Raj Bhavan Chennai, Chennai

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Raj Bhavan, literally the "Governor's Palace," is the official residence of the Governor of Tamil Nadu. It is located in Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu.HistoryThe earliest official residence of the Governors of Madras were in Fort St. George, the first one built in the 1640s on what is now the Parade Square. This was pulled down in 1693 and a new one built eastwards where, in later years, it became the core of the Secretariat. When the Governor’s garden house, was destroyed by the French in 1746, a new garden house was acquired for the Governor after the French withdrawal in 1749. A house, which belonged to Antonia de Madeiros, a member of perhaps the richest family of the time, became the core of Government House around which developed what is now called Government Estate. It was in the 1820 that Governor Thomas Munro (1820–1827) made Government House the official residence and now it called as Raj Bhavan and was once Guindy Lodge, the Governor’s country house.Guindy Lodge, it is believed, was built by Governor William Langhorne (1672–1678) in the early 1670s in garden space carved out of the Guindy Forest that had helped make St. Thomas’ mount a salubrious place for rest and recreation. When Langhorne left in 1678, he sold the property to the then Chief Merchant of Madras, Beri Chinna Venkatadri, the younger brother of one of the founders of the city, Beri Thimappa. When Chinna Venkatadri had problems with the East India Company, he gifted Guindy Lodge to the Company’s Madras Government.
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  • Booked on line for visiting Raj Bhavan Chennai.A fee of Rs 25/-charged per head which can be either paid online or by cash at Reception inside Raj Bhavan.Tour starts after verification and travel by a...  more »
  • Raj Bhavan is the official residence of the Governor and is an absolute nature trail. We were pleasantly surprised to know that we could visit the place; a friend helped reserve for both families - it...  more »
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  • Tamilnadu cabinet decision to release 7 convicts was inordinate delay. Supreme court ordered that governor can take decision on release of rajiv gandhi convicts, it was put on hold more than 6 months without approval or rejection. The Governor should release the convicts on humanitarian grounds,and the law permits the same. If the release of convicts is unlawful,the SC won't let the Governor to decide and release. Why should TN Governor respect the state government cabinet decision in general? If TN Legislative Assembly comes with a plea to governor in unison the governor should not stand on their way. If not what's the point of having election one can give all the powers to people who are appointed and not elected? If not what's the point of the recent supreme court verdict?
  • Now they're allowing general public to visit the Raj bhavan , people are taken in electric vehicles around the place , provided with light snacks and certificate for a nominal price of 25 per head, lot of deer and black bucks roam around freely!
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