Zoological Park

Guindy National Park :

Guindy National Park A pre-1789 assemblage by the British, called Pantheon Guindy National Park, adjacent to the Raj Bhavan, is situated in the Mambalam, Guindy taluk in Chennai. Guindy National Park, The smallest national park in India and one of the few located in a metro. The park is an extension of the grounds surrounding the official residence of the governors of Tamil Nadu. It spreads over an area of 270 hectares of dry evergreen scrub and thorn forests and is the smallest national park in the country. Black buck, chital, jackal, pangolin, elephant, spotted dear, jungle cat, toddy cat and Indian civet are the major wildlife found. The park also shelters varieties of birds such as black winged kite, honey buzzard and pariah kite. A snake park housed within this park supports various snakes, crocodiles and turtles. This is a place where a lots of tourists are getting are attracted. The park organizes Lecture-demonstrations regularly in languages like Tamil, Hindi and English. Though the park itself offers nothing much for a real wildlife enthusiast, the Snake Park is interesting. The park sums up a favourite picnic destination for the entire family especially school going children.Child : Free (Below 5 yrs), Child : Rs 10 (5 to 12 yrs), Adults : Rs 15, Still camera: Rs 25, Video camera: Rs 150, Car Parking : Rs 15 Contact Phone No : 044 - 22301328.

Snake Park :

Guindy Snake ParkGuindy Snake Park, formerly the location of Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, is next to the Guindy National Park. The Snake Park in Chennai gained statutory recognition as a medium zoo from the Central Zoo Authority in 1995. There one can see King Cobra, pythons, vipers and other reptiles including turtles and tortoises. There is also a centre to demonstrate venom extraction and offer interesting information on the nature and the habits of snakes. This is one of the eco friendly and environment friendly biological parks that attract many tourists.It was founded by Romulus Whittacker. Next to Children’s Park, Adyar, Chennai - 600 020, Timings : 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Holiday : Tuesday. Entrance Fees : Adult Rs. 5/- Children Rs. 1/- Ph : 22353623.

Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Arignar Anna Zoological Park Arignar Anna Zoological Park, commonly known as the Vandalur Zoo is a man-made zoological park, situated at Vandalur 32 km away on the outskirts of the Chennai Metropolitan area. Sprawls 1260 acres, it is one of the largest and modern zoos of India, and the biggest in south-east Asia.Founded in 1855, the park was the first public zoo in India established in a limited area near Chennai Central Railway station. And later, it shifted to the southern metropolitan area called Vandalur Reserved Forests. The park was opened to public in the year 1985. Named after renowned Tamil politician, Arignar Anna, it also serves as rescue and rehabilitation center (Rescue Centre -044 22200335) for animals. Reports says that nearly 800,000 people visit this park annually.The forest type of the park is mostly dry, deciduous and dry evergreen scrub type. In some places there are some cashew and Eucalyptus trees. About 138 plant species are found in the area .

Semmozhi Poonga

Semmozhi Poonga-chennai Semmozhi Poonga literally translated to "Classical Language Park", is a botanical garden in Chennai set up by the horticulture department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The garden was opened on 24 November 2010. The garden is located in the Cathedral Road–Anna Salai junction, opposite to the American Consulate, on the erstwhile Drive-in Woodlands Hotel. Encompassing an area of 20 acres, the botanical garden is built at a cost of 80 million. More than 500 species of plants are being grown in the area, in addition to the 80 trees that was already in existence during the development of the park, some of them being more than 100 years old. The garden houses some of the popular exotic flora and rare plant species, medicinal and aromatic herbs. Many of the exotic plants are imported from countries like China and Thailand, including a plethora of bonsai varieties of ficus, microcarpa and ficus ginseng.

History : The area in which the botanical garden stands today was formerly the location of the Woodlands Drive-In restaurant. Early in 1989, the Tamil Nadu Government had set in motion the closure of the restaurant. After almost two decades, the restaurant ended its operation on 12 April 2008, and the land was handed over to the government. The garden has been christened such to commemorate the Classical Tamil Conference, which was held earlier in 2010.

Tholkappia Poonga Or Adayar Eco Park

TholkappiaPoonga-chennai Tholkappia Poonga or Adyar Eco Park (also known as Adyar Poonga) is an ecological park set up by the Government of Tamil Nadu in the Adyar estuary area of Chennai, India. According to the government, the project, conceived based on the master plan for the restoration of the vegetation of the freshwater eco-systems of the Coromandel Coast, especially the fragile eco-system of the Adyar estuary and creek, was expected to cost around Indian Rupee symbol.svg 1,000 million which will include the beautification of 358 acres (1.45 km2) of land. The park's ecosystem consists of tropical dense evergreen forest, predominantly comprising trees and shrubs that have thick dark green foliage throughout the year, with over 160 woody species, and comprises six vegetative elements such as trees, shrubs, lianas, epiphytes, herbs and tuberous species. The park was opened to public by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on 22 January 2011 and named Tholkappia Poonga after the renowned Tamil scholar Tholkappiar.

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