Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai is one of the world’s most polluted beaches. Located at the foot of Malabar Hill, this is where locals come to promenade and escape the claustrophobia of central Mumbai.
Unfortunately this beach and it’s surrounding waters are filthy. The sands are littered with debris from salvaged ships, and the sea water is polluted by waste from the city of Mumbai. In 2011, the MV Rak sank and spilled 60,000 metric tons of coal, which means this waste is also polluting the surrounding sea water.
Travel to this beach to enjoy a carnival atmosphere and to watch local children flock to the old fashioned fairground rides. But do not swim or eat the delicious smelling food in the street stalls, as hygiene is not a priority here and both swimming and munching is likely to result in diarrhoea, sore throats, or more serious illnesses.
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