Mumbai is commonly known as ‘The City of Dreams’. Beaches to hills, historical architecture to modern architecture, food to shopping, the city have it all. Its impossible to see the city in a day. The best way to see it is to divide into parts.
Mumbai can be divided into three parts South Mumbai, Western Suburbs, Eastern Suburbs. Of course, you can divide it as per your wish. South Mumbai comprises the city’s main business localities and some of the most beautiful Architectures.
South Mumbai is full of beautiful heritage buildings and architectures. Here are few popular places to see in South Mumbai.
Gateway of India
Gateway of India is one of the iconic structure in the city of Mumbai. The place remains full of tourist throughout the day. Standing near the gateway, you can get an iconic back view of Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. The Taj Mahal Palace hotel is designed in Indo-Saracenic style.
From the gateway, Ferry leaves for Elephanta but if you don’t have enough time, you can’t go for it, as it will take a whole day.
Elephanta Caves are a collection of cave temples. The carved caves narrate stories of Hindu mythologies.
Walking away from Gateway towards Regal cinema, you will come across a street market on the footpath which is Colaba Causeway Market.
Colaba Causeway market is near to Gateway of India. Colaba Causeway Market is a street side shopping destination which gives you bargain and buy options.
It has all the varieties and shopping options from clothes to accessories for ladies and gents.
Starting from Gateway of India the place is full of is full of heritage colonial architecture.
On your walk, you will encounter few of the iconic site of the city
- Chhatrapati Vastu Sangrahalaya
- Regal Cinema
- National Gallery of Modern Art
- Rajabhai Clocktower
- Mumbai University
- Flora Fountain
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India is the main museum in Mumbai. The building is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.
The museum has around 50,000 artefacts, so it will take some time to see it.
Mumbai Univerisity & Rajabai Clock Tower
Mumbai University Fort campus is built in the Gothic style and has Rajabai Clock Tower standing on the lawns. The Rajabai Clock tower is modelled on Big Ben, London.
Along the way to Marine drive, one will also encounter some other heritage buildings like the High court and Western Railway headquarter.
A peaceful crowed place. The beautiful road has a wide promenade parallel to the road along the sea where you can enjoy the soothing breeze of the sea and the landscape. The drive starts at Nariman Point and ends at Girgaon Chowpatty.
Flora Fountain, at the Hutatma Chowk, is an exquisitely sculpted architectural heritage which depicts the Roman goddess of flowers and Spring.
Within a radius of 2 miles radius of the fountain, you can get to see most of the impressive heritage buildings of the city. There is also a book market near Flora Fountain.
Near the Churchgate station, there is a fashion market which is located opposite the VSNL office building on M.G. Road, the street is famous for the latest and the trendiest clothing lines in Mumbai. This place is mostly visited by students and teenagers. The market has stuff like Clothes, Jewellery, Gadgets, footwear at a cheap price.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.
The iconic gothic-style architecture is Unesco World Heritage Site. Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus was earlier known as the Victoria terminus.
The building has stained glass windows, domed arches and pillars which gives you a completely different feeling, but then on encountering the crowd, you will realize you are in one of the busiest railway stations.
Municipal Corporation Building is situated near CSMT. The building is a Gothic designed architecture which is designed in a V-shaped form.
Mumbai GPO is located near CSMT which is modelled on the Golgumbaz in Bijapur, Karnataka. The GPO is an Indo-Saracenic architecture.
South Mumbai has no shortage of good eateries, vegetarian and no vegetarian foods are easily available in almost every corner of the city. From small street stall to a big five-star restaurant the city can surely satisfy your taste bud.
Mumbai is too huge to cover up in a day unless you plan a touch and go, so it is better to see it in parts. South Mumbai itself has many other popular places, I have focused on some of the popular places in a small radius near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which is the main centre of the city. This sites can be comfortably covered by walk or small bus ride. The availability of App Cabs has made it easier to travel in the city.