Amusement parks in India, like those in the United States and other countries, offer a wide variety of exciting rides, enticing foods and unexpected thrills like ice-skating. As an important entertainment option for families in India, these parks offer visitors a lighthearted peek into the fascinating culture of India. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about India's amusement parks.
Wonder La - BangaloreWonder La, which has two locations in Bangalore and Kochi, is known for its wide assortment of attractions and overall cleanliness. Opened in 2005, the Bangalore amusement and water park is located 30 kilometers outside the city. The park caters to both adults and children.
Prepare For A DropDrop Zone is a favorite at Wonder La, but only for thrill seekers over 12 who do not have heart problems or high blood pressure. The heart-pounding ride can only be compared to bungee jumping. Participants are strapped in and hoisted up 17 meters, then dropped in a free fall, over and over again.
Other AttractionsAside from thrill rides, Wonder La also boasts a full repertoire of family-friendly attractions. Take a bumper car for a spin in Crazy Cars, or check out a bird’s eye view of the park from the top of the Sky Wheel. The Moon Walker — an inflatable wavy slide with padded walls — is the most suitable for small children.
Restaurants And KiosksThere are five restaurants and food kiosks located near major attractions throughout the park. Cuisine types range from South Indian fare to vegetarian. Small food kiosks also serve more kid-friendly food, such as ice cream and soft drinks.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Wonder La.
Address: 28th Km, Mysore Road,Hejjala (P.O.), Bangalore, 562 109
Phone: (91) 080-2201-0333
Hours: Wonder La is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 7 p.m. during weekends, holidays and festival season.
Price: Weekdays: adults, 540 rupees; children, 410 rupees; seniors, 350 rupees. Weekends: adults, 680 rupees; children, 490 rupees; seniors, 440 rupees. Local college students receive a 25 percent discount with valid student ID. Click here for the latest currency exchange rates.
One of the most popular amusement parks in India, Nicco Park attracts 1.4 million visitors per year. Set on 40 scenic acres, and conveniently located in the heart of Kolkata, it offers thrill rides, family rides, water rides and more. According to the website Famous India, the park is a "happening place for kids and teenagers," although it is loved by people of all ages.
Largest Wooden CoasterThe Cyclone roller coaster is the largest wooden roller coaster in India. With hair-raising twists, turns and scream-inducing drops, it is a favorite of thrill seeking park visitors.
Other AttractionsFrom the gentle sightseeing of a ride on the cable car, to the thrills and spills of the Water Chute, or the spine-tingling anticipation felt along each turn in the dark jungles of the River Cave Ride, Nicco Park has something for visitors of every age and every level of thrill seeker.
Food CourtThe park's self-service food court offers a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare, and has a capacity of 250 diners. In addition to Indian and South Indian delicacies, the court also offers Chinese and Continental food options, and drinks from the Pepsi family of beverages.
Safety RecordAs with all amusement parks, accidents can, and do, occur. In 2010, The Times of India reported an accident on the Moon Raker roller coaster involving minor injuries to a 25-year-old woman.
Address: Jheel Meel, Sector IV, Salt Lake City, North Eastern Fringe, Kolkatta
Phone: (91) 033-4021-2149 or (91) 033-4021-2109
Hours: The park is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily, although it is a good idea to check with the park to verify times, as they are subject to change.
Price: The park's entry fee is 70 rupees per person. The Dry Park Package, which includes unlimited rides, which must be purchased in addition to the entry fee, is 50 rupees per person. Several ticket packages and discounts are also available, with various restrictions. Call the park, or consult the website, for detailed information. Click here for the latest currency exchange rates.
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