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
Beaches are known for their cleanliness and beauty, but increasing pollution in
and around Mumbai city has started affecting Gorai too.
beaches are still cleaner compared to other surrounding beaches, and the town’s
laidback atmosphere and old world charm makes it an attractive destination.
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.