Explore Places of Interest in Navi Mumbai
D Y Patil Stadium is a cricket stadium located in D Y Patil Vidyanagar campus in Navi Mumbai. Designed by one of India's renowned architects, Hafeez Contractor, this stadium has all the facilities available in an international cricket stadium. Furthermore, this stadium has 9 tennis hard courts, 4 indoor badminton courts and swimming pool, among others. The stadium can accommodate up to 55,000 visitors at a time. Apart from this, the stadium also has a unique cantilever roof, thereby eliminating the requirement of a support. This feature provides spectators an unhindered view of the match from any place within the stadium.
This stadium has been the host for many IPL matches. Another unique fact about the roof of this stadium is that it is India's first and largest fabric roof and the fabric used for the roof was imported from Germany. For the convenience of spectators, spacious bucket seats along with two LED screens which are the biggest in India have been installed.
Tikuji-ni-Wadi is an amusement park located in Thane. It is situated at a distance of 25.8 km from Navi Mumbai. Established 30 years back by Late Shri Pravinchandra A. Parekh, it has been approved and recognised as a tourist attraction by the Tourism Department, Government of Maharashtra. There is a water park called the Ocean Park present within the amusement park, which is known for its pools and water slides.
The amusement park has rides like go-karts, bumper cars and giant wheels. The unique characteristic of this amusement park is that it does not include difficult rides like roller coasters. Within the premises, there is a Shiva Temple and marriage halls. During the festival of Shivaratri, the idol of Shiva is carved using ice. The park can be visited throughout the year, except monsoon season.
The Belapur Fort, located near the town of Belapur in Navi Mumbai, was built by the Siddis of Janjira. However, it was later conquered by the Portuguese and then by the Marathas. In the early 19th century, the fort was captured by the British. After the British took control, the significance of the fort declined and was not used. This fort has just one bastion remaining among the many, which is located near the highway to Uran. This fort was supposed to be built by the Siddis of Janjira between 1560 and 1570. The fort was recaptured by the Portuguese during 1682, which also controlled the entire region under the Siddis, near Belapur.
It later came under the control of the Marathas, who ruled the region until 23rd June 1817, when finally the fort was captured by the British East India Company. The British destroyed the fort partially due to their policy of razing any Maratha rule in the area. There is an underground tunnel at this fort that is believed to connect the fort with Gharapuri Island, which has the famous Elephanta Caves.
Utsav Chowk is one of the most popular landmarks in Kharghar. It is situated at a distance of approximately 5 km from the main city and has been built in the Greek-Roman architectural style. There is a fountain, open spaces and gardens at this chowk, which is situated in the heart of Kharghar town. Auto rickshaws from Belapur Bus Depot to Utsav Chowk cost around INR25, while taxis charge about INR37 from the depot.
Gadeshwar Dam is situated near Panvel, between Chanderi, Mhaismal, Peb and Matheran Hills. It is a small dam which can be reached easily from Panvel Bus Station, located 8 km away. There is also a small river crossing at this site, which ends at Dudhani village. This dam is surrounded by paddy fields and green hills that can be reached by trekking through the nearby trails.