Guindy National ParkCurrently Closed
- Address: 259, Anna Salai, DMS Compound, IV Floor, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India- 600006
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details
- Phone: 044-22301328
- Ticket Price: 20 INR
- Tags: Forest, Geological Formation, National Park, Park, Family And Kids, Nature
Guindy National Park - Review
Right at the heart of the city lays the Guindy National Park, stretching over 1.09 square miles of protected land. This park offers us a glimpse into the remnants of the fast disappearing natural fauna of Chennai. The park holds many unique qualities; it is home to the most rare type of vegetation – tropical, dry, evergreen vegetation, it is one of the smallest national parks in the country and it’s one of the very few parks right in the center of a metro city. It’s most outstanding feature is its role in both in-situ and ex-situ conservation.
There was once a ‘Guindy Lodge’, where the governor of Tamil Nadu resided, the extension of which makes up the park. Deep into the governor’s estate, it transforms into beautiful forest, scrublands and streams. Ironically, Guindy Park was once a game reserve, out of which a garden space was carved out and the remaining land, owned by a British citizen by the name of Gilbert Rodericks, was sold to the government. This land was converted into a forest reserve. Between 1961 and 1977, portions of this land were taken by various governmental departments to build memorials and educational institutions. In 1978, the entire remaining area was declared a national park.
The salient feature of this park is it practices both kinds of fauna conservation – in situ and ex situ. ‘In situ conservation’ means ‘on sight conservation’, where an endangered species is protected in its natural habitat. ‘Ex situ conservation’ means ‘off sight conservation’, where an endangered species is protected by taking out a portion of the species and putting them in a protected area, in order to increase their numbers.
Today, a couple of thousand animals call this place their home, including 400 blackbucks, 24 jackals, 2,000 spotted deer, a variety of reptiles, bird, small fuzzy critters, numerous different species of insects and an immense number of little insects and invertebrates. All these animals live in freedom and have minimal contact with human beings. A Children’s Park, a zoo, was created for ex situ conservation as well as to educate children about animals and the need to conserve and protect them. The animals protected in this zoo are black buck, spotted deer, hyenas, pythons and the cormorants, to name a few.
The plant life that grows here is also rare and attracts botanists from far and wide. Evergreen scrubs and thorn forests provide a lush backdrop as shrubs, creepers and herbs cradle the trees. The trees, such as Sugar Apple and Neem, grow here abundantly, providing shade Stroll around, observe and enjoy the way the plant life and animals co exist peacefully and joyfully. An island of peace, in the heart of a corporate jungle; all nature lovers should visit this small and beautiful park.
Guindy National Park Information
- Look out for chameleons!
- Check out the snake and reptile park.
- Don’t feed the animals junk food, a lot of people do! Not nice.
- Only one eatery is available within the park so eat before going.
Guindy National Park Ticket Prices
- INR 20 per Adult; INR 5 per child; INR 20 per still camera; INR 100 per video camera.
How To reach Guindy National Park by Public Transport
- Train to Chennai Egmore, which is 8 kms away.
- Be sure to ask local travelers or the bus conductor for more specific details.
Restaurants Near Guindy National Park
- Snow ‘s Park (North Indian, Chinese, South Indian/ 600 INR for two)
- Pale Purple (Pub, Chinese, North Indian/ 1000 INR for two)
- The Flying Elephant (North Indian, Chinese, European/ 2500 INR for two)
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Things to Know Before Visiting Guindy National Park
92.79% of people who visit Chennai include Guindy National Park in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
36.37% of people start their Guindy National Park visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Guindy National Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Guindy National Park
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Guindy National Park, Chennai Reviews
Decent national park be in with family and friends. It is a very safe place for kids. There is no entry fee for kids under five years. There are few birds like parrot ostrich, emu etc., and animals like monkey, jackal, dear crocodile etc., Apart from this, there is also a play area for kids with all possible fixtures. The car and two wheeler parking is structured. There is also a wheel chair entrance and wheel chair parking
Its a good entertainment place For all age. You can spend a full afternoon. Worth for your money, time and energy. Kids will enjoy a lot. Children can see all types of animal ( other than lion, tiger like animals). More than that there are lot of playing area for small kids. Safer playing area as they put sand to avoid injuries. Drinking Water facility kept at the entrance but Need to put drinking water vending machines inside the park. Canteen also available in decent price on all foods and snacks.
Central location. Actually, children's park is better than snake park or the animals in children's park. The songs and sea-saws the, along with the atmosphere is better than most parks in Chennai. You get to see nice peacocks. Not to miss if you have kids and perfect spot to spend an evening without burning a hole in your pocket
One of the best places in Chennai to spend a weekend evening with your family, especially if you have young kids. You can spend 2-3 hours of quality time here. It is basically a park with some animals in it. Good place to see 3-4 varieties of deers, peacocks, birds, and some foxes. The place is vast and has lot of free space for relaxing and paved foot paths to walk on. The trees are very natural and are good spots for photo shoots. It also has some rides for young kids to spend some time. Overall, a weekend evening getaway for people in Chennai.
A wonderful place to hang out during weekends. Does not have lot of animals but can be fruitful to kids and elders can spend some wonderful time with kids. The limited animals are well maintained and can also have more animals, birds and reptiles so it can make to visitors enjoy more.