Madh Island

Madh Island

Madh Island is a group of several quaint fishing villages and farmlands in northern Mumbai.

Description

Madh Island barely escapes being called a peninsula since only a small creek, bounded by mangroves, cuts it off from the mainland near Aksa. At low tide, one can almost walk across the beach sands from Dana Paani beach in Erangal to Aksa beach.

The very scenic Erangal village is one of the prominent villages in Madh Island. The villagers of Erangal are mostly traditional farmers who cultivate the adjoining farmlands. Today, Erangal is dotted with several holiday cottages and bungalows too.

Madh Island's proximity to the sea and its secluded nature has resulted in several hotels being set up there. Many of the city's rich have bungalows here. The area is also known for its rave parties. Many movies as well as TV serials are also filmed here. An old fort is situated in this area.

Geography

The area is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west, and the Malad creek on the east.

Accessibility

The area is accessible by bus service (#271 to Malad and #269 to Borivili ) or autorickshaw from Malad or a ferry service from Versova.

Demographics

The area is a rural area inhabited by Kolis, East Indian Roman Catholics in Madh village as well as by people from other communities too.

Points of Interest

The famous Church of St. Bonaventure, a 16th century Portuguese church is situated on the beach in Erangal. The annual Erangal Feast in January, celebrating the Feast day of St. Bonaventure, attracts thousands of people of all faiths to this scenic spot.

Hotels: The Retreat

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