I have a lot of nostalgic memories associated with the Anna Nagar Tower Park, in Anna Nagar, Chennai. This is also called Visveswaraya Tower. I have been to this park many times (right from a very young age till now) and I have always found it refreshing and interesting! The Anna Nagar Tower is near Anna Nagar Roundtana (Actually, Round Turn Over changed in to that easily pronounceable word 🙂 & Ayyappan Temple).
Timings: 5:30 AM to 10:30 AM ; 4 PM to 7 PM
I have never seen the water fountain (in the above picture) with water in the recent years! Actually, this is the first time, I am seeing the park after renovation. But when I was very young (maybe 10 years or even younger), the fountain and the area around it had water and even fishes. There were some big fishes there, and as a kid I was thrilled to see them.
It seems, this (above) tower was built in 1968 for World Trade Fair exhibition. It seems back then, this area was unknown to people. But due to the fast development of the city, now Anna Nagar is a prime area. It was actually built around this park.
As you can see, there is a spiral way (no steps – just plain) to walk up to the top of the tower. I have climbed this one, many times and the view from above is awesome. You can see a large part of the city from there. There was a lift in the center of this tower, that used to take people (who cannot climb) up. But I have never seen people use the lift, but I have heard it was operational in the olden days. I wonder why they are not allowing us to go up (climb the Tower) in the recent times, including today.
The idea of putting a green light around well maintained lawn grass is cool! I have seen this place without any fancy grass – Even then it had its own charm! The tower is very green – with a lot of trees and plants. There is lot to play for the kids – this park is almost made for kids. There were small A, B, C, D character look-alike ladders which the kids could climb and play, back then – it seems I was so afraid to climb them. But now, they are gone and lot of new things have come in.
The roller skating for kids (with instructor), which you can see above is there from the last few years. But the seating arrangement around it, has been constructed during the most recent renovation. There is also a kind of an amphitheater here, where some songs were being played, and kids were dancing. It seems, this is one of the spots in Chennai where artists perform (dance, drama, etc) for Chennai Sangamam festival held during Pongal in January.
I must say, the renovation has been done pretty well with granite/marble stones, lighting effects and all. I had been to this very spot with my friends before a couple of years when they were renovating it – good place to sit and talk for sometime. It has come out rather well!
They have now installed a huge water fountain in this small lake. Earlier, there was boating in this place. There were two boats, and I remember going in one. But for many years afterwards, there was no water! Good to see the water back, and a fountain here. It would be better if boating could be re-introduced. There is no boating spot within Chennai.
There are two entrances to this park. One of them is near the Ayyappan temple on the other side and the other is from the road just behind this fountain. I used to walk on this road daily for one year (to go back home from school), when I was in studying in Sixth Standard. I wanted to go inside the park sometimes, but never did – I had to go back home on time and I was too disciplined to roam around. What I will not give, to go back to those times 🙂
You can read about the History of Annanagar Tower Park from here.
A small video/slide-show of Anna Nagar Tower park: