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Top 6 Amusement Parks in India

The Best Theme and Amusement Parks to have Fun in India

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There are dozens of theme and amusement parks in India. However, only a few of them are outstanding. Find out which ones are worth your money in this list of the top 5 amusement parks in India. You'll be able to enjoy everything from wet 'n' wild rides to film making. If you can, it's advisable to arrive early, as well as avoid the weekend and holiday crowds.

1. Wonderla Bangalore

Wonderla Bangalore
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Wonderla is a world-class amusement park that doesn't disappoint. It's modern, clean and green, and has a wide variety of attractions. There are over 50 rides, 12 of which are water based and nine especially for small children. If you love getting wet, don't miss the Rain Disco -- an indoor dancefloor with psychedelic laser lights and a rain system that provides showers of warm water, choreographed to the music. There's also a resort on the premises, so you can stay there.

  • Location: 30 kilometers from Bangalore, on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway.
  • Ticket Price: Adults 590 rupees weekdays, 730 rupees on weekends and public holidays, and 790 rupees during peak season. Children 460 rupees weekdays, 540 rupees on weekends and public holidays, and 600 rupees during peak season.
  • Open: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Holiday and Festival seasons 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

2. Wonderla Kochi (formerly VeegaLand)

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Lush and tropical Wonderla Kochi is set into the side of a hill, and has around 40 rides and attractions. The rides are classified into four types: Family, Water, Kiddies, and Hair Raising. Wonder Splash, a boat journey into a cave filled with mystery followed by a spash down into a crystal clear pool, is popular. There's a 3D movie theater as well.

  • Location: In Pallikkara, about 15 kilometers from Kochi in Kerala.
  • Ticket Price: Adults 460 rupees weekdays, 600 rupees on weekends and public holidays, and 660 rupees during peak season. Children 360 rupees weekdays, 470 rupees on weekends and public holidays, and 530 rupees during peak season.
  • Open: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Holiday and Festival seasons 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

3. Adlabs Imagica

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Adlabs Imagica

India's only international standard amusement park, the big-budget hi-tech Adlabs Imagica opened in 2013. Modeled on Universal Studios, it has 21 themed rides (including the country's largest roller coaster and 4D stimulation rides) and five themed restaurants. The idea behind it is to enable escapism through fantasy and the bringing alive of stories. A hotel and water theme park will also open there, as part of phases two and three.

  • Location: Khopoli, halfway Between Mumbai and Pune, just off the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
  • Ticket Price: Prices start from 1,500 rupees for an adult and 1,200 rupees for a child during the week. Packages are offered, including transport in Volvo buses.
  • Open: Daily, 11 a.m. until 9 p.m

4. Kingdom of Dreams

Kingdom of Dreams

The newly opened Kingdom of Dreams is a huge entertainment and leisure destination that brings together the carnival that is India. It encompasses both Indian culture and performing arts. The highlight is Culture Gully, an elaborate arts, crafts, and culinary boulevard -- complete with street performers. It's like an air conditioned version of Dilli Haat. Other features include a state-of-the-art auditorium, and an amphitheater for live productions. Don't miss seeing a live Bollywood musical!

5. Ramoji Film City

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Ramoji Film City is a huge film studio complex where thousands of Indian movies are filmed every year. If you've ever wanted to see how movie sets come to life, this is the place. It also has a theme park with rides, and entertainment park for kids. Andhra Pradesh Tourism runs regular bus trips to visit Film City from Hyderabad.

  • Location: Around 25 kilometers from Hyderabad, in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Ticket Price: Packages start from 400 rupees for adults and 350 rupees for children, for a guided tour.
  • Open: Daily, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

6. Essel World & Water Kingdom

Essel World

Essel World was the first amusement park in India and has managed to remain a favorite. It has over 30 rides, a Water Kingdom water park, bowling alley, ice skating rink, and Aquadrome dance floor. The highlight is the frightening new Monsters in the Mist dark ride, which is apparently the first of its kind in India.

  • Location: Gorai, in the outer north west suburbs of Mumbai. It's around 40 kilometers from the city center. Take a ferry from Marve Beach or Gorai Creek.
  • Ticket Price: Combined ticket for Essel World and Water Kingdom, adults 610 rupees on weekdays and 710 rupees on weekends/holidays. Children 480 rupees on weekdays and 580 rupees on weekends/holidays.
  • Open: Weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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