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Semmozhi Poonga, Chennai (Madras)

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Semmozhi Poonga is a botanical garden in Chennai set up by the horticulture department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The garden was opened on 24 November 2010 by then chief Minister Dr.M. Karunanidhi and is the first botanical garden in the city. The garden is located in the Cathedral Road–Anna Salai junction, opposite the American Consulate, on the erstwhile Drive-in Woodlands Hotel. Encompassing an area of 20 acres, it was built at a cost of 80 million. More than 500 species of plants are being grown in the area, in addition to the 80 trees that was already in existence during the development of the park, some of them being more than 100 years old. The garden houses some of the popular exotic flora and rare plant species, medicinal and aromatic herbs. Many of the exotic plants are imported from countries like China and Thailand, including a plethora of bonsai varieties of ficus microcarpa and ficus ginseng.
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  • Well maintained park after the vardha Strom too. Decent entry rates and parking available with affordable price 15rs per 2wheeler .It's located in catheral road heart of the city and welll cleaned and...  more »
  • It was great Visiting this place. I felt like its not an AWEsome place, but a very good place to refresh one's mind. but beware of young lovers behind the bushes and the corners ;) :P One thing i felt...  more »
  • This seemozhi poonga located right in the heart for the Chennai city is a lung to our City. Well maintained with lots of greenery and rare sepcies of trees which are very old is a sight to see and a p...  more »
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  • A good park. Well maintained. Canteen available inside. A shady park. There are seats for sitting. Park looks beautiful too. Many people come down to this place for photoshoots.
  • The place could have been maintained in a better manner. More vision and focus needed. Exotic plants were not there. Car parking charges are too high.
  • Nice place to spend time with family, friends, loved ones... well maintained.. outside food not allowed and small stall available inside... Entry ticket Rs.10 for adults and parking charge is Rs.15 for bikes
  • The place is furnished with natural beauty. You can escape from the crowded chennai once you get into the garden. There are many trees and plants that give very cool and calm experience.
  • Semmozhi Poonga (means "Classical Language Park") is a botanical garden set up by the horticulture department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Beautiful Green Area in the heart of city. Pass holders can visit in the morning time. For visitors entry only after 10 am. Closed on Tuesday