Marine Drive, Mumbai

Marine Drive, Mumbai

One iconic landmark that lets visitors just sit and marvel at the wonder that is Mumbai is the Marine Drive promenade in South Mumbai. A 3-kilometre-long promenade along the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road on the western coast of Mumbai, Marine Drive has the vast and beautiful Arabian Sea on one side and the sparkling row of iconic landmarks and luxurious residences on the other.

Constructed along a natural C-shaped bay, Marine Drive is also called the Queen’s Necklace due to its glittering night-time view. The entire stretch gets lit up and, when viewed from a height, resembles a shimmering necklace.

At the northern end of the Marine Drive bay is the famous Girgaon Chowpatty (beach), which offers stunning views of the sea and scrumptious street food galore. The Marine Drive stretch connects Malabar Hill and Babulnath at the northern tip to Nariman Point at the southern tip.

The entire stretch of the promenade is lined with beautiful palm trees and flanked by popular architectural landmarks, upscale residential developments such as Piramal Realty’s Piramal Aranya, and panoramic views of the Arabian Sea.

History of Marine Drive, Mumbai

Marine Drive, Mumbai History

The official name of the road is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, but it has been and continues to be known as Marine Drive. The road, as well as the original promenade, were constructed by leading philanthropists of the time, Mr Bhagojisheth Keer and Mr Pallonji Mistry.

The story of how it was built is interesting. While Marine Drive is one of the most popular places to visit in Mumbai, that was not the original goal of construction; it is the result of a failed reclamation project.

The history goes back to around the 1860s when the British administration was planning several reclamation projects to extend the land of Mumbai. However, the projects were halted after the American Civil War and the Great Economic Recession.

The British Government started the Backbay Reclamation Scheme in 1919 after the successful development of the Cuffe Parade reclamation project. One of the objectives of the scheme was to create a promenade alongside the bay connecting Nariman Point with Malabar Hill for decongesting the city after an outbreak of the plague.

Many influential and wealthy private investors put in their own money for the construction of the 1500-acre Marine Drive that was supposed to house posh residential and commercial real estate. However, by 1920, after several failed attempts at construction, the British engineers realised the varied defects and shortcomings of their plan. As a result, out of the 1500 areas of the original area to be reclaimed, only 17 acres could be actually reclaimed, which led to the creation of this beautiful promenade.

An inscription on a lamppost at the Girgaon Chowpatty commemorates the construction of the Kennedy Sea Face (as it was originally named after Sir Michael Kavanaugh Kennedy). Over the years, the strip saw the construction of beautiful buildings in the Art Deco style of architecture.

The earliest residents were the who’s who of the Indian and European elites. While Parsis were the major property owners, elite and wealthy Hindus who had migrated from Pakistan after partition also owned a majority of the buildings.

One of the most famous and poshest residential buildings in the area was the Soona Mahal, built by a Parsi businessman. It now houses the famous Pizza By The Bay restaurant. The Al-Jabreya and Al-Sabah Court buildings were the erstwhile holiday homes of the Kuwaiti Royal Family. Various yesteryear actors, such as Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Suraiyya, etc., also lived near Marine Drive. In 2012, 72 years after its original construction, the entire Marine Drive stretch was resurfaced, with bollards installed and footpaths renovated.

Some Facts About Marine Drive, Mumbai

1.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road is the formal name of the street, and the entire Marine Drive area is called Sonapur.

2.

The massive 6500+ tetrapod-like structures were added to protect the marine Drive promenade from the lashing waves of the mighty Arabian Sea.

3.

The original construction was so strong and well-made that it did not require any renovation/redesign till 2012. Even then, the repairs were simply to bolster safety in view of the rising crowds.

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Most of the buildings and edifices along Marine Drive are built in the Art Deco style of architecture by leading Indian architects of the time and have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Properties.

5.

The Marine Drive has been commonly featured in multiple Bollywood movies - Mumbai’s own ballad Yeh Hai Bambai Meri Jaan from CID (1956), Rajesh Khanna crooning the famous Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana in Andaz (1971), Amitabh Bachchan enjoying the rains with the beautiful Moushumi Chatterjee in the iconic Rimjhim Gire Saawan in Manzil (1979), Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma’s beautiful moments in Wake Up Sid (2009), the list is endless!

Things to do at Marine Drive, Mumbai

Drive along the promenade of the Queens Necklace

Drive along the promenade of the Queen’s Necklace or sit and absorb the panoramic views of the mighty Arabian Sea at one end and some iconic architecture at the other.

Jog/walk to enjoy the early morning breeze and fresh air

Jog/walk from one end of the promenade to another to enjoy the early morning breeze and fresh air.

Enjoy the views of the Queens Necklace at Marine Drive at night

Enjoy the views of the ‘Queen’s Necklace’ at Marine Drive at night, where the glittering cityscape and the lights alongside the promenade create a stunning display.

Enjoy a stroll on the promenade admiring the beautiful Art Deco-style buildings

If you are an architecture buff, enjoy a stroll on the promenade admiring the beautiful Art Deco-style buildings.

Gorge on some delicious street-side food at the Girgaon Chowpatty

Gorge on some delicious street-side food, like Mumbaiyya Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji, chaat, peanuts, popcorn, etc., at the Girgaon Chowpatty.

Watch a artists live performance or even a film screening at the NCPA

Watch a play, dance performance, music show or even a film screening at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA).

Enjoy a colourful Republic Day parade

Enjoy a colourful Republic Day parade on the morning of the 26th of January.

How to Reach Marine Drive, Mumbai

If you are travelling from Mumbai, you can reach Marine Drive by rail and road.

Marine Drive, Mumbai By Train

The Marine Lines railway station on Mumbai’s western suburban line is the nearest local railway station from the northern end, whereas Churchgate station is closer to the southern tip of the promenade.

Marine Drive, Mumbai By Bus

Various state-run BEST buses also stop at various points along the promenade. If you wish to enjoy a ride in a double-decker bus, you can catch one from Churchgate and CSMT stations to Marine Drive.

If you are travelling from outside Mumbai, you have a choice of travel options as Mumbai is connected by road, rail and airways with prominent locations in India and the world.

Marine Drive, Mumbai By Air

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is around 22 kilometres from Marine Drive. You can take a cab from there to reach Marine Drive.

Marine Drive, Mumbai By Train

Major long-distance trains halt at various railway stations across Mumbai, such as Dadar, Mumbai Central, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Bandra Terminus, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and others. You can reach Marine Drive railway stations through the Mumbai local railway network.

Marine Drive, Mumbai By Bus/Car

Mumbai is well-connected to all parts of the country via major national and state highways. You can hop onto public or private buses or drive your own vehicle to Mumbai.

Tips when Visiting Marine Drive, Mumbai

Best time to visit marine drive

The best time to visit marine drive is in the evening to enjoy the sunset.

Carry a water bottle with you

If you are visiting during the day, carry a water bottle with you.

Wear caps/carry umbrellas and apply sunscreen while visiting in the afternoon.

Wear caps/carry umbrellas and apply sunscreen if you are visiting the Queen’s Necklace in the afternoon.

Avoid visiting during heavy rains or stormy weather

While the monsoons on Marine Drive are romanticised, avoid visiting during heavy rains or stormy weather.

Things To Keep in Mind When Visiting
Marine Drive, Mumbai

Avoid littering and make use of the various garbage cans

Avoid littering and make use of the various garbage cans to dispose of the garbage.

Avoid walking on the boulders lining the promenade

Avoid walking on the boulders lining the promenade, as they can be extremely slippery.

Do not consume alcohol or indulge in antisocial/criminal activities

Do not consume alcohol or indulge in antisocial/criminal activities.

Other Tourist Places to Visit Near Marine Drive, Mumbai

Best Restaurants and Cafes Near
Marine Drive, Mumbai

The Dome at The Intercontinental Hotel Mumbai

The Dome at The Intercontinental Hotel Mumbai

Pizza By The Bay

Pizza By The Bay

New Yorker

New Yorker

Geoffreys at Hotel Marine Plaza

Geoffrey’s at Hotel Marine Plaza

Bachelorrs at Chowpatty

Bachelorr’s at Chowpatty

Trident Hotel,Nariman Point

Trident Hotel, Nariman Point

Oberoi Hotel, Nariman Point

Oberoi Hotel, Nariman Point

Marine Drive 2.0 - Mumbai’s Eastern
Waterfront Development Project

Marine Drive 2.0 - Mumbais Eastern Waterfront Development Project

The State Government of Maharashtra recently took the decision to upgrade and revamp the eastern seafront of Mumbai. Primarily dominated by docks and ports, the eastern waterfront has recently seen massive real estate development, with various public spaces and recreational areas in the pipeline.

The primary objective of the Eastern Waterfront Development Project is to enhance the lifestyle and livability of the area. The government is releasing large tracts of port land for the development of key infrastructural projects that will improve the public transportation system and enhance the connectivity between the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Navi Mumbai.

The key development projects on the eastern waterfront are the Trans-Harbour Sea Link, Sewri-Worli Link Bridge and the stunning and world-class Marina Project between Sewri and South Mumbai, and the panoramic 7-kilometre long Marine Drive 2.0 between Mazgaon Docks and Wadala (alongside the Trans-Harbour Link).

Almost twice the length of its western counterpart, Marine Drive 2.0 on the eastern waterfront will boost road connectivity, thereby aiding commute, improving lifestyle, enhancing the real estate value of the area and creating a beautiful promenade with scenic views.

Residential Property Near
Marine Drive, Mumbai

Marine Drive on the western coast of Mumbai is known for luxurious real estate development. With the development of Marine Drive 2.0, the eastern waterfront of Mumbai will witness significant real estate development, including residential real estate.

Apart from the existing network of highways and roadways in the city, the first-of-its-kind water taxi service in India was inaugurated in Mumbai on February 17th, 2022. This service is expected to go a long way in improving the connectivity between South Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, transporting people from one end of the city to another in just a matter of 40-50 minutes!

Also, the trans-harbour sea link between Sewri and Nhava Sheva, a 21.8 km-long architectural masterpiece, is another development in progress that is expected to be completed in 2023 and will ease the current and upcoming traffic situation in the city. Through this sea-link, the commute time for South Mumbai residents travelling to the upcoming international airport in Panvel will be just about 20 minutes.

Piramal Aranya,a luxury real-estate development by Piramal Realty, located close to Eastern Mumbai's Waterfront, offers lavish and smartly-designed 2-BHK, 3-BHK and 4-BHK apartments.

Residential Property Near Marine Drive, Mumbai

Piramal Aranya Near Marine Drive 2.0, Mumbai

Piramal Aranya, comprises three luxurious towers, namely Arav, Avyan and Ahan, and showcases a unique lifestyle that harmonises the values of culture, wellbeing and community! The smart and modern design of the homes combines with the natural beauty of the surroundings, bringing you the privilege of experiencing comfort and affluence in their truest forms.

At Piramal Aranya, you can not only enjoy easy access to Marine Drive 2.0 and the breath-taking views of the Arabian Sea but also the splendor of the verdant Rani Baug botanical gardens and the Eastern Harbor. Piramal Aranya includes over 40+ amenities and facilities spread over 1 lac sq.ft (9290 sq.mt) of recreational area. One world with endless luxuries.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rani Baug

Where is Marine Drive in Mumbai located?

The Marine Drive in Mumbai is located on the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road in South Mumbai.

How many kilometres is the Marine Drive?

The Marine Drive along the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road in South Mumbai is a 3-kilometre-long promenade.

When is Marine Drive open?

Marine Drive is an open public location and is accessible all day long. However, on some occasions or late at night, the police may ask people to vacate the place, especially if too many cars have been parked along the sidewalk.

What is the best time to visit Marine Drive, Mumbai?

It is best to visit Marine Drive in the evening to enjoy the Marine Drive sunset and watch the stunning Queen’s Necklace.

How to go to Marine Drive from CST station?

You can get a taxi or board a double-decker bus to reach Marine Drive from CSMT railway station.

Can we go to Marine Drive at night?

Yes, but while Marine Drive is open and accessible all throughout the day, at times, the police may ask people to leave.

About - Piramal Realty

Founded in 2012, Piramal Realty is the real estate development arm of the Piramal Group, and has currently ~15 million sq. ft. of land under development. Piramal Realty aspires to be one of India's most admired real estate companies, by setting gold standards in architectural design, customer centricity, quality and safety. Piramal Realty secured funding from global private equity firms, making it one of the largest private equity investments in Indian real estate.