Colaba in Mumbai

From heritage sites to shopping districts, Colaba is a favorite with all!

From heritage sites to shopping districts, Colaba is a favorite with all! | Photo credit: Flickr/Barry Rogge

Colaba Overview

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Sprawling in Mumbai's southernmost peninsula, Colaba is a bustling district that is packed with heritage sites, street stalls, markets, restaurants, bars and assorted accommodation choices. Under Portuguese rule during the 16th century, this area was known as Candil. Later, when the British arrived, they renamed it as Colio. The current name Colaba has been derived from the word Kolabhat from the language of Kolis, who were indigenous inhabitants of this locale.

Colaba Causeway or Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, built in 1838, bisects the promontory and serves as the commercial artery that connects Colaba and the Old Woman's Island (Little Colaba). The Gateway of India, Regal Theatre and the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel are some of the iconic landmarks of this destination. The Churchgate and Sassoon Docks (one of the oldest docks in Mumbai city) are proud possessions of Colaba.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that serves as headquarters of the Mumbai Central Railways is located here. Southern Colaba houses a large military cantonment known as the Navy Nagar. Your visit to Mumbai is incomplete without visiting Colaba.

  • Opening Closing Time Open all days

  • Photo Opp

    Colaba boasts of an exquisite landscape and popular attractions that can be captured through the camera lens. Be it the endless Arabian Sea or impressive landmarks like the Gateway of India, you would love to click them all.
  • Movie Connect

    The liveliness of Colaba has always attracted Bollywood filmmakers. The superhit film Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010) was shot at various locations in Colaba. The song Tum jo aye zindagi mein baat ban gayi from this movie was shot at Eros Theatre, located opposite Churchgate station. Other films like Wanted (2009), Naseeb (1981), Black (2005) and One Two Three (2008) have been shot here too.

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Mumbai, 400005, Maharashtra