Chennai

Anna Nagar Tower Park

With Chennai Metro construction going on in full swing at Anna Nagar area, I despise going there due to the logjam traffic. Today I had to go there for taking my son to a Story Telling workshop conducted at Little Millennium play school by Tale spin (part of Storytelling association). I decided to wait there for the next 2 hours instead of going and coming back.

Tale spin (part of Storytelling association) session in progress
Tale spin (part of Storytelling association) session in progress

In the next two hours, I went around 5th Avenue and 2nd Avenue area of Anna Nagar, I spotted Swamy Iyappan Temple and then the Anna Nagar Tower Park.

Anna Nagar Sri Ayyappan Koil
Anna Nagar Sri Ayyappan Koil

The Anna Nagar Tower Park (Dr Visveswaraya Tower Park) has been more than two decades I went there, the place was much beautiful and bigger than I imagined. After many untoward incidents in the past, the public is not allowed to the top of the tower, but the park is open to everyone. The tower has appeared in many Tamil movies in the past decades, an example being in this song from S.Ve.Shekar starring comedy movie “Manal Kayiru”.

The inauguration stone says it was opened by, then Vice-President of India, Dr.V.V.Giri on 21st January 1968.

Anna Nagar Tower - 135-foot-tall, 12-storied tower
Anna Nagar Tower – 135-foot-tall, 12-storied tower
Dr. Visveswaraya Tower Park opened by Dr V V Giri
Dr Visveswaraya Tower Park opened by Dr V V Giri

The Anna Nagar Tower Park is quite large and a lot of open spaces, with areas for kids to play, sports, open-air theatre, lake & fountains (not working). I could see students doing there reading, professionals working on their laptops, practising Karate, discussing business, holding meetings, some just relaxing and a lot of young couples having a good time.

Anna Nagar Tower Park - Kids practicing Karate
Anna Nagar Tower Park – Kids practising Karate
Anna Nagar Tower Park - Open Air Theatre
Anna Nagar Tower Park – A mural of a Bharatanatyam dance performance
Anna Nagar Tower Park - Open Air Theatre
Anna Nagar Tower Park – Open Air Theatre
Anna Nagar Tower Park - Water fountain
Anna Nagar Tower Park – Water fountain

All photos of Anna Nagar Tower Park were taken with my new Nokia Lumia 920 camera.