“Built in 1952, Kamla Nehru Park was a gift to Mumbai Kids from Chacha Nehru and the name ‘Kamla’ as was his wife’s name is why the park is called. Huge Shoe House (Old Woman Shoe) is what it is still famous and iconic structure of attraction inside. Located at Malabar Hill mountain of South Mumbai it was one of the only area as kids garden when Mumbai was called ‘Bombay’. Was Under renovation Since last 5 years and now opened to Public in February 2018. Face lifted park attractions will be catchy with fish ponds, kids rhymes, lightings, new colours and more. Lets know more about Park timings, Entry Fees, Attractions, How to Reach, Places to see near and more..”
Attractions of Kamla Nehru Park
As of date (21st April 2017) it was under renovation (Now open), Yet don’t get confused between Kamla Nehru Park and Hanging Garden as these 2 are different gardens adjacent to each other at Malabar Hill, South Mumbai. These gardens were one of the major attractions of then called Bombay. Still, a beautiful location to at least visit once as it has greenery, peaceful and stunning view of Girgaum Chowpatty and Queens Necklace of Marine Lines.
I am sure, post renovation Kamla Nehru Park will bring in more attractions apart from current lush greenery and the famous Shoe attraction. Authorities have already planned the Aerial view point to attract more tourist and citizens as detailed. Since decades this view point has been one of the major attractions of Kamla Nehru Park at Malabar hill. Another attraction is kids special huge ‘Shoe House’, also called ‘Boot House’ locally. Within just 4000 square feet area there are hundreds of trees, plants that gives shade to tourists, visitors and daily visiting residents around.
Bollywood songs like ‘Pehli Baar Mile Hai’ from Saajan staring Salman Khan has been shot here which gives you glimpse of this park in 1990’s. Just few steps ahead is the famous Hanging Garden too. Kamla Nehru Park is a simple leisure place with a kids playing area around Huge Shoe Structure And less / no rides except few. Hope upon renovation few more rides be seen with increasing and when planted floras. As of day Greenery, Scenic View and Big Shoe are 3 major attractions of this park. For adults it a place for leisure, walk and relax, away from city traffic and chaos.
Monsoon Rainy Days brings in more greenery, fresh breeze from shores and chirping birds with the pleasant pollution free climate and surroundings. I Would recommend to walk along the hill roads for few minutes to know the pathway trees, old homes and locality.
Park Renovation Attractions Opening 2018
Since march 2017, this iconic lady shoe house has been closed for renovation which will be opened to public around February 2018. Its a full one year gap and there are many upcoming changes to this tourist attraction. The decision of renovation was and emergency task as previous monsoon their was a lightening that affected little structure of the Shoe / Boot House, Also called Old Woman Shoes. The authorities though this is the correct time to renovate everything that is required and have a complete make over.
Shoe House will be looking brand new with all new colours shining the shoes. Many attractive themes and colours will be used around trees and plants, New lightings be seen, Children will see famous Rhymes all over in the redesigned theme inside Kamla nehru park in 2018 upon opening to public. Nursery poems like ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ & ‘Baa Baa Black Ship’ will catch kids eyes. One of the wall inside will have a night theme with stars all around. Couple of murals be seen inside the location around Amphitheatre. Below are new things and all about Kamla nehru park face lift.
Park Make Over
- Entrance beautified with a brand new pond inside the till now existing fountain near entry gate of Kamla nehru park with variety of fishes and lily flowers welcoming the citizens and tourists around the world.
- Another drinking water fountian inside with also be seeing a new fish pond with a theme based on an old hindi movie song ‘Machli Jal Ki Rani Hai’.
- Iconic Ashoka pillar which looked old and not well maintained with paint that was much required will be taking a new facelift. Flowers be arranged below Ashoka pillar which resembles our national flag. Yes, White, Green and Orange colours flowers will surely catch more eyes below pillar.
- Talking about the main attraction, that is the Lady shoe (Also called Old Women Shoe), The original show structure will be all the same with a new multi-colour canvas style looks.
- An Amphitheatre is now focused on playing kids songs specially from Kindergarten poems that will give a perfect feel of children park in the environment.
- A brand new open space called ‘view gallery’ which currently have limited aerial view of Girgaum Chowpatty, Upon the facelift and renovation people may see queens necklace as well.
- New sprinklers between green lawn which spreads ample water to maintain the greenery and save lots of manual maintenance previously done.
- Finally a brand new foot over bridge that will connect adjacent Hanging garden so that visitors will not need to cross road with kids.
Sadly summer of 2017 has been low on tourist footfalls and kids are sad of not been able to get inside Kamla Nehru Park and visits Hanging garden location instead.
Address, Reaching, Entry Fee, Park Timings, Contact
Address : Dadi Sheth Wadi, Malabar Hill, South Mumbai, Nearest Railway Station being Charni Road in western railway Route.
How to Reach : Taxi from Charni Road (West) is the best way to reach Malabar Hill where Kamla Nehru and Hanging Garden Parks are located.
Park Timings : 5 Am to 9 Pm, all 7 days.
Entry Fees / Charges : Free.
Other Parks and Places to See Near Kamla Nehru Park
On the way to Kamla Nehru park is the old and famous Jain temple of Walkeshwar Mumbai, For those interested in ancient art work, spirituality and temples. In the vicinity is a heritage sacred water tank called ‘Banganga‘ which one should not miss. On the same hill is Parsi Tower of Silence for which entry is restricted to community only.
Walk down the Malabar hills and a very old and famous Shiva temple ‘Babulnath‘ is what you should visit once. It is one of the oldest and has still retained the original structures and looks since decades. Also was once famous for many bollywood film shoots, This temple is located adjacent to Girgaum Chowpatty Beach which is another famous beach around the world known for Ganesh Festival Visarjan.
Exactly opposite the beach is Taraporewala Aquarium which was renovated couple of years ago. If already here, you must spend some time along the coastal of south Mumbai, famously called ‘Marine Lines’ and due to the glowing street lights at night in semi circle ring form of coastal area, it is famously called ‘Queens Necklace‘. It is connected to Nariman Point where Mumbai ends on same promenade.
More Parks in Mumbai
As we are talking about Kamla Nehru Park which was the only park few decades ago and so is the reason mentioned everywhere for tourist, I should also help you with few more famous parks in Mumbai city. Few of these parks not far from Malabar hill and few in North Suburb locations. Below are the details.
Priyadarshini park : 10 to 12 Minutes driving distance from Kamla Nehru Park is this famous Priyadarshini park and Sports complex at distance of just 1.2 Km which is another beautiful garden location for adults and children.
Sagar Upvan : Also called BPT (Bombay / Mumbai Port Trust) garden is located at Colaba, 8 Kilometres taking about 28 minutes towards south (Take Chowpatty Promenade Route) is a botanical garden with blissful experience.
Pramod Mahajan Garden Kala Park : Located at Dadar (South Mumbai), 30 minutes driving distance from Kamla Nehru Park at about 9 Kilometres distance is this park known for its plantation and flowers.
Nirvana Park : A beautifully maintained park with lush greenery, pond and fishes located at Powai, Hiranandani Garden township at suburban location, North of Mumbai. 1 hour 30 minutes driving distance, at about 35 Kilometres.
National Park : Asia’s one of the biggest forest park with wild animals, flora fauna’s, old caves and everything one can expect in Jungle with playing area, streams and safari options. 1 hour 50 Minutes driving distance ahead on Nirvana park on Main Highway Route.