Here is the list of the top 10 best parks in Chennai for kids, families and lovers. These parks are the best places for kids’ fun activities and places to hang out with your friends.
1. Guindy National Park
This national park is right in the heart of the city. The park covers 2.82 square kilometers and is home to an impressive number of mammals and insects that are a huge attraction for children. It’s pleasant to see this vast array of biodiversity in the heart of the city.
2. Anna Zoological Park
The Arignar Anna Zoological Park, popularly called Vandalur Zoo, is located in Vandalur, on GST Road on the outskirts of Chennai. Vandalur is about 8 km from Tambaram and about 33 km from Chennai Central Railway Station. This sprawling zoo, which extends over 602 hectares of dry evergreen forest, is a very popular tourist destination.
3. Anna Nagar Tower Park
Anna Nagar, which was once a quiet suburb in Chennai, has become one of the city’s most happening areas and it is here that the popular Anna Nagar Tower Park is located. Also known as Vishwesvaraiya Park, the park extends over an area of over 15 acres. The soaring 12-storey tower in the heart of the park punctuates the skyline and gives the park its popular name.
4. Semmozhi Poonga
Semmozhi Poonga is a Beautiful Botanical Garden located in the heart of Chennai which is set up by the Horticulture Department of Tamil Nadu. It is a great calm place for anyone from kids to elders to have a day’s picnic.
5. Chetpet Eco Park
Chetpet Lake (Chethupattu Aeri) is a lake spread over 15 acres in Chetpet. It is located to the north of Chetpet railway station. It is the only existing lake at the centre of the city. The lake belongs to the Department of Fisheries of the Tamil Nadu government.
6. Tholkappia Poonga or Adyar Eco Park
Adyar Poonga also called Tholkappia Poonga is an ecological park in Chennai established by the Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation (TNRDC) and the Government of Tamil Nadu in a joint venture. This is an admirable venture at a time when most cities are falling prey to rampant urbanization. Here we have this ecological hotbed within the city, conceptualized with the objective of restoring and maintaining the fragile eco-system of Adyar.
7. Jeeva Park
Jeeva Park, located on the GN Getty Road, is a haven for joggers and morning walkers. Given the popularity of this park among the joggers, there’s also an active walker’s association based out of the park.
During the daytime, Jeeva Park is a favorite hangout for youngsters. There are plenty of places of interests near Jeeva Park like Kalikambal Temple, Sri Parthdarthy Temple, Anna Centenary Library, Crocodile Band and San Thome Church. So after visiting the park, you can head to any of these places.
8. Natesan park
Natesan Park is a park in T.Nagar. It is located on Venkatanarayana Road. The park covers an area of 4 acres (1.6 hectares) and was opened to the public on 13 September 1950 by the then Minister of Agriculture, A. B. Shetty. It is the only park maintained by the Chennai Corporation that has a separate tennis court for coaching children. There is also a plant propagation centre and play zone for children. It is a popular spot for morning walks for local residents.
9. Sivan Park
Sivan Park is a nice little park in KK Nagar that has a surprisingly strong green cover. Nizhal is an organization that works for increasing awareness about the need to preserve and grow trees/plants (especially in urban areas). With support from active volunteers, they execute direct planting initiatives and do much more to promote tree culture and regenerate bio-diversity in our urban centres.
10. Secretariat Park
Secretariat Park is an urban park in Chennai. The park is located opposite the Secretariat at Fort St. George on Rajaji Salai, near Chennai Port.