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.
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.