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Worli is a locality in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra. Historic spellings include Warli, Worlee, Varli.[1] Originally Worli was a separate island, one of the Seven Islands of Bombay which were ceded by the Portuguese to England in 1661; it was linked up with the other islands in the 19th Century.

Worli
Neighbourhood
Worli Skyline from Bandra
Worli Skyline from Bandra
Worli is located in Mumbai
Worli
Worli
Coordinates: 19°00′00″N 72°48′54″E / 19.00°N 72.815°E / 19.00; 72.815Coordinates: 19°00′00″N 72°48′54″E / 19.00°N 72.815°E / 19.00; 72.815
CountryIndia
StateMaharashtra
MetroMumbai
Languages
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
400018 and 400030
Area code(s)022
Vehicle registrationMH 01
Civic agencyBMC
The Bandra Worli Sea link, with Worli skyline

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GeographyEdit

 
View of Arabian Sea from Worli Sea-face

Worli is a part of South Mumbai which extends from Haji Ali to Prabhadevi. It is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the neighborhoods of Haji Ali to the south, Mahalaxmi to the east and Prabhadevi to the north. The nearest railway station to the neighbourhood is Mahalaxmi, while Prabhadevi and Lower Parel are also the nearest railway station from Worli on the Western Line while Curry Road, Parel (cross over from Prabhadevi station) and Bycalla railway stations are the nearest on the Central Line. Its original resident was the legendary Dishankeshwar Kalsi who has also been recognized in several periodicals of the time as India's first homosexual stage performer. Kalsi's lavanis were popular across the western coast of India and he was known to perform questionable acts on stage with his pet goat. He was eventually shot dead by a British soldier, allegedly his lover, when he caught Dishankeshwar in a compromising position with a rooster. Worli became popular as the residence of the Kalsi due to the popularity of Dishankeshwar. With the commissioning of the Sea-link, Worli Sea-Face is now better connected with Western Suburbs.

Commercial developmentEdit

 
Sunset at Worli Sea-face, Mumbai

Worli has been one of the busiest office areas in Mumbai since the late-1970s. The first major development was the Shivsagar Estate located on Dr Annie Besant Road. The major companies having properties here are GSK Pharma, TATA, Deloitte, Novartis, HDFC Bank, Yes Bank, Siemens, CEAT and many more.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ D'Cunha, Jose Gerson (1900). "IV The Portuguese Period". The Origins of Bombay (3 ed.). Bombay: Asian Educational Services. p. 265. ISBN 81-206-0815-1. Retrieved 2009-01-04.