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Colaba

Location: Southern tip of Mumbai
Specialty: Shopper's haven
Attraction: Gateway of India, Colaba Causeway, Sassoon Docks, Afghan Church
Best Time to Visit: Anytime of the year

Gateway of India Colaba MumbaiColaba is at the southern tip of Mumbai, what once was called Old Woman's Island, before the seven islands were united to form Mumbai. Colaba has been shoppers' paradise. Colaba is replete with a host of hotels and restaurants making it a perfect tourist chill-out center. In the proximity is the historic Gateway of India that is always a hot tourist destination.

Colaba has a history intricately woven with that of Bombay. It was among the group of islands that the Portuguese gifted to Charles II as a dowry when he was married to Catherine of Braganza in 1661. Colaba came under the British East India Company in 1668 when it was leased to the company. In 1743 British Colaba was leased to Richard Broughton and later in 1796, it became an army cantonment. By 1838 Colaba Causeway was complete and with the opening of the Cotton Exchange at Cotton Green in 1844, Colaba turned into a commercial hub.

Colaba is a one-stop shop where you could get anything. Colaba Causeway is the tourist hub running parallel to the Gateway of India. Here you can buy your heart out with great scope for bargaining. Colaba is dotted with cafes and restaurants where you could have every delicacy suiting your taste buds. When in Colaba you could visit Sassoon Dock, with undying stench emanating from the fishes that are being sold at any time of the day. Down the Lower Colaba Road, there is an Afghan Church with lofty limestone spire. A church of St. John It was consecrated in the honor of those who died during the campaign of Sind and Afghanistan.

If history interests you, there is a fascinating Prince of Wales Museum displaying a myriad collection of ancient and medieval sculpture and artifacts. You could also visit the National Gallery of Modern Art where you could appreciate the contemporary Indian Modern art.

How to Reach Colaba
Colaba is among the hot tourist destinations in Mumbai; hence the place is well connected by air, rail and road. Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport is just 28 km North from here. Santa Cruz airport is about an hour drive from Colaba. Churchgate Railway Station is around 3kms North of Colaba and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is around 5 km North. Frequent buses are available from Colaba Bus Station that connects it to the major centers of the city.