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
39.95% 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
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Guindy National Park, Chennai Reviews
Guindy National park is located within the busy city limits of Chennai. It is very well connected by local city buses and train. It is a small sized park. Few animals which we spotted there are black bucks, jackals, tortoises, deer and few birds. There is a separate section dedicated to snakes. The park is lush green, offers fresh air and a feeling of being amidst nature within the busy city of Chennai.
Visitors are only allowed to the snake park and children's park. Good for kids, and to sped one evening. Calm and quite place within in the heart of city. If you are planning to visit the core areas of the reserved forest, do get proper information from the forest department and start early as possible. Charges for snake park and children's park is 20 each. THEY WILL CHARGE 20 RS FOR YOUR CAMERA MOBILE, BEWARE!!
Best place for spending your weekend with family. Children will be able to see many creatures of this world. Especially the snake park has a special mention, Where you can see can more than 30 varieties from all around the world. And the deer park where you can see spotted deer moving around you. Children playing amenities are also available inside the park.
Guindy national park is a very proclaimed national park in Chennai...the most interesting part of this park is that this place is situated in middle of the city...the first time I visited this place I was pretty amazed at the sight.tgis place is very good for sight seeing and for relaxation with the animals and the surrounding... actually I am not from Chennai I am from Assam but my personal experience was pretty good enough and one thing I would say that this place is not so big as compared to other national park in the city or other cities.. overall it's quite good I would say
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