Mumbai’s summer can be tough to survive. Even if you’ve lived in Mumbai for long, it can be a constant battle to keep sweat from trickling down your forehead. It’s a time when you don’t want to step away from your air conditioner even for a minute. Sheltered in that comfort, Mumbai’s summer has the power to turn even the most outgoing person into a couch potato.
But here is the thing — you can cool off with some fun summer activities even outside. Read on to know how.
Beat Summer In Style
But before we move on to the summer activities in Mumbai, let us remind you that stepping out in summer in Mumbai requires some preparation. Never leave without your summer essentials — water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, deodorant, cap, and a napkin. Also, please wear only cotton clothes. You want your skin to ‘breathe’ easily. That’s about it.
Once you’re ready with these summer essentials, here is what you can do to make the sweltering summer afternoons livelier:
1) Opt For A Work Workout
Summer is the best time to take a dip in the pool and relax. But why stop at that? Water babies across the world are making sure they are having a lot more fun with water workouts during summer. And no, it’s not the same as going for a leisurely swim in the pool or going to a fancy water park in Mumbai.
Yes, it’s about fun but it can also help you to get fit. Aqua exercises can be very effective in burning off excess fat quickly. They can also help in toning your body well.
So while you’re splashing some water and having fun, you can directly take charge of your fitness goals. Aqua Zumba, Aqua Cycling, and Aqua Pilates are some of the water workouts that will leave you refreshed on a balmy afternoon. Some of these water workouts also make use of water dumbbells, kettlebells, and water noodles to exercise your muscles.
Water workouts are a particularly effective way for old people, and arthritis patients. This is because water is buoyant and it doesn’t exert too much pressure on the joints of your body. Of course, you will tire yourself out completely at the end of a water workout, but believe us, it will leave you fully rejuvenated.
- Go On A Wildlife Safari
Take shelter in greenery when the sun’s heat gets too harsh. Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali is one of the greenest spots in Mumbai. This 103 square-kilometer park is home to more than 100 different species of birds and mammals and more than 1000 species of plants. That’s enough of a lure for nature-lovers and those who are enthusiastic about botany. But if you don’t fall in either of these categories, maybe a wildlife safari will draw you in.
How about spending a summer afternoon spotting tigers and lions? Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Plan this summer activity with your kids to give them a chance to get closer to wildlife. Sanjay Gandhi National Park has a 20-minute wildlife safari where you can observe animals in their natural habitat. The park is home to flying foxes, deer, langurs, leopards, and tigers.
- Go River Rafting
This summer activity is for those who are looking for something to get their adrenaline rushing. As you tackle the unbridled rapids and get closer to nature, you’ll wash all the summer blues away. The best place for river rafting near Mumbai is Kolad. It’s a tiny village that is more than 100 kilometres away from Mumbai.
River rafting is what draws travellers from across the state to this place. The river Kundalika is fierce during the monsoon months, but in summer, you can expect to see its slightly tamer avatar. It has rapids of Grade 2 and Grade 3 range, so be prepared for an adventurous ride.
Which are the other summer activities that help you cool off? Please share your experience in the comments section.