(Last Updated on : 23/01/2010)
Chennai is acclaimed for its treasure of temples and monuments, bringing peace and solace to any pious mind. Yet one can have gala time in numerous amusement parks in Chennai, especially when one goes there with friends and families. Some of them are located in the outskirts of Chennai city. However visiting there in short time is not at all a problem. Various transports are frequently available for the tourists.
Train services are accessible from the central Chennai to places like Ennore, Tambaram and Avadi. Another frequent and inexpensive way of reaching amusements parks in Chennai is to hire the auto rickshaws, charging minimum eight rupees for every one-kilometer. One can also go by `call taxis`, which is also easily affordable. Only one needs to hire before hand and also fix up the trip, fare timings etc. One can also hire the luxury buses that are also available at little high price and if one wants he can reach there by driving one`s own car.
Few important amusements parks in Chennai are as follows:
Among other amusements parks in Chennai , Kishkintha amusement park is the most important. It is located in Tambaram which is almost twenty eight kms south of Chennai. It constitute of more than one hundred and ten acres of land. For the entertainment of visitors the provisions are quite huge. All the visitors especially the kids can enjoy to their hearts content the exhilarating rides. Space shuttle, wave pool, white water, flume ride and Kiddies Kingdom Are some of the hi tech games available in this park.
MGM Dizzy world
At Muttukadu, a place, which lies on the mid way to Mamallapuram, houses one of the famous amusement parks in Chennai. It is called MGM Dizzy world. School children and kids throng it. One can enjoy thrilling rides like karnakasi ranger, water sports, Dashing Boat, Arrow Loop Roller Coaster. A special attraction is to enjoy the Dizee snake ride , almost 110 feet high.
Little Folks amusement park lies almost forty-six kms away from Mahabalipuram. For the visitors the special attractions are Giant-Piano, Toy Train, Rainbow Fountain, Slide-into-pool, Cartoon show & Paddle-Pool. There is also open-air theatre, which adds more fun and frolic amongst the visitors.
Dash `N Splash
Among the amusements parks in Chennai , Dash `N Splash deserves special mentioning. It is a significant water park of South Park. It is situated almost thirty kms away from central part for Chennai city. Spreading more than twenty-one acres of land, this park is situated exactly on the muddy banks of Telugu Ganga Project Canal, in Mevallur Kuppam Village. It provides amusements to each and every one who makes a visit to the park. It is a wonderful place with provisions of shaded sitting arrangements. Several wave sports are found here which ranges from spiral to free fall slides.
There are narrow artificial gorges along with stream running through them rising almost to height of twelve to thirty five ft. For the public viewing, it is open from 10 `o`clock in the morning till the late evening. It is open throughout the year including national holidays and Sundays. Also special free bus services are available on Sundays. The other attractions include luxurious cafeteria for the veggies. Other amenities that are found on the park ground are individual changing rooms along with `deposit lockers`. Also the concerned authority has built few souvenir shops in order to sell items like costumes, toiletries, eatables, etc.
Prime time is also famous amongst amusements parks in Cnennai. It is situated at the core of Annanagar, specially noted for its excessive indoor amusements. Among the children, bumper car rides; playpens are worth to note. Keeping in mind its huge popularity, the park authorities have recently introduced quite a few games so that they can attract more and more crowd on a regular basis.
One of the famous amusements parks in Chennai, Dolphin City is located on New Mahabalipuram Road, almost forty-six kms from Chennai. To be specific, it is just ten kms ahead of Mahabalipuram and also four kms behind the Crocodile Bank. What is unique is that here one can catch a glimpse of American Sea Lion performance. It is found nowhere else in India. There are other amusements provided for the tourists. These include Under Water View, Leisure Boating, Slide Swimming pool, Open Air Theatre for variety entertainment, Chuck Wagon, Disco Scooter, Tea Cup, Space Ship, Dragon Ride, Chuck Chuck, and Animal Simulator etc. Visitors can get entry to this park from Monday to Sunday and also all the other holidays from 10 `o` clock in the morning till 7 p.m. Several eateries have grown here to suffice the needs of all types of the visitors. Multi-Cuisine and also small outlets selling Popcorn, Ice Creams, Confectioneries & Soft Drinks are nothing new here. In other shops one can get necessary items like batteries, cameras, games, gift articles, toys, sun glasses, hats, swimwear, etc. Special bus services have been arranged so that no one finds any difficulty in reaching the park and explore its fun.
Tarsha Water Sports
Among the amusement parks in Chennai, Tarsha Water Sports Park is noteworthy. It is located almost fifteen kilometer away from the district of Mammalapuram on the East Coast road.