It was just another day in the calendar to celebrate our most divine celebration, Christmas – the birth of Jesus. Visiting parents and relatives is the most common form of bringing joy to everyone’s life. This time my wife who works in a bank has only one public holiday on 25th December. It made us drop our idea to visit our native place and plan our day to go to the most happening place in Bangalore, WONDERLA – The Amazement Park, on the route to Mysore, India.
WONDERLA is a group of parks and resorts having a presence in Kochi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. It is a part of the big business house of V-Guard Industries, the manufacturers of voltage stabilizers, inverters, wires, cables, heaters, fans and switch gears.
We were a group of 5 members, that is me, my wife, our son, our aunty, and our caretaker. We started the day with a delicious breakfast at one of our friend’s houses in Ulsoor, Bangalore. After wishing them Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, we got into our Alto K10 car to kick start our journey. In the Google map, the destination was given as, Wonderla-Bangalore. It showed around 1 hour and 10 minutes to reach and by then it was around 10 am in the morning.
On the way, we prayed a ‘Mercy Rosary’ for protection and guidance from the Almighty. By 11:30 am we arrived at our favorite destination, the Wonderla. We took our vehicle to the parking lot and saw that the security persons were sincerely noting down the vehicle numbers and mobile numbers in their log books.
Slowly, we walked towards the entrance of the main gate and took a couple of snaps at the ‘I Love Wonderla’ board placed in front of the ticket counter. Then I went straight to the kiosk to take a print out of the tickets which were booked online from their website, www.wonderla.com.
Once we entered inside, we were given some contest coupons for finding the lucky winners of the day. We filled and dropped them in sealed boxes to try our luck. We moved a little further and saw a magnificent train splashing water while sliding down the rail.
Going further there were screams of people coming from above the sky and there we saw a ride rolling over-side and upside-down with the people tightly bound to their seats. It was an awesome sight. Our son was so excited that we wanted him to enjoy the rides. So we made him sit safely in the kid’s ride which was running round and round.
The SPLASH ride was having a long queue and since we did not take the fast-track ticket, we decided to stay in the queue to take the ride. The lifeguards ensured that everyone is seated properly with the belts in place. We got into the ride, slowly the train moved upwards, and in a quick twist the train took pace while sliding downwards and splashed the water on the floor. It drenched us with water and it was a fantastic experience.
Then we moved to the washroom and noticed that the toiletries were so clean and neat. The attendants were really helpful and supportive of the guests. Our son was losing patience, he took out the layout map, showed us the dashing cars zone, and asked us to take him there. We moved to the dashing cars counter and I sat beside him to drive the car. It was a lovely ride and we enjoyed it.
As time was moving ahead, we proceeded one by one to get into the ropeway ride, chikku show, and so on. The musical fountain and laser show in a large auditorium were excellent feelings for us. It was lunchtime and we went to the courtyard restaurant to have some delicious non-veg biryanis, parotta combo, and cold drinks.
After having lunch we walked to the water area having wave pools and slides. The lifeguard was checking the people to inform them that only nylon or synthetic dresses were allowed inside the pools. Me and my wife entered the pool and just after 5 minutes the powerful waves came towards us. It was stress relieving and making our moments joyful. After this, we spent time on the water slides and playing pool. Thinking that we will get cold, we did not spend much time in the pools and changed our wet clothes in the changing rooms.
During the course of the time we kept on taking photos and videos using our smartphones. Interestingly, there were no charges for taking photos and videos.
As our son did not get into the pool, he was insisting we take him on the dry rides. On the other side of the park, there were kids riding and he took the initiative to get a chance to ride on them. Fortunately, he was able to make it to around five kid’s rides and he was enjoying his time in the beautiful park. There was a remote control kid’s car and he took it for one round at Rs. 50. All the rides inside the park are included in the entrance ticket price and only we need to pay for the food.
It was getting dark in the sky and the lights began glowing in the park with full of stars, Christmas trees, and music. My wife likes dosa and we had masala dosa and ghee roast. The price at the restaurants was reasonable. The entrance ticket price also was worth enough to spend one whole day in the park.
There were souvenir stalls available while heading toward the exit. We bought a few Wonderla printed key chains, pens, and a cap. When getting outside, the stewards gave free Santa Claus caps to each guest. Again we took a few more photos and started sharing them with our families, relatives, and friends on WhatsApp groups. They appreciated the photos with likes and thumbs up. While returning in the car we said a small prayer and reached home safely at around 9 pm. Overall it was a great day at WONDERLA on a Christmas day.
I thank God for the precious and memorable time that I spent with my family.
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