“Built by British in 1867 and soon be opened to pubic as another tourism attraction (By Mumbai Port Trust Permissions), Kanhoji Angre Lighthouse on island called ‘Khanderi’, a latest tourist spot was to be opened to public lately in 2013 / 2014 and hope by 2018 after all permissions acquired open and available to explore, is the only sea side coastal lighthouse attraction near South Mumbai. After Elephanta Caves, Yet another reason to explore and enjoy the ferry ride and speedboat inside vast blue sea which covers our city from all 3 sides..”
Kanhoji Angre is one of the oldest and very less accessed / explored lighthouse near Mumbai . The powerful imported lights originally fitted with imported lamps, mirrors and prism for better reflections once travelled up to 26 km inside sea (25 nautical miles), But as the local Indian filament used the distance the light travel has been reduced to 15 to 16 km only. Every 10 seconds the Red and White flashing lights rages till 22 to 25 nautical miles deep inside the coastal bay of Mumbai. We excited citizens and foreign tourist will be waiting to get all travel options and facilities getting ready for fun and tourism attraction, until permissions from Mumbai port trust comes.
Before starting to explore the main attraction and one you get down at maandwa (Mandava Jetty) you have options to relax at cottages, do some water sports at jetty, have some food and get fresh before you reach the island. The total journey from Gateway to Island will take about 1 hour and 15 to 20 minutes. The entertainment and fun starts here with a speedboat cutting the waves for next 30 minutes. The ride is awesome and one of its experience and you reach the island shore and here is that beautiful and attractive piece of 17 meter long standing lighthouse tower since more than 1 and half century old now. This isolated Khanderi island since the historic story says about the attack and loot by brave Maratha ‘Kanhoji’ on British Ships travelling via that route.
So old now, it has footsteps, muddy path, greenery, water supply and an old fort too. A quick note if planning any visit to this attraction is to carry drinking water and food along as their is no eateries or such facilities once you reach the island. Also the island is closed for tourist and public visits in monsoon, Yet the lighthouse operates always and shows the light of hope with the new solar operated instruments since 2008.