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The Huddleston Gardens of Theosophical Society

Adyar, Chennai (Madras) +91-44-24912815, India
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Type: Gardens
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A tranquil walk in the Huddleston Gardens of the Theosophical Society of India might be needed after grappling with the city din of Chennai. The... more » Owner description: A tranquil walk in the Huddleston Gardens of the Theosophical Society of India might be needed after grappling with the city din of Chennai. The Theosophical Society is spread over 260 acres but you can certainly cover the garden, which is home to migratory birds, fruit bats, snakes, jackals, wild cats, mongooses, hares and a variety of spiders. A 450-year-old banyan tree resides in the garden with aerial roots covering 60,000 square meters. « less
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This garden is big and we didn't see it all - it gets warm quickly for Europeans in Chennai in June, even in the early morning. We were there as soon as the garden opens, 8:30, and walked to the big Banyan tree, and around it. There are so many plants to be admired, birds to be seen, butterflies to... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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94 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I have visited this place twice, the historical big banyan tree was good to see, many foreigners visits the place often, but the accommodation provided was very poor. It's a good place for a long back. Not much impressive.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Not much to see in this garden/park. Big. Good to breath some fresher air. Very interesting book shop at the entrance.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Good only if u like trees...chck timing before you go its two hrs in mrng and in the afternoon 2-4 p.m

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Chennai, India
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

I live in Adyar, Chennai and would have crossed this place a hundred times. I have been inside the place only once. There is this big banyan tree inside the campus. I hear that it is old and biggest in Asia. There are some funny looking trees, which have huge trunks and shredded heads. The place looks mysterious and spooky... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

you should visit must both chennaittes and non-chennaittaine.. best green places of the city.. a big secret.. of the city.. the flora and fauna is amazing..

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New Delhi, India
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

These gardens are extremely peaceful, and that is a great thing in Chennai! The plants, especially the banyan trees, are breathtaking and if you walk a little bit off the beaten tracks you will end up finding wonderful surprises. The whole garden is very well maintained and yet wild enough for you to find plants and small animals you would... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

If you are either a Chennaiate or a visitor to this city, you can't afford to miss a walk along the Huddleston gardens of Theosophical Society. It is a semi-forest and a semi-garden located at the heart of Adyar along the banks of the Adayar river. The rich flora of this forest is a treat to eyes. The singing birds... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

This poorly maintained garden is nothing but a small forest with replicas of several religious prey houses. The library in the forest is off limits to tourists and the building it resides in is anything but impressive. The only somehow interesting thing in here is what is supposed to be the world largest tree - a Banyan tree, which is... More

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Krakow, Poland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Since 1882 its International Headquarters (often referred to as 'Adyar') has been located in Adyar, Chennai (formerly Madras), India. J. Krishnamurti, had this to say about that unique centre: 'It is essential for the individual member and for the Society that Adyar, as a great spiritual center, should be maintained worthy and dignified. The importance of this is so obvious... More

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