(Last Updated on : 28/11/2016)
is situated in the western part of India. It has the distinction of being the third-largest and the second-most populous state of India. The geographical terrain of this state is characterized by major river
s, palm-fringed beaches
s. Geographical feature called island
s also form a part of Maharashtra. They have not only beautified this state, but also serve various other purposes.
is one of the most densely populated islands in the world as the metropolis of Mumbai
and the cities of Thane
and Mira-Bhayandar lie on it. This island is spread over an area of about 619 square kilometers, which is occupied by 15.1 million inhabitants.
Panju Island is located in Vasai Creek
, north of Mumbai. Characteristically, it is an estuarine island which is used by the western railway
to connect the island of Salsette with the mainland at Vasai. This island occupies an area of about 600 acres and serves as a home to Aagri community.
, also known as Jawahar Dweep is an island off the coast of Mumbai. Butcher Island functions as an oil terminal. This island has crude oil tanks and a small dock where the oil tankers from Gulf countries are docked to unload crude oil.
Mazagaon Island is a part of South Mumbai. Various communities reside in Mazagaon. This island is a hub of maritime companies.
is an island located in the Mumbai Harbour. The Indian Navy
possesses this island. Oyster Rock is known to be heavily fort
is a fortified island off the coast of Maharashtra in the district of Ratnagiri
. It was constructed on Rajapur creek with the sea on one side.
is a fortified island located in the district of Raigad
. Underi Island along with Island of Khanderi
served as one of the landmarks for ships entering Mumbai Harbour. It was constructed in 1680 CE by Kahim of the Siddis and is owned by the Government of India
. Comparatively, Underi is smaller than Khanderi.
Khanderi or Khanderi Sea Island is an island with a fort surmounted on it. It is located south of Mumbai. This island was constructed in 1660 by Shivaji
Other Islands of Maharashtra
Some of the other Islands of Maharashtra are Old Woman's Island, Marve Island, Hog Island and Sinoy Hill.