Taraporewala Aquarium
18°56′57″N 72°49′12″E / 18.9492866°N 72.8200758°E / 18.9492866; 72.8200758
Date opened1951
LocationMarine Drive, Mumbai
No. of species400
Volume of largest tank22,000
Annual visitors400000[1][2]

Taraporewala Aquarium or Taraporevala Aquarium is India's oldest aquarium and one of Mumbai's main attractions.[3] It hosts marine and freshwater fish. The aquarium is located on Marine Drive.

The aquarium has a 12-foot long and 180 degree acrylic glass tunnel.[4][5] The fish are kept in large glass tanks, which will be lit with LED lights.[3]

The aquarium hosts 2,000 fish across over 400 species. Fish from overseas were introduced at the new aquarium. The number of new varieties of 70 marine fish included Helicopter, Arowana, Grouper, yellow-striped tang, bluespotted stingray, sea stars, clownfish, hark, triggerfish, Moorish idol,[3] Azure Damsel, Blueline Demoiselle, Purple Firefish, Cloudy Damsel, Copperband Butterflyfish, Schooling Bannerfish, Raccoon Butterflyfish, White Tail Trigger, Clown Triggerfish and Blue Ribbon Eel. The 40 new varieties of freshwater fish include Red Devil, Jaguar, Electric Blue, Jack Dempsey, Frontosa and Catfish. These fishes will be housed in larger tanks than before with imported flexi glass for better visibility.[6] The aquarium continues to support sharks, turtles, rays, moray eels, sea turtles, small starfish and stingrays.

The aquarium is maintained by the Department of Fisheries. The aquarium's 16 seawater tanks and 9 freshwater tanks host 31 types of fish, while 32 tropical tanks contain 54 kinds of fish.[1] The tropical section of the aquarium features ecosystems such as the "moss aquarium" for pregnant fish, "plantation aquarium" that features imported varieties of water lilies and other aquatic plants and "island aquarium".[7]


Taraporewala Aquarium was built in 1951 at a cost of ₹800,000 (at the time equivalent to US$167,000 using the fixed exchange rate of ₹4.79 to 1 US$). It was inaugurated by India's first president Rajendra Prasad.[1] The aquarium is named after a Parsee Philanthropist D B Taraporewala, who donated ₹200,000 (at the time equivalent to US$41,754 ) for the construction.

The aquarium reopened after renovation on 3 March 2015.[8] It was renovated at a cost of Rs.22 crore (approx Rs 7.5 crore for aquariums and Rs. 16.5 crore for construction work done by the Public Works department).[9]

Inside View

New exhibits:

Species of fishes


  1. ^ a b c "Fin & frolic: India's oldest aquarium gets a grand revamp". Rediff. 25 February 2015.
  2. ^ "After 130 fish deaths and a Rs 3-crore budget escalation, aquarium to reopen". newsbun.com.
  3. ^ a b c Mahamulkar, Sujit; Tembhekar, Chittaranjan (24 February 2015). "Your kids can touch fish at renovated Taraporevala Aquarium from Friday". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Mumbai's famous Taraporevala Aquarium reopens in new avatar". mid-day. 3 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Exotic fish from China in tow, Taraporewala Aquarium re-opens in a month". dna.
  6. ^ a b "More than just fish watching". The Indian Express. 1 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Revamped Taraporewala will have tunnel aquarium at entrance - The Indian Express". The Indian Express. 23 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Mumbai gets its aquarium back, but don't expect a world-class one". Rediff. 3 March 2015.
  9. ^ Press Trust of India (3 March 2015). "Renovated Taraporevala Aquarium in Mumbai reopens". business-standard.com.