Guindy is one of the important neighborhoods of Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India. It is in the southwestern part of the city. It is the entry point or the gateway to Chennai city from the southern parts of Tamil Nadu and the southwestern suburbs of Chennai. The Kathipara junction where Anna Salai, Mount-Poonamallee Road, Inner Ring Road, 100 Feet Road or Jawaharlal Nehru Road, and GST Road meet here. It is one of the important nodal points of road traffic in the metropolitan area. This junction serves as the entry point to the city limits from the suburbs. It is surrounded by Saidapet in the north, Kotturpuram and Adyar towards the east, Velachery in the south and Adambakkam and St. Thomas Mount in the west. Guindy is home to many important landmarks in the city, the most famous amongst them being the Guindy National Park — the only National Park in the country within city limits. It also serves as a main hub for several small and medium scale industries (Guindy Thiru Vi Ka Estate). Transportation to/ from the neighborhood is catered by Guindy railway station and Guindy metro station.
Government House and Guindy under the British Raj
The governor lived in Government House, Fort St George, a palatial residence with numerous servants, and had an official Daimler car at his disposal. There was a head butler called Muniswami, who ruled with a rod of iron. For the governor’s ceremonial use, there was a glittering coach with prancing horses, accompanied by a bodyguard of Indian troopers with red uniforms, glittering steel accoutrements and pennoned lances.
There was also Guindy, a spacious and elegant country home on the outskirts of Madras, surrounded by an extensive park. Nearby were a golf course, hockey pitches, riding stables and the Guindy Horse Racing Track. From May to October each year during the hot season, the Madras Government and its officials, the governor and his family went to Government House in the hill station of Ooty or Ootacamund in the Nilgiri Hills.
Location in context
Guindy is in Tamil Nadu.
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