This is a solidly middle-class district, which developed due to immigration after independence (in 1947). The Sindhis and Punjabis were refugees from the partition. They settled in Sion and parts of Matunga. Another prominent community to settle here were the South Indians, especially Tamils. They settled in Matunga and Vadala areas. The poorer migrants from Tamil Nadu settled in Dharavi, which was essentially a drained out swamp. So Dharavi turned into Asia's largest slum.
The district is not a tourist haunt, but if you want a slice of Chennai in the city, you could visit King's Circle, Matunga and explore some of the bylanes. This is one rare district where the roads are actually walkable, as the footpaths in the Sion Circle and King's Circle area are well-maintained and free of hawkers and other encroachments.
The Eastern express highway runs as far as Sion and runs into a perennial traffic jam at one point. Then it changes over to the Dr. Ambedkar road that runs all the way to South Mumbai. Road connectivity with the Central line is not that good. The roads exist, but are very crowded. BEST buses in the series 1-199 that serve South Mumbai also serve this area and are very frequent.
Astika Samaj Ram Templeaddress: Bhandarkar Marg,
address: Nathalal Parekh Marg ? Matunga East, Mumbai 19A very special and tranquil church. This is probably the most prominent landmark in this area.
address: Mahim CausewayStrategically located in the Mahim Bay, the fort overlooks Worli to the south, Bandra to the north, and Mahim to the east. The origins of the fort are unclear, but it occupies a strategic location that has been frequently contested. The fort is in disrepair, suffering from administrative neglect, encroachment of slums, and exposure to tidal erosion. Large boulders are strewn on the sand and crevices as high as 3 metres (15 feet) are visible.
St. Michael Churchphone: +91 22 2445 4483address: Mori Road, Mahim
Shree Marubai Gavdevi Mandiraddress: Dr. Ambedkar MargAround 1700s this area was called Marubai Tekdi Gaon, which is said was shortened to MaTunGa (Matunga). Marubai is the traditional Gaondevi (village Goddess) of Matunga whose small temple existed under a peepal tree at King's Circle.
Sitladevi Templeaddress: Mahim West, Mahim.A very old temple and a must-see.
Jesuit chapelIn 1543, the Portuguese took possession of the islands of Bombay by force, naming it Sião. The Portuguese gave the Jesuit priests the sole ownership of some of these islands. The Jesuits then built a chapel on the hill near the present-day and named it after Mount Zion (Sion) in Jerusalem.
Sion Hillock Fortaddress: Sion East, Air Force Quarters, SionIt was built by the British Governor of Bombay Gerard Aungier atop a conical hillock. The hillock is a few metres from the Sion railway station. Sion was the boundary between British-held Parel island and Portuguese held Salsette Island and the castle marked the northeast boundary of their possession. The fort was built between 1669 and 1677. The fort is dilapidated and a collection of broken stone steps, scattered walls and ruins, overrun by trees and ground cover. The fort wall has a small room on top. A series of pathways lead to it. The fort offers a panoramic view, overlooking the salt pans in the Thane Creek. However vandalism and apathy have taken toll on the structure.
Wadala (also spelled Vadala, formerly spelt Wuddala) is a locality of the city of Mumbai. Wadala Road is a station on the Harbour Line of Mumbai's railway network. In clockwise order connected: Sion (North), SaltPans, Thane Creek (East), Sewri (South), Parel (Southwest), Dadar (West) last two are part of South Central Mumbai and Matunga (Northwest).
Bahá'í Cemeteryaddress: Bhoiwada Samshan Bhoomi Rd, New Police Lines, Wadala
Balaji Templeaddress: Nandkarni Park, Antop Hill, WadalaIt celebrates the Jatra festival each year in the month of January.
Barkat Ali Dargahaddress: Nandkarni Park, Antop HillLandmark.
BEST Transport MuseumIt features amateur mini models of BEST buses and the ancient trams.
Chinese Cemeteryaddress: Jerbai Wadia Rd, MHADA Colony, Wadala
Devi Mandiraddress: Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg, Azad Nagar, Wadala
Gurudwara near Wadala station.
Hanuman templeaddress: Katrak Road, Parsi Colony, Wadala
IMAX dome theateraddress: Bit outskirts on Eastern Express Highway, Near wadala truck terminusThe world's largest IMAX dome theater, in 2008.
Krishna Templeaddress: David S. Baretto Road, Wadala or Balkrishna Sule Marg, Wadla Village, Wadala
Lord Ram templeaddress: Nr. Signal, Wadala (West)Founded in the 15th century.
Our Lady of Dolours Churchaddress: DS Baretto Road, Matunga East
Pathan Mosqueaddress: Sewri Cross Road, Madhav Nagar, Wadala
St. Dominic Savio Churchaddress: Wadala EastThis church, built in 1981, was the first of Mumbai churches to be on the first floor.
Shiv Templeaddress: Sewri Wadala Road, Wadla Village, Wadala
phone: +91 22 2416 11 26address: Vidyalankar College Marg, Wadala (East)The area of it is ~4.5 ha. The campus comprises 3 buildings, 2 gardens, a football field, a volleyball ground and also a cricket pitch. A canteen and a cafe both offer a wide range of food and beverages. There is a library with a reading hall which is open 6 days a week and on Sundays when exams are approaching. Vidyalankar has won the Honour Award from Designshare, New York, USA for its innovative design. The structure boasts of gateless campus, a man-size chess board, an amphitheatre and a multi purpose zone for students to chill
Vitthal TempleThis is a 400-year-old Temple built by Sant Tukaram who brought the idol from Pandharpur, home of the original temple of Lord Vithal. The temple is known as Prati Pandharpur (Pandharpur temple’s replica). One of the many one day festivals in Mumbai has been held in this temple to devote Lord Vitthal on Ashadhi Ekadashi (According to Hindu Calendar) in June/July.
RA Poddar college of commerceaddress: Matunga Central
Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Scienceaddress: Matunga Central
University Institute of Chemical Technology
Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute — Premier Engineering Institutephone: +91 22 2419 8102address: H R Mahajani Marg, Matunga East, Wadala
Welingkar Institute of Managementaddress: Matunga Central
Five GardensTake a walk in the mornings.
phone: +91 9930027370address: Shop No: 5, Ground floor, 154 Dharavi Main Road, Dharavi, Mumbai-17.The Dharavi slum is a breathtaking, overwhelming experience at the heart of this part of Mumbai, with a massive recycling industry, ultra-dense housing, and both poverty and wealth existing in close proximity. Seeing the slum firsthand is safer and easier under the auspices of a professional guide such as Fahim Vora, based in Dharavi. The longer tours are only slightly more expensive and worth the extra time, traveling through the slum's factories, bakeries, dwellings and schools, and interacting with local residents. Call to book or book online.
Secondhand booksaddress: streets of King's circle, MatungaDirt cheap prices, but many of them are pirated and the quality of paper is not very good.
ChinamanGreat Chinese resto at a purely reasonable rate.
GarnishNew place with Chinese, South Indian food.
Manis Lunch Home
'Rama Nayak's Udipi Shri Krishna Boarding
- Cafe Coffee Day, Matunga. For the coffee lovers.
Hotel Ashray Internationalphone: +91-22-2407 5544, +91-22-2409 1133, +91-22- 2409 1514address: Plot - 12, Road, No 1 SionThis is a two-star hotel close to Sion railway station.