Amusement Parks in Khopoli
Khopoli is a small business town with not much of tourism delights present. The place is popular for its trekking trails amidst the amazing valley and is often visited by tourists in love with weekend outings. There are few parks in this region of which the Adlabs Imagica is probably the biggest and most popular. There are few joggers park in the area for health freaks, which has well paved walking and jogging tracks. Local residents generally visit these parks for their morning and evening walks. Many old people gather in groups and chat amidst the greenery, while the young crowd exercises and plays.
Green Park in KhopoliOne popular park of Khopoli is the ‘Green Park’, which is at Yashwant Nagar of Khopoli just beside the National Highway 4. This is a huge manicured park with seating arrangements and walking tracks. At one side there is a playground for cricket and football. At the other end is a kid zone with many small rides like slips, see-saw, swings and jungle gym. This park is also popular for weekend picnickers. Many families come here to enjoy a quiet evening within the nature. The park is very well maintained with lovely flower beds along the edge. There is no entry fee to this park, but littering the park premises is strictly prohibited.
Another beautiful park and picnic spot is on the way to the top of the Duke’s Nose cliff. Trek to the Duke’s Nose Cliff by the side of the Sahyadri mountain range is a major attraction of Khopoli. Thousands of adventure lovers visit this part to enjoy the natural beauty of the underlying valley. On the way the Maharashtra state tourism department has made this ‘Duke’s Nose Park’, which basically acts as a resting place for the trekkers. This small yet neat park is like a wonder spot amidst the undulating terrain. There are sitting arrangements inside this premise with food and water stalls available. Many families go for a picnic day out to this place. The weather here generally remains quite pleasant, but during Monsoon it’s the best with the background becoming green till eyes can see.
Adlabs Imagica in KhopoliThe biggest attraction of Khopoli region is the huge amusement and water theme park of Adlabs Entertainment Limited. This theme park named as the ‘Adlabs IMAGICA’, is a Rupee 1650 crore theme park, stretched over an area of 300 acres or 1.2 square kilo meters. Opened in April 2013 on the Mumbai – Pune Expressway just beside Khopoli main town, this is India’s largest theme park which offers visitors with a complete dose of entertainment.
The place offers various thrilling rides, dining and shopping experience and also accommodation facility. The main promoter of this park Mr. Manmohan Shetty, created this one stop entertainment destination to make India at par with the international standard of entertainment. The park is divided into two regions, one of them is the ‘Imagica’ and the other part comprises of a water park with various forms of exciting water sports known as the ‘Aquamagica’. Visitors can enjoy around 25 different rides, among which ‘Nitro’ is not to be missed, as it is India’s largest rollercoaster.
Wrath of the Gods, Rajasaurus River Adventure, Mr. India – the Ride, Cinema 360- Prince of the Dark Waters etc. are some of the marquee attractions of the place. The Aquamagica water park has got 14 exquisite rides which will make your day special. The entire place is built in the theme of Mykonos, from the land of Greece. Zip Zap Zoom, Yell-O, Swirl Whirl, Boomeranggo and Floatsa are some of the must experience rides that will thrill everyone.
Few of the rides are specially designed for kids and few are for people who love less thrill. Others with their twists and turns are sure to give one a solid adrenaline rush. All the rides are not suitable for any pregnant woman or any heart ailment patient. Guides are present at different parts of the park that can help visitors with what to go for. Proper safety arrangements are used in all the rides and special care is taken for family who are there to enjoy.
There are many simulated rides based on Bollywood movie themes and live performances are also staged in designated areas inside the park. Performances by acrobats, magicians, dancers and musicians take place throughout the day and can be watched for free. ‘The Grand Imagica Parade’ is another unique entertainment which takes place every evening. During this parade the park looks like a carnival with all the glitz and glam.
Imagica also has multi speciality restaurants, food courts and snacks bar for tourists. Red Bonnet American Diner, ZEZE Bar & Grill, Sunbeatz, Ammos- The Food Court, Salty’s Snacks & Rolls etc. are some of the best food joints of the place. Exhausted travellers can sit for a cold coffee or a shake in the Blue Stone Café and get refreshed.
There is a proper 4 star category hotel present inside the park area where accommodations are available for tourists who could not finish all the rides on one day.
Regular ticket to the park is Rs 1500-1900/- for adult, Rs 1200-1600/- for kids and senior citizens. This includes unlimited access to all the attractions in the park. Buses are available from Khopoli town centre and Mumbai city to the main entrance of Adlabs Imagica. This is a complete fun and joy experience and should not be missed by tourists on a visit to Khopoli, as the place is just adjacent. This theme park remains crowded on weekends and it is advisable to visit this place on weekdays to avoid the rush.
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