03.03.2015 - 03.03.2015 30 °C
What do you get when you cross a water park with India? I have to say, it is an interesting combination.
There are all the first world things you would expect from a well advertised attraction in a big city: water slides, rides, two wave pools, a fuzzy animal mascot, and a dwarf in costume greeting you at the door. It cost us $40 for all of us for admission and as there were no lines we were happy to have not sprung for the express pass. The food was also economical and tasty; the five of us ate fried rice for about $8 at lunch.
Signs you don't see at home.
The big differences are what the people do and wear. First, there is strict sex segregation in the pools and many of the activities. The wave pools have a 1m buffer area between the gents and "the women and kids" kids sections. Despite being a weekday, the gents area of the wave pool was packed with of rowdy early 20s men throwing each other around, getting whistled at constantly by the lifeguards. The ladies section was much smaller and sparsely populated with school girls. "Rain Disco" (water pouring from the ceiling and a low budget light show set to thumping Indian music) was similarly sex segregated. The men's side was stuffed with over 100 Indian men dancing and gyrating wildly; the women's had exactly three women (two of which were the only other westerners in the park). A necessary eight foot chain link fence separated the two sides and in mid afternoon several security guards were on hand making sure everyone was behaving properly. I can only imagine what it would be like if you added alcohol to the mix.
Taro with a few rowdy men.
As far as attire goes, well, it's India and conservative is the word. You might think conservative at a water park means no banana hammocks for the men and a one piece for women. You would be wrong. Audrey brought a swim shirt and some yoga shorts to wear in the pool over her bikini. Had she actually changed into this she would have been woefully underdressed. The girls (there were few women swimming) were all fully clothed often in saris and pants. There was a large group of teenage girls there all wearing their full school uniforms going on the slides and bobbing in the wave pool. Even the men were more or less completely covered and most wore their clothes and one guy even had dress pants, a dress shirt and leather belt on as he walked away from a water slide.
Make sure there is no skin showing!
Overall, those of us that went swimming did have a lovely day. And I have to say, I was happy to see the flight attendants sporting shirt skirts on the way to Malaysia; now Audrey will be at least able to go in the pool!