If you want a taste of flavoursome seafood, then make your way to Dharavi Island.
Want to delve into details about the East Indian community residing in India? There's no better way to know about them than visiting Dharavi Island! Not to be confused with its namesake, the tropical paradise of Dharavi Island was named after the Dharavi Devi Temple, located here. Seated hardly 50 km from Mumbai, this place has preserved nature along with it's East Indian culture and heritage across time, which gives this Island a vintage vibe. Read on to explore more about the antiquated charms that find a home in this locality!
Not the Dharavi you already know of!
Comprising of six villages, namely Dongri, Uttan, Pali, Chowk, Gorai and Manori, Dharavi Island is home to the Indian Christians who trace their roots back to the 16th century when Portugal took over Bombay. The first thing we would suggest you do when here, is to take a bite into their culinary culture with a trip to the umpteen eateries that are situated on this island, especially if you like to indulge in seafood.
Also, you can visit the Kulvem Village which has frozen the old world charms of Dharavi Island with its historical homes that have Portuguese architectural design. Further, a tour of the Kaka Baptista East Indian Museum should feature on your travel itinerary, if you wish to dive deep into the daily routine and occupations of East Indians. Apart from visiting the ruins of Dharavi Fort, you can visit the numerous sacred spaces and churches, such as Our Lady of Bethlehem and Our Lady of the Sea Church, which are believed to be centuries old!
How to reach?
The distance between Mumbai and Dharavi Island can be easily covered by road in a car in almost 2 hours. However, most tourists prefer taking ferry rides, for the charm of deep blue water is nonpareil.
Dharavi Island is overshadowed in popularity by the Dharavi Slums and that's why it remains a hidden gem, for it is largely unexplored and unknown to tourists. If you like getaways to offbeat places with your bunch, then chalk out your plans today to the antiquated Dharavi Island. Also, while you are packing, make sure you are carrying comfortable shoes for the allure of this place is best experienced while walking!