Located on North Suburban Mumbai part, Vasai-Virar City is the only Metropolitan City of newly formed Palghar district. The city is connected by connected to Mumbai by Western Railway and to Navi Mumbai, Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan and Panvel cities by the Vasai-Diva Railway line. Vasai Virar is very popular for weekend water parks and resorts destination from Mumbai and Thane. The popular tourist places, beaches, famous temples around Vasai Virar like Jivdani Temple, Shree Vajreshwari Yogini Devi Mandir, Arnala Fort, Vasai Fort, Tungareshwar Temple and Arnala beach. The details of tourist attractions near Vasai Virar are as follows:

Tourist Places in Vasai Virar

Arnala Fort, Vasai

(Timings: Always open, but not recommended to visit during nights)

Also known as Jaldurg or Janjira Arnala, it is located on an island. The features of the fort include huge ramparts, watch tower, large water reserve and stone gateway. It also has the temples of Goddess Bhavani, Lord Shiva, Ambakeshwar and padukas of Shrinityanand Maharaj. Buses are available from Virar station to Arnala market. From Arnala market one has to get on small fish trawlers to reach on the fort.

Bassein Fort/Vasai Fort, Vasai Virar

(Timings: Always open, but not recommended to visit during nights and better visit with your group.)

Surrounded by water on three sides, Vasai Fort is marine fort which has strong stone wall with 11 bastions. The fort has also rich greenery and is used for Bollywood shooting. Due to remoteness of the fort, it might be risky to visit on weekdays. Autorickshaws, buses are most common mode of transport. Nearest Railway Station is Vasai Road station, from which ST buses, local buses, autorikshaws are available.

Beaches in Vasai Virar

Arnala Beach, Virar,

(Water Sports & Other facilities: Paragliding, sky gliding and camel rides are available)

Arnala beach is famous weekend destination located in Virar. Surrounded by suru trees, the beach also has paragliding and camel rides. The beach is ideal for weekend break with the family resorts available near the beach. Nearest Railway station is Virar with 9 km. ST buses/Shared autorikshaws are available from Virar station.

Pilgrimages in Vasai Virar

Jivdani Temple, Virar,

(Timings: 2.30 am to 8.00 pm,, Contact: (0250) 2523698, 2523398 (0250) 2521777)

Dedicated to Goddess Jivdani Mata, Jivdani temple is situated on the top of a hill. One has to climb around 1300 steps to reach the temple however rope way is available. The view from the temple of surroundings hills and Virar City is striking. Share Auto rickshaws are available from Virar Railway Station. Dusshera is celebrated with full enthusiasm

Shree Vajreshwari Yogini Devi Mandir, Vasai,

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Dedicated to Goddess Vajreshwari, according to legends, Lord Rama and Lord Parashuram visited this temple. The temple is surrounded by stone and has to climb through stone to reach the temple. At distance of 5 km from Mandir, there are 20 hot water kunds which are said to be created by former volcano. Pilgrims take bath in hot water to take blessings of God. Main festival is Navratri Utsav in month September/October and other festivals includes Dipavali, Shri Datta Jayanti, Holi, Hanuman Jayanti, Godhadebaba Shrine worship.

There is hot water springs located in the Vajreshwari area as well as in Ganeshpuri and in Akoli. The springs have high sulphur content and are believed to cure many skin ailments.

Tungareshwar Temple, Vasai,


This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated in greenery of Tungreshwar hills. It is also famous for waterfall and river. Many treks and nature trails in this area are conducted during monsoon. Nearest railway station is Vasai on Western Route. Share Auto rickshaws are available from Vasai Railway Station.

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Other Important Tourist Information about Vasai Virar

How to Reach Vasai Virar: Vasai and Virar are both railways stations connected to local Western Railways. Autorikshaws and state transport buses are available from railway stations.

(75 km from Mumbai, 52 km from Thane, 125 km from Vashi)

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