Kalyan is a bustling town in Maharashtra’s Thane district. The city is also famous for being the exit station of Mumbai for both South India and North India. Kalyan is within Thane’s administrative jurisdiction. Along with its neighboring town, Dombivli, the city forms the KDMC or Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation. Kalyan is considered to be falling within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, along with the municipal councils of Badlapur, Ambernath and Ulhasnagar, Thane, Bhiwandi, and Vitthalwadi. It is also the seventh biggest city in the state of Maharashtra and India’s 28th largest. Read below for some great things to add to your itinerary during your visit.
1. Metro Junction Mall: a shopaholic's heaven
This shopping mall is located in Kalyan in Mumbai, India. The Metro Junction Mall was opened in April 2008 and many claim it to be one of India’s biggest malls. The first floor of the mall houses an open auditorium for visitors. There are multiple entry and exit points for the mall, so customers can enjoy greater convenience. There is also a huge parking space for vehicles, located in the basement of the mall. A huge area is reserved for the mall’s entertainment zone, and you will find an abundance of shops here to satisfy all consumers interests!
Metro Junction Mall
Website: Metro Junction Mall
2. Durgadi Fort
This historical fort is located in Kalyan’s west and it was the famous Maratha King Shivaji who had constructed this fort. Kalyan is not just a busy junction, but also a major town from the ancient times. This fort marked the beginning point of the Maratha Navy. It is located near the current Mumbai-Agra Road, near the creek on a small hill. There is no sign of the fort’s main entrance, however you will still be able to see the bastions. The entrance is called Ganesh Darwaja, and there is also an idol of Lord Ganesha here. You can visit the Goddess Durga’s temple inside this fort, which was revived by Ramji Mahadev Bivalkar during the rule of the Peshwa. You will also find a few remnants of the fort and 2 more bastions on the creek’s side.
Address: : NH 222, Dudh Nakah, Kalyan, Maharashtra 421301
3. Malanggad Fort
This hill fort is also referred to as Baba Malang and is situated in Maharashtra’s Raigad District. The fort is located at a height of 789 m (2,588 feet) above the sea level. One of the unique features of this fort is that it is constructed on 3 different levels. The Malanggad Fort is quite distinct from Maharashtra’s other forts. While the other forts in this state have multiple watchtowers and many gates, Malanggad does not have any kind of fortification and bears walls with no machicolation for shooting attacking foes. This is one of those very rare forts that depended on its natural traits to defend itself.
Address: Haji Malang, Wadi, Maharashtra 421306
4. Sarvoday Mall: for relaxing and entertainment
This mall is located near Patri Pul at Kalyan City, Thane. One of the major attractions of this mall is the Sm5 Multiplex. The multiplex has five multi-screen theaters, so it’s great for a relaxing afternoon or evening with the family. Among the many shops, the Reliance digital store in the Sarvoday Mall is quite a popular site.
Address: Kalyanshil Road, Kalyan City, Thane, Maharashtra 421301
Facebook: Sarvoday Mall
5. Anand Sagar Resort & Water Park
If you love to indulge in outdoor activities and are a self-proclaimed adventure freak, this is a place for you. Enjoy some heart-thumping rides in this fascinating water park. So, just get wet and a little wild on the exciting roller coaster slides and be immersed in the tremendous fun. This water park is situated conveniently on the Kalyan-Khopoli Highway. Though this water park may be small, you will enjoy some great time with your kids.
Anand Sagar Resort & Water Park
Website: Anand Sagar Resort & Water Park
6. Marleshwar Temple
This is an important temple, which is a favorite with tourists for its natural beauty and devotion. It is a cave temple and is surrounded by the picturesque Sahyadri Mountain ranges. Marleshwar Temple is situated near Sangameshwar at the Maral village in the district of Ratnagiri. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is perched on a hilltop. Visitors need to climb about 400 steps to reach the top. According to the local residents, it was Lord Parshuram who was the founder of this temple. It will indeed be a gratifying experience when you visit this temple with your family. You can also view the huge precipice of Sahyadri as well as the river from this temple.
Address: Marleshwar Rd, Maharashtra 415804
7. Japani Bazaar
Japani Bazaar in Kalyan is a great place to spend some time with your loved ones. Extraordinary architecture, world standards, and well-thought execution make it a highly popular tourist site. Do take your camera along to capture some special moments out there. Japani Bazaar is a great place to refresh and unwind after a hectic week. Explore the beautiful designs, merchandise, props, ambient music, amusing characters, colorful landscapes and interesting themes in the stores set up in the Japani Bazaar.
Address: Shanti Nagar, Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra
8. Shakti Kripa Ashram
Do not miss this unique temple that has been dedicated to Goddess Baglamukhi. It is located in Ulhasnagar and is one of a kind. This is the only temple dedicated to the goddess in the entire Maharashtra, so it is worthwhile seeing this unique place of importance.
Shakti Kripa Ashram
Facebook: Shakti Kripa Ashram
9. Shiv Temple Ambernath
This temple is also known as Ambreshwar Shiva Temple. It was constructed in 1060 AD and is located about 2 km(1.2 mi) from Ambernath railway station. Some say that it was King Chhittaraja who had originally built it, but later, it was rebuilt by Mummuni. This temple is located on the bank of a River Vadavan or Waldhuni, and is charmingly carved from stone. Once you reach the temple, you need to climb down 20 steps to reach the main room, which is known as Gabhara. You can see a shivling right in the middle of the room. On the auspicious occasion of Mahadhivratri, a fair is held here that continues for a period of three to four days. The fair begins 2 days prior to the date of Mahadhivratri and lasts till a day after Mahadhivratri ends. During Mahashivratri, the temple gets crowded with devotees in large numbers from various parts of Maharashtra.
Shiv Temple Ambernath
Address: Kailash Colony, Kailash Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, Maharashtra 421501
Website: Shiv Temple Ambernath
Enjoy your stay in Kalyan
Kalyan is an ideal place to spend a memorable time with your family and friends. So, enjoy a fulfilling time in the city and rejuvenate yourself thoroughly, exploring all that this area of India has to offer.
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