Guindy National Park, a protected area of Tamil Nadu is the 8th smallest National Parks of India and one of the very few set within a periphery of the city. Sprawl over an area of 505 hectares of land the park is home to 400 blackbucks, 2000 spotted deer, 24 jackals and numerous varieties of snakes, geckos, tortoise with separate aviary. It is an inspiring bounty of nature as thick forest interprets the eco system to balance the process of conservation and breeding of wildlife habitats.
The park has a tropical dissymmetric climate as vegetation of the forest is dominated by rare tropical dry evergreen scrub and thorn forest. The annual temperature does not exceed more than 32.9 degree centigrade with the lowest being 24.3 degree Celsius. The average rainfall measures 1215 mm and it ranges between 522 to 2135 mm. The season of summer determines the peculiar vegetation of the Coromandel circular coast and between June and December it calls for wet season and dry season coming up during January till March.
It is home to dry deciduous scrub and thorn forest beside that there are grasslands and water bodies with over 350 vivid species of plants which includes shrubs, climbers, herbs and grasses over 24 varieties of tree. The flora of the forest provides shelter for 150 species of birds and about 1/6th of the area covered with grassland is open for blackbucks.
Acting as a centre of preservation it has around 14 species of mammals including blackbuck, jackal, spotted deer, hyena, common mongoose, black naped hare etc. Blackbuck a near threatened species is a primary attraction and it was introduced by Lord Willingdon in 1924. The park has over 150 species of birds including grey partridge, crow pheasant, parrot, quail, paradise flycatcher, black-winged kite, honey buzzard, pariah kite, golden-backed woodpecker, yellow-wattled lapwing, red-wattled lapwing, blue-faced malkoha, shrikes, Asian koel, etc.
Amphibians of 9 spices, reptiles including aw-scaled viper and the fan-throated lizard, some species tortoise and turtles are also seen around the park. Beside that it is home to 60 species of spiders and 60 species of butterflies.
Guindy Snake Park and Children’s Park
Guindy Snake park is place to come for ornithologist as it has king cobra, pythons, vipers and other reptiles beside that 20 acres of children’s park is a place where you child is going to love the space it has to offer.
Things to do
Bird Watching: we understand, people have keen interest i knowing behaviour of birds, so it presents you 150 species in dense jungle which is ideal for bird watching.
Photography: it is restricted in many important area but still wildlife photographers and travellers would be allowed to click some within the premises of National Park.
The Guindy National Park has new interpretation centre where you could get details regarding biodiversity and conservation. The area is restricted and you are allowed to enter the core area only in presence of forest ranger from the forest department. Travellers are advice not to get close to danger area and should follow instruction every time. They are expected to appreciate and acknowledge the environment by keeping it pollution free and noise free.
Visiting hours of Guindy National Park
9 am to 5.30 pm and children park 9 am till 6 pm, open all days except on Tuesdays and declared holidays.
Adult RS 20, RS 10 for children, for camera RS 20 and Video Camera RS 100
Kasturba Nagar MRTS station is a nearest junction which is less than a kilometre and Chennai International airport is at a distance of around 8 km from the Park.