Natural Port in India: Check State Wise Ports in India

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Jan 6, 2022, 16:23

The erstwhile Bombay Port Trust, which is now known by the names Mumbai Port Trust and Mumbai Harbour, is the largest natural port in India. Spread across an area of 400 square kilometres, the Mumbai Port is the country's largest deepwater harbour and is situated along the western coast of India. 

One of the oldest ports in India, the Mumbai Port was once used by the Maratha Army alongside the Portuguese and British navies, though the ownership resided with the Portuguese Army. In 1652, the East India Council's Surat Council proposed to purchase the port in its entirety solely for the British Navy to operate. It was only nine years later, in 1661, that the port was transferred to the British owing to a nuptial bond between Britain's Charles II and Portugal's Infant Catherine. 

Apart from the Mumbai Port, India's second-biggest natural port is the Cochin Port. It is regarded as India's first transhipment terminal in India and is one of the busiest seaports in the country. 

List of Natural Ports in India

Since India has a coastline measuring a mammoth 7,516.6 km, it is quite natural for India to have numerous major and minor ports. While the government has constructed many artificial ports recently, there are a few natural ports with natural harbours. Here's a list of natural ports in India

Sr. No. 

Port

State

Features

1

Mumbai Port Trust

Maharashtra

The largest natural port in India

2

Cochin Port Trust

Kerala

First transhipment terminal in India

3

Kolkata Port Trust

West Bengal

India's first and only important riverine port

4

Kandla Port Trust

Gujarat

India's largest port by volume of shipment handled

5

Paradip Port Trust

Odisha

A natural harbour and deals with the export of aluminium and iron ore.

6

Vishakhapatnam Port Trust

Andhra Pradesh

The deepest ports in India; a major site of the operation for the Indian Navy.

7

Mormugao Port Trust

Goa

Located on the river Zuari estuary

8

New Mangalore Port

Karnataka

Specializes in exporting iron-ore

9

VO Chidambaranar Port

Tamil Nadu

A major port in South India dealing primarily with petrochemicals and fertilizers

10

Port Blair

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Situated at the junction of two major global shipping lines - Japan and US-Singapore.

The Mumbai Port - The Biggest Natural Port in India

The Mumbai Port is considered the biggest natural port in India and the busiest port in the country. Since its inception, it was majorly seen as an international port, connecting India to the western world. Hence, it is one reason why Mumbai steadily became India's commercial capital. 

Over the years, the Mumbai Port underwent numerous expansions and a genial increase in its cargo handling capacity. Yet, in the 1970s, the city's accelerated growth and expansion became too much for the port to handle singlehandedly and the Nhava Sheva port was built right across the Mumbai Port in Navi Mumbai. The Nhava Sheva Port, also known as the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, is India's largest artificial port that handles Mumbai's major container traffic even today.

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FAQs about Natural Port in India

  • Which is the largest natural port in India?

The Mumbai Port is the largest natural port in India.

  • Which is the second largest natural harbour port in India?

The Cochin Port Trust is the second-largest natural harbour port in India.

  • Which is India's only riverine port in the list of natural ports in India?

The Kolkata Port is the country's only riverine port.

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Neha DhyaniNeha DhyaniMember since Jul 2017
An IT engineer turned Writer, Neha is a versatile content creator at ‘Gradeup’, who covers news and top stories of the education sector. She has been in the industry since 2015. She is passionate about her work, however, when she isn’t crafting content, she’s probably reading, playing badminton, watching YouTube or just lazing around. Her email address is neha.dhyani@gradeup.co.