With an estimated 4.5% of green space covering the city of Chennai, parks and lush green spaces can be found on every corner. Among the more than 500 parks and open spaces that can be found in the city.
Popular parks and pictures in Chennai:
Here is a list of the best parks in Chennai.
1. Gandhi National Park:
Chennai’s vast green space is dominated by the 2.71-square-kilometer Guindy National Park. The park is the eighth smallest national park in India and covers beautiful forested areas, bushland, lakes and streams. The park is home to 14 species of mammals, more than 60 species of butterflies and insects, many species of reptiles, and more than 130 species of birds. The park and its prisoners receive more than 700.000 visitors annually.
2. Torcapia Ponga:
Tholkappia Poonga also known as Adyar Eco Park is an ecological park conceived by the Tamil Nadu government and established at the mouth of the Adyar River in Chennai. Tropical lush evergreen forests make up the park’s ecosystem. The park is sheltered by more than 160 species of trees. Named after the famous Tamil scholar Tholkappiar, the park opened to the public on January 22, 2011 for an in-depth study of wetland conservation, ecological restoration and water management.
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3. Anna Zoo:
Anna Zoo is located in Vandaruhr, southwest of Chennai, also known as the Vandalur Zoo. Founded in 1855, the park is the nation’s first public zoo and the largest zoo. The park’s 160 enclosures house many wild and endangered fauna. This zoo aims to promote wildlife conservation by educating the public and fostering an appreciation for wildlife.
4. Secretariat Park:
Located opposite the Secretariat of Fort St. George near the Port of Chennai, Secretariat Park is a classic case of ugly ducklings turning into beautiful swans. Thanks to the Chennai company in 2009, an 18.5-acre wonderland rose from an undeveloped land strewn with trees. The center of the park is adorned with a huge circular fountain and paved walkways. If you need a break or a quiet place to chat, you can do so in the cozy tree courtyard surrounded by 18 granite benches. For yoga lovers, a grand granite plaza was built specifically for practicing meditation. The park is also disabled friendly, with three ramps allowing disabled access to all parts of the park. Two common rooms in the precinct ensure that you don’t have to interrupt your visit to the park.
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5. Anna Nagata Park:
The tallest park in Chennai is Anna Nagar Tower Park, officially known as Dr. Visveswaraya Tower Park. Built in 1968 as part of the World Trade Fair, the park’s biggest feature is a 135-foot tower. The tower consists of 12 floors with a circulation ramp that spirals to the top. You can reach the top of the tower by taking the elevator located in the center. Other features of the park include an amphitheater, badminton court, ice skating rink, children’s playground, bird watching platform and scenic lake. Sadly, however, the park has been closed to the public since 2011 due to suicides.
6. People’s Park:
Chennai People’s Park is one of the oldest recreational parks in the city, built in the 19th century. Completed in 1861, the former glory of the park covers 112 acres, including 12 lakes. Lake Victoria offers fun boating rides. Also located in the park is the Madras Zoo, before it was moved to Vandalur. Once a famous park, it has been reduced to neglect and encroachment.
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7. Semmozhi Poonga:
Semmozhi Poonga, Chennai’s first botanical garden, opened in November 2010. More than 500 species of plants are grown in the garden, as well as some exotic plants and medicinal herbs. Some of the many trees that have existed during the development of the park are over 100 years old. The entire garden is divided into eight sub-gardens, each with its own theme, from a water and rock garden to a fern garden to a golden garden showcasing a variety of shades of golden flowers. The sight of ducks swimming in artificial duck ponds is another magnificent sight to behold.
8. Queensland Amusement Park:
If you’re looking for a bold and exciting outdoor experience, look no further than the Queensland Amusement and Theme Park in Chennai. You can ride the waves in the American wave pool or dive 300 feet from a free fall tower that’s not for the faint of heart. There are also plenty of kid-friendly rides, so you can plan the perfect family outing with plenty of entertainment on site.
9. Nageswara Rao Park:
Located on a 4-acre park in Mylapore, Chennai is a haven for locals and morning runners. A separate children’s play area and badminton court ensure that children and teens can also be entertained. The park also provides venues for musical gatherings and civic forums.