(Last Updated on : 08/04/2014)
Versova Beach is a beautiful place for tourists which offer a magnificent and picturesque coastline, which is comfortably situated in Greater Mumbai
in the western Indian state
. This beach is separated from Juhu Beach
, attributable to a creek and the beautiful Arabian Sea
fills the sandy coastal area with its cooling water
. It is a typical fun destination, and the residents of this place are the oldest inhabitants of the place and they are the 'Koli
s' - a fishing community
. This place welcomes tourists round the year, but September and January offers the best time for the tourists. Unlike the Marine Drive
, which is guarded by tetra pods, Versova beach uses massive rocks to buffer the buildings from the waves.
History of Versova Beach
This is an upmarket neighbourhood in the Andheri area of northern Mumbai. It was part of the Portuguese
empire up to 1739, when the Portuguese lost this part of their empire to the Maratha
s. During ancient ages, Versova was amongst the most significant ports
which were utilized for port-side transactions.
Travellers can indulge in some leisure activities at Versova Beach like playing water sports
. Snorkelling is an interesting option as much as purchasing some fresh fishes from this beach, or spending time in some horse or donkey rides along the shores and watching the local fishermen catch fishes from the sea. The beach can be safely termed as a photographer
's paradise, including the famous festivals
which are observed here like the 'Coconut
Day'. One can practise swimming
, cycling, jogging and all kinds of physical exercise in this beautiful Indian beach.
One of the major attractions of this beach is the swimming activity that takes place. Swimming is indeed one of the main attractions, but one needs to be careful while doing it, as the sea becomes violent in high tides. Certain times, as a result of powerful high tide situation, the entire beach gets submerged under water. Yet this beach is one of the best places to be in as it offers charming surroundings and breathtaking atmosphere. Visitors would relish the event of the famous fish auctions which are conducted at Versova Beach on a regular basis. As the beach overlooks the Arabian Sea
, one would be dumbfounded at the pristine charm exuded by the calm sea against the golden sunset during twilight. One of the breathtaking scenes happens to be the sight of fishermen bracing themselves to barge into the sea and get their first catch. This is a photographic delight for all photographers. The perfect moment to visit this attractive beach is the time between the months of September to May, when the weather is generally mild and pleasant.