mumbai diaries part 3 marine drive promenade

Mumbai Diaries: Part 3 – Marine Drive

By the time it was late afternoon, I was beat. I couldn’t take anymore sightseeing. I returned to the hotel to cool off and rested. But the one thing I didn’t want to miss was sunset at Marine Drive seaside promenade.

In Bollywood movies, film characters seem to draw life from the beaches, seaside promenades and coastlines. And Mumbai is no exception. The scenes of Marine Drive in the movies are typically at sunset or at night, evoking romantic moods..or sometimes drunken brawls 🙂 Well, romance and inebriety were not exactly on my mind at that time but I was curious to see the seaside view and experience what Marine Drive is to Mumbaikars.

Marine Drive is a 3km eight-lane highway and the promenade lies parallel to this road. It has an expanse view of the Arabian Sea and the skyline of Mumbai. Art-Deco apartment blocks on the land side remain some of the most desirable addresses in the city but some really need a new coat of paint. Many locals come here to sit on the promenade to take photos of the view and to watch the sun set in the evening. Joggers and dog-walkers also come here for their exercise.

The weather was quite humid in the evening. I could feel a little bit of the sea breeze but it still felt like a sauna out there. I don’t know if it’s a typical weather there at dusk or air pollution because the skyline of Mumbai looked rather hazy against the horizon.

Further up the promenade is Chowpatty Beach which is also popular with locals enjoying their evenings here with ice-cream, bhel puri or snacks. Chowpatty Beach is also the scene for the festival Ganesh Chathurthi in September when images of the elephant god Ganesh are immersed in the sea.

Here are some photos:

mumbai diaries part 3 marine drive promenade
Mumbai Drive promenade
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Dude, strike a pose!
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Art Deco apartment buildings
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Check out the coconut trees!
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Chowpatty Beach

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mumbai diaries part 3 marine drive sunset


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  1. Beautiful photos. The mouldy facades of high end apartment complexes in Mumbai, are always a source of surprise to me, especially when I know how swank some of the interiors are! 🙂

      1. They are. The monsoons do pose a challenge to building maintenance. But the ratio of fabulous interiors coupled with shabby facades seems higher in Mumbai somehow.

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