Capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra, Mumbai is a city that ranks high on every visitor’s list of must-see places in India. Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Juhu beach and several such attractions entice millions of visitors to the city each year. And sitting pretty in a posh locality on L.Jagmohan Das Road (formerly known as Nepean Sea Road) of South Mumbai is the 8-hectare (20 acres) wide Priyadarshini Park. Visited by almost 80,000 people each year, it is a well-maintained sport, fitness and recreational space in the city. Mumbaikars throng to this park to access its Olympic-styled running track, myriad sports facilities, dedicated walking track, a man-made beach and enjoy its lush natural beauty. More than 300 coconut trees dance to the sea breeze as visitors enjoy spectacular sunset views here. Keeping in mind the park’s ‘blending sports with nature’ philosophy, over 12 sports and recreational activities can be enjoyed here; from tennis, yoga and martial arts to walking, jogging or simply relaxing on the grass. Check out our guide to Priyadarshini Park, Mumbai, to know more.
Things to do
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Go for a walk or jog
Walking at Priyadarshini Park is almost like a ritual for several Mumbaikars, especially those residing in nearby areas. Visitors from all walks of life can enjoy a leisurely stroll or a brisk walk along the dedicated walking track of the park that has more than 300 swaying coconut trees to keep you company. Take in views of the coastline as you breathe in the fresh sea air. You can also choose to walk along the lovely promenade, Sea Walk. Several benches are available along the walking path, if you’d like to rest and relax for a bit. Those who wish to jog, there are specific times available for jogging on the track.
Watch the sun set into the sea from the man-made beach
At the Priyadarshini Manmade Beach, visitors can enjoy breathtaking sunset views along with the cool and refreshing sea breeze. Spread your beach mat on the soft sand or sit on the rocks and watch the play of colours in the sky as the bright sun sinks into the Arabian Sea. Dip your toes in the water or simply hear the gentle waves crash on the shore; all your worries are sure to melt away at this beach in Priyadarshini Park.
Indulge in sports activities
More than 12 different types of sports and recreational activities like cricket, football, athletics, aerobics, yoga, and more are available at Priyadarshini Park. At a nominal cost, visitors can avail these facilities and even get trained by world-class instructors and coaches. From children to senior citizens, anybody can participate in these activities. You can try your hand at kickboxing, kravmaga (Israeli self-defence form) and crossfit, too. Steam and sauna facilities, hot tub and a spa are available, too.
Time your visit
The best time to visit Priyadarshini Park is in the early mornings to witness gorgeous views of the sky changing colours, or late evenings to enjoy amazing sunset views. The crowd is also quite less at these times and you may be able to find a peaceful spot in the park. Monsoon months from June to September are perfect to observe the magnificent sea views from the park. The winter months from November to February are also a good time since the weather is quite cool compared to other months of the year.
Pets and children
Priyadarshini Park and Sports Complex is a pet-friendly place. The park management allows dogs in particular areas of the park and at specific times of the day i.e. between 8am and 9am. Similarly, the park is open to children aged 12 years and under for cycling between 11am - 12pm daily. However, children are welcome to enjoy other activities and areas of the park at any time.
Free drinking water
The Refreshment Centre at the park offers visitors cold and purified drinking water free of cost. Equipped with the latest water purification system, visitors can rest assured that they will get clean and safe drinking water at any time of the year at this park.
How to get there
By public transport
The most economical way to reach Priyadarshini Park is to take a local train to Grant Road station on the Western Railway line. From the station, you can take a local BEST bus or taxi to the park. Alternatively, you can also take a local bus from other locations in the city and get off at Priyadarshini Park/Shimla House bus stop close to the park.
By taxi or ride-hailing apps
You can hail a taxi from anywhere in the city to take you to Priyadarshini Park. Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Ola are also convenient options to reach the park.
By private vehicle
You can drive your own car or motorbike or a rental one to the park. Driving directions are easily available, but since it is located in a busy part of the city, you may face a bit of traffic during rush hours.
Finding a parking spot at the park can be quite difficult since there is no dedicated parking space available here. Visitors have to park their cars or motorbikes at street parking spots outside the park.
Priyadarshini Park information
Address: L Jagmohandas Marg, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400006, India
Opening hours: 5am - 9pm (daily)
Official Website: Priyadarshini Park
Department of tourism: Maharashtra Tourism
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