A place to hangout during leisure time

Amusement parks are one of the options preferred by children and youngsters to spend their leisure time, particularly weekends. It might be thrilling to come hurtling down a roller-coaster ride at a rate of 100 km per hour or ride the waves on a jet-ski at breakneck speed, which makes amusement park rides exhilarating. The city houses many such theme parks and each one is unique in its own way.

VGP Golden Beach Resort

Located on the East Coast Road, VGP Golden Beach Resort offers a serene and relaxing atmosphere. A trailblazer in the field of entertainment, it has a charm of its own with cool breeze and beautiful pathways flanked by shady trees amidst green lawns. Some of the rides are super trooper, giant wheel, aero-ship, jumping frog, children's merry-go-round, super jet, break-dance, dragons belly, etc. The spectacular ko-kart, dashing car and water chute comprise the premium rides. Jurassic park and aquarium are some of the other features which are educative and fun-filled.

Queens Land

Queens Land –The Great Amusement Park on Chennai Bangalore Highway near Poonamallee offers rides such as free fall tower (for adults), which goes up to 150-ft. Other rides, such as alpen blitz, roller coaster and cable car, are meant for children and youth.

‘Centrox' is sure to provide a thrilling experience while rotating at the height of 30-ft and at 83-degree angle.

It has a safety lock that protects passengers in case of eventuality. Hanging coaster, pirata ship, crazy horses and oval station are the other attractions.

EVP World

Learning through entertainment is possible at EVP World, on Chennai-Bangalore National Highway in Chembarambakkam.

The entrance of the theme park is based on the work of Italian artist Michael Angelo.

Tora tora, bungee jump, monkey jump, Columbus, capsule, merry-go-down, helicopter, parachute and China train are some of the rides and games that would go well with children.

Giant wheel, another major attraction, is sure to attract all.

A water-based laser and multimedia show is also on cards. At a time, about three thousand people can watch the magic of visuals on a water screen developed by fountains in an open auditorium.

This laser show begins by 6 p.m. The park is open from 10.30 a.m.

Kishkinta

Kishkinta Theme Park, set up in 120 acres of specially landscaped hills and lakes near Tambaram, is another fun destination.

The sensational gravity defying show, ‘Mandira Arai' (rooms of mystery), allows the visitors to experience the impossible spider-act which leaves them spellbound.

Other rides such as dragon coaster, space shuttle, trooper, Arabian Nights, thrillairium, and road train are specially designed to offer the visitors a sense of happiness and enthrallment.

Director of Kishkinta, P.K. Thothadri says that Kishkinta do not want to compromise on the safety of its customers.

The foundation of safety lies in the design, manufacture and maintenance of the rides.

On any given day at Kishkinta, every ride starts with unmanned trials. Once the operator is satisfied with the trials, the operations department is informed that they can let in the visitors.

“We also caution them with safety messages enroute inside the park and keep them away from any dangers during the rides,” he says.

Most of these theme parks in and around Chennai city ensure safety to its visitors by the presence of well-trained lifeguards and by taking other precautionary measures.

However, visitors are suggested to abide by specific rules and regulations for complete safety.

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Arts, Entertainment & EventsMay 14, 2012