Essel World, along with Water Kingdom, located in Gorai Island in Mumbai, is India’s largest amusement and water park and also Asia’s largest themed water park. The park was opened to the public in 1989. It is estimated that the park receives an annual footfall of over 1.8 million visitors including approximately 300,000 students.
Essel World is perfect for a complete family outing which can also include kids and the elderly. The park has several attractions of which around 14 are family rides, 11 are adrenaline-pumping rides for the strong-hearted, and 15 are specifically designed for children.
Apart from the obvious rides that any amusement park is supposed to have, Essel World is also famous for housing Mumbai’s first Ice Skating Rink, the Arctic Circle, which maintains a temperature of 4 degree Celsius and expands over 3400 square feet. Of course, the park also has its share of roller coasters, Shot-N-Drop, Aero Winger, Thunder, and other rides. Family rides include, but are not limited to, the Copper Chopper, the Aqua Drive, the Kangaroo Hop, and the latest addition, the Alibaba Adventure, which is a treasure hunt inside an air-conditioned mirror maze based on the theme of the old fable of Alibaba and 40 Thieves. For the kids, there are a few cliche but forever-admired rides such as the carousel, the Caterpillar, the Junior Go Kart, and the Toy Trains.
Additionally, the park also has a dance floor which can be used to host birthday parties or other gatherings.
For more information about the park and to book tickets, please visit the official website.
From Mumbai, take the Western Express Highway, then turn left to Kashimira. From Kashimira drive down till Mira-Bhayander road. There will be plenty of signboards from Essel World and water world to guide you till the destination. It takes around half hour to 45 minutes after you turn for Kashimira.
If you want to get there by bus which is both economical and effortless and saves you the panic of being lost in a new city, you should hop on to MBBT Bus No. 4 leaving from Bhayander Bus Depot. It goes directly to the parks.