Guindy National Park in Chennai is situated within the city premises, on the ground extension of Raj Bhavan. Guindy National Park is ranked as the 8th smallest National Park of India. Spread over 2.82 sq km of tropical dry evergreen forest along the Coromandel Coast, Guindy National Park was declared a forest reserve in 1810 and as National Park in 1978.
Guindy National Park is the natural habitat of a wide range of plants and animals, which is typical of north-eastern Tamil Nadu. The tropical dry evergreen scrub and thorn forests of Guindy National Park have earned it the name 'the green lungs of Chennai'.
Guindy National Park is home to more than 350 plant species, 150 species of birds, 14 species of mammals and many species of amphibians and reptiles. It is also estimated that Guindy National Park is home to more than 60 species of spiders and butterflies.
About one-sixth of the park has been preserved as grasslands for blackbuck and spotted deer. Some other species of mammals commonly spotted at Guindy National Park are jackal, small Indian civet, common palm civet, bonnet macaque, hyena, jackal, pangolin, hedgehog, common mongoose, three-striped palm squirrel, etc.
Grey partridge, quail, paradise fly-catcher, black-winged kite, honey buzzard, stone curlew, blue-faced malkoha, etc. are some of the birds spotted here. Migratory birds like garganeys, pochards, medium egrets, large egrets, night herons, pond herons, open-billed storks, etc. visit Guindy National Park every fall.
Rare and endangered species of tortoises, turtles, lizards and chameleons are also found at Guindy National Park.
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What travellers are saying about Guindy National Park
I visited the Children's Park at Guindy National Park. There is a Rs. 20 entry fee and a Rs. 20 camera fee. It is spread over 2. 5 acres and houses a variety of animals along with a children's playing area. I specially liked the birds area ostriches, peacocks, deer and aquarium.
It is very huge park with all the varieties of animals, choose a cloudy day, as it is difficult to roam around on a sunny day particularly when you have small children with you but very good park for small children.
It is located in Main Chennai City but it is not much as expected from name. When I went to national park felt very cool, went with my friends, there are many things to see. Many greenery in park and I was there for 3 hrs. Food options inside is less but public transportation is frequent. Can go via bus or train, you can go to this place but don't take high expectation.
Not well maintained park, it can be better than this. We can reach this place by local buses. We went to this park with my family. We went to this place with great expectation but it was not up to to our expectation.
Guindy National park is worth a visit for whole family inside the city limits. It is easily accessible by a local bus. It is a small park. One can spot deer, monkey, etc. There is also a snake park inside. Food facility inside is very less. Maintenance can be better by having grass area so that whole family can relax and kids can play.