Adyar Park/Tholkappiya Poonga is an excellent escapade from the concrete jungle to a natural jungle, right within Chennai city. Main gate is on Greenways road, nearer to Adyar/Elphinstone bridge. Visitors need to assemble at 2:30 P.M on Tuesdays or Thursdays and a batch of 20 people will be taken on a guided tour. You need to pre-book their tickets from the park website after checking availability. Entry ticket: Rs. 20/-, Car parking: Rs. 20/-, Camera: Rs. 50/-.
This park has been constructed over 50-acres after clearing a waste dump that used to exist here, as per high court order. They are expanding the park to another 300-acres, shortly. It seems a team from Auroville near Pondy was the consultant for this project and they also executed it. Now the Govt. is trying to clean up the major rivers within Chennai – Adyar river and Cooum river — let’s hope this will be completed soon and people will maintain it properly in the future. The city needs water bodies and greenery badly!
What you can find at Adyar/Tholkappiya Poonga: Lot of plants, trees, flowers, birds, butterflies, insects, reptiles, statues, artwork, huts, etc. There is a pathway to walk around the park and I loved visiting this calm and serene place. I am sure you will too. Here are some photos I took during a recent Butterfly walk in Adyar Poonga/Tholkappiya park. (Click the link to see the butterflies.)