Mumbai offers tons of attractions that are worth exploring. While it is a must to visit Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves and Marine Drive, you would not want to skip a visit to Kamala Nehru Park. Situated on the top of Mumbai’s Malabar Hill, the park presents a massive yard and sweeping views of Marine Drive from above. Named after the wife of Jawaharlal Nehru, the park belongs to Hanging Gardens complex. The park is one of the most popular parks in Mumbai and is usually packed with the local people and tourists who want to please their eyes with the lush greenery and absorb the cool atmosphere due to its location on the hill. Without further ado, here is your guide to Kamala Nehru Park, Mumbai.
Things to do/Highlights
Popularly known to the local people as the old woman’s shoes, Boot House is perhaps the most popular sight in the park. The unique structure of the building that displays the shape of both a boot and a house was inspired by an old story that once there was a woman who resided inside a shoe. You are welcome to enter the boot house and climb to the very top, where you will reach the balcony. From here, you can enjoy the idyllic views of everything that is close by.
Pramod Navalkar Viewing Gallery
If you want to admire the whole view of South Mumbai, you would not want to miss a visit to a viewing gallery called Pramod Navalkar, which is situated opposite the west gate of the popular hanging gardens. Some of the most favorite views that you can marvel at are Marine Drive, Nariman Point and Queen’s Necklace of Mumbai.
A wide collection of flowers, trees and shrubs
Your eyes, mind and soul will be treated to the delightful views of colorful flowers, nature and shady trees and shrubs on perfectly maintained lawns. There are also picnic spots around the park. Be ready to bring your food and relish it under a shady tree.
Since you are already visiting the park which sits on the top of Malabar Hill, you should also visit the hillside, where you will be presented with lush green surroundings. Here, you will also have an opportunity to try the authentic Mumbai dishes as plenty of local vendors gather here.
You get the best of both worlds when you stop by The Viewpoint. When you look at one side, you can marvel at the spectacular Marine Drive. When you turn around and look at the other side, the breathtaking beauty of Chowpatty beach awaits your embrace.
Where to eat
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Local vendors selling local food
As briefly mentioned above, you will be able to satisfy your appetite with local food as there are plenty of local vendors selling street food, such as kathi rolls, kanji vada and misal pav.
If you are craving for western food, the right restaurant for you is Govinda’s. Indulge in delicious food such as pizza and nacho in a homely atmosphere. Highly popular items on the menu include nachos with cheese and vegetarian pizza. But, the restaurant also serves Indian food, such as dahi chaat and dal khichdi.
Best time to visit
If you are not a fan of sizzling hot weather, you should avoid summer season. The best time to enjoy a leisure stroll around the park is during winter season, when the weather is pleasant with chilling wind. You should visit the park between the months of October and March. To get the most spectacular view of the park and the surrounding neighborhood, you should come in the evening when the sun is about to go down.
Be wary of pickpockets
In a packed city like Mumbai, you can never let your guard down. When you are taking pictures or simply taking a walk, you should always be mindful of your surroundings. It is best to put your bag or your wallet or purse in front of your body, so you can always look after it.
How to get there
By Western Express Highway
This convenient mode of transportation is highly recommended if you want to get to the park directly from Mumbai airport, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. It will take you less than 40 minutes to reach the park. There is an alternative route through Tulsi Pipe Road. It takes longer and you will arrive at the park in 50 minutes, but you get to enjoy the view of the road.
You can conveniently hire a cab from wherever you are. You just have to tell the driver about your destination. Without even realizing it, you will reach your destination and pay the cab according to the meter.
Traveling by bus is recommended if you want to live like a local. Blend in with local people and delve into the unique atmosphere inside the bus. These bus routes will take you to the destination: 37, 57, 67, 80 LTD, 86, AS-105.
Kamala Nehru Park information
Kamala Nehru Park
Address: Babulnath, Dadi Sheth Wadi, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400006, India
Opening hours: 5am - 9pm (daily)
Department of tourism: Visit Mumbai
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