If you are interested in taking a closer look at the fast disappearing natural opulence of the country, then head towards the popular Guindy National Park in Chennai. This 8th smallest national park of the sub-continent ranks high on the list of the national parks located within the limits of the city.
The National Park was named after Guindy Lodge –the original name of Raj Bhavan, on the grounds of which it stands today. The Guindy National Park boasts of a thriving habitat of spotted deer, snails, blackbucks, jackals, tortoises and a host of birds, animals and insects.
Ironically, this park was a part of the game reserve—dating back to the times of the British rule and boasts of few tropical dry areas and evergreen forests that contributed to the making of the Coromandel Coast. It is indeed unfortunate that the floral biodiversity of Guindy National Park as well as its thorn forests and dry evergreens are becoming endangered and are slowly getting lost into oblivion. Its resident blackbucks and several other species are decreasing in numbers—giving rise to in-situ and ex-situ conservation measures. The Guindy National Park is definitely a positive step in the direction of conservation of wildlife and the natural heritage of the region.
While touring the park, remember to visit its Snake Park, where you can look forward to getting a closer look at a python, King Cobra or a range of other snakes. And yes, there is a Children's Park too; where you can greet a Tyrannosaurus along with many other crocodiles, animals and other reptiles. The Guindy National Park also has an area that is designated as “protected” and can be reached only in the company of an authorized forest ranger—are you ready?
|Entry Fee For Adults||Rs 15/-|
|Entry Fee For Child||Rs 10/-|
|Video Camera Charges||Rs 150/-|
|Timings||All days of the week 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM except Tuesday|
|Visit Duration||2 to 3 hours|
|Vehicle fee|| Car : Rs 15/-|