Facing the deep blue Arabian Sea, coast-hugging Marine Drive, and lining DN Road is one of Mumbai’s iconic place, a place that has been witnessing cricketing excellency since several decades- The Wankhede stadium, named after famous politician famous politician Sheshrao Krushnarao Wankhede.
Wankhede Stadium, where people of all stripes crease together to soak up the excitement of electrifying matches, holds the honour of being one of the largest and one of the most renowned cricket stadiums in the country, owned by the Mumbai Cricket Association.
The stadium dates back to 1974 when it was built after a dispute between the ‘Mumbai Cricket Association’ and the ‘Cricket Club of India’. What makes this remarkably large stadium more special is the timespan in which it was built. This exceptional work of art was structured by architect Shashi Prabhu, incredibly built in six months and can accommodate over 45,000 people all at once!
The stadium is enveloped by many picturesque places and tourist attractions. Located on D.N. Road itself is the St. Thomas Cathedral which is the first Anglican Church in Mumbai. The ‘Gateway of India’ is a magnificent monument built in Indo-Islamic style of architecture and is also situated near the stadium.
The pretty route from the DN Road gently curves to Malabar Hills. The route itself features many scenic stopovers. Marine Drive walk is famous for its extensive ocean views, sea breezes, and easy-going atmosphere.
Over a hundred of hutments jut out into the Arabian Sea, stanchly defying nature and real estate tycoons. This makes up the locality known as Worli, or Worli Koliwadi, that’s slated for renovation for almost a decade.Worli seaface is one of the most spectacular and panoramic places that you might have ever seen. The Bandra-Worli Sea Link is yet another work of engineering that captures the most iconic view of the city.
Wankhede Stadium also features a masterpiece of Mumbai’s tourist scene in its neighbourhood, Colaba – which trails down the city’s southernmost cape. It’s a busy district packed with dwellers, street stalls, markets, small shops, bars and also features some of the best budget to midrange lodgings.Moving on, Colaba Causeway is shopping heaven. It is lined on one side with a number of stalls and stretches to a long part of peninsula. They sell everything you could imagine from clothes, instruments, jewellery, fruits, home ware,books and a lot more. Bargaining is a requisite, only pay what you think is reasonably-priced and walk away if the price doesn’t suit you.Cuffe Parade surely unfurls a whole new experience. It is soon to accompany a series of 55 storey residency towers, spread across 23 acres, which would set new highs in luxury.
One of the top attractions near Wankhede, is Girgaum Chowpatty, a beach where people revel in the evenings, watching the sunset over the Malabar Hill skyline, and crunch on their favouritelip-smacking delights – Pani Puri, Bhel Puri, and Pav Bhaji famo, corn hobs and masala chais. Bang opposite stands tall the Wilson college , a heritage educational institution among the many in the city. Keep some appetite running for the amazing juices, pastas and sandwiches sold at the crowd packed Crème Centre, just round the corner.
Adding a feather to the cap, boulevards the Bandra- Worli Sea link, magnificently built connecting the SoBo to Bandra, the other significant part of Mumbai. The stalwart platform of Indian cricket that has been home ground to some of the most academically perfect one day and test matches, the scholars commenting, the cricketing geniuses stepping on the stadium to magnify the game’s spirit, a game that is synonym to every Indian’s religion. With so much to explore and so many eclectic tastes to savour, Wankhede and the 20 minutes radius around it surely deserves to be in the list of Mumbai’s finest localities.