Best Places to Go Running In Mumbai

Sunset running
Sunset running | © Andrés Nieto Porras/Flickr
Sridevi Nambiar

As cramped as Mumbai is, the city has quite a few great tracks to offer for those looking to run. Whether you are looking for a good run through a lush green park or a breezy jog by the sea face, this collection of the city’s best running spots should have you covered.

1. Marine Drive

1. Marine Drive
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Mumbai’s most famous stretch of road is the perfect location for early morning and late night jogs in good company. Located by the Arabian Sea on South Mumbai’s western coast, this airy promenade promises good views, breezes from the sea and an uninterrupted, almost four-kilometer long running track. The area gets very crowded later in the day, so be warned.

Marine Drive, Mumbai, India

Marine Drive | © Rdglobetrekker /WikiCommons

2. Joggers’ Park

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Among the city’s many jogging parks, Bandra’s well-kept seaside track is perfect for morning and evening running. The park has two separate tracks – a 400-meter long jogging track as well as a path for walking. Lush green and home to plenty of birds, this park is ideal for those seeking a break from the city and its chaos.

3. Juhu Beach

If beach runs are what you are looking for, then the city offers plenty of options. Juhu Beach, Mumbai’s best-known, is a good choice if you are looking to run during early morning or late at night. You will find plenty of company but also be given enough space to focus.

Juhu Beach, Mumbai, India

Juhu beach | © Swaminathan/ Flickr

5. Priyadarshini Park

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If you are seeking a break from concrete in South Mumbai, head for a run through Malabar Hill’s quiet and breezy Priyadarshini Park. Peacefully sprawling by the Arabian Sea and covered with trees, well-kept green lawns and more, this park is among the neighborhood’s best-kept secrets. It has a wide and quite long track for walking, running and jogging.

6. Nirvana Park

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Located within the Hiranandani Gardens in Powai, this well-designed park is ideal for peaceful walks and slow jogging. With creative lanterns, a fish pond accompanied by a wooden bridge and designated spaces for children, this park offers a refreshing, green escape from suburban Mumbai’s chaos.

7. Forest Park

Forest, Park

Covered with dense trees, rocks and mud tracks, this aptly-named park is perfect for city-dwellers missing adventurous jogs through the woods. Part of the Hiranandani Gardens in Powai, this park offers a little bit of forest right in the middle of the city. The park’s mud tracks usually get wet during monsoons, so plan your jog/run accordingly.

8. Shivaji Park

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The city’s most famous park is a popular running destination for many South Mumbaikars. Located in Dadar, this historic park has great political and cultural significance, particularly for having been the training ground for some of the country’s finest cricketers and cricket clubs.
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