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The Huddleston Gardens of Theosophical Society

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Address: Adyar, Chennai (Madras), India
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2:00 am - 4:00 am
10:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Mon - Sat 2:00 am - 4:00 am
10:00 pm - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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A tranquil walk in the Huddleston Gardens of the Theosophical Society of...

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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Centered around the famous big Banyan tree, there is a variety of trees planted from all over the world and an attempt at displaying different religions and international... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Centered around the famous big Banyan tree, there is a variety of trees planted from all over the world and an attempt at displaying different religions and international collaboration. Seemed a little strangely inaccessible with guards at the front, some areas not permitted and a ban on photography

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CHENNAI,INDIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have always lived close to the society,as we call this wonderful place. I have a walker's pass and have been walking here for decades. I prefer early mornings,timings are fixed and strictly followed. One cannot but admire the diversity of nature. The songs of birds and the pure air and silence is amazing. cell phones are not allowed.

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Ahmedabad, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazingly calm place in the midst of city which is not expected in the noisy streets of Chennai. The old banyan tree gives a nice view. Overall a relaxing experience in Chennai!

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Actually the biggest banyan had died years ago!yet the place has a pristine silence in the midst of a busy city. Take your time and explore the whole place and interact with the locals which will make your experience a lot better!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there in the afternoon (take note of the opening and closing time as they close for lunch and they will not let you in even for a walk in the park) and it was one of the great places that I have been to in Chennai. Its Utopia for me when all religions can exist together in one... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Don't miss this peaceful garden which is full of beautiful trees, among them the famous banyan tree.

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Camden, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

The Theosophical Society gardens are located just south of the Thiru-Vi-Ka bridge on the south bank of the Adyar River, and the entrance is well marked. No entry fee is asked, and cars park 1 km. From the main structures in the gardens. I went there to walk the ground where Dr. Maria Montessori lived and worked for several years;... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We visited this park mainly to see the Banyan Tree which was a interesting sight. It was fenced off from the public so we couldn't touch it which was ok. The park is quite big and we should have checked the opening hours as the first time we went to see it, the park was closed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

The theosophical society also has the banyan tree which is one of the biggest and oldest in India. Nice place to go for a pincic and spend some time there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

A great place to visit and spend a few hours. This is an unsullied, old-world, sprawling campus - sandwiched between Adyar and Eliot's beach. Please check-out the timings and days of the week when visitors are permitted. You park at the gate and walk around the campus - you see old buildings - library, dispensary, theater, etc. A must-visit is... More 

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