Borivali (Pronunciation: [boːɾiʋəliː]) is an suburb and is located at north-western end of Mumbai and has a large Gujarati population followed by Agris, Marathis and others. Other attractions include Sanjay Gandhi national park, fish park, Kanheri caves, Mandapeshwar caves, etc.
Borivali is an originating & terminating Railway Station for Mumbai Local Trains towards Churchgate in the South & Virar in the North. Also some Express Trains halt at this Rail Station which provides ease for people travelling far off destinations.
Borivali has developed from what was once a congregate region of smaller towns namely; Eksar, Poisar, Vazira, Shimpoli, Mandpeshwar, Dattapada, Kanheri, Tulsi, Magathane and Gorai, which were situated on and around Mount Poinsur, between the Dahisar River and Poisar River.
It is believed that the name “Borivali” comes from the existence of a lot of bushes of a sweet fruit called “borr (Marathi) meaning “berries” in English. Hence, the name means the town of berries literally “bori-vali”.[original research?] The existence of the ancient temple of Lord Ganesha “Shree Svayambhu Ganpati Devalaya” in Vazira Naka area.
The pre-historic era’s “Mandpeshwar” (“An 8th Century remains of a beautiful Edifice structure, Mandapeshwar caves is a rock cut architecture and a Hindu shrine of lord Shiva located near Borivali IC Colony, at walking distance from Dahisar Railway Station”) and “Kanheri caves” stand testament to the rich history of this place. Borivali was spelt “Berewlee” by the then ruled India under the British Raj. It is also spelt and pronounced as “Borivli”.
Borivali is densely populated but continues to retain some green cover due to the presence of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, previously known as the “Borivali National Park” in the east and the mangroves in the west end of Borivali.
Borivali has three dominant languages with large Gujarati community residing in most of the suburbs of Northern Mumbai that stretches from Bhayander to Bandra, it is also shown in the linguistic demography of the suburb, while the official language Marathi is spoken by the natives of the land and migrants from other parts of Maharashtra, Hindi is the main language of communication and in trade and commerce in the suburban region of Mumbai and Mumbai Metropolitan region, is spoken by most of the North Indian Community as their native language. Marathi, the official language, is the mother tongue of 25.62% mostly in eastern part of the suburb and Gorai area, while the dominant language, Gujarati is mother tongue of 44.13% of the population. Hindi by 20.90% as their mother tongue. Hindi is by far the major language spoken as the language of communication by all the people living in the suburbs and metropolitan area of Mumbai as their language of communication.
One of the many gardens that Borivali boasts of is the Veer Savarkar Udyan on Lokmanya Tilak Road. It has four entrances from T.P.S. Road, Factory Lane and Babhai and is an ideal place for all which have facilities like jogging track, boating area, kids’ play-garden, skating etc. Gorai Udyan is at Gorai Sector-1. I.C.Colony is also home to the Tukaram Ombale Garden/Fish Park which can be accessed from the Link Road and the I.C. Colony last bus stop.
In 2009, Jhansi Ki Rani Laxmibai Joggers’ Park was inaugurated on Link Road adjacent to the Eskay Resort. The plot measures around 4 acres, has a jogging track surrounding a body of water where boating facilities have been started and features slabs with information on various freedom fighters scripted on them, besides seating areas for senior citizens. This Jogger’s Park has a small fee for entry. Another Joggers’ Park is located in Chikuwadi.
Oberoi Sky City is an upcoming township with Skyscrapers, a mall and a 5-star hotel.
The Orion is an upcoming Business Park on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rd at Borivali west.
Road Ways: Autorickshaws, Taxis, BEST buses and Trains are the public modes of transport available in and to Borivali. Borivali (east) is well connected with Western Express Highway while Borivali (west) is linked to the New Link Road. Connectivity is set to increase with the two metro lines set to pass through Borivali viz. Mumbai Metro Line 2 and Mumbai Metro Line 7.
Borivali railway station is a railway station on the Western line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway network. It is one of the major platforms of the Mumbai metropolitan city and the biggest railway station in the Western railway. The platform has access to all stations from Churchgate to Virar. The platform has good connectivity for Express trains which goes to different states around the country. It has 10 platforms which were renumbered in 2019, this sudden change created a lot of confusion for everyday travelers. With every platform being busy for almost 18–20 hours a day. It is believed to be one of the blind-friendly railway stations on the western railway. Information obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act reveals that It is the most crowded station in Mumbai with around 2.87 lakh passengers traveling from there daily.