Maharashtra Nature Park was created on what was originally a garbage dump. The park is situated at the edge of Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia, close to a bus station. The park offers beautiful walking trails through a small forest as well as picnic facilities. Bird watching is an enjoyable activity in the park, with many species to be seen. As the park is located close to public transport, it is readily accessible from all areas of the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra. Hop on over to the official website of Maharashtra Nature Park or more details about the park and the surrounding area. Scroll down to read our guide to Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai.
Things to do / highlights
Maharashtra Nature Park is the perfect place for people interested in bird watching. Among the bird species seen here are the laughing dove, blue throat, black kite, shikara, Eurasian wryneck, greater coucal, purple sunbird, great egret and little green bee eater. Birders should also watch out for the greater spotted eagle, Asian pied starling and Mahratta woodpecker.
Spot snakes, butterflies, insects and mammals
Visitors regularly spot cobras in the park as well as the green vine snake and Russel’s viper. It is possible to spot around 40 different species of butterfly and insects like the Coromandel marsh dart, Indian rock bee and pumpkin beetle. A number of mammals can be seen during a visit to the park, including striped squirrels, flying foxes and fruit bats and rodents.
Take a walk under the green canopy of the park
This enjoyable walking area covers 37 acres (15 hectares) and trails running through more than 13,000 trees and shrubs of around 300 varieties. These include bottle brush oak, teak, golden apple trees, lasora, the devil’s tree and flame of the forest.
Vist the Education Centre Building
A visit to the various nature education sections and Education Centre Building of the park is great for all ages. You can learn about nature and the conservation activities of the park as well as the biodiversity of animal, insect and plant life here.
Visitors in wheelchairs can comfortably tour the walking paths throughout the park.
Guides and interpreters
Tourists have access to guides and interpreters in Maharashtra Nature Park. These are made available by the society that maintains and develops the nature park.
Cameras can be used for nature photography in the park but foreign nationals will need to pay 2.70 USD for the privilege while Indian nationals pay 1.35 USD. No wedding, birthday or other photography is allowed here.
Maharashtra Nature Park is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic. However, remember to pick up after yourselves once you’ve finished.
Visitors are recommended to carry drinking water and use mosquito repellents in the nature park.
No plastic, fires or alcohol consumption allowed
Please bear in mind that Maharashtra Nature Park is a no-plastic zone, so do not dispose of any plastic packaging here. Fires are not allowed in the nature park without the express permission of the Director. The use of alcohol or narcotics in the nature park is strictly forbidden.
Stay on the paths
Visitors must stay on the brick-lined paths while in the nature park and avoid wandering off into restricted areas.
Do no harm
Visitors must not harm birds, insects and butterflies that live in the nature park. No damage must be caused to any plants, buildings, furniture and fixtures while visiting.
What to buy
Mumbai's Organic Farmers' Market
Mumbai’s Organic Farmers’ Market is held at the park between October to March. Here, a variety of fresh organic vegetables, fruits, and other products are available. All produce comes from organic farms across the Maharashtra region and is fresh and organically certified. The market also offers eco-friendly items, natural organic coffee, and live music.
How to get there
Maharashtra Nature Park is located close to Dharavi Bus Depot and Bandra-Sion Link Road in Mumbai. This makes the nature park well-connected to the rest of Mumbai.
When traveling on the western flank of the city, disembark at Bandra station. From there, you can walk on the Eastern Skywalk to Kala Nagar Junction. You can hire an auto-rickshaw from there to access the park.
Bus transport is available from various areas of the city. However, the bus numbers to catch are: 75, 165, 180, 181, 255 Ltd, 356 Ltd, 376 and 448 Ltd.
Taxi or ride-hailing apps
It is convenient to hail a taxi from any part of Mumbai to reach the nature park. Both Uber and Ola ride-hailing apps are available in Mumbai.
As Maharashtra Nature Park is located on Bandra-Sion Link Road, it gives easy access to those arriving in private or rental vehicles.
There is plenty of paid parking space available at Maharashtra Nature Park.
How to get tickets
Tickets to Maharashtra Nature Park are available for purchase on-site at the entrance of the park. Online booking facility is only available for school groups.
Maharashtra Nature Park information
Maharashtra Nature Park
Address: Sion Bandra Link Road, Dharavi, opp. Bus Depot, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400017, India
Opening hours: 8:30am - 3:30pm (daily)
Cost: 0.27 USD onwards
Official website: Maharashtra Nature Park
Department of tourism: Visit Maharashtra
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