Cool Things To Do To Beat The Heat In Mumbai

The sweltering summer days don’t have to be unbearable. You can beat the heat with some or all of our ‘cool off’ in Mumbai ideas.

Hit the beaches

Gorai, Manori, Marve and Uttan about twenty years ago were holiday destinations for Mumbaiites that still made us feel like we were going ‘out of town’. Now these beach side towns are not far from the city and can be easily accessed via the Malad, Bhayander highway or even via ferry. The beaches on weekends tend to get crowded but on a weekday you are likely to be surprised by the beauty and serenity these quaint places still offer.

Stay options:

The Retreat, Madh:

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This is resort is sea facing and a big draw is the large meandering pool with a sunken bar and waterfall surrounded by lush lawns and coconut trees. There are a few slides for the kids and the wide open green spaces are ideal for free play for children.

Manoribel, Manori:

This resort has great views of the beach and the sea and is set within the shade of old casuarinas and palm trees. There’s a machan that overlooks the sea and activities that include table tennis, volleyball, basketball, badminton, cycling, carrom, chess and cards. There’s also a children’s play area.

Image Courtesy: Manoribel from their website

U-Tan, Uttan:

This resort up on a hill close to the sea overlooks the ocean and has a nice swimming pool. Their open lawn spaces are ideal for badminton, volleyball and cricket and they also have an outdoor play zone for children. You could stroll down to the village to watch fishing boats being repaired or to see how fish is dried.

*Being coastal fishing villages, the air though fresher than in other parts of Mumbai does occasionally have a whiff of drying fish.

Must do:

Ideally use any of these resorts as a base for a two day trip to Essel World and Water Kingdom. Plan to explore Asia’s largest theme water park on day 1, head back to your hotel in the area for the night and enjoy Essel World on day 2 after a late check out.

Prakruti Resort, Kashid:

Kashid is a seaside village in the Raigad District and one of the most fun places to head to there is Prakruti Resort. While the resort is not touching the beach, you can see the sea from the vantage point on the hill side where the 100 acre property is located.

Must do:

Enjoy the pool, let your hair down at the in house disco, let the kids have fun at the indoor games area, play cricket on the lawns, take a ride in a bullock cart, walk down to the beach and try out the water sports.

Have a snow fight

Snomagica, Adlabs Imagica, Khopoli

To cool off what could be more tempting than a visit to India’s largest snow park where you can play snow basketball, do some snow climbing, ride down the toboggans, have a snow ball fight and a lot more. The snow at Snomagica at Adlabs Imagica, Khopoli is said to be free of any chemicals and preservatives and is therefore 100% safe. So don’t tell your kids yet but the snow prepared using RO purified water is edible! Adlabs Imagica is now an even more attractive fun destination to head to. That’s because they now have a Novotel hotel right there. You can explore Adlabs Imagica and Snomagica on day one and then Aquamagica the water park inspired by the Greek island Mykonos on day two or vice versa. There are crazy rides, exciting attractions, plenty of food and beverage options, shopping, and more.

Image Courtesy: Snow park at Imagica from their Facebook page

*If you head to this incredible theme park destination during the week then check out all the special deals that are often on offer.

There’s so much to do at Adlabs Imagica that it could leave you feeling bewildered at the gate unless of course you have either a map or a print out of our Pune Mom’s review that enlists the must dos!

Snow World, Phoenix Market City, Kurla

Image Courtesy: Snow World Kurla from their Facebook page

You can head over to Snow World at the Kurla Mall to glide over ice. The temperature within the 15,000 square foot interiors is set at a constant -10 degrees Celsius. Within the chilly interiors you can find snow all over the floor; an ice skating rink; an ice slide, snow sledging area, snowboarding zone; igloo caves (not made of ice) and a cosy looking wooden hut. Read my review here.

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Arctic Circle, Esselworld, Gorai

At Esselworld’s 3,400 square foot Arctic Circle rink the temperature is set between minus four and four degrees Celsius. While you will be given ice skates, we suggest you carry your thick socks and some warm wear.

Go promenade hopping

Mumbai has many promenades like Marine Drive; Priyadarshini Park; Bandstand and Carter Road in Bandra; and Worli sea face. Get the kids into walking shoes and take in a walking sunrise or sunset with your child at any of these scenic spots.

Hop on an AC bus

Mumbai’s public transport system is good but since we are talking about a joy ride please plan your personal bus tour for non-rush hour timings or for a Sunday. The A 76 AC Express that does the Colaba Depot to Gorai Depot run is a good option to consider as its route takes you past Babulnath, Nehru Planetarium, Worli Sea Face, Bandra Worli Sea Link and then onto Gorai via Kher Wadi Junction. If you want to explore Gorai then go the entire distance else end your journey after the scenic ride down the Sea Link.

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Summer coolers — ice cream, aam ras, juices and kulfi

Go beyond everyone’s favourite ice cream store Natural Ice Cream (best known for their whole fresh fruit ice creams in waffle cones) to the other ice cream spots in the city. Try K Rustam, Churchgate for their classic ice cream sandwich, Bachelorr’s at Chowpatty for green chilli ice cream, Just Chill 7 at Matunga for the softy varieties, any of the Dairy Don outlets, Papacream, Churchgate for their liquid nitrogen blasted ice creams, and Yogurtbay for the Tiramisu frozen treat.

Papa cream

Yogurt bay & waffle bay

Try the faloodas and juices at Haji Ali Juice Centre and Badshah Cold Drinks at Crawford Market. For kulfis head to New Kulfi Centre, Chowpatty, Baba Falooda at Mahim for dry fruit kulfi falooda, Gokul Ice Cream at Santacruz, Parsi Dairy Farm at Kalbadevi, and the kulfi wala (known as Hong Kong Bank kulfiwala) who sets up shop every evening at Turner Road, Bandra.

Image Courtesy: Haji Ali Juice Centre from their website

Don’t miss the mangoes in their aam ras avatar. Try aam ras puri at Soam, Babulnath (orange apricot ice cream here is yum too), Panchvati Gaurav near Metro Cinema, Jain Dairy, Borivali East, Trupti at Dadar, Golden Star at Girgaum, Samrat at Churchgate, Status, Nariman Point, and New Kulfi Centre, Chowpatty.

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Experience the early evening sea breeze

Image Courtesy: Aqua Sail image from their website

From the Gateway of India buy a return ticket and either hop onto a ferry going to Elephanta Island or to Mandwa in time to watch the sunset. Alternatively, you can hire a yacht or Dhow to give your child an experience of fresh air, cool breeze and ocean swells. Companies like Sirius, Yacht Tours Mumbai, Oyster Sailing, West Coast Marine, and Aqua Sail all offer sailing experiences.

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Thrill comes in the form of water sports


Plan a day trip to Mandwa. Hop on a ferry early morning from Gateway of India and look out for the water sports operators on Mandwa beach. You can try water sports like water scooters and banana boat rides. They also offer All-Terrain Vehicle rides on the beach. In and around Mandwa near the jetty there are varied food and beverage options to suit every budget.

Try wada pavs from the stalls opposite the booking offices and traditional thalis at the restaurants on the only road leading away from the jetty near Vishranti which serves missal pav and snacks. Sample the quiches, tandoori chicken, tikkas and brownies at Kiki’s Café and enjoy a leisurely lunch at the new multi cuisine waterfront dining restaurant on the jetty Boardwalk by Flamboyante.

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Originally published at on May 19, 2016.

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