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Old 4th June 2012, 19:54   #31
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guys, what are the scenic places and good drives near chennai (doable over a day or max a weekend?) as of now, folks have told me about pondicherry, the zoo, mahabalipuram , but what else is there ?
Yelagiri.

Nothing great about the place. But nice for a weekend drive.
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Old 4th June 2012, 20:31   #32
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guys, what are the scenic places and good drives near chennai (doable over a day or max a weekend?) as of now, folks have told me about pondicherry, the zoo, mahabalipuram , but what else is there ?
Here is the list

Around chennai

Mahabalipuram , Pondicherry, Karaikal
Vellore & Kanchipuram - Forts and temples
Yelagiri - Hill station
Gingee - Fort & Thiruvannamalai - Temples
Kumbakonam & Tanjore - Temples

In chennai
Marina Beach
Besant Nagar & ECR beaches
Muttukadu boating

Please PM me if you are looking for any specific kind of places. Happy to help
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Old 19th June 2012, 22:35   #33
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Well, this certainly is not a place situated around Chennai but it was a weekend trip and hence putting up the pictures here . Myself along with family went on a temple visit to Kumbakonam last weekend. Took the camera along in the hope of capturing Gopurams of temples but father duty prevented that .

We were put up in a property called the river side resort. Quite a clean and nice place, used to belong to TTDC (still does?) I was told. Anyway, got up sometime around 7 and saw some flowers and birds within the compound and hence took out the camera and fired of some shots. Hope you like them.

Flower (Frangipani??)
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Moon during day time
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Random shot
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Red Vented bulbul
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Whats this?
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Roufus Treepie
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Myna Portrait
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Myna Over my head!!!
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Black Drongo
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Spotted Dove
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Thanks to Aravind Venkatraman (Aravind84) for identifying a couple of birds unknown to me
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Old 21st June 2012, 07:52   #34
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Sorry for being away for sometime now. Ofcourse that did not mean a rest to the lenses.

Next on the list is the Semmozhi poonga. This is one of the few new entrants to the city. thanks to the previous govt for their efforts to convert one of the best drive in restaurants to a botanical park.
This place is located in the heart of chennai and right opposite to the US consulate. Unfortunately, these days they are open for the public only on weekends and that too only in the evenings.

Entry charge is 5 Rs and camera is charged at 10 Rs. It is a good place to try out some of our new equipments in particular.

This time the theme for me was to test my newly acquired 50 mm lens. Let the pictures take over.

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Old 24th June 2012, 15:12   #35
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Had a wonderful field day yesterday Birding @ Siruthavur. Ever sense, i explored this place for the first time i always wanted to go back to this place and explore more of the place. This time it was couple of other friends who joined me . We took a brand new Chevy beat of one of our friend. The drive as always was smooth with very less traffic.
Before moving on with the pictures a quick feel good about the car( Ofcourse we are in Cars cars and cars related forum). Felt the car had good space and leg room and nice dashboard looks. Everything is digital and except for the little turbo lag the car is overall great to drive in city limits.

Now on to the pictures

Red Vented Bulbul
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Dragon Fly
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Green Bee Eater
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Hoope
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Indian Roller Bird
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Kingfishers
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Roufus Tree Pie
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Lapwings
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Has anyone visited Guindy National Park? People get this confused with Guindy Children's Park though the vehicle parking and entrance are the same for both. I did go there few years back and took few photos of blackbucks, spotted deer, a star tortoise, etc. I think one has to take prior permission from the forest department.
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Yelagiri.

Nothing great about the place. But nice for a weekend drive.
Absolutely agree to that, but my excitement about going there was the drive up and down, beautiful roads and lovely curves. Love to do that again and again.

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Here is the list

Around chennai

Mahabalipuram , Pondicherry, Karaikal
Vellore & Kanchipuram - Forts and temples
Yelagiri - Hill station
Gingee - Fort & Thiruvannamalai - Temples
Kumbakonam & Tanjore - Temples

In chennai
Marina Beach
Besant Nagar & ECR beaches
Muttukadu boating

Please PM me if you are looking for any specific kind of places. Happy to help
As you can see from above, it is all temples here in TN, but there are some nice places to explore too.

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Has anyone visited Guindy National Park? People get this confused with Guindy Children's Park though the vehicle parking and entrance are the same for both. I did go there few years back and took few photos of blackbucks, spotted deer, a star tortoise, etc. I think one has to take prior permission from the forest department.
I have been there many times jayguar, I have only seen snake park and children's park, never ever heard of this national park. Are you talking about the lot of shrubbery around this place, including IIT ?
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Has anyone visited Guindy National Park? People get this confused with Guindy Children's Park though the vehicle parking and entrance are the same for both. I did go there few years back and took few photos of blackbucks, spotted deer, a star tortoise, etc. I think one has to take prior permission from the forest department.
I heard that the forest dept does not give any permission these days and hence entry inside the national park is restricted. Kindly let me know if there is any way one can seek permissions.
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I have been there many times jayguar, I have only seen snake park and children's park, never ever heard of this national park. Are you talking about the lot of shrubbery around this place, including IIT ?
It has a separate entrance and I heard walls separate the National Park and IIT.

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I heard that the forest dept does not give any permission these days and hence entry inside the national park is restricted. Kindly let me know if there is any way one can seek permissions.
I went there few years ago and not sure what the situation now is. One of my friends had got the permission at that time. I'll ask him for more details on the permission part. I think as per the rule, a watcher has to accompany the people visiting the National Park. As far as I know, one will not get permission during annual census and special forest department programs.
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Went to the Theosophical society the last weekend. For people interested in going there, you have to take permission from the GM's office before trying to take photograph. They do monitor the same strictly and come for random check ups. Also, they take about a week to provide the permission.

Jungle Babbler
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Flower
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Asian Koel - Female
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Parrot
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Butterfly
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Flame back Woodpecker
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Asian Koel - Male
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Magpie
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Long time since some pics were put up. These shots were taken on the ECR about a month back. The moon shot was taken from the terrace of my home though.

Sunrise on the ECR:

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Bird formation:

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Breakfast for the butterfly:

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Painted Stork in flight:

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Silky Beach:

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Its been a while since we shared some of our weekend activity here. Thought shall do it now since the new season for birding has started and it has indeed yeilding good results.

With the supreme court ban on tourism we were left handicapped. We decided to stick around the city and explore various places where we hear regular birding activity.

Let me start off with some of the recent shots from Annamalaicheri Bird Sanctuary.

Where : Annamalaicheri Bird Sanctuary
Near : Ponneri - Pulicat
Route taken : NH 4 till Ponneri and take a right follow the signboard for Pulicat for a distance and you will see a signboard for Annamalaicheri. Follow the directions.
Note : Boating in Pulicat lake is officially banned following the recent accidents and here in Annamalaicheri the same is approved and there is regular operators with the boat.

Shall add some of the pictures i had taken over the last 1 month. Yes, been heading there for almost all weekends.

Greater Flamingo
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Eurasian Curlew
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Common Greenshank
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Spot Billed Pelican
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Pied Kingfisher with Catch
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Caspian Tern in Flight
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Green Bee Eater
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Little Stint
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Lesser Sand Plover
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Indian Roller in flight
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Went to the Theosophical society the last weekend. ....
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Hi,

I visited Chennai's "Chokhi Dhani" today.

I must tell you that I found the experience pretty underwhelming.

However it may throw up some interesting shooting opportunities for you.

Do give it a shot.
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