#MumbaiList: Visit Gardens And Open Spaces In Mumbai

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Ovelekar Wadi butterfly garden, image by ovalekarwadi.webs.com

Malls and indoor entertainment can get boring after a while! In this #Mumbailist, we present some peaceful gardens in Mumbai where you can sit back and relax, have a chat with friends or just enjoy nature and rejuvenate!

Hanging Garden, image by wikipedia
Hanging Garden, image by wikipedia

Hanging Garden, Malabar Hill
Also known as Phiorozshah Mehta Garden, it is Perhaps the oldest and most famous garden in Mumbai. It was built in 1880 and renovated in 1921. This is built on a tank of water, maybe that’s why called hanging Garden. It has the famous boot house or mhataricha boot! A boot shaped stone structure which you can climb on. And has animal shaped hedges.
Get there: Once you get down at Grant Road or Charni Road station take a taxi to reach this place. Buses are available too.

Priyadarshini Park, Napean Sea Road, image by magicalmumbai.com
Priyadarshini Park, Napean Sea Road, image by magicalmumbai.com

Priyadarshini Park, Napean Sea Road
Priyadarshini Park (PDP) and sports complex is the quiet public space near Napean Sea Road. Priyadarshini is 20 acres of a beautiful green belt on the sea front, with one-third of the park developed for the activities of the Priyadarshini Sports Complex. Being close to sea it has a beautiful view of the ocean which is quite unlike the view from Marine Drive or Bandstand.
Get there: Nearest station is Grant Road and you can take a taxi from there.

Five Gardens, Matunga
Located near Dadar Parsi Colony, Five Gardens is not just a name of a Garden, but there are actually five small gardens divided by the road. This place is also good place to sit and have a chat or plug in your ear phones and get lost into another world. This is the place where you can watch squirrels enjoying along with kids. You can head to Kayani Café near Maheshwari Udyan for a hot cup of chai or Irani coffee.
Get there: It is very close to Matunga station on central line. You can also take taxi from Dadar.

Jijamate Udyan Clock tower, image by wikipedia
Jijamata Udyan Clock tower, image by wikipedia

Jijamata Udyan
Mumbaikars know this place better as ‘Ranichi baug’ or Victoria Gardens. This garden is basically the only zoo in city but also a calm place in buzzling Byculla. It also has a small pond and a Chafa tree near it. It is a beautiful sight to watch the flowers in the water during season.
Get there: Jijamata Udyan is at a walking distance from Byculla station (East)

 

Horniman Circle Gardens, image by wikipedia
Horniman Circle Gardens, image by wikipedia

Horniman Gardens
This area has come in the limelight recently because of the launch of Starbucks close by. The garden near Horniman Circle is a green park surrounded by buildings in Horniman Circle. It was earlier called as Bombay Green. The famous Asiatic Library overlooks the garden and you can find many youngsters studying in the garden.
Get there: It is near Fort and a walking distance from CST and Churchgate station, though closer to CST.

Chhota Kashmir image by Merwyn Rodrigues
Chhota Kashmir image by Merwyn Rodrigues

Chhota Kashmir, Aarey Colony
Chhota Kashmir is located in Aarey Colony, Goregaon. It has variety of trees, shrubs and flowering plants which bloom round the year. This place is popular among couples and families with children alike. It has some swings and see-saws for children and is lined with beautiful coconut trees. Chhota Kashmir, like its real counterpart was famous among film and TV serial makers. It is still a preferred location for shooting.
Get there: Get down at Goregaon East and catch an auto, it will take around 15 minutes from there. Buses are available but frequency is less.

Cypress, Mulund
This place is pretty popular among young crowd from Mulund, Thane and nearby areas. It is a beautiful green space with a western style garden and an amphitheatre. Though it’s a small place, it has lot of eateries around including Café Coffee Day and more such outlets and thus, a hangout spot for youngsters. It offers a breathtaking view during monsoons because it is located at the foot of National Park hills. Many festivals and functions like Navratri and New Year’s Eve are celebrated here with zeal.
Get there: Get down at Mulund Station West and catch 405 no. BEST bus. You can also take auto. It takes around 10 minutes to reach there.

CD Deshmukh Garden, Mulund
During my research I discovered that Mulund was the earliest planned susburb of Mumbai. And thus has one of the well-maintained gardens in Mumbai. CD Deshmukh garden in Mulund East is also popular with the residents of Mulund. Though it gets crowded in evening, it is very peaceful throughout the day and its cooler too, because of the thick cover of trees around it.
Get there: Get down at Mulund East and take an auto till the garden. You can also walk till the garden.

TMC Garden Thane image by Gautam Khetwal
TMC Garden Thane image by Gautam Khetwal

TMC Garden, Thane
A well maintained garden in Thane, this one opened it’s doors to public recently and is under the authority of Municipal Corporation of Thane. The TMC garden is located near the Yeoor range of National Park and has a beautiful view of the hills. Because it is cut off from the city it is one of the less crowded gardens in the Eastern suburbs. Plus it is vast. Beautifully designed with thoughtful contours, this garden is the perfect place for a romantic evening walk.
Get there: This place is far from Thane station. You can take auto to Tikujini Wadi. It is close to that.

Ovalekar Wadi butterfly garden image- facebook page
Ovalekar Wadi butterfly garden image- facebook page

Ovalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden
This is very special garden because its home to around 132 species of butterflies. And you can watch butterflies in their natural surrounding and not in an enclosure. And better still they thrive throughout the year in this garden. Special care has been taken to maintain for the Larval Host Plants of butterflies here. Only problem about this place is that it is open only on Sundays from morning 8 to 12 noon. But this is a sight you won’t want to miss.
Get there: You can take Owala bus from Thane station West or BEST bus 700 from Thane station East.

Johnson & Johnson Park, Mulund
Though we can’t refer to Johnson & Johnson park a really peaceful place as it is bang on the busy LBS Road in Mulund, it is definitely a good place to spend some time in a green space. Plus being on LBS Road also makes it easily accessible. You can spot this park easily because of the large green patch you can see Near Johnson & Johnson Company. This 4000 sq. ft garden has about 35 varieties of plants. It also has special play area for children and a special jogging track. Its open from 6 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 8 pm daily.
Get there: Its in Mulund West and easily accessible by bus or auto.

Elephant slide at Mango garden image by positiveindians.in
Elephant slide at Mango garden image by positiveindians.in

Belapur Mango Garden
This garden in Belapur is comparatively less famous but a really nice place if you want to spend some time with yourself. This area is called so because of the abundance of Mango trees there. There is also a small pond and you can watch ducks swimming happily in there.
Get there: It is close to Konkan Bhavan Flyover and you can reach here from Belapur Station.

Jogger’s Park
Ok, almost everyone in Mumbai knows Jogger’s Park and those who don’t have still heard of a film by the same name. This park was opened in 1990 to make it easier for people to jog and take a walk. Nowadays it is also visited by couples and others. You can also take a walk to Carter Road and walk along the promenade.
Get there: Get down at Bandra West station and catch bus or auto till the park.

Narali Baug view image by Abhijit Shevale
Narali Baug view image by Abhijit Shevale

Narli Baug, Dadar
This tiny garden near Shivaji Park is so called because of the coconut trees. But now it has been renovated and it is right on the beach so you can watch the calm sunset from one of the benches in the garden. The arch opening the gate on the beach is embellished with small Ganesh carvings and definitely worth a dekko.
Get there: Take a cab from Dadar West or walk all the way, walking is more fun though.

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