Mumbai/South

The Flora Fountain lies at the centre of South Mumbai. It is now known as Hutatma Chowk (Martyrs' square.)

South Bombay is a commonly used term, but the extent of this district is not commonly agreed upon. This article uses the term to denote the areas of Fort, Colaba, Malabar Hill, Nariman Point, Marine Lines, Kalbadevi, Pydhonie, Mahalaxmi, and Tardeo. On the North it border the South Central Mumbai.

South Bombay was the center of terrorist attacks between the evening of Nov. 26th & 29th 2008. The situation is improving but significant damage led to the temporary closure of the Taj Mahal and Trident-Oberoi Hotels. These hotels re-opened on 21st December, 2008.

Understand

This district contains some of the oldest parts of the city. For a long time, this was the city. One of the seven islands that were joined to form Mumbai was called Bombay. This is where the British started on their long quest to build the docks and the city. They built Fort St. George, which no longer exists, but the area is still called "Fort". The Fort area contains many corporate offices and most of the administrative offices of the city and state governments.

Paradoxically, this district contains one of the newest areas of the city, Nariman Point, which was built on land reclaimed between the 1940s and the 70s. This is Bombay's downtown, where the offices of India's topmost corporate houses are located.

Malabar Hill, the most affluent residential neighbourhood in the city is also located here. Most industrialists have their bungalows here. This is also where the official residences of Maharashtra's chief minister and Governor are located. Altamount Road is another affluent area that features the residences of Ratan Tata and Mukesh Ambani, amongst others, the latter of which is the most expensive residence in the world. The other famous location is Colaba, which used to be an island by itself, until it was connected to Bombay by a causeway. This area contains a naval base.

Most of the city's famous landmarks, including the iconic Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Hotel, and Marine Drive (Queen's Necklace) are located here.

Get in

By taxi

This is the best way to reach South Mumbai whether you have arrived by air, train, or bus. The Taxi should be able to get you straight to your hotel.

By train

All three lines of Mumbai's local train network terminate here. The Central and Harbour lines end at Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (commonly known by its former name of Victoria Terminus, or VT). The Western line ends at Churchgate, though long-distance trains stop at Mumbai Central. Most tourist areas can be reached most easily from VT and Churchgate stations. The best way to get here from the airport is to make your way to Andheri station and take a southbound train to Churchgate, though this method is not recommended during peak hours, especially if you have luggage.

By bus

BEST serves this area exceptionally well. During peak times buses have standing room only, but at other times it is a comfortable option. Buses in the series 1-199 serve this area.

By car

It is best to avoid getting your car here, especially on a weekday. While all highways terminate here and traffic discipline is better than almost anywhere else in India, the extraordinary amount of traffic and the near impossibility of finding parking close to your destination make this a bad option to take. Even if you drive down, it is a good idea to park your car at one of the paid parking areas run by the Municipal Corporation (Look for "MCGM" on the streets) and then take other means of transport to your destination.

See

Map of Elephanta caves. Key to the sculptures at Elephanta: Main Hall 1. Ravana lifting Kailash 2. Shiva-Parvati on Kailash (Gambling Scene) 3. Ardhanarishvara (Androgyne) 4. Trimurti (Eternal Shiva, Sadashiva) 5. Gangadhara 6. Wedding of Shiva 7. Shiva slaying Andhaka 8. Nataraja (Dancing Shiva) 9. Yogishvara (Lord of Yogis).- East Wing Shrine 10. Kartikeya 11. Matrikas 12. Ganesha 13. Dvarapala. - West Wing Shrine 14. Yogishvara (Lord of Yogis) 15. Shiva Dancing. - Main Hall Shrine 16. Linga

Colonial Architecture

Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus,"Victoria Terminus"

Museums & Galleries

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum, and gardens

Places of Religious Worships

Temples

Churches

Mosques

Agiaries

Synagogues

Do

Buy

Book Shops & Libraries

Eat

You can also eat from the various carts and hawkers if you feel your stomach can take it.

Budget

Authentic Marathi Cuisine

Mid-range

Splurge

If you know someone who is a member of the Willingdon, Bombay Gym, Radio club, or CCI beg them to take you there for cheap, good food, and dirt-cheap drinks.

Drink

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

WARNING! This place is an absolute nightmare. Only stay here if you want to stay in dirty rooms, on dirty sheets, listening to one of the miscreants downstairs beating dogs. Awful. 625r for double AC, no windows. For 800r you can have a lovely double, light, airy, no AC- in Hotel Lawrence, ignore the freaky entrance. 3rd floor, ITTS Building, Shree Sai Baba (S.B.) Marg, near Museum.

Splurge

The Taj Mahal Palace together with the Gateway to India-arc.

Learn

Yoga

Sign language

Connect

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