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The Huddleston Gardens of Theosophical Society

Address: Adyar, Chennai (Madras) +91-44-24912815, India
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Fee: No
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...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Fee: No
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 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.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

This venue was hard for me to rate, because it could be a perfect place to wander and absorb the plantings and buildings. However, we felt hounded by the guards who followed us around the gardens - one in particular following by bike with a stick and an aggressive attitude. They refused to allow us access to various paths, though... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

One of the struggles in India as a tourist is to gain access to sites and to take photographs. Like so many places I was initially denied access and then sent to the Director. It does say that there are no more walking permits. Anyway since I was doing some research on old buildings I was allowed to photograph. The... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The Gradens are on the banks of the Adyar River and cover a huge area almost 100 hectare. For the Chennaites it is a coveted place to go for morning and evening walks. The walking access is restricted and one needs to have a walking pass to use the gardens. The fauna and flora here is vast. Home to some... More 

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Chenna
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful area that feels like you're away from the city. So peaceful. A great getaway that costs nothing. But it's very simple, just walking paths and vegetation, for those who might be looking for more than that.

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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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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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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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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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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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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