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Mumbai Metropolitan Region
Dombivli is located in Maharashtra
Location of Dombivali in Maharashtra
Coordinates: 19°13′06″N 73°05′12″E / 19.218433°N 73.086718°E / 19.218433; 73.086718Coordinates: 19°13′06″N 73°05′12″E / 19.218433°N 73.086718°E / 19.218433; 73.086718
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Thane
 • Type Municipal Corporation
 • Body Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation
 • Mayor Mrs. Kalyani.Nitin.Patil (Shivsena)
 • Municipal Commissioner E. Ravendrian (IAS)
 • Deputy Mayor Mr.Rahul Damle (BJP)
 • MLA Mr.Ravindra Chavan (BJP)
Elevation 13.534 m (44.403 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,246,381
Demonym(s) Dombivlikar
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 421 201 to 421 206
Telephone code 0251
Vehicle registration MH-05 [Kalyan RTO]

Dombivli / Dombivali is an important city in Kalyan-Dombivli twin city of Thane district in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region,belonging to Kalyan taluka. It is one of the urban centres in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. It is located about 50 km from Mumbai. The nearest city, Thane, is only about 10 km away. The population of the twin city of Kalyan-Dombivli at the 2011 Census counted to 1,246,381 (52% males and 48% females).


Dombivli is located at 19°13′06″N 73°05′12″E / 19.218433°N 73.086718°E / 19.218433; 73.086718. It has an average elevation of 13.534 metres (44.403 feet).


Dombivli's history dates back to the medieval period and no major archaeological evidences of her early habitation have been found.The earliest habitant known was addalal. Dombivli was first documented in the year 1075 by King Harpal Dev on stone inscriptions, situated at Mahul village near the Turbhe port. However, the stone writings in Dombivli referring to its existence during the years 1396-97 confirms the fact.

The Portuguese stationed themselves at several places when they came to Dombivli. Existence of Dombivli can also be traced back approximately in the year 1730 during the Peshwa rule. In the 19th century, farmers cultivated paddy and sold it in the areas from Kalyan to Mumbai.

Dombivli is surrounded by the ruins from the following villages.

  1. Chole village, Thakurli (W)
  2. Ayre village towards East,
  3. Patharli village towards South, and
  4. Thakurli East towards North

Of the first few settlers was Late. Shri Narayan Atmaram Patkar, who emigrated in year 1880 to Kopargaon. Through Kalyan creek waters, he traded in Rice and other commodities locally grown there. Dombivli witnessed the residence of many remarkable people, like late shri.Manohar Govind Mokashi who was a freedom fighter, also was the founder member of "Rashtriya shikshan sanstha" and chief promoter for "Dombivli nagari sahakari bank Ltd".

A number of variations prevail regarding how this town got its name. Some historians believe that Dombivli got its name from the stringent caste system which was prevailing in India at that time. During the 14th century, each community occupied a small area which was named according to its caste. The areas where Thakurs lived were called “Thakurli”, where “Patharwats”lived was called “Patharli” while low caste people or “Dombas” ( who performed the last Hindu rite of cremating the dead) lived in “Dombivli”. Since “Dombas” was amongst such sub castes so it is believed that the presence of these settlers at the place gave this town its present-day name “Dombivli”.


On October 1, 1983, Dombivli Municipal Council merged with that of neighbouring Kalyan, forming a new governing body, Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC). The main office of KDMC is located in Kalyan. Mr. Ravindra Chavan, BJP was elected as its First MLA after creation of separate Vidhansabha Constituency in 2009.

Inclusion into Mumbai Suburban District[edit]

The Konkan Division, one of the total six divisions of Maharashtra State, overlooks the entire administration of the region. Konkan Division comprises total six districts, viz. Mumbai City, Mumbai Suburban District, Thane District, Raigad District, Ratnagiri District and Sindhudurg District.

The administrative jurisdiction of Thane District, thus, include Dombivli city, Twin city of Kalyan-Dombivli with her Municipal Corporation KDMC, Thane City, Thane Municipal Corporation TMC, other towns and cities under Thane District, Navi Mumbai with her Municipal Corporation NMMC and the planning body CIDCO.

Mumbai Metropolitan Region comprises four districts namely Mumbai City (complete), Mumbai Suburban (complete), Thane (partial) and Raigad (partial). Mumbai conurbation comprises the metropolitan city of Mumbai (City, Suburban and Navi Mumbai) along with seven urban areas namely Thane, Mira-Bhayander, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Vasai-Virar and Bhiwandi-Nizampur. The entire island is called Mumbai Metropolitan Area. It does include Dombivli. Dombivli is not in Mumbai Suburban District, but in Thane District, but it is also a fact that it is in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. For further details, please refer to the wiki article on "Mumbai Metropolitan Region".

Demographics and Culture[edit]

The town is one of the densely populated is also among one of most literate suburbs of Mumbai city.

One of the significant cultural events of Dombivli is the Nav-varsha Swagat Shobha Yatra that started in the suburb in the late 1990s. This procession is organised on the first day of the Hindu new year popularly known as 'Gudhi Padwa'. Other major cities like Thane, Nasik and Pune have started organizing similar processions. Mixed culture has led people celebrate almost every known festival. Almost all festivals are celebrated here by almost entire crowd.

Shree Ganesh Mandir, Shree Mayureshwara Mandir, Aphale Ram Mandir, GaonDevi Mandir, Pimpaleshwar Mandir, Vitthal Mandir, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Khidkaleshwar Shiv Mandir, Venkateshwara (Balaji) Mandir, Bhavani Mandir and Shani Dhaam (Prati Shani-Shingnapur), Ashapura-mata Mandir,Shree Ponnu Guruvayurappan temple are some of the most prominent religious places.

Gudhi Padwa

Gudhi Padwa festival marks the beginning of the Marathi new year, March or April, according to the Saka calendar. Ganesh Mandir, in particular, glitters like none other during all major Hindu festivals, let alone Gudi Padwa.

Shree Swaminarayan Mandir

Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, located near the Dombivli railway station towards East., is considered a significant and spiritual place.

Shree Mayureshwara Temple

One of the newer temples is that of Shri Mayureshwara. It is located in the Bhopar area. Very beautiful architecture and a must visit among newer temples.

Phadke Road

One stretch road from Shree Ganesh Mandir to the railway station is the famous Phadke road, a must watch during almost all major festivals. The road is filled with crowd during festivals and the young crowd meets here on every festival making it the most crowded place during festivals.

Mumbai Pooram Event - Guinness Glory[edit]

"Mumbai Pooram" is the biggest Kerala festival held outside Kerala state. This festival is bassed on the Kerala's "Thrissur Pooram", Kerala's most famous festival held every year. Mumbai Pooram is a three-day festival having dance performances, laser shows, pyrotechnics, food festivals and exhibitions. According to Hindustan Times, more than 2600 women participated in the "Mumbai Pooram Festival" in 2012 making it the largest ever Kaikottikali performance in the world. Kaikottikali dance is a dance form comprising girls and women in traditional Kerala sarees. This mega dance event is called as "Dhathri Maha Kaikottikali". A panel of Guinness Book Of World Records was present at the venue for recording the feat. They approved the event as a viable attempt to create a world record.


Dombivli was ranked #1 literate city in India. S.V. Joshi High School was the first high school in Dombivli.

It has more than 100 schools including Manjunath Vidyalaya, 

Don Bosco, Kidland English School, St.Therese Convent High School, Guardian School and Junior College, Abhinav Vidyalaya (ICSE board) Junior College, Sister Nivedita English Medium School, K.B.Vira Gujarati Medium High School, B.R. Madhavi English High School, Vidya Niketan School, St. Marys, Tilaknagar Vidyamandir, R.b.t vidayalaya, St. John Swami Vivekanand High, Model English School, I.E.S Chandrakant Patkar Vidyalaya, Holy Angels' School Jr.College, Omkar International School and other colleges like Pendharkar College, Pragati College,Jondhale College and Model college. G.r patil college ,Holy Angels' School and Jr.College,often shortened as Holy Angels' School, was the first CBSE School in Dombivli.Dombivli is one of first few cities in India to initiate free WiFi services for common public.


Based on this city, Dombivali Fast is a critically acclaimed Marathi film directed by Nishikanth Kamat. The film bears resemblance to the 1993 Hollywood film Falling Down, starring Michael Douglas. Another movie called Dombivli Return was released in 2014; although not a sequel of Dombivli Fast. Dombivli Return is a socio-psychological thriller. The movie stars award-winning actor Sandeep Kulkarni (who is also the co-producer) and Rajeshwari Sachdev in unglamorous roles playing a regular middle-class couple.

Savitribai Phule Natyagruha is a KDMC operated, state of art, recently built auditorium in Dombivli. It stages marathi plays, stand-ups and various other cultural programmes.[1]

Tilak Cineplex near station on Dombivli east and Gopi Cinema on Dombivli west are popular Cinema Halls in the city.[2]


There are many good restaurants including:- Anna Kadai, Rangoli Bar & Restaurant The New Modern's Cafe, The Modern's Pride, Prasad Food Divine, The Legend, Hotel Ambika, Hotel Dwaraka, Domino's Pizza, Regency Restro Bar, Hyderabadi Biryani Darbar,CCD,Pizza hut, Red chilly, Natural Ice creams,and in the west Chill & Thrill Icecream parlour, Famous Vada-pav stalls are Thakur Wada Pav, Kunj Vihar And Gajanan.


The industrial part of this place has a number of factories manufacturing dyes, paints, and industrial and agricultural chemicals. Heavy metal factories manufacturing a wide variety of equipment are also based in this region. A few nationally prominent industrial establishments that have manufacturing plants in Dombivli are Gharda Chemicals, Vicco Labs, Lloyd Steel and Deepak Fertilizers. The city has three railway stations under her direct jurisdiction: Dombivli, Thakurli, Kopar, and upper Kopar railway station (on Diva-Bhiwandi-Vasai and Panvel-Dahanu-Boisar lines).Dombivli is one of the fastest developing suburb of Mumbai.



Dombivli is served by Mumbai Suburban railway network, i.e. it lies on the main line of the central section of Mumbai suburban railway network.Dombivli railway station was built in 1887. Fast local trains on Central Railway route halt at Dombivli. Though none of the long journey express trains halt here, it is well connected to Mumbai and Navi Mumbai through Thane.Dombivli is one of the busiest railway station in Mumbai suburban railway network.


Dombivli is connected by state highway to Panvel and Kalyan. The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) provides local bus transport service (KDMT) within the city and to areas in Navi Mumbai. NMMT buses connect major Navi Mumbai suburbs. The Maharashtra State Transport service (ST) connects to nearby cities of Thane, Bhiwandi and Panvel.

Mankoli bridge[edit]

A six lane, cable-suspended bridge over the creek, connecting Dombivli and Bhiwandi towns, has been approved. The connectivity to NH-3 (National Highway 3) was long due.

Notable People[edit]

  Nilesh kulkarni


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