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Romantic Guide to Mumbai

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Mumbai may be the country’s financial capital, but there is no dearth of romantic spots to explore here. In fact, the city’s long seashore and the beautiful nearby mountains have provided the passionate backdrop to many a Bollywood movie. Mumbai’s mild winter is perfect for hanging out together at open-air venues, and during summer you can keep cool in museums and cafes by day and then take romantic evening strolls on the beach. Here are my picks of the best spots to spend time with someone special. Most of these are easily accessible, and don’t cost huge amounts of money — all you need is love and a little imagination!

Good for
  • Couples
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

7 Places

5 City Tips

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7 Places

Marine Drive

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Scenic Drives

Malshej Ghat

Hiking Trails

Pavana Lake

Bodies of Water

Bandra Fort

Historic Sites

Prithvi Theatre

Theatres

Kanheri Caves

Caverns & Caves, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Nagaon Beach

Beaches

Deepa_Krishnan's City Tips

  • Tipping 10% is considered good form when dining out.
  • It’s easy to get around using public transport, although buses and trains can be crowded. Try to travel during off-peak hours.
  • For trips outside the city, there are state transport buses and trains. You can also use the public ferry.
  • Although Mumbai is more relaxed than most places in India, kissing in public is not considered acceptable.
  • At fancier restaurants, check to see if the service charge (different from service tax) is already included in the bill.
  • Marine Drive
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Scenic Drives
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    Ask anyone from Mumbai, and you'll likely hear that Marine Drive is the city’s most popular romantic spot. Umpteen Bollywood confessions of love have been made here at sunset, and intrepid lovers can be spotted in all seasons — even during the monsoons. Drenched in rain and sprayed with sea foam, they sit with umbrellas on the embankment, lost to the rest of the world. The Drive is a great promenade for long soulful walks, with beautiful views of the Arabian Sea. It’s often crowded, yes, but what a nice crowd!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You can sit on Marine Drive till late at night (or early next morning). It gets quieter past midnight, although it is almost never empty.
    • Dome at the Intercontinental Hotel has a lovely rooftop restaurant with views of the bay. The restaurant at Marine Plaza also has excellent views.
    • If you want to add a dash of culture to your evening, the NCPA (located at at one end of the Drive) has theater, concerts, and dance performances, as well as a great outdoor cafe.
    • Natural Ice Creams, near the Intercontinental, offers great fruit flavors, while Bachelorr's at Chowpatty serves up yummy rolls, sandwiches, juices, and ice creams.
    • The street vendors will ensure a steady supply of chai, coffee, bhel, and other snacks. You can also bring packed food from nearby restaurants and eat it on Marine Drive.
    • Avoid weekends because it can get super crowded; you will have to search harder for a spot to sit on the katta.
    • Worli Seaface is another stretch with great views, as well as a lovely katta (low stone embankment).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 484 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • MUST VISIT IN MUMBAI 23/09/2020
    • RELAX AND FEEL THE BREEZE 12/09/2020
    • Marine Drive
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Malshej Ghat
    Hiking Trails
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    Malshej is a stunning mountain pass in the Western Ghats, just three hours from Mumbai. The drive to Malshej is very beautiful, especially in the monsoon, when there are dozens of waterfalls to admire on the way. You’ll probably find yourself wanting to break into a romantic song!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Start your journey early to include a stop at the impressive Shivneri Fort, where King Shivaji was born.
    • There are roadside stalls selling snacks like bhutta (corn on the cob), chai (tea), etc.
    • It gets more crowded on weekends.
    • It can get chilly! Take sweaters.
    • Apart from Malshej, there are several other beautiful places in the ghats. The Karla, Bhaja, and Bedse Caves are also excellent.
    • If you don’t want to go far from the city, try Pandavkada in Navi Mumbai. The waterfalls are beautiful, although there are often boisterous crowds.
    • Malshej is also great for trekking, butterfly-spotting, and bird-watching.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Khubi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quite a beautiful place 30/04/2020
    • Midnight Trip to Malshej Ghat in Monsoon 18/04/2020
    • Malshej Ghat
  • Pavana Lake
    Bodies of Water
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    This beautiful lake, located two hours from Mumbai (about 30 minutes past Lonavala) is a great scenic spot for a relaxed day with someone special. It's absolutely stunning in the rainy season, and there’s even a seaplane service to Pawana, if you want to enjoy views of the hills from the air.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can drive to Pawana, or go by train to Lonavala and then take local transport from the station.
    • There are shacks selling food by the lake.
    • Some water sports are available.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Khandala
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit duuring winters or rains. 04/05/2020
    • Pavana natural lake 24/04/2020
    • Pavana Lake
    Address:
    Thakursai - Ajivali Road, Thakursai, Pawana Nagar, Tal Maval, Dist Pune
    Khandala, Lonavala 410406
    India
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Bandra Fort
    Historic Sites
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    Stroll along the Bandstand promenade and end with a visit to Bandra Fort, where you can enjoy excellent views of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. There are garden benches, as well as seaside rocks, where you can relax and watch the waves breaking on the shore. The amphitheater is also a very popular place for couples to pause.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Watch out for the tide. Don’t get stranded on the rocks while you’re lost in romance!
    • There are cafes on Bandstand where you can hang out. For more restaurant options, head farther into Bandra.
    • Try celeb-spotting! Several film stars live on Bandstand, so you never know who you may see.
    • There are plays and concerts at the amphitheater. Check schedules in advance.
    • Mt. Mary Church is a short walk uphill from the fort. Light a candle, or check out the places that Amitabh Bacchhan made famous in "Amar Akbar Anthony" (a 1970s Bollywood film).
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 484 things to do in Mumbai
    • Beautiful place. 19/06/2020
    • Lovely 14/04/2020
    • Bandra Fort
    Address:
    Bandstand Road
    Mount Mary
    Mumbai
    India
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Prithvi Theatre
    Theatres
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    For couples who love the theater and performing arts, the cafe at Prithvi is a great place to hang out. With its laid-back atmosphere — and lots of interesting discussions going on around you — it's perfect if you want to combine a live theater performance with a little romance.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The cafe is known for its Irish coffee.
    • You could head to Cafe Moshe's for excellent soups and sandwiches, or to Juhu beach for delicious street food.
    • For spa fans, the Quan Spa at the Marriott nearby offers couples massages.
    • Gadda Da Vida is a nearby fine dining option with a great ambiance and views, though prices are steep.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 484 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice 20/04/2020
    • Worth it 04/04/2020
    • Prithvi Theatre
    Address:
    20 Janki Kutir
    Mumbai 400049
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 2614 9546
    Other:
  • Kanheri Caves
    Caverns & Caves, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    Find a quiet spot at the ancient Kanheri caves, and let the atmospheric ruins work their magic on you.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you climb up to the top of the hill, you can enjoy really nice views of the forest.
    • Marvel at the old water systems that the Buddhist monks devised.
    • Watch out for the monkeys. They’ll come and grab any food that you’re carrying.
    • The caves are located within Sanjay Gandhi National Park, so you can drive or take a bus there. You could also walk, or hire a bicycle at the park.
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 484 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kanheri caves an amazing place to visit in mumbai . 14/09/2020
    • Cool caves 14/04/2020
    • Kanheri Caves
    Address:
    Sanjay Gandhi National Park
    Borivli East
    Mumbai
    India
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Nagaon Beach
    Beaches
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    Nagaon is known for its gentle beach slope, which is perfect for long walks. There are water sports for those who want to have a more active day, but also plenty of quieter areas for relaxing.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • It's about a three-hour drive, or you can take the ferry from Gateway of India to Mandwa, and then use local transport to reach Nagaon. The ferry offers a nice view of the bay.
    • It gets very crowded here on weekends.
    • Several restaurants in the area offer meals and paid facilities, such as changing rooms.
    • If you want to stay overnight, there are small resorts at Nagaon. Locals rent their cottages and serve up excellent seafood.
    • The sand at Nagaon is dark in color. If you prefer whiter sand, then try the nearby Kashid Beach. The beach at Alibag is also a good option.
    • If you don’t want to drive a long time, there are several beaches in the city outskirts, such as Gorai, Manori, Madh, or Marve.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Alibaug
    • Great 10/03/2020
    • Average & Black Soil 07/03/2020
    • Nagaon Beach
    Address:
    Nagaon Village
    Alibaug 402201
    India
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