Taking a slide in life is never fun unless youre at Water Kingdom. Its the big daddy of all things aqua theme parks. Asias largest water park is the top pick for school picnics, group outings and some family time away from the city. And imagine holding a corporate meeting there or a team outing. We cant guarantee if all the deals here make through, but its the most fun ever, we promise. So what if you cant take a Carlsberg to the waters? Its better than a presentation in a closed room! Way, way, way better.
And all said and done, isnt making a splash a child-like thrill you dont want to forget? Not quite as old as the the neighbouring Essel World, it surely has no match during the summer months. Heres a tip before you begin: Carry loads of sunscreen. Because you going here to feel the cool of water, not get burnt in the sun!
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How to reach
Water Kingdom is located in Gorai, a coastal span between Borivali and Bhayander. So, if youre planning a trip, then you can take bus numbers 247, 294 from the western end of the Borivali station to reach Gorai jetty. From there, take a jetty to the park which arrives every 15-20 minutes. The fare is Rs 50 per person. Or, you can get down at the western end of the Bhayander station and take MBMT bus number 4 to reach Water Kingdom.
We would suggest the ferry ride, an idyllic 45 minutes is a beautiful prelude to the rides that lay ahead. And the majestic Vipassna Pagoda that welcomes you!
Water Kingdoms rates have remained more or less consistent over the years and they are as follows:
Adult: Rs 950
Child: Rs 600
Water Kingdom also offers special discounts for mass bookings from coaching classes where a group of minimum 30 persons is charged only Rs 825 per person. There are also multiple off-season discounts on Water Kingdoms entry fees (off season being June-September). The park also offers concession to the students who have appeared for the 10th, 12th board exams and have a valid hall ticket. Water Kingdoms ticket prices are also slashed by up to 50% for bulk corporate bookings.
If youre looking to bag a truly double whammy, try going for their comber with Essel World. With options for two-day validity, its your ticket to a screaming, thrilling weekend as you explore first the heights of Thunder and then the splash of the various water rides. And no complaints from the kiddies there. For them, its a vacation well spent!
Water Kingdom’s timings depend on whether or not it is off-season.
Off-season: 10 am to 7 pm
On Season: 10 am to 8 pm
The last ferry leaves at around 8 pm. So keep some time to make the long, and super tiring walk back to the pick-up point.
While Essel World opened in 1989, its aqua cousin didnt open until the late 90s. But ever since it opened it has seen a steady rise in its popularity with an estimated 1.1 million visitors annually. Of this, the peak summer season sees a footfall of at least 6,00,000 inside the park, the vast majority of them students. It is also one of the few parks that offer additional facilities like a fish spa for its visitors and is renowned for its New years eve aqua parties. Its sheer size can get a little tiring, so gear up well.
You may or may not go by popular opinion, either way, rides in Water Kingdom are simply the best. The park is filled with a testimonial of happiness, as you see little kids flashing their bright smiles as they shiver, and rush to doting mothers who are ready with towels and clothes by the pool side. Its evident in the father’s delight as he clutches his sons hand for an encore of a particularly difficult-looking ride. And its them saying it, not us!
Bratzone: This luxuriant rain-dance arena is a double doze of water fun. Dance in the showers, groove to the music. And take care not to slip and break your head, thank you very much!
What A Coaster: What is tall, fast and a guaranteed thrill machine? No, not Usain Bolt. Were talking about What a Coaster at Water Kingdom, which helps you attains a top speed of 70 kmph!
Amazonia: While not everyone can or will go rafting on the Amazon, a similar experience awaits you at the parks Amazonia. Hold onto your seemingly inept tubes as gushing water will plays around with you like a ping pong ball. Exhilaration guaranteed! The zone has a host of thrill-friendly rides like Elephant Safari and Serpent Safari!
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The Lagoon: Argubaly the most crowded place of all, The Lagoon is a pool with a twist. The twist here is in the form of the Elephant Bucket which unleashes 500 litres of arctic water onto the revelers below. If youre looking to avoid that, then stick to the 10 slick slides, out of which four are dedicated to kids!
Wetlantic: Its a B-I-G wave pool! Thats the only thing that you need to know! Think of being on a raft, lost at sea, some wine and good company to keep as you sway by the gentle lapping of the waves, lulling you into a trance? Well, theres waves at the Water Kingdom, loads of them. The rest? You can take care of that, were sure!
Goofers Lagoon: If you want laze around in a pool instead of the lazy river, then head to the Goofers lagoon where kiddie slides and peace await you. The best kids ride in the park!
If you have ever taken those summer swimming classes, you will have observed that you are SO hungry right out of the pool! Now, imagine being all the freaking time in water. The hunger is massive but thankfully not massive enough for a Water Kingdom! All the adrenaline spent needs to be replenished with good food and Water Kingdom offers tons of good restaurants in the form of Tai Pan (Chinese), Eat N Splash, Kabab Corner, Ohh Mumbai and an outlet of Dominos Pizza. In addition to these, there are stalls of Pepsi, Kwality walls to cater to hunger pangs of the smaller, sweeter and cooler kind.
Hotels near Water Kingdom
The Resort, Malad: Rs 1800 per night
Silverdor resort: Rs 1600 per night
Poolsides come with but one problem: poolside hygiene. Be nice, follow these small basics and enjoy a happy, safe water-park day out.
- Wear lycra. Cotton is not advisable
- There are washrooms at intervals all around. Use them. The pool is not a giant community loo
- Tell that to your kids too. Please.
- Keep something for your throat, like a Vicks, at hand. Boy, those water rides can strain them vocal cords, we kid you not!
- Carry a couple of extra pairs of clothes. Its a water park after all!
- If youre going by road, carry plastics and papers to save your car seats! Its a thing, we swear!
- Sunscreen. We cant emphasise it enough
- Avoid wearing slippers. You want to go from one ride to another without breaking a head or an arm
- Keep expensive things at bay. Away, as far away from the pools as possible. Perhaps leave them behind, they can be left home alone.
And above everything, make sure to have the best time while you’re here.