Chetpet Eco Park: Ideal for Family Outing

Chetpet Eco Park: Ideal for Family Outing

Hello Friends,

On a pleasant Sunday evening when the weather was cloudy and very unlike Chennai, we decided to visit the Chetpet Eco Park inaugurated early this year. The Chetpet Eco Park is a refreshing place with abundant greenery and a large waterbody providing a wonderful place for the entire family to enjoy and relax.

While we go hunting for attractive tourist spots in other cities, in our own neighborhood there exists a huge lake of 15 acres and I am not sure how many of us have discovered this place yet.  It is quite big and spacious with ample multi- level car parking, easily accessible, with fishing and boating options, a 3D multimedia room and long walkaways for walking enthusiasts. While I had read about it, I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy it was to visit as it is bang in the middle of the city (near Ega Theatre) and also the entry fee is Rs.25 allowing everyone to visit the park.

I could see people enjoying a boat ride in the lake, walkers trudging away in the walking tracks, some quietly enjoying a fishing stint, senior citizens strolling slowly and some even wheel chair bound but still enjoying the view and the air. Sudden peels of laughter remind us that there is a children’s play area and small snack counters for a quick drink and short eats. Check this place out as its a simple, affordable and lovely place to hang out with friends and family.

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A 15 acre lake occupies the central portion of the Chetpet Eco Park
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Decorated with birds and animal statues, the eco park looks colourful and attractive
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Children’s play area a big attraction for the kids
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Cleanly maintained eco park with benches for senior citizens to relax
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Large decorations adding allure to the Eco Park
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Neat alcoves for people to sit, relax and enjoy the view
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Angling spots for fishing enthusiasts
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Walls painted in bright colours, adding to the beauty of the park

Address:

814, EVR Rd, Opposite To KMC, Kilpauk, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600010

Timings:

  • Monday: 10AM–7PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10AM–7PM
  • Thursday: 10AM–7PM
  • Friday: 10AM–7PM
  • Saturday: 10AM–7PM
  • Sunday: 10AM–7PM

 Useful Information (Source: Wikipedia)

 Walking track is opened from 4:30 AM to 8:30 AM and from 5 PM to 7 PM. Registration cost is Rs. 200 per month and Rs. 2000 per year.

  • Park is open between 9 AM to 6 PM with entry fee of Rs. 25 for Adult and Rs. 10 for Children.
  • 30 Minute boat ride costs Rs. 50 for Adult and Rs. 25 for Children. Park stays closed on Tuesdays.
  • Angling is priced at Rs. 300 and if we need to take the fish we catch it will cost another Rs. 300.

 Useful Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chetput_aeri

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/a-new-hangout-chetpet-lake/article8291002.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/ecopark-at-chetpet-lake-nears-completion/article8066517.ece

 Cheers

Bhuvana Rajaram

bhuvanarajaram9@gmail.com

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