Guindy National Park - Tamil Nadu

Guindy National Park is the eighth smallest national park of the country. It covers an area of only 2.82 km2. The park is amongst the few national parks in Indian that are located within a city.

About the park
The park is located in Chennai, in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is basically an extension of the grounds that encircles the Raj Bhavan, the official dwelling of the Governor of Tamil Nadu. The park was originally a hunting reserve of Gilbert Rodericks, an eminent Britisher. About 22 acres of the park towards the northeast corner has been carved out as Children's Park.

The animals that you can find in this national park are blackbuck, small Indian civet, jackal, bonnet macaque, common palm civet, pangolin, hedgehog, three-striped palm squirrel, and black-napped hare. The reptile species of the park include fan-throated lizard, Indian monitor lizard, star tortoise, chameleons, geckos and saw-scaled viper.

Avian fauna
Crow pheasant, paradise fly-catcher, pariah kite, Honey Buzzard, golden-backed Woodpecker, koel, robin, stone curlew, parakeet, blue-faced malkoha, red & yellow-wattled lapwing, drongo, etc. are important bird species of the park

Thorn forest and dry evergreen scrub are important forest covers of Guindy National Park. The prominent trees of the park include Atlantia monophylla, Sugar-apple, Neem and Wood-apple.

Reaching there
Kasturibai Nagar MRTS station is the closest railway station. Guindy station is about 1 km away and Chennai Central Railway station is almost 12 km away. The nearest airport is Chennai airport which is about is 8 km away. The park is well connected with Chennai through regular state and private bus services.

Tourist information
Timing: 9.00 am to 5.30 p.m.
Holiday: Tuesdays and other national holidays.
Address: DMS Compound, IV Floor, 259, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu- 600006 or Wildlife Warden 50 IV Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai 600020
Phone no: +91-44-24321471

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