Colaba is one of the most famous places on the tourist map in Mumbai, especially when it comes to international travelers visiting the country. However, close to four centuries back, Mumbai was formed with seven individual islands and two of them were small parts of Colaba. It was through the Portuguese rule all the way through the British rule that the seven islands came together and formed Mumbai. Colaba forms the southernmost region of the city. If you go further south from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, through Mumbai Fort and finally cross the Jehangir Art Gallery and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, that’s where Colaba starts and ends all the way at the Navy Nagar.
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While Colaba is home to some of the most iconic landmarks of the British Era, it is also home to some places that have held on to the ethnic culture of the aboriginal Koli community. The Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is located right off the Apollo Bunder Road in Colaba. Colaba is also known because of Australian writer, Gregory David Roberts’ best-seller novel, Shantaram thatb describes the neighborhood in a way that’ll make you feel like you’re down the streets yourself!
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Apart from that, during the 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Leopold Cafe on Colaba Causeway were the two places that ended up grabbing a lot of tourist attraction over the years. The Leopold Cafe has become an iconic place in town if you’re looking for a relaxed place to enjoy a few beers. Cafe Mondegar is yet another place to sit back and relax.
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Among a lot of interesting things to do in Colaba, shopping at Colaba Causeway makes it to the top of our list. From antique and vintage trinkets to clothes, shoes and accessories are some of the few things you can shop for on this lane. The Cathedral of the Holy name is a beautiful Cathedral you can visit. There are various eateries in and around the locality, including Bar Stock Exchange, Colaba Social, Koylas and many more.
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