Kanhoji Angre Island
Kanhoji Angre was an admiral in the Maratha Navy. He was renowned for attacking European (mainly Portuguese and British) ships and collecting taxes from them. He was never captured by the Europeans despite their best efforts. Records show he even employed a few European sailors that he took as prisoners. At the peak of his dominance, he controlled harbours between Surat and Karwar. He supervised proceedings from a fort on a little island called Kandheri around 20 km south of Mumbai. In 1998, that little island was renamed in his honour and plans to turn it into a tourist destination were drawn up in 2013.
Bandra Street Art
Kwan Kung Temple
Inconspicuously hidden among the myriad buildings in Mazagaon Dockyard, Kwan Kung Temple is the only Chinese temple in Mumbai. Located a half-hour drive away from our hotel, the building comprises an auspicious red door and Chinese lettering on a board above the door. If the religious history of our largest neighbours has been a source of fascination for you, then this item on our list of offbeat places in Mumbai is the right destination!
This is a group of 19 caves built by Buddhist monks between the 1st and 6th century A.D. They are a combination of both living quarters and large halls where devotees could gather and worship. The rock they were hewn out of is not the best at preservation, so travellers are advised to go take it all in before nature reclaims this wondrous site.
For ages, Iran has celebrated its culture of brewing the most aromatic tea and coffee. When Iranians migrated to India to escape famine and religious persecution, they brought this culture with them and set up the famous Irani cafes that are scattered across Mumbai. A visit to these cafes and enjoying the renowned bun maska and Irani chai is a worthy addition to your list of offbeat things to do in Mumbai. Some famous names are B. Merwan and Co., Britannia and Co. and Yazdani Bakery.
Mangroves are among the last lines of defence against extreme natural events like rising water levels and tsunamis. They are also effective in preventing soil erosion and global warming. Mumbai's mangroves are home to a vast variety of both terrestrial and aquatic life. Much of the land formerly occupied by the mangroves had been reclaimed to house the growing population, but notable efforts are being made to nurture and conserve the wetlands these mangroves grow on.
Providing some respite from all the skyscrapers, Aarey Colony is located away from the chaotic city life and is a rich eco-sensitive area. In the middle of Aarey Colony, there is a garden and lake dubbed Chhota Kashmir by visitors. It is certainly reminiscent of the crown of India, which is completed with an immaculate lake you can take boat rides on. It is the perfect place to get away from the breakneck pace of Mumbai.
David Sassoon Library & Reading Room
The David Sassoon Library & Reading Room is the next location on our list of unexplored places in Mumbai. It was opened in 1870 and is due for renovation in 2023. A part of the building doubles as an art gallery too. For literature lovers and connoisseurs, this is a paradise worth exploring.
RBI Monetary Museum
In 2004, the Reserve Bank of India established a monetary museum showcasing the history and evolution of currency in India. It houses exhibits dating as far back as the 6th century B.C.E. It is an interesting stop to make during your visit to Mumbai. Entry is free.