National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

Guindy National Park

locationGuindy

Chennai Peeps, Did You Know There's A Lovely National Park To Explore Within City Limits

Anirudh posted on 09 January

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Featured Photo: Vinodh Chandar

Ten-Second Takeaway

There is a gorgeous green getaway right here in the city, and that too with a National park status. A visit to the Guindy National Park is not only a lesson in history, but also a clean, green break away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Parks & Recreation

Guindy National Park is a protected area by the Tamil Nadu government, and offers beautiful forests, scrub lands, lakes and streams. In the 17th century, a portion of this forest was converted into The Guindy Lodge, a residential space now called the Raj Bhawan {residence of the Governor of Tamil Nadu}. The park is home to hundreds of species like blackbucks, spotted deer, jackals and many kinds of birds and insects. The Guindy National Park, although one of the smallest in the country, is also one of the few national parks located within city limits. It falls on the Sardel Patel Road which starts from Adyar, and meets Anna Salai at the Guindy junction. The National Park’s neighbourhoods are equally green with the the Raj Bhawan, and campuses of Anna University and IIT Madras, all within the same precincts. It is interesting to note that the land in which the IIT Madras, the Gandhi, Rajaji & Kamaraj memorials, and the Adyar Cancer Institute stand today was all part of the National Park once upon a time.

 

The Guindy National Park is very popular among school kids, as most of the schools in the south of Chennai take their children to this park at least once a year as a part of their school excursion. The Guindy snake park, a park which also host snake shows, is located right next to the national park as well. There is also a children’s park within the national park complex with a play area of children, and a picnic spot for families and friends.

The national park has most of  its animals in an enclosure, but you could spot deer in the open if you go deeper into the park. Although there is no formal system of a guide and specialised tours, you could easily find your way through the park through ample sign boards and walking paths, and the park staff. Although there are a few eateries inside the park, a picnic in the gardens with food from outside is always an option.

This park has become a much needed green lung of Chennai because of its thick green cover. The entry fee for adults is a mere INR 20, to witness nature at its best. So next time you want to take a break and breath in fresh air within the rather concrete jungle of Chennai, get your squad together, and find a picnic spot right here at the Guindy National Park.

When: Wednesday to Monday, Tuesday closed. 

Where: Guindy National Park, Sardel Patel Road

Timings: 9am – 5.30pm

Price: INR 20

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National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

Guindy National Park

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    Guindy, Chennai

    National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

    Guindy National Park

    locationGuindy