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, Nature
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.
- 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.
- INR 20 per Adult; INR 5 per child; INR 20 per still camera; INR 100 per video camera.
- Train to Chennai Egmore, which is 8 kms away.
- Be sure to ask local travelers or the bus conductor for more specific details.
- 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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39.77% of people who visit Chennai include Guindy National Park in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
34.87% of people start their Guindy National Park visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Guindy National Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Guindy National Park
nice place for children. nice park with lot of trees and animals like deer’s, wolf. We can see birds and butterflies. Main attraction is White peacock and Indian peacock. nice place for picnic for families and friends with kids. dedicated area for dining. Big slide for children more fun.
Very good place in the middle of the city. Good place to walk around in the morning with the family. Lots of place to walk around and kids can enjoy. Calm and quite place. You can bring food from outside and have. There is zoo also inside the park which have animals.
Awesome park in the heart of the city. Guindy children's park. One shot place with bunch of children play equipments and abundant of flora and fauna.. Kids will love the environment and will attract them with the animals and birds have in it. Instead of spending the weekdays inside home ,just come out and explore and enjoy the place. Ticket costs: Adults:20₹ Kids(below12): 5₹ Outside food is allowed and even inside they are having restroom facilities and drinking water facilities
Good national park in the middle of Chennai city. This park has children play area and it also has good collection of deers, birds, jackals and other animals. This place is like a mini zoo where you can relax your time walking around the national park. Large car parking also available here for Rs 20. National park - Entry fee for adults is Rs 20 and entry fee for kids is Rs 5. Also, Rs 20 has to be paid for each camera or mobile phone.
Great Place to spend with family and friends , very economical, you can bring your own food and have a great picnic. Educational as children can see and learn about the deers, birds, monkeys and turtles. But very badly maintained toilets it will be very hard for women to use these toilets. And we should bring our own water as there are no shops to buy them inside the park . But we can buy it from the shops outside. I pray that the government take some action regarding building new toilet facility inside the park.