One hundred and thirty five hutments jut out into the Arabian Sea, bravely defying nature and real estate moguls. Slated for redevelopment for almost a decade, Worli Koliwadi, or Worli fisherman village has, like so many other Mumbai settlements, continued to survive due a mix of legal, bureaucratic and geographical factors. But for us this means that there is one more interesting and unique Mumbai neighbourhood to explore!
The narrow lanes make walking the only practical and most enjoyable way to discover this neighbourhood. Given the geography it is nearly impossible to get lost and guaranteed that you will stumble upon some outstanding coastal views of Mumbai's ever-expanding skyline. Take your time winding through the narrow lanes, taking breaks to pop out to the coast to look at the view.
At the tip of the point, climb up to the fort and get a 360° panorama that allows you to see Mahim Bay, Mumbai's impressive Sea-Link bridge, the skyline and an overview of the koliwada settlement in one twirl.
Koliwada and the Worli Fort is well off the beaten Mumbai tourist trail and a great half day activity that can be easily combined with other central Mumbai stops such as Dhobi Ghat, Worli Sea Face, or Haji Ali Dargah.
How to get there:
Taxi to “Koliwadi” or
Train to Elphinstone Road on western train line then 3km walk to the coast or 10 minute taxi ride