When you travel to Mumbai, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. On a trip to Mumbai, you can explore the famous attractions, beautiful beaches, cultural heritage, natural picnic spots, and many more. Here are the top five places to visit Mumbai with friends and families.
1. Gateway of India
The gateway of India is one of the most important places to visit in Mumbai and is primarily a top attraction for every tourist. The structure is a beautiful remembrance of the rich cultural heritage and its colonial past. They have popularly known as the Taj Mahal of India. Apart from its historical importance, it is also known for its riveting sight of stunning yachts and boats sailing in the azure sea. It was ready in the year 1924. The Viceroy of India did the formal inauguration on 4th December 1924. Many interesting and fun-filled activities take place t Gateway of India to entertain visitors. They have organized several cruises as per weather, Indian festivals, and other occasions. One festival celebrated annually is the Annual Festival of Sails Regatta, comprising several sailboat races held at different times during the day. Kids and adults can enjoy the gateway of India.
- Location: Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai
- Best time to visit: Nov to March
- Timings: throughout the day
- Entry fee: Free for everyone
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2. Elephanta Caves (Places to visit in Mumbai with families)
Elephanta Caves are on Elephanta Island about 7 km from Mumbai’s mainland shore. We can reach the caves by an approximately 1-hour boat ride from the Gateway of India. UNESCO has also recognized the Elephanta caves as a World Heritage site. Hindu kings built these caves between the 5th-7th centuries. The seven rock-cut cave temples of Elephanta caves attract tourists throughout the year. Here you can witness the magnificent paintings and carvings on the walls. A detailed work of lattice and other art specimens will have you staring at them for a long time.
- Distance from Mumbai: 7km
- Entry fee: 10rs
- Timings: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (closed on Mondays)
3. Marine Drive (Best place to visit in Mumbai with couples and friends)
Marine Drive is a beautiful spot to see the setting sun beyond the Arabian sea. We know this popular place as Queens Necklace for the beautiful night view of Mumbai city from this spot. The gateway of India is one of the most visited landmarks attraction of this city. It is at the harbor, which attracts local tourists and foreigners.
- Famous for: Sea, Sunset, Walks, Views.
- Tickets: No fee.
- Opening Timings: Open on all days
4. Sanjay Gandhi National Park
I previously knew this park as Borivali National park, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. It is one of the best one-day picnic spots near Mumbai with friends and families. It is home to several species of birds, especially for nature lovers. It has a special area called Krishnagiri Upavon that caters to the educational and recreational needs of the people. This place also serves campsite for adventurous and trekking enthusiasts. There is a toy train that runs through the park. It may not be as large compared to other National parks in India.
- Location: Western Express Highway, Borivali East, Mumbai
- Timings: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
- Entry fee: 60rs
- Toy train fee: 30rs
- Distance from Mumbai: 18km
- Things to do: Wildlife, trekking, Boat ride, Kanheri Caves, Enjoying the nature
- Best time to visit: Monsoon, Winter
5. Sidhi Vinayak Temple
It is one of the most visited places of worship in Mumbai. Many families from cities, Bollywood stars, film actors, politicians, and many others frequently visit this place to take blessings from Lord Ganesha. Even the CEO of Apple and Tim cook started the India trip after visiting this temple.
- Famous for: Hinduism, Worship.
- Tickets: No entry fee.
- Opening Timings: 12.30 pm to 7.20 pm.
6. Bandra Worli-Sea link
It is officially Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link and is a cable bridge linking Bandra in the Western suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in south Mumbai. This is one of the famous picnic spots and places to visit n Mumbai. It features several tourists throughout the year with its experiencing giant waves during the monsoon season. The sunrise and sunset views attract many photo enthusiasts. Visitors cannot walk on this sea link. Tourists can reach the sea link on either of the two sides. Visitors can come from Bandra railway station which is 5km away, and also the nearest bus depot is 2km. This bridge is 5.6km long and costs Rs 16.5 billion and takes 10 years to be constructed.
7. Sidhivinayaka Temple
It is in Prabhadevi; We dedicate the temple to Lord Ganesha, and it is one of the most visited temples in Mumbai. Every day thousands of people from Mumbai visit this temple. It was constructed in 1901 and is considered one of the richest temples in Mumbai city. The Pictures of the Lord carved the doors of this temple. It is one of the best places to visit in Mumbai with families.
- Distance from Airport: 11kms
- Time to visit: October to April
- Opening hours: 6:30 am-9:00 am and in the evening 5:00-9:00 pm
8. Rajabai Clock Tower
It is one of the famous places to visit with families and friends in Mumbai. One of the English architects designed, this clock tower named after an Indian businessman’s mother Rajabai. It is totally made up of Kurla stones and stained windows.
- Distance from Airport: 13kms
- Time to visit: September to April
- Opening hours: 12:00 am to 12:00 am
9. Haji Ali Dargah
It is a famous religious attraction, located off the coast of Worli. It dates back to the 15th century. Over 80000 people visit this building every single week. The main drawback for this temple is, it is not open for tourists on Fridays.
- Distance from Airport: 17kms
- Time to visit: March to June
- Opening hours: 10:30 am-4:00 pm.
10. Iskcon Temple
Just a walkable distance from enjoyable Juhu beach, this temple is a Hindu temple built on 4 acres of land. It is a beautiful landmark that every visitor should want to visit during their trip to Mumbai.
- Timings: 9:00am to 8:00pm
11. Colaba Causeway
It is one of the best places to visit in Mumbai even more if you love shopping. A shopper’s paradise, here you will find a whole array of colorful and charming shops, selling you everything from clothing, spices, and many more. The longest stretch of shops in the city, it’s also well known for its nightlife and restaurants. You will also be able to catch a view of the India Gate which marks the start of the Colaba Causeway.
12. Hanging Garden
The Hanging Garden, also known as Hainan Garden, is a must-see for anyone who appreciates lush, greenery. It is at the top of Malabar Mountain. When seen from above, the walkway in the garden spells out PMG.