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Travelers throng to the wonderful Salsette Island, which is situated in India’s west coast in the state of Maharashtra. District Thane lies on this island, thus making it very densely inhabited. Salsette Island is bordered by Vasai Creek in the direction of north, Ulhas River in the direction of northeast, Arabian Sea in the direction of west and south, and Bombay Harbor and Thane Creek in the direction of east. The original 7 islands of Mumbai that were unified by land reformation during 19 and 20th centuries and created the city of Mumbai are now nearly a southward protruding isthmus of the much bigger Salsette Island.
Salsette Island is dominated by hordes of hills bordered by tidal flats. Quite a few smaller islands actually lay on the island’s western side. These included Juhu, Bandra, Rai Murdhe, Dharavi Island, Marve Island, Versova, all with a mound core, sandy beaches and embellishing wave-cut platforms. The highest point in the island is the pointed peak of Kanheri in Borivali National Park. It must be noted that the park is the largest in the world within city limits.
Travelers will be able to avail decent accommodation within 5 kms of Salsette Island without any hassles.
- Ishana Apartment
- Sapphire Asta
- Oyo Apartments
- Meluha The Fern
- Lalco Residency
All these hotels provide comfortable rooms and other amenities at affordable rates.
Events / Festivals in Salsette Island
Kanheri Caves: These caves are very popular among the tourists and are located within 2 kms of the island. The Kanheri Caves, which line the side of stony gorge 6kms from the northern entrance, are very famous. The caves include chaityas (halls), viharas (monasteries) and dwellings. These monasteries and halls were utilized by Buddhist monks in 1st century BC as part of cloistral university complex.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park: You can easily visit this park which is situated 5 kms of Salsette Island. Butterflies, birds, leopards and bright flora inhabit this wonderful park. You can hire a cycle and explore the entire park according to your liking.
Places to Visit in Salsette Island
Lakes: Travelers can visit and explore Powai Lake, Vihar Lake and Tulsi Lake on the Salsette Island. Numerous other lakes and small ponds are also present on the island.
Rivers: Dahisar River, Oshiwara River, Poisar River and Mithi River beautify the natural beauty of Salsette Island. All these rivers empty in the Arabian Sea.
Creeks: Many brackish and saline creeks extend inland from shoreline. These creeks provide spectacular natural views to the travelers. These creeks look best during sunrise and sunset so it is ideal to explore these places during these times.
Climate of Salsette Island
Summer season in Salsette Island: Summer season tend to be humid and warm. The summer season starts from April and lasts till August. The temperature ranges from 30-35 degree Celsius in the summer season.
Monsoon season in Salsette Island: June-July marks the onset of monsoon season in Salsette Island. During the monsoon, the natural landscape gets lush green, with overflowing ponds and lakes.
Winter season in Salsette Island: The winter season begins from December and lasts till February. The temperature ranges between 15-20 degree Celsius and gets very pleasant for excursions.
Best Time to Visit Salsette Island
The period from October till February is a pretty favorable time to visit Salsette Island along with your family and friends. The weather gets pleasant for travelling and excursions on the island. However, monsoon season is also a good time to explore the island with lush green hills, lakes, ponds and bright flora.
How to Reach Salsette Island
Salsette Island by Air: The closest airport from Salsette Island is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. The total distance between the airport and Salsette Island is only 23 kms. You can easily take a taxi, cab or bus from the airport to reach the island.
Nearest Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.