The visit to the ancient Sri Parthasarathy temple was a very unique and fulfilling experience. The legend associated to the temple gives it an even more mystical shade. It was really a good and
knowledgeable experience to explore the rich cultural and architectural heritage embodied as this famous temple in the city.
The next destination that we headed towards was the Semmozhi Poongi botanical garden in Chennai. It is a very famous tourist attraction located at the heart of the city. Nature enthusiasts from all parts of India as well as abroad visit the park in huge volumes every year to seek refuge from their hectic grey urban lives.
The Seemozhi Park is quite strategically located on the Cathedral Road opposite to the US consulate in Chennai and is easily is accessible from all nook and corners of the city via public
commutes. The garden is very meticulously maintained and the beauty of the natural settings inside its premises never fails to allure tourists. There are a host of flora as well as fauna species
stored by the botanical garden that serves as a source of recreation and rejuvenation for nature lovers.
The plant species that beguiled me the most were the Chinese bonsai which was as old as 45 years. There are many other imported plant varieties as well that offer a pleasant site to visitors. Another import from china is the banyan tree referred as Ficus. The beautiful and ornate orchids imported from Thailand, the huge leaved Vitas Cruciana, Vitus tree that has medicinal properties to drive away mosquitos and the Golden barrel cacti are some of the major attractions of the garden.
Moreover I was really amazed to see the Nephenthes in the botanical garden which sucks insects to derive nutrition from them. Talking about tall trees there are 15 types of bamboo trees in the
botanical garden. The pine trees also add to the charm of Semmozhi Poonga Park.
The timings to visit the area are from 10am to 8pm on all week days except for on Wednesdays when you can also visit the garden for walking amidst the greens between 6am and 8am.