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Badlapur (बदलापूर)
Badlapur (बदलापूर)
Location of Badlapur (बदलापूर)
in mumbai
Coordinates 19°09′00″N 73°15′43″E / 19.15°N 73.262°E / 19.15; 73.262
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District(s) Thane
Mayor Nandkishore (Ram) Patkar
Population
Density
140917 (2004)
3,355 /km2 (8,689 /sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Area
Elevation
35.68 km2 (14 sq mi)
44 m (144 ft)
Seal of Badlapur (बदलापूर)

Badlapur(Marathi: बदलापूर), also known as Kulgaon-Badlapur, is one of the fastest growing towns in Mumbai Conurbation, India.

Badlapur is 5 kilometres from the railway station. Due to the population growth in the nearby cities, many people working in Mumbai have moved to Badlapur for affordable real estate prices, pleasant weather, beautiful location and quiet neighborhoods along with a proximity to Mumbai by the Central Railway, one of the two nationally owned operating companies that form the Mumbai Suburban Railway and that developed the city near the Badlapur Railway Station faster than actual Badlapur village. Now Badlapur city encompasses the Old Badlapur Village, Kulgaon, Manjarli, Belavali, Katrap and many other small villages.

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History

Badlapur was named because, via Surat, it was a travel route from Konkan to Gujarat. The town was famous for its rich horse breeds. Warriors changed their horses at the town in anticipation of the difficult climb through the Konkan area. The word 'change' ("Badla", in Marathi) was linked to the town and was named 'pur' in as Badla, meaning village or town. Badlapur was recognised as a town for the first time in 1971 as a municipal town in the Ulhasnagar Tehasil. City has seen a massive growth since 80s and since then the population has increased rapidly.

Geography

Badlapur city is in Thane district in Maharashtra State. It has an average elevation of 44 meters (144 feet). It is a railway station on the Mumbai-Pune route of the Central Railway and is located about 68 km (42.25 M) from Mumbai, 34 km (21 M) from Thane and 10 km (6.21 M) from Ulhasnagar. Badlapur is a terminal station for many Mumbai Suburban local trains. The town is well connected to the Mumbai-Pune expressway and to Vashi through the MIDC road.

This region consists of mountains. Badlapur city is virtually divided in 2 areas, East and West, by railway station. The East-Badlapur is mostly built on the hills also some parts of West- badlapur. Beautiful Ulhas River flows between Kulgaon and Badlapur Gaon. Badlapur gaon is connected with 2 bridges on the river. The old bridge is out of use due to its smaller size and capacity.There has to be more trains introduced to badlapur. This is because many white collar workers in four seasons face problems while commuting.

Demography

As of 2001 India census[1], there were 97,917 people residing in the city. Males constituted 53% (51,878) of the population and females 47% (46,039). Badlapur had an overall literacy rate of 76.12%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 81.01% of the males and 72.15% of females literate. 12% (11,999) of the population is under 6 years of age. There were 1,971 SC (2.01%) and 4,841 (4.94%) population come under ST category. People living in the city are predominantly Marathi. There are also Buddhist, Gujarati, Marwadi, Sindhi, North Indian ,south Indian community. The city is largely recognised as a middle class suburb of Mumbai.

The majority of the population is Hindu and a substantial Muslim community also lives in Badlapur. There are many temples, Mosques, Churches in town. The major festival celebration is Ganesh Chaturthi which many organizations, local groups celebrate with zest and passion. In this festival people of many different faiths participate and enjoy. The city has had very few religious conflicts, except one which occurred on 21 October 2002, in which 8 people were injured in a conflict between two groups.

Economy

MIDC has developed an industrial area within the limits of Kulgaon Badlapur Municipal Council. This area is reserved primarily for Chemical industries. The area has been developed in different blocks and carved out while keeping in mind the needs of small scale and large scale industries. This has stimulated the economical growth of the city.

The majority of the city population is a working middle class. Some people are also dependent on farming as a primary source of income. There are branches of many national banks including State Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, IDBI Bank (previously known as United Western Bank), Bank of India, HDFC Bank. Four major banks, UTI Bank which is now renamed as Axis Bank & State Bank of India,Union Bank of India, Canara Bank and HDFC Bank are operating ATM facilities, providing access to all major cardholders.

Government and politics

Before 1983, Badlapur Municipal Council was a separate Gram Panchayat surrounded by twelve villages: - Sonivali, Arenjad, Valivali, Manjarli, Badlapurgaon, Shirgaon, Katrap, Jeweli, Kharvai, Mankivali, Kulgaon, and Belivali.

On 2 October, 1983, Badlapur GramPanchayat became a Municipal Corporation as part of Kalyan- Dombivali- Ambernath and Badlapur Municipal Corporation. But the formation of the corporation was geographically improper as Ulhasnagar, which falls in between the said councils, was set aside. So, many a public personalities raised objection and Badlapur and Ambernath Municipal Councils were formed in 1992. According to the 1991 census the population of the Badlapur Municipal Council was approximately 52,000. So, it was declared as B-Class Municipal Council. Badlapur Municipal Council was rewarded by the "Presidential Silver Medal of India" for its commendable efforts and achievements based on 1991 census. After formation of Kulgaon-Badlapur Municipal Council, the first Gadge Baba Cleanliness Mission Award was jointly received by Kulgaon Badlapur Municipal Council and Vasai Municipal Council. K.B.M.C was rewarded with "President Reward of India" for Barrier Free Environment for disabled.

Education

City is also famous for education. Many students from the city have been listed in SSC, HSC merit lists. Every year many students from Badlapur attend higher education in Technology, Medicine and many other fields in Mumbai University. Also the city has many fine schools in both Marathi and English medium of teaching. Also there are 2 colleges which are affiliated to University of Mumbai. Some of the schools are listed below:

  1. Carmel Convent High School
  2. Adarsh Vidya Mandir
  3. Panna High School
  4. Bharat College
  5. Shrikrishna Khamkar Vidyalaya & Jr.College
  6. Katrap Vidyalaya
  7. D. G. Naik High School formerly known as Bal Vikas Mandir
  8. Fatima High School
  9. Badlpaur High School
  10. Janab Classes Badlapur
  11. St.John Bosco High School & Junior College of Commerce, Belavali, Badlapur (W)[2]
  12. New English High School
  13. Yogi Shree Arvind gurukul High School
  14. K.P.M. Jadhav vidyalaya Manjarli ( Pawar highschool).
  15. Don Bosco English High School
  16. Adarsh Vidya Mandir

Attractions

There are many places around the city, famous for recreation, cultural activities and personal and spiritual development.

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Kondeshwar

Kondeshwar has a beautiful water fall along with a pond. There is a temple of Lord Shiva and hence the name Kondeshwar. Kondeshwar is remotely located away from noise and urban pollution, with the nearest village located about 20/25 minutes by walk.

Though Kondeshwar is a very beautiful place to be in a monsoon period, there have been many accidents and fatalities due to unsafe swimming practices by people who have very less knowledge of the crevices under the water. Many people have died due to the turbulence of the waterfall and they were taken inside the crevices from where it is very difficult to come out due to the heavy force of water.

Matheran Range

The Matheran range starts at Shree Malang Gadh in the north-north-west, continues to Tavli in the north, and then runs south and finally terminates at Bhivpuri Road hill. Strictly speaking, this range is not a part of the Sahyadri, but rather runs parallel to the Badlapur-Karjat railway line to its west. The Sahyadris proper run parallel to the same railway line but to its east.

Badlapur is the starting point for treks to Tavli, Badlapur Hill and Navra-Navri. Vangani is 12 kilometres from the city by railway, and is the starting point for treks to Nakhind and Chanderi. Neral is 20 kilometres from Badlapur city and is the starting point for treks to Nakhind, Peb fort and Matheran.

Chanderi

Chanderi

Chanderi is a majestic massif, 800 metres high, stands out as one approaches Vangani station on the way from Badlapur to Karjat by train. Joined to Chanderi by a column, are a group of four pinnacles called Mhasmal. The Chanderi-Mhasmal duo is very prominent and can be seen from far away peaks in the Sahyadris.

It looks near from Vangani but the better approach road to Chanderi is from Badlapur. From Badlapur Station hire an auto-rikshw up to Chinchavali Wadi, from there you have a walk of about 45 minutes to the base of Chanderi fort. To reach above it takes about 2 and half hour and to the top it takes next 45 minutes.

Tavli

Tavli is a conical shaped mountain at the northern end of the Matheran range 790 metres high.

Barvi Dam

Barvi Dam is 18 km from Badlapur. Barvi dam provides water to Navi Mumbai and Thane. There are public transports available to reach Barvi dam. The dam is surrounded by evergreen hills and dense forest. It is a popular recreation spot.

Chikhaloli Dam

Chikhaloli Dam is around 5 kilometres from Badlapur. It is one of the famous recreational spots in summers and also during monsoons. Many people from Mumbai and nearby places come to enjoy the dam for swimming.
It is a tourist attraction of Badlapur during monsoons.

Shanti Sagar Waterpark

Shanti sagar is Badlapur - Ambernath's very own water park. Its on Badlapur Ambernath Road around 4k.m to 5k.m. from Badlapur. People from Mumbai and nearby suburbs often visit there. It has all attractions and provisions like restaurants, children's play area, boating facility and horse riding and the water park with 6 slides and an area for rain dance.

Rainy Resort And Waterpark

Rainy Resort is situated just west of the town of Badlapur city near Hendre pada located in the heart of the beautiful Ulhas river in the west Badlapur

Temples and Ashrams

Maghi Ganapati Melava

Along with Ganesh Chaturthi, the other Ganesh Festival is called as Ganesh Jayanti or more popularly known as "Maghi Ganapati" grandly and widely celebrated in Badlapur. During this time a big fair is setup in Badlapur which is attended by many people coming from far off places. This festival lasts for 10 days in which the atmosphere is very festive especially during evenings.
This comes in the month of Feb- March (Magh month of Hindu Marathi calendar). This day is considered as re-birth of Lord Ganesh. During this period this area (coastal part of Maharashtra) has less or no rains as compared to August ( the period of Ganesh Chaturthi). Hence, this festival is celebrated as grandly as Ganesh Chaturthi in other parts of the state.
In the fair Mechanized Idols of mythological characters are made and a play of any mythological story's part is performed by these idols. People flock around to see this play every year.

Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Kanhor Temple

Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple - Kanhor is among the well known religious places located in a serene & scenic place. The temple is situated just outside of Badlapur village on a small hillock surrounded by fields and greenery all around. The enchanting natural beauty around the temple is another attractions for the devotees who visit the temple.

Moolgaon - Khandoba Temple

The temple of Lord Khandoba is located in Moolgaon, a small village, around 4 Miles (6 km) from Badlapur Railway station. From the temple you can see the panoramic view of Badlapur, Kulgaon and Vangani. The best time to visit this place is around September to November.

Shiva Temple

The neighboring town of Ambarnath has a famous Seventh Century Shiva Temple constructed in a 'Hemad' style, also known as Hemadpanthi sculpture, which is around 12 km from Badlapur.U have ti trvel just 20min by walking or 7 min by auto.

Satsang Vihar

Sri Sri Thakur Anukulchandra Satsang's Ashram is in Hendrepada, Kulgaon area.

References

External links

Badlapur
Next station south:
Vangani
Mumbai suburban railway : Central Railway Next station north:
Ambarnath
Stop No: 28 KM from starting: 68 Platforms: 3

Urmila Dhangar a girl from Belavali,badlapur city won the trophy of "MAHARASHTRACHI MAHAGAYIKA" from the Zee marathi T.V.show SAREGAMAPA in Jan.2010. She make feel proud for all Badlapur people.


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Badlapur is a city in Thane District of Maharashtra state in India. Badlapur city is a group of 4 villages namely, Katrap, Kulgaon, Badlapur & Manjarli. The actual "Badlapur" village is approx. 10 km from the main city centre.

Over a period of time, Badlapur has transformed into a major residential area, comprising of various communities & people of different cadre. Badlapur is typically known to Mumbai people as a week-end picnic spot, as it hosts two major dams and few waterfalls appear during monsoon.

Its proximity to Mumbai has transformed Badlapur into one of the major residential zone. Although it is approx. 70 km from Mumbai main city, its quiet surroundings, beautiful nature and somewhat cool temperatures made it a place liked by many.

Badlapur has a Municipal Council which takes care of civic amenities and keep-up of the city. Funds are generated essentially through property taxes. Maharashtra State Assembly has two nominations from Badlapur.

Get in

Badlapur is well connected with Mumbai, Pune and Bhiwandi through Rail & Road network. Nearest Airport is Mumbai International Airport (approx. 65 km). Nearest RailHead is Kalyan which is a junction and connects to all parts of India. The best way to get in is by Local Trains (EMU) which ply round the clock between Badlapur & Mumbai.

Get around

Badlapur is famous for its quiet surroundings. One can immediately feel its proximity to nature. To get around, services of three wheeler autorikshaw can be availed. These are very affordable and the best way to get around faster. Many people though like to walk around as you won't fatigue due to its clean air.therw's nothing in badlapur

  • Badlapur Fort
  • Barvi Dam
  • Barrage Dam
  • Shanti Sagar Water Park & Resort
  • Rainy Resort Water Park
  • Satsang Vihar
  • Matheran (20 km)
  • Bhoj Dam & Resorts

Bhoj Resort

At Bhoj Dam, Kondeshwar Road, Badlapur (E) (Ask for Dahivali gaon when you reach to Badlapur) ☎ 9321188777. Website www.bhojresort.co.in

Bhoj Resort is nice place to visit when you want to plan your holiday and you don't want to waste your time in traveling. This place is located near Badlapur on kondeshwar Road. You ask for Dahivali Gaon and then for Bhoj Resort and here it is you are there in resort. You will get beautiful view of dam and surroundings from this resort. Waterfall near this is superb. Resort has all modern the facilities like Sauna, Steam bath, Rain Dance, Swimming Pool and in addition to this to enjoy real camping environment tent facility is also available. And cherry on this is all these facilities are available for much chipper rates.

For stay including Swimming,Breakfast,Lunch,Tea,Dinner,Tea Rs.400-500 per person per day

Plus Great Fun Free... Try this...

  • Swim at your leisure in Ulhas River or be safe at numerous water parks.
  • Take a stroll around city and enjoy street food.
  • kondeshwar Shiv Temple, kondeshwar gaon (to southdirection of badlapur). it is very old temple. (,15 km.) edit
  • Kondeshwar shivmandir (temple), kondeshwar gaon. (badlapur east). Very old temple sited in beauitiful place. (,15 km) edit

Eat

There are many good hotels & food joints around which serve traditional Indian food. Don't miss "vada Pau" on roadside stalls.

Drink

There are many wine & alcohol serving bars around. Try "Moha Wine" if you happen to visit during winter.

  • Rajhans Lodge . Rs. 250 per night.
  • Bhoj Resort Rs.300-500 per person for stay including many facilities
  • Rainy Resort. Rs. 900 per night.

Contact

For more information, contact Kulgaon Badlapur Municipal Corporation.

Get out

To Matheran, Pune or Mumbai.

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