India might not be the first place that comes to your mind when you think of amusement parks. However, it certainly has its fine share of exhilarating amusement and theme parks, where you can spend lots of fun-filled time with family or friends. These parks feature thrilling rides, exotic water sports, and unique cultural experiences. While there are dozens of fantastic adventure and theme parks in the country, here is a list of most exciting ones that you can consider while holidaying in various parts of India.
Ranked among the largest theme parks in Asia, EsselWorld beguiles visitors with its great range of roller coasters and other rides, suitable for kids and adults alike. Spread across 64 acres, Esselworld also houses the city’s first ice skating rink, a large dance floor, a 6-lane bowling alley called “Riki’s Rocking Alley, and plenty of restaurants that serve both Indian and Western cuisines. It is located at the Gorai Island in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, and is open from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekdays.
Key Attractions: Monsters in the Mist, Arctic Circle, Karaoke, Shot-N-Drop, and Enterprise
Wonderla Park, Bangalore
Wonderla Park in Bangalore, India’s Garden City, serves as a wonderful family weekend getaway. The park is open from 11am to 7pm on weekends, and features a wide range of exciting rides, water slides, 3D shows and various other fun activities for people of all ages. For kids, the park has a separate play zone with plenty of fun filled and safe rides. Foodies are also in for a treat as a number of eateries here offer delicious dishes. People who travel to the park in BMTC’s air-conditioned Volvo buses are offered a flat 15% discount on park tickets.
Key Attractions: Flash Tower, the Hurricane, Drop Zone, Jangle Lagoon, Lazy River, Cinemagic 3D and Musical Fountain and Laser Show.
Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon
The fabulous kingdom looks like as if it has stepped out from the pages of a fairy tale! It features five different zones, where visitors can explore India’s rich art, history, culture and cuisines. Head to the Nautanki Mahal to enjoy unforgettable musical treats. At the Cultural Gully, you can discover a fascinating mix of attractions, spanning culture, arts, crafts and food. For colourful drama productions based on the Indian mythology, head to the Showshaa Theatre. For foreign tourists in Delhi who feel like enjoying a great cultural show, Kingdom of Dreams is the place to be. KoD is located in Gurgaon, a commercial hub close to the capital city.
Key Attractions: Nautanki Mahal, Showsha Theatre, Culture Gully, and IIFA Buzz
World of Wonders, Noida
Amusement with loads of thrills – that’s what this fascinating theme park in Noida, an industrial town, offers. It is located about 19kms from Delhi International Airport. The park has two major zones – the World of Wonder and the Water Park. While the former features many crazy swings, rides and slides, the latter is a cluster of world-class water rides and slides, canals, pools and fountains. The park is a popular place to celebrate theme parties, corporate outings, birthday celebrations and weekend picnics.
Key Attractions: Road Show Zone, Turbo Tunnel, Rapid, Wave Pool, and Free Fall