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Go Unwind in Gorai

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 8 months ago

Gorai is a small tranquil town and a beach resort that is located near Mumbai city and this serves as a prime weekend getaway for Mumbai residents. Besides its beaches, Gorai also has other attractions like the many Churches and amusement parks.

Gorai lies to the northeast of Salsette Island near Mumbai and can be reached by crossing the Gorai creek. This town is located in a peninsula that extends off Salsette Island. It used to be a separate island, the Dharavi Island, but after the construction of the railway line over Ghodbunder creek and constant reclamation of land, the island was later joined with Salsette Island. One can visit Gorai by booking holidays in Maharashtra.

The highlight about Gorai is its proximity to the city of Mumbai. It has virgin and predominantly untouched beaches, and if you’re a Mumbai resident, you need not look for a better place to spend your weekend!

What to See in Gorai

Churches in Gorai
Gorai has a large Christian Population consisting mainly of Roman Catholics who were converted to Christianity as the result of Portuguese proselytizing activities in the 16th century. So it goes without saying that there are many churches in the town. The oldest one, Reis Magos or Three Magi in the village of Culvem near Vairalla Tank, is now in ruins. This is a must visit place for any history or architecture buff.

A newer church, also called the Three Magi was built later. There is also an Infant Jesus Chapel built near the ruins of the old church that you can check out during your weekend trip.

The Amusement Park
Gorai is a popular destination among families because of the amusement park that lies nearby, Essel World. Essel World is a huge amusement and water park that offers several rides and games for children, and it’s been a popular getaway from Mumbai for long.

The Beaches and the Global Vipassana Pagoda
The Gorai Beaches are known for their cleanliness and beauty, but increasing pollution in and around Mumbai city has started affecting Gorai too.

But these beaches are still cleaner compared to other surrounding beaches, and the town’s laidback atmosphere and old world charm makes it an attractive destination.

Another attraction in Gorai is the Global Vipassana Pagoda, a Buddhist monument. The dome at the center of this building is the largest unsupported dome in the world. The previous holder of this distinction, the Bijapur Gol Gumbaz Dome, is just half the height of this dome. This site is sure to attract history buffs and architecture enthusiasts from all over the country.

Getting to Gorai from Mumbai
Take a train to Malad or Borivali. From either of these stations, you can reach Marve Beach or Gorai creek, and then take a ferry across to Gorai. The bullock carts still plying the streets of this town add onto the appeal for tourists. There are even a couple of resorts in this town where you can spend the night.

The next time you’re planning to escape from the concrete jungle of Mumbai for a good weekend, try and hit Gorai and its lesser explored beaches. 

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