|Destination Type: Beach|
Dahanu Bordi Beach is located in Thane district of Maharashtra. The famous beach is situated 145 km off Mumbai. The nearest airport is Mumbai. Spread over a distance of 17 km, Dahanu Bordi Beach is one of the best places to go, if you are looking forward to a quiet and relaxing weekend trip.
The Bordi-Dahanu region is located at a three-hour drive from Mumbai along the picturesque Sahyadri mountain range and you can sense that you have arrived once you see the row of small shops selling various religious icons and items, including lotus flowers. This is because of the imposing presence of a temple dedicated to Mahalakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. Further ahead, the 15-kilometer long stretch of white sandy beach is what makes Bordi and Dahanu so attractive, not to forget the several fruit orchards nestled in the shadows of the green mountains. The local population of these villages is primarily engaged in farming and fishing.
Dahanu is a small town characterized by the presence of the Warli tribe and the Parsis who have lived here for several generations. Unaffected by any kind of urbanisation, the village has been listed as a ‘green zone’ because of it being ecologically fragile.
The beaches of Dahanu and Bordi have remained unspoiled and that is what makes them so charming. Enjoy the sight of fishing boats returning early morning or at sunset with their catch and visit the local market to buy fresh fish, prawns and lobsters. You can also have a glimpse of Parsi culture and partake of their culinary delights if a home stay with one of the families can be arranged. The rest of the time is
best spent on the beach, listening to the rhythm of the waves crashing on the coast.
Dahanu is well linked by road and rail. It is located almost equidistant from Mumbai, Surat and Nashik. The taluka has four railway stations at Vangaon, Dahanu Road, Gholwad and Bordi.
By Air: The nearest airport is at Mumbai.
By Rail: There are four railway stations in the area - Vangaon, Dahanu Road, Gholwad and Bordi, which are connected to Mumbai, Surat and Vadodara.
By Road: Dahanu is just 20 kilometres off the National Highway 8 connecting Mumbai, Surat and Vadodara. It is roughly 180 km from Surat and 200 km from Nashik by road. MSRTC buses ply regularly between Thane, Mumbai and Dahanu.
Live with The Warlis At Bordi Dahanu:
You could also interact with the tribals who live here and learn about their culture, food and lifestyle. Most tourists come here to not only soak in the sea, sand and sun but also to interact with the Warlis who are best known for their decorative mural paintings that strongly depict their deep relationship with nature.
Discover Nature of Bordi Dahanu
Exploring the farms and orchards would be another good idea. Visit the Asavali Dam near Bordi which was built by Sand. It has paddy fields on one side and tranquil water on the other, with scenic hills for a backdrop.
Dahanu offers many adventure sport activities like gliding, trekking and venturing out into the open seas. Tarpa is also a base for some professionally managed adventure activities like rappelling, rope-walks and rope-climbs. The zip-line here is a unique experience that traverses a large pond and a forest.
An Agri-Tourism Experience
You can opt for a farm stay at the Tarpa Agri Eco-Tourism Centre at Gholvad near Bordi, approved by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). It has an agriculture and environment-related museum and offers an opportunity to learn about fish farming, vermiculture, rainwater harvesting, etc.
Participate in the Chickoo Festival
The MTDC along with the Kokan Bhumi Pratishthan organizes the chickoo festival at the Bordi beach at the beginning of every year. The main aim of the festival is to promote the local culture. Tourists can get lessons on chickoo farming and enjoy a range of products made from this delicious fruit. Beach cricket, ‘Tarpa’ dance, kite flying and warli painting workshops are other highlights of the festival.
Visit Beach & Bahrot Caves & Asavli Dam