Built on land reclaimed from Back Bay in 1920,
Marine Drive running into Chowpatti Seaface
and Walkeshwar Marg, sweeps along the shore
of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point past
Chowpatti Beach to the foot of Malabar Hill.
Lined with flaking Art Deco apartments and a
series of gymkhanas where grand weddings are
often held, this is one of Mumbai's most popular
promenades and sunset-watching spots. The
lights that twinkle along the promenade at night
give it its nickname, 'the Queen's Necklace'.
Chowpatti Beach, scene of the riotous climax of
the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, remains a favorite
evening spot for courting couples, families, polit-
ical rallies and anyone out to enjoy what passes
for fresh air. Eating bhelpuri (crisp fried thin
rounds of dough mixed with puffed rice, fried
lentils, lemon juice, chopped onions, herbs and
chutney) at the collection of stalls on the edge of
the beach at night is an essential part of the
Mumbai experience, as is getting a vigorous
head rub from a malish-wallah (head masseur).
Sunbathing or swimming at this beach is
absolutely not recommended.


 This 104 sq km protected area of forested hills, on
the city's northern fringe, has some interesting
flora, birdlife and butterflies, a small population
of wild leopards and a fenced area with captive
tigers, including two white tigers. It's a great
asset to have within the city limits - the only
national park in India with a city postcode - but
it's under serious threat from urban encroach-
ment, and the public areas close to the
entrance are littered and unkempt. Just inside
the main northern entrance is an information
centre with a small exhibition on the park's
wildlife. The best time to see birds is October to
April and butterflies August to November. For
many visitors (mostly Indian families) the main
attraction is the lion and tiger safari. These
depart from the tiger orientation centre (a free
display explaining the demise of the tiger),
about 1km in from the main entrance. Safari
buses leave roughly every 20 minutes from 9am
to 12.40pm and 2pm to 5.20pm daily except
Monday.   Another major attraction in the park
are the 109 Kanheri Caves

KOTACHI WADI (खोताची वाडी)

KOTACHI WADI: A wadi that has miraculously survived amid the high-rise jumble
of South Mumbai is Kotachiwadi, an East Indian Christian enclave of some 30-odd elegant two-storey wooden mansions.
A 10-minute or so walk northeast of Chowpatti, Kotachiwadi is a little difficult to find: aim for St Teresa's Church on the corner of Jagannath Shankarsheth Marg and RR Roy Marg (Charni Rd) then duck into the warren of streets directly opposite.Anantashram a eating house famous for malwani konkani seafood just there in wadi.The quality of food and discipline are important points for its fame.

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