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Breach Candy

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Country  India
Metro  Mumbai
PIN  400026
Area code  022
State  Maharashtra
Time zone  IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration  MH 01
Major cities  Mumbai
Breach Candy

Afternoon flight over breach candy

Bhulabhai Desai Road, also well known by the old name Warden Road (and the part at and near the swimming pool as Breach Candy), is a niche up-market residential and semi-commercial locality of South Mumbai.The Breach Candy name originated from a corruption of the Hindi and Arabic word "Burj-Khadi".


Map of Breach Candy, Cumballa Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra

The area has many famous landmarks throughout its long and winding stretch, from the Breach Candy Hospital to the Amarsons and Tata gardens and Lincoln House, former location of the Consulate General of the United States, Mumbai. The elite Breach Candy Club in the neighbourhood features the country's largest India-shaped swimming pool. Just off Bhulabhai Desai Road is the women-only Sophia College.

The 18th century Mahalaxmi Temple, which honors the Hindu goddess of wealth and wisdom, is situated nearby on the edge of sea. It is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai and attracts millions of devotees and tourists each year.

The area falls under the 'D-Ward' of the Bombay Municipal Corporation and shares the postal code 400 026 under the Cumballa Hill post office. It lies 21 kilometers south of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and just 2 kilometers from the Mumbai Central station. It is well connected by local buses run by BEST.

Geographically, this road curls around the Arabian Sea. Because of its picturesque location, real estate prices here are among the most expensive in the country.

Breach candy road mumbai


Not long ago, Breach Candy was sparsely populated with very few bungalows and mansions. Most of the residents were born into old money. Some of these bungalows and mansions still stand. The Breach Candy House, the Breach Candy Swimming Club and the Breach Candy Hospital have been present since the time of British rule. Breach Candy name is originated from corruption of Hindustani word "Burj-Khadi".

At the northern foot of the Cumballa Hill, in the part now called Breach Candy, was a temple to three goddesses—Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. A creek to the north separated the island of Bombay from the Koli island of Worli. This creek was filled after the completion of the Hornby Vellard in 1784. Soon after, the modern temple of Mahalakshmi was built here.

What are now the Amarson and Tata gardens were landfills with abandoned construction trucks, cranes and bulldozers probably used in land reclamation projects. A few of these trucks were parked in a truck-sized garage behind Scandal Point. Similarly, trucks, cranes and bulldozers were seen abandoned on the land which is now known as Priyadarshini Park.

Notable residents

  • Kailash Surendranath, film director
  • RK Laxman, Cartoonist
  • Asha Bhosale, Singer
  • Ronnie Screwvala, producer and CEO and founding chairman of UTV Group
  • Annapurna Devi, notable Indian classical musician and former wife of Pandit Ravi Shankar
  • Homi Adajania, Filmmaker
  • Bhanu Athaiya, Oscar-winning costume designer for Gandhi
  • Naina Lal Kidwai, businesswoman
  • Jagjit Singh, classical singer
  • Aarti Chhabria, actress
  • Apeksha K. Desai, Marathoner
  • Salman Rushdie, author. Born and raised in Breach Candy, he describes the area as it was from Indian independence to the 1960s in Midnight's Children.
  • Azim Premji, chairman and CEO of Wipro Technologies
  • Shibani Bathija, screenwriter
  • Supriya Sule, politician
  • Tara Sharma, actress
  • Partap Sharma, author and playwright
  • Alyque Padamsee, theatre producer and actor
  • Ramesh Balsekar, Advaita Vendanta master
  • Education

  • Green Lawns High School
  • Activity High School
  • Sophia College
  • DSB International School (German school) Garden Campus
  • Gordon Gibbons Photographs of Breach Candy 1937-1940
  • References

    Breach Candy Wikipedia