Outdoor Activities in Mumbai
Information on the facilities in Mumbai for outdoor activities: walking, hiking, jogging, sailing, parks, weekend trips and other outdoor activities in the area...
Sanjay Gandhi National Park(SGNP): Covering 104 square kilometres, the SGNP is a forest within a city. The park is known for its dense forest and the diversity of its wildlife, which includes birds, butterflies, deer, porcupines and antelopes. The park's tigers, lions and crocodiles are housed within enclosures. There is a small population of leopards that roam within the park's confines, and these can be dangerous if confronted and especially dangerous if surrounded.
- For more information on the leopards of Sanjay Gandhi National Park: Click here (PDF)
- The SGNP park rangers have a hotline for leopard-related emergencies. Tel: 022 2886 6449
Highlights include the Kaneri caves, a series of Buddhist cave-temples chiselled from the basalt cliffs. Religious inscriptions and statues are plentiful, along with cisterns, canals and carved staircases. There are also two large lakes that supply water to Mumbai, boats for hire, a toy train and an information centre. The park has an entry fee, with concessions for morning walkers and senior citizens. It is possible to drive around parts of the park in private vehicles.
- Sanjay Gandhi National Park
At: Borivali East, Mumbai 600066
Open: 07:30-18:30, with some attractions closed on Mondays
Several other green spaces exist around Mumbai, though these are seldom protected or patrolled. They include mangrove forests, jungle and lakes.
Golf is a prestigious sport in Mumbai, though a street version ("slum golf") played with bent iron rods and table tennis balls also exists. There are several exclusive golf clubs within Mumbai's city limits:
The Bombay Presidency Golf Club: Membership of the club is currently restricted, but ten-year memberships can be obtained with four nominations. Members can bring guests, equipment rental is possible, and training courses are available.
- The Bombay Presidency Golf Club
At: Dr.Choitram Gidwani Road, Chembur, Bombay 400074
Tel: 022 6117 4500
The Willingdon Sports Club: Membership is restricted, but temporary and corporate memberships remain open.
- The Willingdon Sports Club
At: Keshav Rao Khadye Marg, Tardeo, Mumbai 400034
Tel: 022 2354 5755
Royal Bombay Yacht Club: Members-only sailing club with extensive overseas exchanges and a calendar of social events. Offers training courses, residential chambers and use of the library, billiards room and sailing room to members.
- The Royal Bombay Yacht Club
At: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Apollo Bandar, Mumbai 400001
Tel: 022 2202 1880
Fax: 022 2202 1014
Colaba Sailing Club: Members-only club with boats available for hire, a training programme and a social calendar including Sunday picnics at the Elephanta Caves.
- Colaba Sailing Club
At: Gateway of India, Apollo Bandar, Mumbai
Tel: 022 2288 2788
Horse Racing and Horseriding
Mahalaxmi Racecourse: Opens November to April, with the McDowell's Indian Derby in February. Open to the public for jogging and yoga in the early mornings, with polo and amateur riding permitted in the centre of the track. Owned by the Royal Western India Turf Club, which provides membership packages.
- Mahalaxmi Race Course
At: Mahalakshmi, Mumbai 400018
Tel: 22 2307 1401
Mumbai has a number of "Jogger's Parks", small and typically well-maintained public gardens created for running and keeping fit. The first Jogger's Park was established in 1991 by the seaside in Bandra, and they have quickly spread across the city. Jogger's Parks typically open between 05:00 and 10:00, and close between 16:00 and 20:00. They charge a small entry fee. A selection is listed below:
- Jogger's Park Bandra: Carter Road, Bandra West, Mumbai 400050
- Jogger's Park Versova: Fisheries University Road, Versova, Mumbai 400061
- Jogger's Park Ghatkopar West: Jagdusga Nagar, Ghatkopa West, Mumbai 400086
- Jogger's Park Lokhandwala: BMC Road, Lokhandwala Complex, Mumbai 400102
- Jogger's Park Chedda Nagar: Sector 1, Chedda Nagar, Mumbai 400089
- Jogger's Park Panchsheel: K.T. Soni Road, Kandivali West, Mumbai 400067
- Jogger's Park Juhu: Vaikunthlal Mehta Road, Juhu, Mumbai 400049
While cycling has traditionally been thought of in Mumbai as a practical means of transport, Mumbaikars are increasingly seeing it as a pastime and a means of keeping fit. Bike lanes are a novelty in India, so inner-city cyclists are obliged to share the road with other vehicles.
The cycling website cyclists.in organises local cycling groups, and its forum users share information about practical routes and leisure rides.
As Mumbai is chiefly a commercial city, popular weekend getaway resorts have developed in the countryside around it. Hotels in these areas often offer one- or two-night packages.
- Lonavala and Khandala: Located in the hills between Mumbai and Pune. The waterfalls and low-flying clouds created during the monsoon season are particularly picturesque, and the area is popular with hikers and walkers
- Alibagh: Coastal area with historic waterside forts and temples, as well as watersports facilities
- Matheran: Scenic mountainside town 80 Km from Mumbai from which vehicles are banned. Car parks are located 10 Km from the town, and transport is by foot, pony or train.