Owing to its incredible geographical location, the coastal city of Karachi is surrounded by some of the best beaches in Pakistan. Manora Beach is definitely one of these coastal attractions, which receives a large number of tourists from all around the country every year.
Keeping in view the immense popularity of this beach among travelers, the provincial government decided to upgrade its infrastructure and equip it with modern-day features to facilitate visitors. With a total cost of PKR 650 million, it took around 10 months for this beach renovation project to be completed in the Keamari district of Karachi.
The all-new Manora Beach resort was finally inaugurated on October 31, 2021, by the Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah in the presence of other key government officials and political figures.
The inauguration ceremony of the tourist attraction was organized as a high-profile event, which was attended by provincial ministers including Nasir Hussain Shah, Syed Sardar Shah, and Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab among others.
According to CM Murad, the Manora Beach project will provide [state-of-the-art] recreational facilities to the residents. While addressing the event, he revealed that the main objective behind the development of such projects is to improve development standards in different parts of the city and generate revenue.
“We are also planning to develop a jetty at Seaview to start a ferry service from Clifton area to Manora beach,” CM Murad announced while addressing the inauguration ceremony.
The newly-developed beach has been planned as an advanced tourist attraction. It has ample seating arrangement, parking space, shaded spots — to escape the scorching heat while enjoying views of the Arabian sea — and a kids’ play area. The project also features a fully-fledged restaurant, offering a variety of lip-smacking dishes and snacks, mostly based on seafood.
Trees have been planted along the coastline, which is to further enhance the beauty of this tourist attraction. To offer a more private and comfortable environment to families visiting the place, dozens of gazebos have been made a part of the project, offering breathtaking views of the beach. The beach also has ample lighting arrangement and the entire waterfront is beautifully lit after sunset.
In a recent development, Manora Beach has been partially privatised and now the management of Dreamworld Resort, Hotel & Golf Course is providing and looking after many different types of recreational facilities and watersports activities available at the seaside.
Destination Hotel, which is also a project of Dreamworld Resort, Hotel & Golf Course, is providing comfortable accommodation for overnight stays for people visiting this coastal attraction. The price of a hotel room near Manora Beach starts at around PKR 20,000 per night. However, those who already have the Dreamworld membership can avail of special discounts and offers on these hotel accommodations.
Forming a protective barrier between Karachi Port and rough sea currents of the Arabian Sea, Manora was formerly one of the islands near Karachi. However, with the formation of a man-made link between Manora Beach and the mainland, it can now be defined as a peninsula.
Before the construction of Manora Driveway, the sea route was the only way to get to Manora Island. Not long ago, a new jetty was opened in Keamari that replaced a similar facility, which was more than 100 years old. You can easily head to Keamari for a boat ride to Manora Beach Waterfront.
Inaugurated and opened to the public in recent years, Manora Driveway is one of the most impressive infrastructure projects in the region. It stretches a few kilometres, forming a road link between Manora Beach and the area of Kakapir.
Kakapir can be reached by Mauripur Road, which has been in pretty bad shape for years. However, the government is finally renovating the route. The road carpeting and patching work in the area is expected to be completed soon. It is one of the many major development projects recently introduced in Karachi.
Mauripur Road is probably the shortest and most feasible route to get to Manora Beach from Tower, MT Khan Road and other key localities in the old city area. It is also used by heavy traffic heading to the port and vice versa.
The entry ticket of the newly-opened beachfront project will cost you PKR 50 per person.
Thing to Remember: It is important to mention here that you need to carry your CNIC along with other necessary car documentation because to get to the beach, you have to cross a security check post of the armed forces.