Sunrise At Sewri Mumbai – Jetty, Fort, Birds & Flamingos

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Sunrise at Sewri Mumbai
Sunrise at Sewri, Mumbai

One of the stunning Sunrise views at Mumbai is at the Sewri jetty on a high tide early mornings. Mumbai being on the west coast of India, it is indeed a pleasant experience to watch the sunrise moments at the Sewri jetty, particularly matching with the high tide. Recently we were in Mumbai and visited Sewri Mumbai at sunrise hoping to find Flamingos which flock the area during the winters. It was high tide and we were more than happy to watch a lovely sunrise at Sewri.

Explore Sewri Mumbai

You can explore a beautiful Sunrise scene at Sewri Jetty. The historical Sewri fort very close by, say 5 minutes walking distance from the jetty. The visual impact of high tide & low tide, of course, you need to plan a visit separately. You can spot several birds if you are a birding enthusiasts. Migratory bird Flamingos, particularly colonies of Lesser Flamingos during the winter months of November to January. The Flamingos can be spotted in thousands during low tide. Carry a binocular for the best view of Flamingo colonies.

Sewri Jetty Mumbai Sunrise scene
Sewri Jetty Mumbai Sunrise scene

Sunrise at Sewri Jetty, Mumbai – Pleasant scenes

Sunrise at Sewri Mumbai
Sunrise at Sewri, Mumbai

The Sunrise at Sewri, Mumbai is best viewed from the jetty unless you live in a highrise building nearby. The Sewri jetty is a mere 10 minutes walk from the Sewri station on the harbor railway line of Mumbai local railways. Recommend you be in a small group to avoid any unpleasant situations prior to the sunrise in an unfamiliar area. Watching the sunrise scene at Sewri is surely a very pleasant experience. The golden rays of Sun, their reflections in the water particularly during high tide, is a bliss to watch, what a dramatic change in the day & life. Whether you are an early riser Mumbaikar or a late one, visit sunrise scene sometimes, you will love it.

Sewri Fort – One of the historical forts of Mumbai

Collage of Sewri Fort images, Mumbai
Images of Sewri Fort, Mumbai

Sewri fort is a historical fort of Mumbai. Probably built to defend any attacks from sea and to facilitate trade. It is a small fort. The maintenance of the fort is ok. Not many tourists or visitors were there.

Image of a tree from Sewri Fort, Mumbai
Image of a tree from Sewri Fort, Mumbai

Birds at Sewri Mumbai

Bird lovers can find a variety of birds at Sewri jetty and around. We saw Brown-headed Gull, Whiskered Tern, Grey Heron, Great Egret, Western Reef Egret, Parakeet, Brahminy Kite, Black Kite, common Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Golden Oriole, Coppersmith Barbet and more. You may find more if interested in birding.

Images of Birds at Sewri Mumbai
Images of Birds at Sewri Mumbai

High tide & Low tide at Sewri Jetty, Mumbai

A cargo barge at Sewri Jetty, Mumbai during high tide & Sunrise
A cargo barge at Sewri Jetty, Mumbai during high tide & Sunrise

Another interesting feature to observe at Sewri Jetty is high tide & low tide. While Sunrise scene is at its best during high tide due the golden color reflections in the water. The low tide scene helps one to understand how vast amount of water recedes at a fast pace over 4-5 hours of time. Thus exposing the seabed & underwater marine life as nutritious food to a variety of birds.

Dramatically different scene during low tide at evening Sewri Mumbai
Dramatically different scene during low tide at Sewri Mumbai

Flamingos at Sewri Mumbai

Flamingos at Sewri Jetty
Flamingos at Sewri Jetty

Huge colonies comprising of thousands of Lesser Flamingos migrate to Sewri and nearby sea shore of Mumbai during the winter. The Lesser Flamingos though seen in large numbers here, they are considered near-threatened species. Due to declining population and the low number of breeding sites, due to human activities.

Flamingos reach as water recedes at Sewri
Flamingos reach as water recedes at Sewri

Lesser Flamingos measure about 3 ft in height, have a deep-keeled bill. Larger black tip of bill distinguishes them from the greater flamingos. Algae is their primary food. The shape of the bill helps them feed the tiny algae in the residual marine waters of the receding sea during low tide. The light pink color of the birds is attributed to their diet.

Large number of Lesser Flamingos in flight at Sewri
Large number of Lesser Flamingos in flight at Sewri
Flamingos in flight at Sewri jetty
Flamingos in flight at Sewri jetty

The colonies of lesser flamingos could be seen flying across to choose the better spot to feed as the sea was receding.

Lesser Flamingos choosing the better spot to feed at low tide
Lesser Flamingos choosing the better spot to feed at low tide

You can see the barges, oil storage facilities, evening lights etc in the background.

Lesser Flamingos in flight at Sewri, Mumbai
Lesser Flamingos in flight at Sewri, Mumbai

Several smaller groups of Lesser Flamingos too can be seen flying around here. The light was not right for photography. The birds were too far. For Flamingo photography be there an hour before low tides of the day timings. These images were captured in the evening near sunset time.

Lesser Flamingos in flight with barges in the background
Lesser Flamingos in flight with barges in the background
Few Lesser Flamingos in flight and a large colony in background
Few Lesser Flamingos in flight and a large colony in background
Small group of Lesser Flamingos in flight Sewri
Small group of Lesser Flamingos in flight Sewri
Lesser flamingos in flight, follow the leader
Lesser flamingos in flight, follow the leader
A colony of Lesser Flamingos take-off at Sewri Mumbai
A colony of Lesser Flamingos take-off at Sewri Mumbai

Megapolis Mumbai

Colorful Fishing boats parked at Sewri Mumbai
Colorful Fishing boats parked at Sewri Mumbai

The Megapolis Mumbai has over the past century transformed itself from a fishermen colony & people dependent on the sea to the financial capital of India. The highrise buildings can be seen from the jetty. One should be able to see the beautiful sunrise from these high-rise buildings as well.

View of Sewri jetty with high rise building in the background
View of Sewri jetty with high rise building in the background

Overall it was a nice visit. Recommend you to explore Sewri Mumbai sometimes.

Recommend you read following places to visit in Mumbai, attractions for the visitors.

  1. Iconic CST Mumbai – the nuances you do not know.
  2. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum – celebrating the city of Mumbai.
  3. Exploring the Street Art in Bandra, Mumbai cityscape.
  4. Banganga Tank – the Ancient heritage of Mumbai city.
  5. Global Vipassana Pagoda or the Golden Pagoda, Mumbai.

14 COMMENTS

  1. An opportunity of getting to observe both sunset and sunrise near beach or coastal areas would be wonderful esp for a person like me who have never been near to one forget about seeing them. However, my hope to visit one this year and observe both…:)

    And by the way, looking at the flight patterns of those amazing flamingos in your picture, I think theirs would be similar to that of yet another migratory birds black-necked cranes seen in my country Bhutan during winter. I am curious!

    • Sherab, The Sunrise & Sunset scenes over seascape are incredible to watch for fast changing colors and reflections. Watch them sometimes. I have not yet seen the black-necked Cranes although I visited Bhutan long time ago, they too would be interesting to watch.

  2. nature`s beauty in urban mumbai ! ?
    wow,
    a new twist of thinking at its best description.
    brings 2 my mind the sunset point in nakki lake in mount abu, rajasthan.
    such points on the chandipur sea coast and beaches, odisha launch pads r also a beauty 2 watch.
    goa beaches al2gether a diffferent wonder.
    xplore more, ……..

    • Yogi, I am surprised that so many people do not know about this. I thought Sewri and Flamingos are quite popular in Mumbai. Happy that some people are finding this new information about Mumbai.

  3. I have been to Mumbai many times, but I have heard of and got a chance to visit this place. The nature photography is marvelous. Its even more wonderful to see that you encountered so many variety of birds. I am going to demand for a plan to visit this place from my aunt living there, next time I go to Mumbai. 🙂

  4. I am born and brought up in Mumbai. But sorry to say never got a chance to see Flemingos in Mumbai. I am proud of my birthplace . I am happy to see the beautiful pictures you have posted . Thank you , Anuratha.

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