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Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanical Garden

Kolkata, India

The British obsession with tea can partly be traced to this former tea plantation that was so economically important during the colonial days. In the 19th century, however, it was converted into a gloriously biodiverse park featuring palm groves, pineapple plants, wild orchids, and oddities like the world's widest banyan tree, which has since degraded into a mini-forest but is nonetheless a fine sight to see. The tree is more than 200 years old, and curious visitors come from afar to see it. On Andul Road running parallel to the park is the attractive Bicentenary Gate, an enduring image for anyone's scrapbook, and a little farther away is the cable-stayed Second Hooghly Bridge (officially the Vidyasagar Setu), one of the true marvels of East Indian engineering.

Alipore Zoological Gardens

2 Alipore Road
Kolkata, West Bengal 700027, India

The country’s largest zoological park, the Alipore Zoological Gardens stretches across an area of 16 hectares (39.5 acres). It was opened in 1876 by the Prince of Wales and is also known as the Alipore Zoo or Kolkata Zoo. It houses a wide variety of animals like royal Bengal tigers, African lions, jaguars, Indian elephants, great Indian one-horned rhinoceroses, Grant's zebras, manipur brow-antlered deer, reticulated giraffes, camels, and hippopotamuses. The bird population includes large parrots (mainly conures, lorikeets, loris, and macaws), Lady Amherst's pheasants, Swinhoe's pheasants, golden pheasants, touracos, emus, hornbills, ostriches, cassowaries, and some migratory species. The zoo also features an artificial lake, a small aquarium, a children’s park, a cafeteria, and a variety of foliage.

Aquatica Water Park

Kouchpukur, P.O. Hathgachia
Kolkata, India

Home to thrilling rides, attractions, live events & luxurious resort, Aquatica Water Park is the ultimate destination for thrill seekers featuring some of the Kolkata's most popular roller coasters and waterpark rides. The park is spread across 6.8 hectares (17 acres) of land and has a number of rides including exciting ones like the Black Hole, the Wave Pool, Niagara Falls, surf racer, Tornado and the Aqua Dance Floor. A restaurant is on site as is a resort offering lodging.

– Information provided by Aquatica Water Park

Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Vandalur Zoo

GST Road
Vandalur, Chennai 600048, India

Typically referred to as the Vandalur Zoo, Arignar Anna was the first zoo in India, opening in 1855 near the Central Station. In 1985, it was moved to a 602-hectare (1,500-acre) site in Vandalur Reserved Forest, making it the largest zoo in Asia. As well as some 75 moated animal enclosures, the zoo has a lion safari, deer safari and walk-through aviary. It also maintains species and gene banks for a wide variety of South Indian flora and fauna, serves as a site for basic and applied animal research and has facilities for propagation and re-introduction of endangered species to their original habitats.

Banabitan Biodiversity Park

Central Park

Sector 1
Salt Lake City, Kolkata, India

This park is one of Kolkata’s largest and includes a lake in the center with surrounding gardens. Bird lovers can look for migratory birds including lesser whistling ducks, egrets, cormorants, and common moorhens. The lake offers an area for boating and the lush grounds are forested and include several bridges. Visit the butterfly garden to see an assortment of colorful winged wonders. There are trails for walking and running while open spaces offers scenic areas for picnics or for tossing a ball with the kids. Scenic structures offering nice photo ops include the Japanese House and a treehouse. The park charges a small fee for entry.

Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta Main Road, Bannerughatta
Bangalore, India

Immerse yourself in nature at Bannerghatta National Park, which offers several areas to explore. Take a safari tour to see tigers, lions, and Himalayan black bears among many others, and visit the zoo and its birds, reptiles, and mammals including panthers and hog deer, totaling about 95 species. A museum also is on site. There is a butterfly park covering two hectares (five acres) and includes a 1-kilometer (.62-mile) trail through landscaped gardens. There is an area for those wishing to camp as well. Guided tours and educational talks are offered at the park.

Brindavan Garden

Off of KRS Dam Road
Mandya District
Karnataka 571607, India

Brindavan Garden on the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam contains water fountains, ornamental pools, terraced and planned gardens, different types of flowering plants, and tiled pathways. The garden offers the most spectacular views at night, when it is illuminated with colorful lights. It is particularly famous for its musical dancing fountains, which generate a fine harmony of water, music, and colors. The garden also contains a small lake for boating, guest house for tourists, and several biological research departments.

Bugle Rock Park

Bull Temple Road
Bangalore, India

This large park covers 6.4 hectares (16 acres) and includes old trees, shady areas, and a musical fountain. Kids can climb on the numerous rock features or play at the playground, and the whole family can explore the gardens along landscaped paths. Several temples are located within the shady park as well.

Bund Garden

Koregaon Park
Pune, India

The unique appeal of Bund Garden, which is also known as Mahatma Gandhi Udyan, is that it is situated on a dam built over the Mula-Muthra River, which surges through the city of Pune like a robust tree trunk. The dam dates back to the Peshwa period, but was developed as a pleasure spot by the British some years later. Migrating birds flock here during the winter, descending on the attractive flora. Large-scale magic shows and folk dances are provided for the entertainment of locals and foreign tourists alike. Activities include horse riding around the gardens and hiring boats to travel up and down the river. The jogging path was designed by famed architect Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy and is incredibly popular with the more fitness-minded Puneites.

Cariappa Park

Cubbon Main Road
Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore, India

Lying literally across the road from its bigger cousin Cubbon Park, Cariappa is a contemporary site laid out in 1996 as a tribute to the late Indian military hero Field Marshal Cariappa. Its constructed pond and waterfall are fun for the kids to frolic in, while the Bangalore government has designated this an eco-friendly zone, considering that no chemical fertilizers are used for its upkeep-which, oddly enough, is the responsibility of the Indian Army. Thus it's also no surprise that six military bands play in the bandstand every two weeks. Even the playground is designed along a military theme, with its balance bars and death slide-like swing. Consuming food is not allowed inside the park, so strike this from your list of picnic spots. 

Cubbon Park

Sampangirama Nagar
Bangalore, India

Created by the British in 1864 to stamp their cultural authority on Bangalore, Cubbon Park is a verdant sprawl of gigantic bamboo stands, fairy fountains, statues of Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, and intriguing rock formations. Naturalists can often be seen studying the thousands of exotic araucaria, millettia, and bright red gulmohar flowers, and a 20-million-year-old fossil of a tree. Joggers and walkers make use of the network of roads and lanes within the park. A cast-iron bandstand plays host to concerts some evenings, and the Puttani Express miniature train travels more than a kilometer (.7 mi) across the park. There are a number of compelling museums and galleries on the grounds, including the Government Museum, the Venkatappa Art Gallery, and Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. 

Diamond Water Park

Water Park Road
Lohegaon, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Diamond Water Park features fun rides and activities to help families cool off under the sun. It includes a wave pool, family pool, kiddie pool, waterslides, and shallow play areas with fountains, sprayers, and a giant water-dumping bucket. Vendors offer refreshments and souvenirs.

Eco Park

Prakriti Tirtha

Major Arterial Road
Kolkata, India

Kolkata’s Eco Park is spread across an area of 194 hectares (480 acres) and includes a 42-hectare (100-acre) water body with an island. There are several attractions to enjoy, from biking to kayaking and boat rides, to walking the trails. Children can ride the toy train, mini cars, and bikes just their size or bounce on trampolines and try land zorbing where they roll inside a giant inflatable ball. The park offers the chance to try archery and rifle shooting as well. There are individual fees for the activities and equipment rental at Eco Park.

Empress Botanical Gardens

Prince of Wales Road
Pune, India

Known, not without hyperbole, as the "Jewel of Pune," Empress Botanical Gardens extends across almost 16 hectares (40 acres) of glistening lakes, freshly cut lawns, exotic flower gardens, and a children's play zone. Added features include occasional flower shows, such as the yearly Buds N' Blooms, and more regular organic vegetable markets. If you get peckish during your visit, you can drop in to the ice cream parlor and "snack shack." Although the gardens date back to the beginnings of the Bombay Presidency, the Agri-Horticultural Society of Western India has been administering the gardens since 1892, operating a number of conservation programs within and without Empress Botanical Gardens. Opening hours are daily, 9:30am to 6pm Closed on government holidays.


Global Pagoda Road, Goral Island
Borivali West, Mumbai 400092, India

Opened in 1989, EsselWorld is India’s largest amusement park with more than 70 attractions designed to entertain all ages. Spread across 26 hectares (64 acres), there are a variety of rides such as a Ferris wheel, carousel, rollercoasters, rotating swings, bumper cars, spinning teacups, antique cars, train, and more. Additional attractions are a gaming arcade, mirror maze, playground, and ice-skating rink. Also included, a walk-in aviary at EsselWorld Bird Park is home to more than 500 exotic birds representing more than 70 species. A wide range of vendors offer refreshments and souvenirs. EsselWorld is accessible via ferry services available from Gorai Creek and Marve Beach.

Fun N Food Village

Old Delhi Gurgaon Road
Kapshera, New Delhi, India

An amusement park and waterpark in one, Fun N Food Village offers entertainment and dining options. Rides include a train, Tilt-A-Whirl, 33.5-meter-tall (110-foot-tall) Ferris wheel, rotating swings, and more. The waterpark has a wave pool, lazy river, waterslides, and shallow play area with water guns, fountains, and water-dumping buckets. A variety of vendors sell refreshments and souvenirs.

Fun World Amusement Park

Palace Grounds, Jayamahal Main Road
Bangalore, India

Prepare for hours of fun at Fun World Amusement Park, offering rides for all ages. Classic rides include a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, and bumper cars as well as thrill rides and those for the smallest children. In all there are about 100 rides to choose from. Included at the park is Snow City Ice World, offering ice- and snow-themed attractions including a Snow castle, frozen slides, and a disco. There’s also Water World for refreshing fun down one of the 28 water slides, or just hang out by one of the pools. Several food options are found throughout the park, which includes an arcade for games and bowling.

Gir National Park

West of Kodinar-Dhari Highway
Southeast of Junagadh
Gujarat, India

Founded in 1965 and extending over 1,412 square kilometers (545 square miles), Gir National Park is one of Asia's most important protected areas and conserves several threatened wildlife species (including Asiatic lions). It comprises thick forests, grasslands, diverse flora and fauna, broad-leafed and evergreen trees (including acacia, teak, and tendu), scrub trees, steep rocky hills, ravines, rivers, streams, sulfur springs, numerous settlements of cattle herders, and some Hindu shrines. The fauna includes Indian gazelles, black bucks, four-horned antelopes, grey musk shrews, Indian pangolins, wildcats, small Indian civets, Indian jackals, pale hedgehogs, crocodiles, and about 300 species of birds. Gir also offers well-maintained routes, guided tours, jeep rides for wildlife viewing, and government-run forest lodges.

Guindy National Park

Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025, India

The smallest national park in India and one of the few located in a metropolitan area, this 2.8-square-kilometer (1-square-mile) park is an extension of the grounds surrounding Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the governor of Tamil Nadu. Despite its small size, it manages to squeeze in a variety of forests, scrublands, lakes, and streams. Some 14 species of mammals and 150 species of birds are found here, along with many amphibians and reptiles including geckos, chameleons, monitor lizards, and the endangered star turtle.

Guindy Snake Park

Sardar Patel Road
Guindy, Chennai, India

Located next to Guindy National Park, the snake park bills itself as an "eco-friendly biological habitat" for various species of snakes and reptiles. Visitors can see and learn about king cobras, common kraits, common cobras, pythons, vipers and adders, as well as giant turtles, monitor lizards and other reptiles. An adjacent Children's Park has a collection of small non-predatory animals and birds.

Jalavihar Water Park

22/9, Necklace Road
Hyderabad, India

If you're looking for thrills and spills, Jalavihar Water Park is the place to go! From the wave pool, children's water play area, pendulum to Crazy Ride, there is something for the whole family. The list of exciting rides, slides, and attractions include Rain Dance, Crazy Ride, Twister Slide, Mat Ride, Single Tube Ride, Double tube ride, Pendulum and a ladies and kids pool with 11 different attractions. The park also has a kiddie train, trampoline bungee jump, bumper cars, a mechanical bull, and more.

– Information provided by Jalavihar Water Park

Jim Corbett National Park

Off of Kalagarh Dam Road, Northwest of Ramnagar
Uttarakhand, India

Jim Corbett National Park, established in 1936, is Asia's oldest national park and India's first tiger reserve. It is most famous for its diverse wildlife, including Bengal tigers, leopards, jackals, Asiatic elephants, hedgehogs, common musk shrews, Indian pangolins, king cobras, crocodiles, and almost 600 species of birds (like peafowls, flycatchers, great barbets, ducks, and partridges). Extending over 1,319 square kilometers (510 square miles), the park's topography includes the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, majestic Himalayan mountains, hills, thick forests, grasslands, rivers, reservoirs, streams, catchments, and diverse flora (including flowering trees, bamboos, shrubs, herbs, and climbers). The region also offers good lodges, catering, guided tours, elephant rides, and watchtowers for the many tourists who come here every year.

Kaziranga National Park

Between AT Road and the Brahmaputra River
North of Nagaon District
Assam, India

Established in 1905 and extending over 430 square kilometers (166 square miles), the Kazinranga National Park comprises dense semi-evergreen forests, tall elephant grass, lower Himalayan peaks, marshlands, four rivers (Brahmaputra, Diphlu, Mora Diphlu, and Mora Dhansiri), varied flora and fauna, coffee and rubber plantations, tea gardens, rivulets, ponds, and lakes. The wildlife includes tigers, civet cats, great Indian one-horned rhinoceroses, Indian elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, barking deer, sloth bears, monkeys, and pythons. There are over 450 species of birds including Oriental honey buzzards, Himalayan griffons, storks, pied hornbills, kites, white-tailed eagles, fish eagles, pond herons, and many migratory birds. The park offers elephant rides, jeep drives, observation towers, and private and government lodges.

KBR National Park

Kasu Brahmananda Reddy Park

Road Number 2, Jubilee Hills
Hyderabad, India

Kasu Brahmananda Reddy Park, popularly known as KBR National Park, is a vast spread of lush greenery and rich fauna which is located in the middle of Hyderabad city. The park, along with its picturesque beauty and rich flora and fauna, is also historically significant and includes the vast Chiran Palace. There are around 600 varied species of trees and plants, around 140 species of birds, and 20 species each of reptiles and mammals. See a range of butterflies as well while exploring paved trails. Food vendors set up outside KBR National Park, which charges a fee for entry.

– Information provided by Hyderabad Tourism

Lalbagh Botanical Garden

Bangalore, India

In a city of majestic gardens, Lalbagh must be the king of kings. It was built and landscaped in the 1760s by people hired from the Thigala community of expert gardeners. Today it boasts more than 1,000 species of plants maintained by a complex, decorative irrigation system. Organized tours allow you to fully absorb the wealth of flora. A major feature of the park, Lal Bagh Rock, is over three billion years old, making it one of the planet's oldest geological formations. Crowning the ancient rock is King Kempegowda's Watchtower, one of the original four towers that defined the boundaries of the old city of Bangalore. The view of the city, as you can imagine, is stunning. The exquisite Raj-era Glass House holds major flower shows twice a year. 

Lodi Garden

Lodi Road
New Delhi, India

Built in the 15th century, Lodi Garden is one of Delhi's lifelines, breathing fresh air into an oft-congested city. For the past five centuries, it has also been one of the Indian capital's best-kept secrets, home to both courting couples and sporting runners. Its 36-hectare (90-acre) location near Khan Market includes an eight-piered bridge built during the reign of Emperor Akbar, but its main historic sites are two tombs that predate the great Moghul leaders. Mohammed Shah and Sikander Lodi, rulers from the Sayyid and Lodi dynasties, are each buried in octagonal mausoleums here. Until 1936, there were villages based around the two tombs, but they were displaced to make room for a larger park, landscaped by Lady Willingdon, wife of the governor-general at the time. Though the British renamed the park after her, the original name won out after Indian Independence.

Lumbini Park

Opposite Secretariat New Gate, Tank Bund Road Hussain, Hussain Sagar
Hyderabad, India

Lumbini Park is on the banks of the artificial lake, Hussain Sagar, and offers 3 hectares (7.5 acres) of nature and attractions. Named for the birthplace of Siddhartha, who became Lord Buddha, there are several enjoyable options for children and adults. Rent a boat and enjoy the lake, which includes a giant Buddha statue in the middle. Plan to catch a show from the musical fountain, which has two shows daily at 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. and includes laser effects. The floral clock is an impressive sight, part of the park’s landscaping, which includes small waterfalls. The park is a place to relax and get away from the city scene. Explore the paved walkways and bring a picnic or get snacks from various food vendors within the park. There is an entry fee to enter Lumbini Park.

MGR Film City

Canal Bank Road
Taramani Adyar, Chennai, India

This 28-hectare (70-acre) movie production complex was built by the Tamil Nadu state government to encourage development of the local film industry. Completed in 1994 and named in memory of M.G. Ramachandran, a popular film actor who later became Tamil Nadu's chief minister, it has a film school along with indoor and outdoor shooting locations including replicas of forests, waterfalls and village and urban areas, as well as landscaped Italian, Japanese, and Moghul gardens. A major tourist attraction, it is open to the public for guided tours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

National Zoological Gardens

Mathura Road
New Delhi, India

The white tigers are among the highlights at Delhi's zoo, but with more than 2,000 species of birds and animals to choose from, most families will find other favorites as well. The zoo was established in 1959 on a site that covers more than 80 hectares (200 acres) giving visitors plenty of space for picnics. The location also includes a 17th-century tower built by the son of Moghul Emperor Akbar, which offers a grand view of the animal enclosures. Leopards, lions, jaguars, hippos, buffaloes, macaques, rhinos, emus, and elephants are crowd pleasers. There's also a reptile house, which includes king cobras and pythons. For the best view of the animals, go early before the temperature rises. Winter visitors are more likely to see the animals moving around, although summer tourists may be lucky to see the white tigers taking a dip in their water-filled moat. 

Nehru Zoological Park

Near Mir Alam Tank
Hyderabad, India

Nehru Zoological Park, the biggest zoo in India, welcomes millions of satisfied visitors every year. Named after one of the heroes of Indian independence, it was commissioned in 1959 by the State Forest Department, which still runs it today. Fans of the exotic gamut of South Asian fauna will be bowled over by the 100-plus species of beasts, including leopard cats, barn owls, fruit bats, antelopes, kangaroos, tigers, and rhinos. Added attractions include guided elephant rides, themed safaris, and a mini train that takes you all around the marshy and grassy premises. Just next door is the two-century-old Mir Alam Tank that has its own alluring ecosystem, attracting all manner of fine birds. The park is also committed to conservation, ensuring that rare species are protected.

Nicco Park

Jheel Meel Sector IV
Salt Lake City, Kolkata, India

Located amid the sleek hypermodernity of the Salt Lake City development, Nicco Park is 16 hectares (40 acres) of fun for all ages. Its aquatic zone boasts several thrilling water slides and a powerful wave machine. The safety-certificated rides include the Pirate Ship, the Toy Train, the Water Chute, the Moonraker, and the Flying Saucer. South Asia's first ever 4D movie theater is located inside Nicco Park near the pan-Indian food court serving cuisine from almost all the states of the nation. Seasonal events such as Iceland (which simulates very cold conditions) are extremely popular with Kolkatan families.

NTR Gardens

NTR Marg, Central Secretariat, Khairatabad
Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad, India

Spread across an area of 14 hectares (36 acres), NTR Gardens offers various kinds of recreational options. These include boat rides, a Japanese garden, a roaring cascade, a fountain, and a children's play area. A mini train on a single track takes visitors around the garden, which includes a desert garden with 150 varieties of plants. There are cafes and restaurants within the park, which includes visually engaging structures and statues. There is an entry fee to access NTR Gardens.

– Information provided by Hyderabad Tourism

Ooty Botanical Gardens

Off of Garden Road
Nilgiri District, Udhagamandalam (Ooty)
Tamil Nadu 643001, India

Created in 1847, the Ooty Botanical Gardens comprise a popular tourist site that houses around 650 species of indigenous and exotic vegetation. The gardens cover around 22 hectares (55 acres) on the lower slopes of the Doddabetta peak (Ooty's highest point). One of the park's main attractions is a fossilized tree trunk that is over 20 million years old. Other features include an Italian-style garden, the Toda mund (hill) displaying different aspects of the life of the Todas (an indigenous hill tribe), many flowering and herbal plants, shrubs, ferns, rare tree species (including cork, paper bark, and monkey puzzle trees), lush lawns, and ponds. The annual Summer Festival, which includes an elaborate flower show, takes place here in May.

Prani, the Pet Sanctuary

Somanahalli Village, Kanakapura Road
Bangalore, India

Bring your children to Prani, the Pet Sanctuary to get close to animals. Kids can pet and feed a range of farm animals, including horses, goats, donkeys, and chickens and see turtles and other reptiles. There are other interactive offerings, including bathing animals, and a bird park is home to over 60 species. Camping is available at the pet sanctuary, which includes trails for hiking. Education tours are offered.

Queensland Amusement Park

Bangalore Trunk Road
Chennai, India

A variety of rides and other attractions await at Queensland Amusement Park. The park is spread over 28 hectares (70 acres) and includes a cable car to view the park from above. Dozens of rides include classic spinning rides and water rides, including bumper boats, the Himalayan water ride as well as swimming and wave pools. Catch a thrill on the Free Fall Tower, dropping from 45 meters (150 feet), or relax and tour the park on the 1.5 kilometer (.9 mile) Queens Express Train. Find the park about 30 minutes from Chennai.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Kanheri Caves

Vihar Lake Road
Powai, Mumbai, India

Sanjay Gandhi holds the distinctions of being not only the largest urban park on earth, but also as one of the few national parks to be situated within the city limits of a major metropolis. Two million visitors a year come for its invigorating terrain of hillocks, lakes, and pastures, and for the possibility of encountering endangered species such as chital (spotted deer), monitor lizards, and paradise flycatchers. You can traverse the park in a brightly colored narrow-gauge "toy train," one of the few of its kind left in the world. Perhaps the defining attraction of the park is the 2000-year-old Kanheri Caves, which feature wondrous Buddhist sculptures and reliefs fashioned from basalt rock.

Semmozhi Poonga Botanical Garden

Cathedral Road, Opposite American Consulate
Chennai, India

Semmozhi Poonga is one of the most visited botanical gardens in all of Chennai. The beautiful landscaping at the 8-hectare (20-acre) garden has not only made it a delight for the daily morning walkers but has also attracted film makers and tourists. Learn about the over 500 plant species and tour the array of water fountains in the garden, located in the heart of Chennai. Several exotic plant species are kept here from around the world. The parking lot includes a canteen that serves delicious refreshments.

– Information provided by Trans India Travels

SkyJumper Trampoline Park

Creaticity Mall
Shastrinagar, Yerawada, Pune, Maharashtra 411006, India

An indoor trampoline park, SkyJumper has fun activities for ages 3 and up. Jumpers can shoot hoops, complete obstacles on the Ninja Circuit, jump in a foam pit, tumble, flip, bounce, swing, balance, and challenge friends on the battle beam. Additional attractions include a climbing wall, dodgeball, volleyball, laser tag, and Sky Slide. An eatery serves refreshments. Groups and parties are welcome.

Snow World

Phoenix Market City, Lower Ground Level 58–61
Kurla, Mumbai 400070, India

Snow World is an indoor theme park all about that cold, white stuff for which it is named. Visitors can enjoy a snowy winter-like environment as they participate in fun activities such as snowboarding, sledding, ice-skating, sliding, snowball fights, dancing, and more. There’s a carousel for the kids to ride and a variety of snowy games to play. Warm gear such as coats, boots, and gloves are provided.

Sundarbans National Park

Off of Chargheri-Lakshbagan Road and Satjelia Road
South of Sandeshkhali
West Bengal 743370, India

Spread across 10,000 square kilometers (3,860 square miles) of land and water, the Sundarbans National Park comprises the world's largest and thickest group of mangrove forests, rivers, rivulets, and lakes. There are more than 64 species of flora including sundari, genwa, and dhundal trees; color-leafed plants; flowering plants; and alluvial grass. The animals include royal Bengal tigers, wildcats, fishing cats, wild boars, flying foxes, macaques, common grey mongooses, and pangolins. The birds include open-billed storks, kingfishers, eagles, spotted doves, woodpeckers, herons, egrets, herring gulls, green pigeons, and rose-ringed parakeets. Sundarbans also houses many reptiles, invertebrates, and some endangered species (like river terrapins, Gangetic dolphins, olive Ridley turtles, ground turtles, and king crabs).

The Hanging Garden

B.G. Kher Road
Malabar Hill
Mumbai, India

Built by the British in 1881 over Mumbai's main reservoir, this tranquil terraced garden's alternate name comes from a famous Maharashtra barrister. Located high up on the western edge of Malabar Hill, the Hanging Garden offers the best possible view of the city of Mumbai. Its highlights include hedges crafted into the shapes of various animals, fast-running fountains, and a flower clock positioned in the center of the garden. Mornings and evenings-when you can enjoy a gorgeous sunset over the Arabian Sea-are the best times to go for a quiet stroll here. Just opposite is another pleasant and vital green space, Kamala Nehru Park.

The Martin Farm Bangalore

Bangalore, India

The Martin Farm Bangalore plays home to a variety of domestic and farm animals, including donkeys, goats, cows, a pony, rabbits, and dogs. Bird-lovers will delight in the brood of ducks, chickens, finches, emus, pigeons, and bantams. Kids get to participate in the feeding of some animals, and may be encouraged to pet some animals; at any age, they will learn something new about the creatures they interact with. And when they’re ready for play, the basketball court and kiddies play area with swings, see-saws, a jungle gym and a slide offer a zillion ways to have fun! The Martin Farm offers a safe and friendly environment in which to share the joys of nature with your child. Please ensure you make a booking prior to your visit. 

– Information provided by The Martin Farm Bangalore Facebook Page

Water Kingdom

Global Pagoda Road, Goral Island
Borivali West, Mumbai 400092, India

Asia’s largest waterpark, Water Kingdom opened as part of EsselWorld in 1998, offering a fun place for families to cool off. Attractions include one of the world’s largest wave pools, waterslides, and a lazy river. A shallow play area for little kids has water guns, umbrella-shaped fountains, and a huge water-dumping bucket. The park’s Aquadrome is a 650-square-meter (7,000-square-foot) dance floor with water features such as mist and sprinklers.

Wonderla Amusement Park

28th Km, Mysore Road
Bangalore, India

Fun awaits at Wonderla Amusement Park, whether you’re looking for thrill rides or a relaxing day by the pool. There are over 60 rides for all ages, including the gravity-defying Recoil or check out the rides with names including Insanity, Y-scream, and Boomerang. Little kids have classic spinning and swinging rides as well. Dance at the Rain Disco or see a show at the Adventures of Chikku. Water attractions include a wave pool, lazy river, or try the water slide, Korneto. The park includes several restaurants as well.

Wonderla Amusement Park

Nehru Outer Ring Road, Exit No. 13
Hyderabad, India

Fun awaits at Wonderla Amusement Park, whether you’re looking for thrill rides or a relaxing day by the pool. There are over 40 rides for all ages, including the gravity-defying Recoil or check out the rides with names including Insanity, Y-scream, and Boomerang. Little kids have classic spinning and swinging rides as well. Dance at the Rain Disco or see a show at the Adventures of Chikku. Water attractions include a wave pool, lazy river, or try the water slide, Korneto. The park includes several restaurants as well.

Worlds of Wonder

The Great India Place
Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301, India

Less than a 40-minute drive from New Delhi, Worlds of Wonder is an amusement park and waterpark that opened in 2007. It offers more than 20 rides such as a train, rotating swings, bumper cars, rollercoasters, boats, Ferris wheel, carousel, and more.  The waterpark has pools, waterslides, a lazy river, and shallow play areas with sprayers, fountains, and a giant water-dumping bucket. Additional attractions include a gaming arcade and go-karts. A variety of vendors sell refreshments and souvenirs.