Marine Drive a 4.5 km boulevard in south Mumbai is a 6 lane curving highway hugging Back Bay connecting Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill. Alongside this is the palm tree lined promenade, a large public space which is a lifeline to the citizens of Mumbai.Marine Drive is even known as Sonapur. This wonderful tourist location is also popularly termed as Queen’s Necklace as the glistening streetlights along the long coastline appear like a series of stunning pearls at night, which creates a virtual picture of an elegant necklace.
Marine Drive Walk is at its best in the evenings when the lights come on and an amber glow is cast over the whole area. This is also the time when thousands of people descend on it to spend time with family and friends, relax, get exercise or just admire the sunset. The most popular spot along the promenade is the northern end at the foot of the Malabar Hills known as Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai’s oldest beach front. This where young couples go to spend time together, the people of Mumbai go to sample ‘bhelpuri’ the traditional fast food, and where thousands converge during ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ and other religious festivals to see idols immersed in the sea. This is also where children enjoy the fair like atmosphere, visitors can get their palm read and horoscopes interpreted, watch snake charmers, see monkeys and acrobats perform and even get a head massage.
The promenade is also said to be one of the largest public spaces anywhere and as such hosts several large scale events from time to time. The route of the great Mumbai Marathon has always included Marine Drive.It is a C-shaped six-lane concrete boulevard along the natural bay. All those people who wish to get rid of the entire day’s fatigue spend their evenings at the Marine Drive. Further, owing to its serene ambience and a special charm, it also attracts love birds. Marine Drive just the high waves of the Arabian Sea that make a sweet noise, and people simply enjoy this clatter.Stretching along the Arabian Sea in South Mumbai, Marine Drive is one of the famous streets in the world. It is officially known as Netaji Subash Chandra Bose road. If one watches at night from a height then the marine drive appears to be a string of diamonds. The road also houses plenty of hotels alongside as a part of tourism in Mumbai.
History of Marine Drive
The purpose of constructing Marine Drive was basically one among the multiple parts of the Back Bay Reclamation Scheme of the British Government. The ground plan was to dredge the water body and dump big boulders into it in order to obtain bigger piece of land for the westward extension of the city. The construction of Marine Drive was started in the year 1915 at Girgaum Chowpatty, which once upon a time was known as Kennedy Sea Face. A most of the construction work was finished in the 1930s. In the same time frame, the attention shifted to the architecture or structure of the place and the inclusion of the popular Art Deco fashion was planned. This seemed to be quite modern and impressive. The rich Parsi immigrants and film stars quickly accepted it and started building a spree of buildings along the beautiful Marine Drive.
How to Reach:
Marine Drive is located at a distance of 22.3kilometres from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. After you reach Mumbai Airport, you can take a local train or taxi in order to reach your destination. If you are planning to board a train, it would take you about an hour to get Marine Line railway station, from here you can reach your destination by auto or cab. But if you are planning to take a taxi, you can easily reach Marine Drive in 20 minutes.