Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai
Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai - Address, Phone Number
Address: GST Road, Vandalur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600048
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai
Slap on some sunscreen and head out to the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, or VandalurZoo as it’s commonly known. Created in 1855, it was India’s first ever zoo and is home to 2,553 species of flora and fauna. Spread over a massive 1,265 acres of dry, evergreen forests, the animals are housed in specially created open, wet and dry, island type enclosures with hidden walls. These enclosures mimic the natural habitats of these animals, birds and reptiles. The park is located in Vandalur, about 15 kilometers from Chennai Airport. If you look at the eastern or western most parts of the park, you will be greeted by the clear waters of the Hassan and Otteri lakes. Taking a trip to this park is literally wild fun and a great way for children and adults alike to explore nature and see animals in their natural environment.
The zoo has more than 100 exhibits of different kinds of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. A few of the zoos inhabitants are barking deer, jaguars, baboons, otters, bears, giraffes, lemurs, vultures, emu and cassowary to name just a few. The park contains 138 species of plants, including a eucalyptus tree. By taking a walk through the forest, you’re bound to see at groups of glittering butterflies colouring the sky as the dense vegetation is home to 56 different species of the insect. You can explore the safari parks and study animals in their natural environment.
Different lion, deer and elephant parks offer you a chance to witness these beautiful beasts coexisting in their respective parks. There are two aviaries, where flamingos, seagulls, painted storks, night herons, teals, and storks can be seen between October and February every year. There’s also a lusciously green walk through aviary, home to 150 birds of 13 different species. You can walk through and see the explosion of colours that are these exotic birds, such as the kingfisher, red-whiskered bulbul, peacocks and partridges as well as shiny, slinky reptiles and amphibians. A crocodile house is sure to thrill, with the sly looking reptiles leering out from under the surface of the waters behind their enclosures. A serpentarium includes around 104 snakes, including cobras, which are kept in an air conditioned environment complete with a hot spot. A shark shaped aquarium at the zoo houses 31 species of fresh water fish.
At the entrance visitors are screened and are not allowed to take snacks and food inside the zoo, however milk and biscuits are allowed if accompanied by small children. Cycles are available for hire and there are many coaches available for visitors who prefer not to walk. A hospital for animals that have been rescued from the wild and also to treat sick animals from the zoo is set up in the area. It’s advisable to set foot into the zoo early in the morning so as to evade the sun which can make one feel warm and tired.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park Information
- Cycles are available for hire and there are many coaches available for visitors who prefer not to walk.
- A lion safari is available! Don’t miss it.
- The nocturnal birds are a sight to see. You walk into a dark enclosure and get to see the nocturnal creatures.
- A lot to walk, so it’s quite hectic a journey.
- Can be very tiring in the heat.
- Try to avoid the heat and visit the museum on a nice, cloudy day.
- If you have kids, take them! It’s fun filled and educational.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park Ticket Prices
- Adults 30 INR; Children 10 INR.
How To reach Arignar Anna Zoological Park by Public Transport
- Trains from Chennai Central and Egmore available.
- Be sure to ask local travelers or the bus conductor for more specific details.
Restaurants Near Arignar Anna Zoological Park
- Brownie Cottage (Bakery, desserts/ 350 INR for two)
- Saravana Bhavan (South Indian, North Indian/ 300 INR for two)
- Aahaar (North Indian, South Indian/ 500 INR for two)
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Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai Reviews
It's a huge size zoo. You'll definitely become tired if you want to watch everything just by walk. So, plan minimum to spend minimum 4-5 hours. Cycle & battery car is also available with different ticket price. Zoo is maintained in a average manner. Variety of animals can be seen. It's better to avoid entering into butterfly section since there is nothing to see except an abandoned building. Everything else is good.
This is a very big zoo.Quite clean and well maintained. Lots of stalls at regular intervals for refreshments, but it's all overpriced,same as most zoos. Lots of varieties of animals and birds. Don't miss the safari. A clean 5 hours is required if you opt to walk,else rent a bicycle for which you would need to come a bit early if it's a weekend. Feels like a good place to come enjoy with family. Easily accessible by bus and local train.Just get down at Vandalur station and walk,else take a share auto. In short , will be worth the time.
Visit it when you are up for an exercise day. Not a great walker, then do take a bicycle, you won't regret this decision. Great place for toddlers who walk on their own. Babies and toddlers around 2 can take the child basket and enjoy their ride while their parents ride the bicycle. And animals, oh you' ll see.. They are awesome..
Recently visited after a long time. The Zoo has been upgraded with barriers and clean shelters for animals. Good number of animals are there. People who visits will not find any ATM nearby so take enough money in hand as they don't accept cards. The walk will take nearly 4 hours to see everything. so plan for both morning and afternoon walks. you can bring and eat cooked home food but have to be sensible and responsible. we have tried a Lion safari where vehicle is parked beside lions and costed only Rs.100 per adult. It is worth the money as you can see them very near. You can buy the tickets for safari together with entrance ticket itself
This is a big zoological park. Travellers come around anywhere loves it most as there are lot of animals, refreshment stall , restrooms, apart from this travellers are provided rental cycle as well as SUV services by paying amount. There are a lot of setting arrangement cleaned net and well maintained place. Excellent place recommended to visit!
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