The Arabian Sea bounds the Madh Island to the west and the Malad creek towards the east. There are many beaches like Erangel Beach, Dana Pani Beach, Marve Beach, Aksa Beach, which are very close to Madh Island.
A popular weekend destination, far away from the busy city life, Madh Island is all about sunshine, breeze, and amazing seafood. It still may be a haven for those trying to find some unique experiences.
The island is mainly a village comprising primarily of Kolis, Marathi, East Indians, Roman Catholics, and people from other communities.
You will find Hotels, Restaurants, Resorts, Shacks, Bungalows, and even Villas on Madh Island. However, the Bungalows are usually hired for Movies or TV serials.
Attraction in Madh Island
1. Madh Fort
Madh Fort is a small fort in north Mumbai, India, situated at Madh Island. It is also known as Versova fort. It had been built by the Portuguese when the Portuguese occupied India. They lost the fourth to the Maratha army when the Maratha Empire captured it in February 1739.
It is situated south of Madh village. It’s a 2 km walk from the Madh Mandir bus stop. The Portuguese built the fort as a watchtower around the 17 th century. It offers a strategic view of the coastline and helps guards the Marve Creek. Its external facade is unbroken, but internally it’s dilapidated.
2. Madh Church
There is a beautiful church here and is known as “Our Lady of the Sea Church” The church has beautiful architecture and many beautiful paintings inside. The church is within the Madh village and very close to the beach. The experience inside the Church cannot be experienced by words, it needs to be witnessed in person.
3. Madh Island Beach
The beach is one of the famous beaches of Mumbai. Aside from being a renowned tourist spot, the beach is also one of the state’s cleanest. This beautiful beach is really made from a cluster of little villages and farmlands situated on the North-Western coast of Mumbai.
The shore is surrounded by mangroves, which adds to its scenic beauty and separates the beach from the mainland. To require an opportunity from the hustle and bustle of city life, people in Mumbai often visit this heavenly beach with friends and families.
This tranquil beach also is a perfect venue for lavish parties hosted by Mumbai’s elite society. Many Bollywood movies and soap operas have also been shot at this magnificent venue. An ideal destination for anyone who wishes to require an opportunity from the town, Madh Island Beach attracts an outsized crowd of individuals thanks to its calm waters and soothing scenery.
Some Bollywood films like Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega, Manmohan Desai’s 1985 film Mard, Baazigar, Shootout at Wadala, Zamana Deewana, Khalnayak, Shatranj, and Tarazu were shot at this location. Many episodes of the favored serials Naamkarann, Chandrakanta, and C.I.D. have also been shot during this location.
How to Reach here
By Road / Railway Station –
Railways – The Madh Island is towards the far end of Malad west and can be easily accessible by Road. The closest railway station is ‘Malad Railway Station’ This railway station is well connected with all other railways in Mumbai.
BEST BUS – From here, you can take the BEST public bus service ( No. 271 from Malad and No. 269 from Borivali). About 15 kilometers from Malad station, the last stop on route 271 of BEST bus or via Versova by ferry boat.
Alternatively, you can take an autorickshaw from Malad Station to Madh Island.
Uber or OLA services are also available for cashless travel.
There’s also a ferry service from Versova. One can reach Madh Island by ferry service or speed boat from Versova Jetty and cross over in five minutes.
Best time to visit
There is no best time as Madh Island can be visited any time of the year. Being next to the sea, the climate can be humid and make you uncomfortable. December to February is the best time to visit since it’s the winter season and a pleasant climate.
- The beaches at Madh Island are known for spots of quicksand, which has led to some accidents. Also, since the water currents are strong, be very careful while you swim. Avoid visiting the beaches here during the monsoon rains.
- The Island is home to several fishing villages and friendly people. Ensure not to disturb the peace or create any nuisance for the local inhabitants.
- Don’t miss to gorge on the freshest seafood like bombil (Bombay Duck) and prawns and Gujarati cuisine, especially from the local vendors.
- The climate can be hot and humid during the day, especially during the summer season; carry a hat, sunglasses, and bottle of drinking water.
Who is the owner of Madh Island?
The Madh Island is a combination of Local villages, Beaches, Historic Fort, Churches etc. and is inhabited with local fisherman’s communities. No one owns Madh Island. It is a tourist destination like any other famous place in Mumbai.