Top 8 Theme and Amusement Parks in India

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There are dozens of theme and amusement parks in India. However, only a few of them are outstanding. The ones listed in this article have the best rides and are worth your money. You'll be able to enjoy everything from wet 'n' wild rides to filmmaking. If you can, it's advisable to arrive early, as well as avoid the weekend and holiday crowds.

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Adlabs Imagica

Adlabs Imagica
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India's big-budget, hi-tech Adlabs Imagica opened in 2013. Modeled on Universal Studios, it has more than 25 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. As part of the second and third phases of development, Aqua Magica Water Park opened in September 2014, followed by the opening of the five-star Novotel Imagica Khopoli hotel in September 2015. A Snow Park was launched in April 2016. This makes it a very attractive vacation option for families. Read reviews of Adlabs Imagica.

  • Location: Khopoli, halfway Between Mumbai and Pune, just off the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
  • Ticket Price: Tickets for the Theme Park cost 1,499 rupees for adults and children from Friday to Sunday, and 1,299 rupees from Monday to Thursday. Tickets for the Water Park cost 999 rupees for adults and children from Friday to Sunday, and 899 rupees for adults and children from Monday to Thursday. This includes unlimited access to attractions. Discounts are available for senior citizens and college students. Express Tickets are also available at an extra cost. Tickets for the Snow Park cost 499 rupees for 45 minutes, or 399 as an add-on to tickets for the theme or water parks. Packages are offered, including transport in Volvo buses from Mumbai.
  • Open: Daily, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m for rides. The park opens at 9.30 a.m. for breakfast.
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Kingdom of Dreams

Kingdom of Dreams
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Kingdom of Dreams, opened in 2010, is a huge live 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 (Nautanki Mahal) for live productions, and a multi-faceted theater space (Showshaa). Don't miss seeing a live Bollywood musical! Read reviews of Kingdom of Dreams.

  • Location: Near IFFCO Chowk Metro Station, Sector 29, Gurgaon (Delhi).
  • Ticket Price: Entry to Culture Gully is 599 rupees during the week and 699 rupees on weekends. The full amount is redeemable on food. Tickets for shows range in price from 1,099 rupees to 3,999 rupees, depending on the day and seat location. Packages, including accommodations, are available.
  • Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 1 p.m. until 1 a.m.
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Wonderla Bangalore

Wonderla Bangalore
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Wonderla is a world-class amusement park chain that's expanding across India. The park in Bangalore is the best and has over 50 rides. 12 rides are water-based, 13 are especially for small children, and 10 are high-thrill. If you love getting wet, don't miss the Rain Disco -- an indoor dance floor 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. Read reviews of Wonderla Bangalore.

  • Location: Near Bangalore, on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway.
  • Ticket Price: Adults 920 rupees weekdays, and 1,150 rupees on weekends and public holidays. Children 740 rupees weekdays, 920 rupees on weekends and public holidays. Fast Track tickets are available at double the price.
  • Open: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, holiday and festival seasons 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
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Wonderla Kochi (formerly VeegaLand)

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

  • Location: In Pallikkara, near Kochi in Kerala.
  • Ticket Price: Adults 750 rupees weekdays, and 950 rupees on weekends and public holidays. Children 600 rupees weekdays, and 760 rupees on weekends and public holidays. Fast Track tickets are available at double the price.
  • Open: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, holiday and festival seasons 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
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Wonderla Hyderabad

Wonderla, Hyderabad
Wonderla, Hyderabad

The third and newest Wonderla opened in Hyderabad in April 2016 with 43 rides, including 18 that are water-based and six that are high-thrill. The park also has India’s first reverse-looping roller coaster, and first space flying experience (Mission Interstellar)!  Read reviews of Wonderla Hyderabad.

  • Location: Near Hyderabad airport, on Outer Ring Road Exit 13.
  • Ticket Price: Adults 990 rupees weekdays, and 1,290 rupees on weekends and public holidays. Children 790 rupees weekdays, 1,030 rupees on weekends and public holidays. Fast Track tickets are available at double the price.
  • Open: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, holiday and festival seasons 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
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Ramoji Film City

Ramoji Film City
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Also near Hyderabad, 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 live shows, an eco zone (including a bonsai park and butterfly park), bird park, theme park with rides, adventure park, and entertainment park for the kids. Activities include All Terrain Vehicles, bungee jumping, zorbing, and paintball. Special celebrations are held during Dussehra and Diwali. Read reviews of Ramoji Film City.

  • Location: Hyderabad, in Telangana.
  • Ticket Price: Starts from 1,150 rupees for adults and 950 rupees for children, for a tour of Film City. Special deals are available on hotels.
  • Open: Daily, 9 a.m. until 5.30 p.m.
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Essel World and Water Kingdom

Essel World, Mumbai.
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Essel World, established in 1999, was the first amusement park in India. Although it's a bit dated these days, it is one of the largest in the country and has managed to remain a favorite. There are more than 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. Special celebrations are held during Holi. Read reviews of Essel World and Water Kingdom.

  • Location: Gorai, in the outer northwest suburbs of Mumbai. It's about 1.5 hours from the city center. Take a ferry from Marve Beach or Gorai Creek.
  • Ticket Price: "Pay 'n' Play" Tickets for Essel World start from 390 rupees. If you want unlimited rides, the cost is 1,590 for adults and 1,290 rupees for children. Water Kingdom costs 1,050 rupees for adults and 696 rupees for children.
  • Open: Weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.
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Della Adventure Park

Della Adventure Park
Della Adventure Park  

If you're into adventure more than amusement, you'll be able to enjoy an outstanding range of activities at Della Adventure Park. There are more than 50 to choose from including paintball, ATV rides, dirt bikes, buggy rides, flying fox, shooting, archery, rock climbing, zorbing, horse riding, and even cow milking. Resort accommodations are available for those who want to stay there.

  • Location: Lonavala, between Mumbai and Pune, in Maharashtra. It's just off the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. It's not far from Adlabs Imagica.
  • Ticket Price: Day passes cost 1,750 rupees for adults, and 1,250 rupees for children and seniors. Jumbo passes, for unlimited access to all activities, cost 4,999 rupees per person.
  • Open: Daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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