Akshi: Around 2.5 hours from Mumbai, Akshi lies just south of Mumbai’s favourite weekend destination Alibaug, but is far more serene, less crowded and separated by a creek / stream. It is a lovely walk from the estuary of this stream all the way down to the end of the beach. The grey white sand here is very firm, yet has a silky softness to it – a walk around sunset is highly recommended. Makes for the quickest day trip from Mumbai – there are wonderful cottages to stay as well right on the beach.
Distance: 96 km from Mumbai via State Highway 104, 125 km via the Mumbai – Pune Expressway
Where to stay: Beach View Cottage; many more options available at Alibaug, 8 km north of the beach (but is a less serene option for holidaying)
What else: Nagaon is yet another jewel of a beach south of Akshi and worth a visit; otherwise there’s Alibaug in the north – Mumbai’s most popular weekend seaside retreat