Kerala, known as God’s Own Land has one of the most popular attractions of the country, ‘backwaters’. Though Kerala is not the only place you can experience backwaters in India, it is certainly the most popular. Maharashtra might also boast of multiple water bodies but the state government has so far not been aggressive in exploring water tourism in the state. While the state boasts of amazing virgin beaches the likes of Guhagar, Tarkarli on the Konkan stretch, there aren’t any popular backwaters in the region. But if the grapevine is to be believed, that is now about to change. The Maharashtra Government is keen on developing Backwaters in the state and exploring water tourism.
The news might sounds awesome but the best part? The backwater development will happen in the Financial Capital of the country – Mumbai. Mumbaikars already have a host of weekend getaways around the city which are done to death. The upcoming tourist spot will not only be a relief to the citizens hunting for a new escape but will also add to the iconic spots in the city like Gateway, Juhu Beach, and others. But where is the space for the new Backwaters in the already filled-to-the-brim city, you ask? Well, the answer is the backwaters will be developed along the Marve, Manori, Gorai coastline. Ferry services are already operational along the route. However, the new services will come with Houseboats, and RoRo (roll-on-roll-off) service. Tourists can spend a day sailing among the Mumbai Mangroves in the region in the houseboats or take a quick ferry to any of the destinations the ferry routes will cover.
The foundation stone for a new Jetty Service has already been laid at Marve and the government is in full swing to convert the creeks and the water bodies to resemble Kerala’s soothing green. The new services are slated to commence as early as May 2018 – right on time for the Indian vacation season. However, the plan is still pending approval from the Mumbai High Court. For those taking the Marve-Manori-Gorai road, the ferry service will reduce the travel time to a mere 10 minutes. The routes the new ferry service will cover are: Borivali-Gorai, Bhayander-Vasai, Versova and Naringi (Virar) to Kharwadashri and Tembhi Kodave (Palghar).The development will drastically alter the face of the creeks in the region and also aid in maintaining the area, keeping it picturesque, something which it now lacks. Well, as Mumbaikars, we can’t wait for the new ferry to commence! Imagine taking a day off from work to simple laze in a house-boat! Sounds heavenly!