If you thought that the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai was all about air-conditioned malls, share markets, skyrocketing skyscrapers, cacophonic temples, beaches and warrens of bazaars, well, you are just partially true! Amidst the bustling buzz of city crowd and choking traffic, Mumbai offers a true repose to wearied hordes with its lush green gardens and fascinating parks. Dotted with many exotic gardens, a trip to these exotic eco-friendly parks is indeed the best way to beat the heat, experience some green, and relax and rejuvenate. The gardens in Mumbai offer a break from its deafening dissonance and stifling pollution. These green attractions not only tots up as a true repose for fagged out body and mind but also sums up as the best place to hang out with your family or friends on a hot summer day or on a breezy afternoon. Scroll down this article and explore more on the green destinations in Mumbai.
Famous Gardens Of Mumbai
Horniman Circle Gardens
Horniman Circle Gardens is a sprawling park in South Mumbai, spread across a whopping area of 12,081 square yards. Situated in the Fort District, formerly known as Bombay Greens, this garden has an old history that dates back to the 18th Century. Inspired by the Park Crescent of London, this beautifully and meticulously designed park with its well-maintained foliage, neoclassical porch, a small park, well planned walkways and rows of trees, is one of the favorite hotspots for early morning joggers.
Hanging Garden (Ferozeshah Mehta Garden)
Hanging Gardens, also known as Ferozehshah Mehta Gardens, is nestled on the western side of the city, on top of Malabar Hills. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, this garden offers the best sunset view to the visitors. Situated over the Main reservoir of the city, this picturesque garden was constructed in the 1880s and was later renovated in the year 1921. Special attractions of this garden are the various animal shaped topiaries and the striking flower clock.
Kamala Nehru Park
Kamala Nehru Park is situated just opposite to the Hanging Gardens, in Malabar Hills of Mumbai. Named after Kamala Nehru, wife of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, this park is the popular stamping ground for the bourgeois middle class. It is said that Kamala Nehru Park is to Mumbai what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, a vantage point from where you can look the entire city, from Queen’s Necklace to Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach. Special attraction of this place is a structure called the ‘Old Woman’s Shoe’ which is believed to be inspired by the nursery rhyme - “There was an old woman”.
Victoria Gardens (Jijamata Udyan)
Victoria Gardens, better known as Jijamata Udyan, is located in Byculla of Mumbai. It is a botanical garden and a zoo with an exotic collection of rare plants and trees. Laid out in the year 1861, the garden campus stretches itself to Victoria and Albert Museum, which houses magnificent architectural relics like huge elephant from Elephanta Caves, Renaissance Clock Tower and more.
Balodyan Garden also famous as Children’s Garden, is sited in Charni road station in Mumbai. Built to support and encourage creativity in children, this garden is especially meant for women and kids alone. The garden remains open on all days from 8.00 am to 12.00 noon and 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm in the evening.
Joseph Baptista Garden
Located in the Mazagaon Hill and named after an Indian freedom fighter Kaka, Joseph Baptista Garden is a wonderful place with lots of greenery and herbs. It provides a wonderful site of the portside and city side. Constructed in 17th Century during the Mughal rule, this beautifully designed public municipal garden offers a vantage view of the entire city.
Mumbai Port Trust Garden
Mumbai Port Trust Garden is a scenic garden located in the backdrop of the port of Mumbai, near Colaba Causeway Street. Maintained by Mumbai port trust, this place offers attractions like naval yards and port views. The garden expanse houses exquisite lawns with wonderful fragrant flowers that give a perfect ambience for leisure.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Sanjay Gandhi National Park, previously known as Borivali National Park, nestled on the northern fringes of suburban Mumbai, is a sprawling urban park that boasts of rich flora and fauna. The undulating greens, open expanses and the famous Kanheri caves makes for some of the greatest tourist attractions of the park. Occupying most part of the northern suburbs, this bustling park truly stands out as a green park amidst the sprawling metropolis.