Central Park has been the go-to haunt for all those who wish to escape the daily hustle and bustle of Navi Mumbai. Since its inception in 2010, it has given the citizens of Navi Mumbai a peaceful green haven to relax in.
Wonders Park is a key attraction in Navi Mumbai. The Park receives the maximum footfall compared to any other parks in Navi Mumbai. The main pulls are the perfect replicas of the seven wonders of the world. Apart from this, the park also has an artificial lake and a fully equipped playground for children to play in.
Pandavkada Falls is a famous waterfall located near Kharghar, standing at about 107 metres high, through which immense amounts of water gushes, the motions of which has carved the rock formations below. Legends have it that the falls derived their name from when the famous Pandavas bathed. Due to its history, the waterfall attracts the likes of trekkers and history enthusiasts.
The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located on the Mumbai-Pune highway and is sprawled across 500 square kilometers of lush green land. Due to its favorable climate, it is the resting spot for migratory birds and is also home to more than 150 types of resident birds. The sanctuary is also home to the Karnala Fort that is a popular trekking destination amongst may adventure enthusiasts.
The park is dedicated exclusively to growing and nurturing mango trees. There is almost every variant of mango tree nurtured throughout the year here. Besides mango trees, the park also has an activity area for children, equipped with swings and seesaws to play on. There is a mini pond in the garden where you can see ducks.
The Belapur Fort is a popular trekking destination for those residing in Navi Mumbai. The rich history of the fort attracts the attention of visitors from near and far. The fort was built by the Siddis of Janjira to serve as a vantage point. However, during the British era, it lost importance as a different route was discovered around the city. Eventually, the fort fell to ruins and remains a remnant of history.
Palm Beach Marg is one of the swankiest parts of Navi Mumbai. It is a six-lane road that connects Vashi and Belapur over a distance of 10 kilometres. The lane is known for its beautiful drive and the picturesque view it provides of Navi Mumbai. Drive through and witness the ostentatious real estate that surrounds this beautiful road.
The road is a stretch on the way to Kharghar Hills. As the name suggests, Rain Tree Marg gives its visitors a picturesque view of Navi Mumbai, especially during the monsoon season. Due to its ethereal beauty, the road attracts the interest of motorists and people who are looking to spend some quiet time. You can choose to wait and marvel the beauty of the road or take a 15-minute ride up to the hills.
The DY Patil Sports Stadium is a popular football and cricket stadium at Nerul. The stadium began operations in 2008 and has since hosted events such as concerts, football matches and cricket matches, with cricket being the most popular. The stadium has an enormous capacity of hosting 55,000 people at one go. The venue is favoured by international organizers for their events, with the Justin Bieber concert being the latest held here.
This seems like the most unlikely of places to visit, however, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation is quite the landmark and a must-see for first-time visitors of the city. The building is a testament to the rapid urbanization of Navi Mumbai and truly encapsulates its spirit. Here you will also see one of India’s tallest flag poles. It stands at 225 feet and is the third highest pole in the country.
The City and Industrial Development Corporation, also known as CIDCO, has built a golf course in Kharghar. The course sprawls over 103 acres of land and is to have 18 golf holes, out of which nine have already been developed. The golf course follows a play as you pay model and requires no membership. You can play at this course for an affordable fee of Rs. 500.
Approximately five kilometers from the main city, Utsav Chowk serves as a landmark for its residents. The architecture of the chowk is based on a fusion of Greek and Roman styles and is mesmerizing to look at. The chowk is also surrounded by a garden that adds to its aesthetic beauty.
The Nhava Sheva Port is the largest port in India and accounts for up to 50% the state’s port traffic. It is adjacent to Mumbai and thus it is strategically located. All of the imports and the exports are disseminated from this port and reach their destination to the various states of India. The massive ships and workings of heavy machinery make visiting the Nhava Sheva Port a spectacle to behold.
The Airoli Knowledge Park is an IT hub near Navi Mumbai. Due to its proximity to Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, it has become a popular place for IT and BPO companies looking to save costs yet avail the facilities that the city has to offer. The influx of working professionals has resulted in a number of great restaurants sprouting up. There are also jogging tracks here for fitness buffs to enjoy.
The ISKCON branch of Kharghar commenced its operations in 2012 with the aim of bringing their teachings to the local community of Navi Mumbai. They have also established Vedic education and cultural centers for this very purpose. The temple is encircled by the beautiful Sahyadri Hills, which gives the area a heavenly look.
TThe Nerul Balaji Temple is modeled after the South Indian temple in Kerala that is also dedicated to Lord Balaji. It is visited frequently by the South Indian community of Navi Mumbai. Besides Balaji, the temple also pays tribute to Lord Narasimha, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Vishwaksena. The temple has been constructed very close to the Nerul Railway Station and is quite accessible by railroad.
This temple is a blink-and-you-miss-it gem in Navi Mumbai. It is a testament to India’s rich history and architecture. Its beauty is enhanced by the carefully-manicured garden that surrounds the structure. There are three main temple compounds, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Devi. Every Tuesday, aartis are conducted to appease Lord Ganesha.
The Elephanta Caves is a UNESCO certified world heritage site. The site was constructed somewhere between the 5th century and the 9th century and has been carved out of solid basalt rock found at the heritage site. The site has sculptures dedicated to the Hindu gods of Lord Nataraja, Yogishwara and Sadashiva, with Lord Sadashiva being the most famous.
The island is off the coast of Navi Mumbai and is used as an oil terminal to offload oil from tankers. Crude oil is stored and processed on this island. This was done as a measure to keep the surrounding cities safe. The main area is inaccessible to the general public, however, you can visit the island and witness the purification process from a safe site point. The entire process of purifying the crude oil is very educational and will leave you mesmerized.
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