From Stands to Sightseeing: Exploring Around World Cup Cricket Stadiums in India

The wait is finally over. It's time for the ICC World Cup 2023, and all our eyes are on Team India as we look to battle some of the toughest foes in International cricket for the revered ICC world cup.

Oct 13, 2023 19:55 IST
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The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is here! Scroll below to find out local attractions that you can visit around the 10 venues across major cities in India that will host the World Cup this year.

Sure, watching the matches on television is fun, but sitting in the stadium at a close distance from some of the best players and teams in the world battling it out or the ultimate championship is a completely different kind of experience. Visiting a stadium and being a part of the crowd that goes electric when Rohit Sharma hits a 6, Kohli pursues a hefty run chase, or Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah bowl a wicket-taking spell is a next-level experience. There are 10 stadiums in the country where the World Cup will be played. If you're travelling to watch your favourite match in one of the 10 stadiums in the country where the matches are being played, you probably might look forward to doing a little sightseeing. This is why we have curated a list of popular local attractions in each of the cities where the venues are situated.

Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

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The huge stadium named after the former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi is a state-of-the-art facility with a seating capacity of 55000, spread across 16 acres of land.

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Golconda Fort

You can visit the Golconda Fort, an 11th-century historical landmark and a major tourist attraction in Telangana which is located around 21 kilometres from the stadium.

Chowmahalla Palace

Another historical landmark for your Telangana sightseeing itinerary, Chowmahalla Palace was a Nizam palace and was considered as the seat of the Nizam for more than 200 years.


The 1591 monument, Charminar is a must-see while visiting the city. The monument is culturally and historically significant and is a part of the emblem of Telangana. You may also find the busy markets nearby perfect for a local shopping spree.

Ramoji Film City

Take a trip to Ramoji Film City which holds the Guinness world record for the largest film studio complex in the world. Spreading over 1666 acres, the film studio has several sets used for media production and is also a popular tourist and picnic destination

Nehru Zoological Park

Looking for a fun trip with the kids, the Nehru Zoological Park houses over 100 species of birds, animals, and reptiles with the place being open at night as well for visitors to get a sight of the animals that come out during the night.

Birla Science Museum

History enthusiasts should visit the Birla Science Museum. A Planetarium, museum, Science Centre, Art Gallery as well as a Dinosaurium. The space museum inside the complex displays the history of the space program in India and the achievements of ISRO.

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

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You need to be prepared to see plenty of fours and sixes when you visit the M Chinnaswamy stadium, one of the smallest international cricket grounds in the world. Situated in Bangalore, Karnataka, the compact stadium’s seating can accommodate up to 40000 people. The stadium is also solar powered with the majority of the electricity used coming from solar panels. 

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MA chidambaraThe Lalbagh Botanical Garden:

The Lalbagh Botanical Garden boasts a rich history of over 200 years, having been established by the father and son rulers, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore. This beautiful site includes a botanical garden and a bonsai garden. Nestled in its lush green expanse is a serene lake and a watchtower, while it also serves as a habitat for a diverse range of plant species, wild birds, and other wildlife. All of these elements make it a must-visit destination while in Bangalore.

Bengaluru Palace

The 19th-century royal palace is a popular destination for musical concerts. The palace also has an amusement park and water park inside.

Bannerghatta Biological Park

Started as a small picnic spot, Bannerghatta National Park now consists of a zoo, safari park, butterfly park and a rescue centre all of which you can visit within the park. Make sure to catch a glimpse of the famous white tiger while at Bannerghatta.

Iskcon Temple Bangalore

Looking for a spiritual retreat before the match? Head to the Iskcon temple in Bangalore to get in touch with your spiritual or religious side, or maybe just to admire the architecture and the Sri Krishna community. Whatever your purpose, you can’t miss the Sri Krishna Prasadam which is given to devotees after the darshan.

M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

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The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu is India’s second oldest cricket stadium. Built in 1916, on the Chepauk palace grounds, the stadium marks India’s first test victory against England. 5 matches will be played at this venue.

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Santhome Cathedral Church:

Though the Santhome Cathedral Church has been rebuilt and renovated several times in history, the church was first built upon the tomb of Thomas the Apostle by the Portuguese in 1523. In 1896, it was renovated into a Gothic style by British architects. Today, it is a catholic church and a popular attraction for tourists.

Parthaswamy Temple

The temple dedicated to Hindu Deity Vishnu was built in the 8th century by the Pallavas. The temple has several medieval transcriptions.

Government Museum

Tune into the cultural and human history at the government museum. Also known as the Madras Museum, the landmark is located in the neighbourhood of Egmore in Chennai. The building was built in 1851, which makes it one of the oldest museums in the country. Along with many archaeological and numismatic artefacts, and rare and renowned paintings, the museum has the largest collection of Roman antiquities in Asia. Inside the premises of the museum, there is also the national art gallery and the museum theatre.

Marina Beach

Though you can’t swim at this beach because of the legal prohibition on bathing and swimming which was appealed due to the dangers produced by the strong undercurrents, there are plenty of other things to do at the Marina Beach in Chennai. Jogging tracks, an aquarium, a waterfall, two swimming pools, memorials, and statues set the urban beach apart. The beach is 6 km long and the second-longest urban beach in the world. Situated along the Bay of Bengal, it is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in Chennai.

Guindy National Park

Guindy National Park, a protected area of forests and shrublands is home to several flora and fauna species. You can spot blackbucks, deers, jackals, snakes, geckos, tortoises, over 130 species of birds and several insect species at the national park.

Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium, New Delhi

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The 1883 international cricket, formerly named after a nearby local attraction, was renamed after the death of the former finance minister Arun Jaitley. The stadium with a total seating capacity of 55,000 has never faltered in giving both players and fans an enjoyable experience. The ground is supposed to host 5 matches.

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Feroz Shah Kotla Fort

Did you know that Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium was originally known as Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium named after this famous monument? Built in 1864, by Sultan Feroz Shah Kotla, the fort is one of the oldest structures in New Delhi. With rumours and stories of Jinns, you may find the place intriguing and worth watching.

Jantar Mantar

Interested in visiting an astronomical marvel? Jantar Mantar was built by Maharaja Jaisingh, out of a keen interest in astronomy. The place consists of 13 architectural instruments that signify astronomy.

India Gate

Be sure to pay homage to the soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives in World War 1 by visiting India Gate. The monument serves as a memorial to the 84000 soldiers who died in the war between 1914 and 1921. Many names are inscribed on the monument built with Roman-style architecture, to pay tribute to the servicemen.

Red Fort

You can’t miss the 'Lal Qilla' when in Delhi! Constructed in 1639, the Red Fort is known to be the residence of several Mughal Emperors. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

National Zoological Park

Get a glimpse of over 1,350 animal species from almost 130 species including some rare species at the National Zoological Park in New Delhi. You will find it to be a fun place to visit with family and kids. The Zoo was inaugurated in 1959 and is a popular tourist attraction.

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium, Dharamshala

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The HPCA stadium is located on the Dharamshala hill station. It will host 5 matches of the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup. At an altitude of 1,457 metres above sea level and with a seating capacity of 23,000, the stadium is surrounded by the scenic beauty of the Himalayas. 5 matches are scheduled to be played at this scenic venue in the middle of the Himalayas.

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Church of St. John in the Wilderness

Embark on a spiritual journey to the Church of St. John in the Wilderness, dedicated to John the Baptist and constructed in 1852. Remarkably, the church has withstood major earthquakes in the region. It is situated within the Deodar Forest along the route to Mcleod Ganj.

Dalai Lama Temple and Namgyal Monastery

Within Mcleod Ganj, you’ll find the Dalai Lama Temple, one of the most holy places of Tibetan culture and Namgyal Monastery, which is the personal monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama. Both places are significant Tibetan hubs, where you can witness the popular Tibetan rituals and tantric practices. 

Naddi View Point

A fairly easy-to-get viewpoint in Dharamshala that offers a scenic view of the massive Dhauladhar ranges. There are many small cafes and eateries around the spot, for you to sip on a cup of coffee while looking at the magnificent beauty that the Himalayas have to offer.

Kangra Fort

The Kangra Fort is a historical fort in the Kangra district of Dharamshala. You’ll surely find this place very intriguing when you visit. For instance, the origins of the fort remain unknown with the earliest remains from the fort dating to the 9th century. It is also the largest fort in the Himalayas. The site is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Norbulingk Institute

Interested in learning more about Tibetan Culture or perhaps, even taking a 3-year course to learn it? The Norbulingk Institute is a Tibetan Institution that emphasises the importance of Tibetan culture. The Academy of Tibetan Culture which is a part of the institute offers enthusiasts with a 3-year course of higher education in Traditional Tibetan Studies.

Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekam Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

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The stadium in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh was renamed after the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. About 55,000 people can find seats to watch their favourite match here! The stadium has the longest straight boundaries of any cricket stadium in India. The stadium in Lucknow will host 5 matches of the 2023 World Cup.

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Bara Imambara

The Imambaras of Lucknow are beautiful places of heritage in the city. Out of the two Imambaras, namely Bara and Chota Imambaras, You’ll find the Bara Imambara is a tribute to the empathetic history of the region and has a thoughtful and surreal essence to it. The story goes that the Nawab established them as places of generating employment for the deprived and those affected by famine.

Rumi Darwaza

The Rumi Darwaza is the gateway connecting the Imambaras we discussed above. You need to pass through this magnificent sixty-foot-tall piece of Awadhi architecture to reach the Imambaras.

Kukrail Forest Reserve

Looking to go on a short natural retreat while in Lucknow for the match? The Kukrail Forest Reserve is 5000 acres, situated around 9 kilometres away from the city of Lucknow. You’ll spot several Gharials in the rivers here, as the reserve is a recognized site for the breeding and conservation of the Freshwater Gharial species of crocodile. If you visit the place between March and April, you can enjoy bird-watching at its best as the sightings of over 200 species of migrant and local birds are common.

British Residency

Marvel at this place of fine British architecture while in Lucknow. A mansion built during the British rule in India when Lucknow was a part of the princely state of Hyderabad, the mansion of the British Residency exudes luxury and opulence. Over the years the place went through several damages, but after 20 years of effort for restoration were completed in January 2023, you can once again relish the beauty of the place.

7. Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

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The Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium is situated in Gahunje Village in Pune. The stadium has a capacity of 37000 to 40000 seats and features Bermuda grass surface on its ground. With the first international match in 2012, 5 matches are scheduled to be played here.

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Shaniwar Wada

Venture into the Great Seat of the Peshwas by visiting the Shaniwar Wada in Pune. The place had once been the headquarters of the Peshwas in Maharashtra and was therefore made with imperial architecture and lush gardens. A large part of the monument was destroyed in a fire in 1828, and yet what remains is quite enchanting. The beautiful ruins of Shaniwarwada are great for a day trip and some photography. You can also go on a shopping and binge-eating spree as many popular eateries and markets are nearby!

Pataleshwar Caves

Visit the Pataleshwar Caves, which are located on a rocky hill to the west of the Mulla Mutha River. The 8th-century rock-cut Hindu temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva. You will find several Shiva Idols and Mandapas here, made out of rock to worship or admire.

Aga Khan Palace

You can feel the aura of the Indian Freedom Movement when you enter this majestic building which was built by Sultan Aga Khan as an act of charity for the poor in the region. But, the significant essence of this place is when you realize you have walked into a place where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned. The greenery, architecture and significant cultural history make it a great spot for photography and sightseeing.

Sinhagad Fort

You may find that the fort can be difficult to reach due to its tricky location. Located at a high altitude with steep and slippery slopes, the fort was known for its strategic advantages. You can see and hear the inspiring story of Tanaji Malusare, from the guides and on posters on the wall as the fort was named after the Marathi war commander.

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai



The Wankhede stadium in Mumbai is considered the headquarters of the BCCI. The stadium has been the location of many high-profile cricket matches. The 2011 ICC world cup final which India won was played at this stadium. The venue will have 5 world cup matches played here.

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Marine Drive

As the name suggests, the 3-kilometre-long road is built along the coast of the bay which offers you a scenic experience on visiting. You can usually find many families, friends and lovers hanging out and watching the sunset among the waves. If you look at Marine Drive during the night from an elevated platform, the lights make it appear like a pearl necklace.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vaastu Sangrahalaya

You may consider carrying some snacks on your trip to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya as the museum in Mumbai contains over 50,000 exhibits and historical artefacts right from prehistoric times. Along with signifying the history of India, the place also displays our culture as the architecture is a mix of many Indian architectural styles. 

Chowpatty Beach

As you walk (or drive) through Marine Drive, one end of the drive that you will reach is Girgaon Chowpatty Beach. The beach is usually busy during Navratri and Ganpati as many festive processions and events are organised here. Even though the polluted water may make it unsuitable for you to take a swim, you can still enjoy hanging out, watching the waves and possibly taking home a memory by being a part of a cultural event.

Gateway of India

Enter the entrance to the land of diversity! The Gateway of India is a symbolic entrance to India. It was originally built to welcome important government personnel into India. You can take some pictures or hire a photographer for a cheap price near the monument to click your picture along the architectural marvel. Also, you just can’t miss the local chaat, pav bhaji and pani puri.

Flora fountain

Take some nature therapy with a visit to the Flora Fountain. The Flora Fountain is a scenic garden made with ornamental architecture. Take an evening trip, lie down in the grass while you breathe the fresh air and admire the nature surrounding you.

9. Eden Gardens, Kolkata

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The Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata is also known as the home of Indian cricket because it is the first and the oldest cricket stadium in India. With a seating capacity of 68000, the stadium is also the second largest cricket stadium in the country. The stadium has hosted several important cricket events including the 1987 Cricket World Cup final and the 2016 T-20 final. This stadium will host 5 matches of this year's World Cup.

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James Prinsep Ghat

Take long strolls in the illuminated gardens and pathways amidst the beautiful fountains of James Prinsep Ghats and you’re sure to have a memorable experience. Food items and local delicacies at the food stalls are also there to help you meet your cravings! The 1841 monument is situated along the bank of the river Hooghly which makes it possible for you to enjoy boat rides. If you’re a photography enthusiast, you will particularly like this place because of its overall architecture and its Greek and Gothic features.

Jorasanko Thakubari

Ever wonder what the Bengal Renaissance looked like? The Jorasanko Thakurbari, which was the home of the Tagores, renowned in art, will allow you to imagine how the Tagores lived and reflect on their role in the Bengal Renaissance while taking a stroll in the gardens and verandas of this historical house-turned-museum.

Victoria Memorial

This one here is a colossal affair! The largest monument in the world dedicated to a monarch, the Victoria Memorial is a building dedicated to Queen Victoria. You can take a walk in the 64-acre sculpted garden and look at the sculptures, statues and architectural work.

Millennium Park

This public park in Kolkata is full of natural landscapes and fun activities. You’ll find several amusement rides here that you can take part in or you enjoy a relaxed and quiet evening in the grass.

St Paul’s Cathedral

Enjoy the gothic architecture of one of the city's most popular landmarks, St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Indian Museum

This one will take a while to experience! The massive Indian Museum is the oldest and largest museum in India. Admire a rare and diverse collection of antiques, paintings, fossils, mummies and other artefacts in the six sections of the museum that exhibit artefacts that signify art, archaeology, zoology, botany, and geology.

10. Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

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The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat is the largest stadium in the world with a colossal seating capacity of 132000 spectators. Originally known as the Sardar Vallabhai Patel, it was renovated and renamed after the current Prime Minister of India. 5 world cup matches are scheduled to be played at this stadium.

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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial

Originally a palace made by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the place is now a museum, memorial and exhibition centre dedicated to Sardar Patel. You can indulge in the royalty of the architecture while you walk in the imperial gardens and ponds and enjoy the exhibits. Be sure to visit the hydroelectric exhibit that signifies the Narmada Valley project.

The Calico Museum

Celebrate the textile industry and the rich history of the region’s textile by visiting the Calico museum. You’ll keep staring and admiring the textile exhibits when you walk through this museum. The huge textile collection here consists of several textile artefacts used in the Mughal courts.

Sabarmati Ashram

Celebrate the Indian Independence Movement by visiting the Sabarmati Ashram. Located on the banks of the river Sabarmati, the Ashram was one of the residences of Mahatma Gandhi where he spent twelve years and led the historical Dandi March.

Science City

Science City in Ahmedabad is sure to take you on a fun ride. You can enjoy a day of entertainment, learning and leisure while you engage in different activities, like Large Aquatic exhibits, VR activity corners, live demonstrations and exhibits about science, space, and nature.

Teen Darwaza

The Teen Darwaza was built as a gateway to the Bhadra fort. Teen Darwaza is a part of the history and culture of the region. The place is also a part of famous legends and folklore.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your tickets to these places soon and plan your days!


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