After visiting Valluvar Kottam we took our lunch in a best hotel. The vegetarian dishes in TamilNadu have special aroma and flavor. The Chetti Nadu Dishes are very famous here. Though bit spicy it tasted very well. We moved in to the “Semmozhi Poonga” in tamil Poonga means the garden. As the name indicates it is a huge garden.
Semmozhi poonga is a huge landscape beautifully crafted into a botanical garden owned and managed by the horticulture department of Tamil Nadu. The garden has unique type of plants and herbs planted and maintained by the authorities.
Located at the Cathedral road, the park is spreads around 20 acres and was opened to publict on 24 November 2010. It is regarded as the first botanical garden in Chennaicity. The garden has a beautiful flora and fauna to indulge in. Several exotic plants from other countries such as China and Thailand were imported and planted here. The garden houses more than 500 species of plants.
I was surprised to see the bonsai collection in the garden, the artificially constructed pond added beauty to the garden. The duck pond was amazingly constructed and several ducks enjoying the pond.
The garden showcased a mixture of Indian- Buddhist work. Moreover it was segregated into different parks such as “palm court, tree court, golden garden water and rock garden, butterfly garden, fern garden, sunken garden and theme garden.”
Apart from the beautiful trees and plants a plenty of flowers were kept for the tourists, which is indeed a treat to the eyes. The vertical garden just near the arch at the entrance is the uniqueness of the garden. The vertical garden is constructed in the drainage system for easy maintance which adds another feather on the cap of the garden.
The vertical garden is 22 feet long and 14 feet high planted more than 35 species of plants such as “dracena, lilies, ophiopogon, schefflera, phyllodendron and krishnagantha. “ A walk through the mesmerizing park rejuvenated my mind and body. My family also enjoyed the refreshing beauty of the garden and we were tired after a long day of walking and sighseeing. We retired to our hotel room and cherished the beauty of the park.