Guindy Park – Snake Park and Children’s Park

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

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

Painted Stork inside Guindy national par
Painted Stork inside National Park at Guindy

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

There is a snake park and a children’s park on the periphery of the 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 about 400 blackbucks and 24 jackals.  There are approximately 150 bird species, 14 mammal species 60 species of butterflies, and the same number of spider species.  There are nine species of amphibians. Endangered species like star tortoise are also found inside the National Park at Guindy.

How Do I Go to Guindy National Park, Chennai?

Park at Guindy can be accessed via 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 are also near the park. Those traveling by Chennai Metro train can get down at Gindy or Saidapet station and take a bus or auto-rickshaw to reach the National Park.

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