Chennai Museum and Parks

Zoological Park

Guindy National Park

Chennai city has its own charm and unique pride of having a national park within city limits. This is the first of its kind in the world as it is situated within the city. Sprawling over hundreds of acres and interspersed with different species of trees, this park is the lung of Chennai. It is also the habitat for some rare endangered species, Spotted Deer, White Buck, Bonnet Monkey and Indian Civet cat. The Avifauna includes King Fisher, Blue Jay Crow Pleasant, Lapwing, Parakeets, Quails and many more. Timings: 9.00 am, to 5.30 p.m. Holiday: Tuesday. Ph 22301328, Entrance Fees : Adult Rs. 2/-, Childrens Rs. 1/- Location: Guindy, Chennai - 600 032, Ph : 22353623

Snake Park

This reptilian showcases a variety of snakes such as the Python, the King cobra, as well as 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. It was founded by Romulus Whittacker. Next to Children’s Park, Adyar, Chennai - 600 020, Timings: 9.00 am, to 5.30 p.m. Holiday: Tuesday. Entrance Fees: Adult Rs. 5/- Children’s Rs. 1/ - Ph : 22353623.

Horse Race Ban

Horse Race makes rich to become richer and poor to become poorer. The Tamil nadu govt. thought it fit to ban the horse race and subsequently a decision was taken in this regard in 1974. To commemorate that historic decision this elegant statue was erected on 16-08.1974,beneath Anna Salai flyover.

Indian Republic Golden Jubilee Pillar

A monument to mark the Golden Jubilee e’ Indian Republic. It was inagurats on 25-01-2001 by the Chief Minister of Tamil nadu Hon. Mr. M. Karunanidi. Pillar is situated at the Marina Beach Road, Near Light house Signal, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004.

The Dream of Mahathma Gandhi

The Nation Remembers In this premises known as ‘Tilak Bhavan’ Mahathma Gandhi spent the restless historic night of 18th March 1919 when the sad’ tidings of the passing of the humiliating Rowlatt Bills enveloped him. Before the day dawned, the idea of all India hartal occurred to Gandhiji in a dream which later blossomed into non-violent non co-operation movement. Referring to this emorable Event - Gandhiji writes: “I was still in that twilight condition between sleep and consciousness when suddenly the idea broke upon me-it was as if in a dream... That we should call , upon the country to observe a general hartal... The whole of India from one end to the other, towns as well as villages observed a complete hartal on that day. It was a most wonderful spectale”. This monument pillar is situated in front of the Chola Sheraton Hotel.

Vellayena Veliyeru Movement

This Movement was built to celebrate the 50th year of ‘Vellaiyane Veliyeru’ (Quit India) Movement. This was inaugurated by the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Ms. J. Jayalalitha on 2-10-1993. Location : Adjacent to Gandhi Mandapam, Adyar, Chennai - 600 020.

MUSEUM

Government Museum: A pre-1789 assemblage by the British, called Pantheon Complex today houses the Government Museum, Connemara Public Library and the National Art Gallery. The museum contains exhibits ranging from contemporary artifacts to prehistorical findings. Sculptures and bronzes of various periods, sections for zoology, anthropology and geology impress every visitor. Buddhist sculptures found in the Amaravathi section depict the events recorded in the life of the Buddha. 486, Pantheon Road, Chcnnai - 8, Timings: 9.00 am to 5.00 p.m. Fee: for Foreigners $ 5, Adult Rs. 15/-, Children’s Rs. 10/-, School Concession Rs. 3/-. Holiday Friday Ph: 28193238, 28193778, Fax: 28193035.

Fort Museum

North of Secretariat is the Fort Museum, which was once the Fort officers’ mess. 4 It was a bank then. This is the forerunner of the Madras Bank, which later merged with the Bombay and Bengal Banks to become the Imperial Bank and is nowknown as the State Bank of India. The long room upstairs was the Public Exchange Hall and the roof built, in 1796, was also the first lighthouse of Chennai. The museum formally opened in 1948 has a fine collection of onginal writings of the men who made Chennai. This museum has an outstanding collection of early coins, silverware, porcelain, uniforms, manuscripts, engravings and aquatints of early Chennai. Timing : 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Friday Holiday. Fee Rs. 5/- for foreigners $ 5. Kamarajar Salai, Fort St. George, Chennai - 9. Ph : 25670276

National Art Gallery

A fine specimen for the Indo -Saracenic style of architecture, this budding is constructed in red sandstone. Not only are the treasures of art works found inside but also the building itself interesting, for it is filled with intricate carvings. Some of the listed artifacts in the national art gallery are 16th to 18th century Mughal paintings, Deccan art of the 17th century and the displays of bronzes from 10th and 13th centuries and handicrafts of various periods. 486, Pantheon Road, Chennai - 600 008,
Timings: 9.30 am to 5.00 p.m. Fee: for Foreigners $ 5, Adult Rs. 15/-, Childrens Rs. 10/-, School Concession Rs. 3/-. Holiday: Friday Ph : 28193238, 28193778, Fax : 28193035.

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