Head To These Parks In Kolkata For A Dose Of The Outdoors

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Whatever bit of the city you are in, you won’t be too far from a green space, and exploring them won’t cost you a penny. Whether you’re looking for a lazy Sunday afternoon hanging out with friends or a book, the perfect picnic spot, or a running track, take your pick from the list below, kick back and wind down.

Central Park, Salt Lake

Up until the time, Eco Park came into existence; Central Park in Salt Lake was one of the largest parks in the city. Owned and maintained by the government, this is the perfect place for a day out with family or friends. They have a large play area for children as well as a flower park for nature lovers.

Eco Park, New Town

This one opened its gates in 2013 and is now the largest park in Kolkata. The newest addition is their Japanese garden, with its very own Japanese restaurant. Those who do not wish to experiment with Japanese food can always stop by Café Ekante.

Riverfront Park, Babughat

In the truest sense, this place isn’t exactly a park. However, it does have the most beautiful view that captures the essence of Kolkata. From the Riverfront Park in Babughat you can see a huge stretch of the Hooghly River with the magnificent Howrah Bridge and its new sibling, the Vidyasagar Setu flanking both sides. The outside area is dotted with numerous food carts so you can grab a bhelpuri or sandwich on the go. This is an ideal place to come watch the sunset over the Hooghly.

Elliot Park, Maidan Metro Station

This landscaped park is right across the road from the Maidan metro station. It’s a pit stop for those in the area who want to catch up with colleagues or friends post work. Do look out for the tiny pond and pagoda which add a peaceful vibe to the place.

Safari Park, Southern Avenue

This one is right beside Kolkata’s famous lake on Southern Avenue. It’s a huge favourite with morning walkers and has several good rides of children in a corner. While you’re here, do check out some of the local vendors selling amazing street food.

Deshapriyo Park

This used to be one of the most popular places for hanging out over jhal muri and adda. It was an egalitarian space where everyone – from neighborhood aunties and young couples to office goers and jhal muri sellers would hang out. But of late, several cricket clubs have slowly inched in and taken over corners, built pitches etc. A walking and jogging track has also made inroads into the space. It has also become a spot for Durga Pujo pandals. Now it is not really as colorful and open as it used to be. It still has some interesting murals inside, and the benches at intermittent intervals in case you want to take a break from your morning fitness routine.


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