Seven Islands of Bombay

The seven islands of Bombay were an archipelago of islands that were, over a span of five centuries, connected to form the area of the modern city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) in India. The seven islands were gradually physically united through land reclamation projects. The original archipelago was composed of the following islands:

  • Isle of Bombay
  • Colaba
  • Old Woman's Island (Little Colaba)
  • Mahim
  • Mazagaon
  • Parel
  • Worli
Evolution of the seven islands of Bombay
The original seven islands
Map of Bombay in 1893
Map of Bombay in 1924
Map of Mumbai in 2009

The nearby islands of Trombay and Salsette were merged to form Greater Bombay.

The remaining islands are:

  • Gharapuri Island/Elephanta Island
  • Butcher Island
  • Middle Ground Coastal Battery
  • Oyster Rock
  • East Ground

In the 1970s, the Supreme Court instituted a series of injunctions protecting the shoreline and access to it for fishermen. These injunctions, along with the creation of Coastal Regulatory Zones in the 1990s and growing environmental concerns, have significantly decreased the number and scale of land reclamation projects pursued in Mumbai.


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    Consider the islands bearing the names of all the saints, bristling with forts like chestnut-burs, or Echinidæ, yet the police will not let a couple of Irishmen have a private sparring- match on one of them, as it is a government monopoly; all the great seaports are in a boxing attitude, and you must sail prudently between two tiers of stony knuckles before you come to feel the warmth of their breasts.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)