The location of the garden is such that it is at the junction of Anna Salai, which is one of the busiest roads in the city. The gardens are in close proximity to what is referred to as one of Chennai’s posh neighbourhoods, Mylapore – home to many film stars and prominent political figures. It is also a short distance from Chennai’s shopping hub- T. Nagar. Hence one could find a hotel or even a Chennai serviced apartment with ease. The gardens which are located in an area of 20 acres were set up at a cost of 80 million Indian rupees.
Being the only botanical gardens in the city most visitors to Chennai pay a visit to Semmozhi Poonga and provide for a great place to stay. Serviced apartments such Somerset Greenways Chennai are only a short drive away. During the construction of the gardens, there were already 80 trees in existence and in addition, one could find another 500 different varieties of plants within the premises. The trees that were already in existent prior to construction are believed to be over 100 years old, which was one of the reasons for them to be preserved. The garden is home to an array of exotic plants and some rare flora as well as plants with medicinal values and aromatic herbs. Some of the plants here are imported from places such as Thailand and China.
There is also an artificial pond created within the premises as well as a fountain which is quite pleasant to the see when lit up at night. The park remains open from 10.00 am till 8 p.m throughout the week except for Tuesdays and the park also issues special monthly passes for those residents in the area who would like to engage in walking from 6.00 am till 8.00 am. Those staying at nearby hotels could use this facility to squeeze in a workout while on holiday or work.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+