Spread across a total area of about 90,000 square feet, Elliot Park in Kolkata is a popular park among youngsters. It is also a famous spot for morning walkers and joggers of nearby residential areas. The park has a jogging strip that stretches over 1.5 kilometres.
The park is located opposite the Tata Steel Office, which is also called the Tata Centre near Park Street Crossing on Chowringhee.
The land on which Elliot Park is built used to be a garbage dump site until a few years back and had become an eyesore for the nearby residents. The initiative of building a park at this site was taken up by Tata Steel.
The transformation of the dump site into a green cover was a welcoming change and the park was maintained by Tata Steel. However, the administration rights of the place have now been transferred to Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Kolkata Police.
The park was inaugurated on 22nd November 2004 by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal.
There are two man made ponds inside the premises and the entire park is lined with huge ornamental trees and rows of bamboo trees along with provisions for sitting. One can spot fishes in the ponds too.
In addition to the gardens within the park premises that are beautifully manicured and well maintained, there is a small pagoda inside the garden too. There are food stalls that offer snacks and refreshments for the visitors since outside food is not allowed.
The park ambience is quite relaxing and one can spend some alone time if needed. It needs to be noted that the park being designated as no- plastic zone, visitors are not allowed to carry plastic bags or food items inside.
Due to its timings, the park is best visited during winter months while the weather is pleasant. One may also visit during the monsoon months when there are lighter showers or relatively clear skies.
Timings and Entry Fees of Elliot Park Kolkata
The park is open between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM every day for the general public. The park is also open during early morning hours for joggers and morning walkers of nearby residences.
There is no entry fee. Access to the park is free.
How to reach Elliot Park Kolkata
Due to its central location, Elliot park is accessible by all modes of transport, from all parts of the city and nearby places.
Nearest Railway Station: The nearest railway station to Elliot Park is Howrah Junction Railway Station. One can either board a city bus, hire a taxi or rent a cab from top car rental companies in Kolkata to reach the park.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. One can hire a prepaid taxi or rent a cab to reach the park.
Nearest Metro Station: The nearest metro station to Elliot Park is the Maidan Metro. The park is situated at a distance of 1 km from the station.
Places to visit near Elliot Park Kolkata
1. Victoria Memorial: The large marble edifice of the Victoria Memorial was built between 1906 and 1921 in memory of Queen Victoria, the then Empress of British India. Serving as a museum today, a visit to Victoria Memorial is highly recommended to get to know about the history and heritage of colonial Bengal.
2. St. Paul’s Cathedral: Located adjacent to the Birla Planetarium and Victoria Memorial, St. Paul’s Cathedral is famous for its gothic architecture and is a must visit place due to its rich history.
3. Birla Planetarium: Located right opposite of Victoria Memorial, Kolkata takes pride in being home to the first planetarium India ever had. Birla Planetarium is a must visit on a trip to Kolkata which also is an institute of fundamental research engaged in scientific as well as industrial research.
4. Park Street: The hub for shopping and food lovers, Park street is just a few minutes’ walk from Elliot Park. A weekend brunch at Flurry’s is highly recommended here.
5. Mohor Kunja: Less than a kilometer from Elliot Park, Mohor Kunja was earlier known as Citizen’s Park. It is another public park located in the City of Joy, and was renamed as Mohor Kunja after Kanika Bandopadhyay, a famous Bengali singer who was more popularly known by her alias Mohor di.
6. Nehru Children’s Museum: Founded by the National Cultural Association, the Nehru Children’s Museum was built as a homage to Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of free India. There are 4 galleries in the museum namely- Mahabharata, Ramayana, Ganesha and Doll gallery to pique the interests of children.
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