to migrants from all over the country. Miraculously, it has kept it’s indigenous Koli culture intact despite these changes.
This Koliwada or ‘fishing village’ sits on the northern tip of Worli – one of the seven original islands of Mumbai. It is a gaothan or ‘urban village’ endowed with rich historical, social and cultural significance, that is struggling to fit into the city’s mosaic of contemporary urban culture.
On our Worli Koliwada Walk you will amble through the narrow alleys and temples of the village with our heritage expert Anita Yewale. A graphic designer and docent with museums today, Anita used to stay in the Koliwada back in the 1980’s. 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.
With Anita, you will meet and engage with Kolis from various generations, and hear stories of their bravery and courage that ensured the survival of the Koliwada and their way of life. You will learn about the fascinating tales and traditions of the Kolis of Worli that are still prevalent today but are at risk of being lost forever with the coming generation.
As you go further through the village, you will witness breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, the Bandra Worli Sea Link and a 360° view of Mumbai’s ever-rising skyline from the 17th century ruins of Worli Fort.
Chededev Temple, Worli Koliwada
Meet our expert
Upon reaching Chededev Temple at the start of the village, you will be greeted by our expert who will introduce you to the Koliwada.
Walk through the village
Our heritage expert will then lead you on an immersive walk through the village. Visiting temples, jettys and markets, you will be engaged with tales about the culture, customs and tradition of the Kolis.
Discover traditional homes
You will then walk through deep alleys, past the colourful traditional homes of the Koliwada.
Interact with the Kolis
As you walk through, you will engage with Koli community leaders, who have spent their lifetimes saving and protecting the village and its culture. They have many stories to share with us!
Witness breathtaking views
When you arrive at Worli Fort, you will be surrounded by 360° views of the Mumbai skyline and the Arabian Sea. It is truly a wonderful spot to understand the city, its connection with the sea, and of course – the Kolis!
- A guided walk of Worli Koliwada with a heritage expert
- Transport to and from the meeting point
- Meals, food or drinks (can be arranged for customised visits)
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions
How to reach Worli Koliwada:
- By public transport (recommended) – Take a local train to Dadar, Parel or Prabhadevi stations and then a bus or taxi to Worli Koliwada. The Koliwada is a short walk away from Worli Bus Depot.
- By private transport – Please follow the above link on Google Maps. Parking for a four wheeler will be very difficult to find inside the village, we would recommend you to find parking on the main road or in the lanes near Worli Bus Depot.