Have you ever wondered how it would look like if a National park is situated in a metro city? It seems quite not possible but actually it is true. Guindy National Park is the eighth smallest National Park of country located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu over an area of just 2.82 km2. It is very rare to have a national park in a city. This protected area of state actually is the extension of grounds surrounding the Raj Bhavan. Raj Bhavan used to be the residence of Governor of Tamil Nadu and known as Guindy Lodge. This park is established in the year 1977 and currently it is governed by forest department of Tamil Nadu. This park has deep forests, diversifies flora and fauna, scrub lands, lakes and streams providing favourable environment to rich fauna living here.
The park plays an important role in conservation of diversified species of animals and in providing home to animals. It houses
Flora of the park includes:
Over 350 species of
24 varieties of trees including
The best thing about this place is that the animals here are protected and safe as the human interference is minimal even though this place is located inside a crowded city. The park attracts really good number of visitors every year. About 22 acres of National park is turned into Children’s Park. It has good collection of animals and birds. Here the main attraction apart from animals is the 20 million years old fossilised tree specimen and a statue of Tyrannosaurus placed at the entrance. The entrance for the Children’s Park is on Sardar Patel Road close to Adyar Cancer Institute. There is a snake park as well here.
The park has Raj Bhavan and IIT- Madras in its vicinity. They support the animal habitat protection. The area receives about 1200mm of rains a year. Here you can find rare tropical dry evergreen scrub and thorn forests. 32.90c is the maximum temperature here while 24.30c is the minimum temperature. There is a lake in the park known as Tangal Eri. The park is protected by a wall of about 9.5 kilometres of length. There are two large water tanks named Kathan Kollai (KK Tank) and Appalam Kolam (AK Tank) apart from two ponds but these ponds gets dry in summer season. Thanks to this park along with green surrounding areas this area is called green lungs of Chennai.
Timings of Snake Park
9.00 am to 5.30 pm every day
Visiting timings of Children’s Park
9.00 am to 6.00 pm every day
Every Tuesday is a holiday.
Nearest railway station
Kasturibai Nagar MRTS station (1 kmaway)
Guindy station (1 km away)
8 km away
50, IV Main Road,
Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai
The Wildlife Warden,
259, Anna Salai, DMS Compound,
IV Floor, Teynampet, Chennai