Borivali was developed of what once used to be a congregate region of smaller towns namely; Eksar, Poisar, Kandivali, Shimpoli, Mandpeshwar, Kanheri, Tulsi, Magathane and others, which were situated on and around Mount Poinsur, between the Dahisar River and Poisar River. The evidences of the rich history of this place are Portuguese Churches, Mandapeshwar and Kanheri Caves. It is now a city in itself. It has Developed Enormously in past 20 Years.
1 It is believed that the name “Borivali” comes from existence of a lot of bushes of a sweet fruit called “Borr” meaning Berries in English. Hence, named the town of berries literally ‘bori-vali’.
2 It was spelt as ‘Berewlee’ by the then ruled India under the British Raj Era. It was renamed as Borivali Nagar Station after Independence. Again it was renamed as Borivali Station in 1991.
3 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 travelling from there daily.
4 Borivali is lush green still even after being populated densely due to the presence of “The Sanjay Gandhi National Park” (SNGP), previously known as the “BORIVALI NATIONAL PARK”.
5 It is home to several gaothans (village like localities) such as Vazira, Babhai, Eksar, Chikuwadi, Shimpoli, Poisur and others which are still there with their old charm but slowly giving way to the concrete jungle.
6 Gorai beaches is one of the hidden gems of Mumbai city, less populated and still cleaner than most of its counterparts.
7 Inspired from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, nearly 500 volunteers from an NGO ‘Making A Difference’ (MAD) have given a new look to Borivali and Khar Railway Station here. This is a symbolical message to the people regarding the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
8 Borivali has emerged as one of the major neighborhoods after Bandra, Andheri, due to its rail, road network and airport connectivity and development of schools, colleges, offices and industries during the last 40 years.
9 There was a tunnel to Vasai Fort passing through Borivali; it is said to be touching these caves. The entry to the tunnels from the caves no more exists. These caves have a rich history and are proved to be built by the same people as the Kanheri Caves.