Overlooking the Arabian Sea and with an Indian Naval base on one end, Aksa Beach is relatively secluded beach in the northern suburb of Malad. It does get plenty of visitors, but Aksa is not frequented as much as Girgaum Chowpatti or even Juhu Beach. Because of this, Aksa makes for a decent little day trip by the beach, or even a quick weekend getaway thanks to the cottages and hotels that line the beach. You’ll mostly find tourists and youngsters here, but the number of visitors has only been increasing year after year. Still, the beach is pristine even though it is a public space. But the narrow coastline and proximity to INS Hamla, an Indian naval station, means that there isn’t that much of a stretch to explore here. ALSO READ: 5 beaches in India where you can collect the most beautiful seashells!
Swimming here is also not safe, because of the sinking sand and high tides. The sand here is soft though, so you can walk barefoot without any worries. October to March is a good time to visit the beach, when humidity is at its lowest in the city. Food stalls are limited, with local snacks like corn cobs, candy floss, sandwiches and sev puri on offer. If you want to go someplace even more secluded, nearby Marve Beach is a good option. Marve is also close to the Essel World amusement park. You can also take a ferry from Aksa to the Global Vipassana Pagoda. CHECK OUT: Top 4 secret beaches in India that only locals know of
While INS Hamla lies on one side of Aksa Beach, the other side has an extended front called Dana Pani beach. This tiny little extension is a great place to visit if you want some photo opportunities. For the spiritually included, the famed Shri Hiradevi Temple lies nearby too. Aksa lies closes to the Malad railway station, but you can also get there from Borivali station. The drive to the beach on Madh-Marve road is a welcome change from the clogged roads of Mumbai; it is scenic and calm, and perfect to put you in the mood for a lazy day at the beach.
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