Borivali National Park – Mumbai Suburbs Biggest Park
“Borivali’s own national park which is also called ‘Sanjay Gandhi National Park’ in Mumbai north suburb is about 40 kms from city. Borivali national park is world largest nature park within city limits with forest covering as huge as 100 Square Kilometers area of Mumbai. Get details on park trials, flora and faunas,old monk kanheri caves and other wildlife attractions with timings and charges details..”
Quick Look : [ History ], [ Flora and Faunas ], [ National Park Attractions ], [ Jain Temple ], [ Shilonda Trial ], [ Kanheri Caves ], [ Wildlife Safari ], [ Gomukh Trial], [ Yeoor Hills Trials ], [ Tulsi and Vihar Lakes ], [ Aerial View Of Borivali National Park ], [ Timings], [ Entry Ticket Charges ], [ How to Reach National Park ], [ Updates ]
National Park Historic’s
The now known ‘Sanjay gandhi national park’ or ‘Borivali National Park’ was once called ‘Krishnagiri National Park’ and Buddhist monks were the one who used it, they stayed in Kanheri caves to rest during long journeys between the only two locations then called ‘Sopara’ and other being called ‘Kalyan’. Kanheri caves inside national park being the very center location was ideal place for monks to rest and meditate.
In 1960 and 1970′s its was renamed to ‘Sanjay Gandhi National Park’ and more of the forest space was added that now has Yeoor hills in East of national park which can be entered from east gate from Thane.
Flora and Faunas inside Borivali Park
National park has varieties of rare plants, flowers, migratory birds, species of trees, Reptiles and wild animals which can be seen during trek, trials and safari visits. One can see worlds smallest rusty spotted cat and other wildlife like Monkeys, Langurs, Hyenas, Spotted Deer, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Indian Flying foxes, Black naped hares. If you miss getting a glimpse of reptiles being in the city, Borivali national park has varieties of attractive species of reptiles like snakes, pythons, varieties of lizards, Dangerous vipers and cobras.
Some of rare plants and trees being kadamba, acacia, teak, shisam, ziziphus, euphorbia, karanj and more. The beautiful forest of national park has a beautiful scenic views across its dense forest during monsoon.
This National park of Mumbai is yet another place to enjoy mother nature from close and like Maharashtra Nature Park, this is an ideal location for 300 different species of bird that cane be watched in early morning and during mid of monsoon when lots of migratory birds come here from far locations like North and South of India.
National Park Attractions and Trials
Very near to the main entrance in west is this Jain temple of national park called ‘Trimurti’ (Which means 3 idols of jain God/Lords called ‘Adinath‘, ‘Bahubali‘ and ‘Bharat‘). The Digambar sub-community in Jain community visits here frequently for spiritual blessing and to enjoy a day picnic in woods of national park.
Famous trekkers place attracting people and tourists during monsoon. If you are in early morning hours of your trek, you may be lucky enough to spot deer around and along the trial. Beautiful babblers and voice of birds, cuckoo and cooper-smith are some other attractions of Shilonda trial inside national park. The lush greenery is spread over kilometers giving change to be with nature and those green shades along the way. There are beautiful flowers along the side treks.
Kanhasela and Kanheri Caves
Kanheri means ‘Black Mountain’ in sanskrit, which is 7 Kilometers from the main gate of Borivali national park which was naturally formed sue to the volcano that was erupted in those ancient days. These are the rocky caves with small big chambers all naturally created due to volcano eruption and were used by Buddhist monks, they called this rocky caves as ‘Viharas’ and ‘Chaityas’ in sanskrit language. Lots of rocky carving and designed over those huge pillars inside this black rock caves of national park which shows the age old Buddhist monk culture of India.
There are 109 such caves inside national park. The main attraction being the 7 meter high (About 23 foot) black rock stone idol of ‘Gautam Buddha’ in the entrance caves of Kanheri trail of this park. Buses to Kanheri caves goes at every 20 minutes from main gate (West).
Lion and Tiger Safari Trial
The safari trial at Borivali national park is 14 kms which last for 30 minutes inside the open forest where 3 Lions, 6 bengal tigers and 18 Leopards roam like kings of this forest openly and we being inside those grilled bus. If lucky enough the safari will let you see these wild animals at very few distance from your secured safari bus.
Apart from lions and tigers there are Monkeys, Hyenas, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Indian Flying foxes, hares that can be seen in jungles of borivali national park.
Their is a mini train called ‘Vanrani’ (Queen of forest in Hindi) which can take you to this safari, One more options being boating in national park a wonderful adventure if you like. See the charges and safari timings below. Another wildlife sanctuary in Mumbai is at Byculla called ‘Victoria Garden or Mumbai Zoo‘
This is the longest trek of borivali national park comes after Kanheri caves. Known for its black old stones still there after the age old volcanic eruption that can be seen on the way during your trail walks. The attraction of Gomukh being an old temple build over a natural water source inside this park.
Yeoor Hill Trial
Yeoor hills inside borivali national park are know for its ideal for Mountain biking location in Mumbai. The main gate for yeoor trial is the East gate of national park that opens from Thane locations, backside location of national park jungle. It commences just near forest rest houses of national park near kanheri caves road and tulsi lake road.
Tulsi and Vihar Lakes
The back side location of national park forest is this fresh drinking water lake of Mumbai called Tulsi lake. One cannot go inside the lake locations without authority permission as their are restrictions, But can be viewed from Kanheri rocky hills.
Another lake near this national park is Vihar lake which comes after tulsi lake, More details of this lake at Vihar lake.
Aerial View Of National Park
- Sanjay Gandhi National Park timings : 7:30 am to 6:00 pm (All Seven Days).
- Lion and Tiger Safari timings : 9:00 am to 1 :00 Pm and 2:20 pm to 5:30 pm (All Seven Days).
- Kanheri caves timings : 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Ticket and Entry Charges
- Per person charges are Rs.20 (Entry Fees to be paid on main entrance gate in west).
- Rs.50 per head for nature trials and safari cost.
How to Reach this Park
By Road : About 40 kms towards north suburb of Mumbai on National Highway (Mumbai Ahmadabad Highway) at Junction from Borivali station in East is the main gate of National park. Various options like private cars, BRTS and BEST buses are available from all over city to reach here. Enough of parking place is available if you are in your private vehicle or as picnic group.
By Train : Nearest station being Borivali, Get down and take Auto from EAST side of Borivali which takes hardly 10 minutes, If you enjoy walking to explore city market along the way to Borivali national park entrance, its just 15 to 20 minutes from station.