December 31, 2010

Hanging Gardens of Chennai - Maadi Poonga

Hanging Gardens, which is called as "Maadi Poonga" is an unknown heritage site located in North Chennai, Tamil Nadu state of India.

Chennai, the erstwhile Madras, is the gateway to South India. This is the capital city of Tamil Nadu state of India. Chennai has a lot of tourist sites including Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. The "Hanging Gardens" which is popularly called as "Maadi Poonga" in Tamil language, the language spoken in Chennai, is one of the heritage sites which remains unknown to the current Chennai public.

Maadi Poonga is located in Royapuram area of North Chennai. The British East India Company which ruled India once after settling down in Madrasapattinam (the current George Town Area which was the original Madras/Chennai), constructed a six km long fortification to protect the residents of Madrasapattinam. The work started in 1770 and ended in 1772 AD. You can still find a road near Central Railway Station of Chennai called Wall Tax Road. The merchants had to pay tax to take the goods inside the fortification in this road and hence the road got the name Wall Tax Road.

In the 19th century AD, when almost the entire India was under the control of British, the British government didn't find the necessity for the fortification, and hence it was brought down. Only a small portion of fortification was not destroyed, which is found as Maadi Poonga today.

It is unfortunate that this park is being mainly used by anti-social elements today.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Maadi Poonga 
Site Type: Heritage site, Park, Garden
Location: Royapuram, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: Heritage site which belongs to British period
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

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