Weekends are just the time to put on your boots and set off to places seldom explored. Talking of places to visit near Mumbai, Dahanu is a good bet. It lets you get away from the maddening crowds of Mumbai and goes easy on your pockets. Located in Thane district, Dahanu lies in the Vasai Virar belt, where Gujarat touches Maharashtra. A quaint old seaside town with sprawling beaches, the Dahanu-Bordi stretch is around 17 kms. Dahanu is famous for its fruit orchards especially sapodilla or chickoo orchards. The beaches with swaying palm trees are stunning, offering mesmerizing views at sunrise and sunset.
Places to visit near Mumbai
Bordi beach, Aswali dam, Bahrot caves, fruit orchards and tribal tourism in villages nearby promise to add plenty of excitement to your Dahanu trip.
Mumbai Dahanu Distance By Road
Distance from Mumbai to Dahanu by road is 145 km. It takes roughly 2.5 hours to reach in case there is no traffic.
Mumbai Dahanu Map
We stayed at Sea Shell Resort, located right on Narpad Beach. Drive along Narpad beach till you find a lane winding inside to your right. Read the sign boards carefully else you might miss this resort, as it is hidden well by trees and foliage. Directions to reach Seashell resort, Dahanu. The resort stay was comfortable. The staff was good. They offer fresh seafood on request.
The only problem was nobody working here had any idea on places to visit near Dahanu. We relied entirely on our GPRS and asking the locals for directions.
Places to see near Dahanu
Bordi beach is approximately 18 km from Dahanu Beach. Aswali dam and Bahrot caves are near Bordi. This beach is cleaner and free of clutter as compared to Narpad beach.
To reach the dam, you need to reach the base of the mountains near Bordi. You’ll find a Marathi primary school here with vegetable farms on either side. Leave your car here and trek upwards for 5 minutes. The dam in on a lake surrounded by imposing mountains of the Western Ghats. This place is so peaceful and the view so stunning that it leaves you speechless. This dam was constructed by hand several years ago and is the source of water to several villages nearby. Make sure you go here in the morning as it is very hot later in the day. However, the Bahrot caves are at a distance of a good 3 hour climb from the dam. We had kids with us, so we dropped the idea of getting to the caves. It is said that in ancient times, Parsis escaped from Iran and hid in this cave to protect their faith from Muslim invaders for 13 years. There is a holy fire kept burning till date in these caves. Know more about Bahrot Caves, Dahanu.
Dahanu is also home to the Warli tribe. While getting to the Aswali dam, we drove thru one such village. The Warlis live in ingeniously built mud and bamboo huts with mud floors covered in cow dung.
These huts are very neat and tidy. A few have shops in front of their houses. These people are poor but clean and polite. We took permission before clicking a few pictures inside their hut.
The Warli people are very artistic. Their paintings offer an insight into their daily lives. The walls of their hut are first smeared with cow dung. Red mud paste is then applied to provide a base. They dip bamboo twigs in rice paste to draw intricate patterns depicting people, birds, animals, rituals, trees and practically everything that they deal with during their life span. Every hut has a decorative warli painting on its walls.
Weekend trip organizers like The Blueberry Trails offer a wonderful experience of interacting with the tribals and learning their art forms. Tribal tourism is slowly gaining momentum in Dahanu.
Agro Tourism in Dahanu
Visit fruit orchards in Umbergaon and Gholvad to get a feel of agro tourism.
Kalptaru Botanical Gardens
Practically every travel site you Google out will have some information on botanical gardens in Dahanu. Be warned however, it is not near Dahanu. It is ahead of Umbargaon, inside Gujarat. If you are put up at Dahanu, you cannot combine all these places in your itinery. Keep the botanical garden visit for another day.
Best Time To Visit Dahanu
The best time to go to Dahanu would be any time of the year other than summers. Monsoons will offer scenic views of overflowing canals and lots of green foliage.
Dahanu was a refreshing experience. Overall, a nice weekend getaway to visit with family and friends. Check out other places to vacation near Mumbai – Ganpatipule.