Guindy National Park, Snake Park and Children’s Park

Guindy National Park is one of the smallest National Parks in India. Guindy park has an area of just 2.70 square kilometers. Guindy National park is the 8th smallest national park in India.

It is situated in the heart of Chennai city, Tamilnadu state, India.   Guindy National park is located  next to Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the governor of the state of Tamilnadu.

Painted Stork inside Guindy national par
Painted Stork inside Guindy national park.

Guindy National Park  extends into the Raj Bhavan compound also. The park consists of  forests, scrub lands, lakes, streams, etc.

There is a snake park and children’s park on the periphery of Guindy National park, Chennai. A fossilized tree specimen, estimated to be about 20 million years old is there in the Children’s park. It is a much sought after destination for the school children of Chennai. Snake Park and Children’s park has separate entry gates with separate entry fee to be paid.

This national park at Gundy has a sizable population of Spotted Deer numbering around 2,000. The park also has around 400 black-bucks  and 24 jackals.  There are around 150 bird species, 14 mammal species and 60 species of butterflies and same number of spider species.  There are 9 species of amphibians. Endangered species like star tortoise is also found inside the National park at Guindy.

How Do I Go to Guindy National Park, Chennai?

Guindy National Park’s entry gate is situated on the Sardar Patel Road next to the Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai. It is also close to  Anna University and I.I.T. Chennai.

Indira Nagar railway station is the nearest railway station to the park, on the MRTS  (Mass Rapid Transport System, an elevated suburban railway network). Gindy or Saidapet stations on the Tambaram – Beach suburban railway line is also close to the park. Those traveling by Chennai Metro train can get down at Gindy or Saidapet stations and take a bus or auto-rickshaw  to reach the National Park.

Mangalore St Aloysius Church and Gokarnatheshwara Temple

Mangalore or Mangaluru is a port city on the Arabian Sea coast in Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka state, India. Majority of coffee and cashew exports from India are through the port here.

St Aloysius Church, Mangalore
St Aloysius Church, Mangalore

St Aloysius Chapel (Church) built in 1884, is a Portuguese chapel situated at Lighthouse Hill in the heart of the city. The chapel’s architecture is comparable to the chapels of Rome. Beautiful paintings adore every inch of the chapel. The church paintings are preserved by a national board of India.

Gokarnatheshwara Temple at Kudroli near Mangaluru is a famous temple here. Kadri Shri Manjunathaswamy Temple, Sri Mangaladevi Temple, Pilikula Biological Park and Zoo, Snake Park, Thannirbavi Tree Park (near Tannirbhavi Beach), Beaches, etc, are some of the other tourist places in Mangaluru.

How Do I Go to Mangalore?

Mangaluru is well connected by road, train and flight to other parts of the country. This town is situated close to the Kerala – Karnataka interstate border.

Mangalore Central (also called Mangaluru Central) is the major railway station here. There is an International Airport near Bajpe at 20 kilometers distance from the heart of the city center.

There are many hotels at Mangalore, offering all modern facilities.