Arignar Anna Zoological ParkCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: GST Road, Vandalur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600048, India
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 044-22751089
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Park, Zoo, Family And Kids
Arignar Anna Zoological Park - Review
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Arignar Anna Zoological Park
43.54% of people who visit Chennai include Arignar Anna Zoological Park in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
48.51% of people start their Arignar Anna Zoological Park visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Arignar Anna Zoological Park
94.35% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Arignar Anna Zoological Park
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Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai Reviews
Nice collection of animals...Vast area to go... Maintenance need to be improved... recommend going to the lion safari(in van as they don't have this offering on jeep)... You will be taken very near to lions and deers on this package. Plan in advance and book the slots and the last lion ride is at 3 pm on the day I visited. Better call them and confirm as sometimes the cancel the ride. The response we receive is good.
Fun place to go with kids. Entry fee of ₹50 for an adult, which is justified. Long walks from one place to another inside the zoo can be tiring, particularly during mid-day. The zoo offers a well curated and enjoyable battery car tour of its highlights for ₹100. Do use this if you are visiting with kids or adults over 60. You can also rent bicycles at a nominal fee. Carry water with you as it is usually hot here and you easily get thirsty. Food items are prohibited.
Wonderful place to visit with kids. Good collection of birds. The best thing is the electric bicycle - you can risk the massive zoo effortlessly. The lion & deer safari is also an enjoyable activity. One has to come to the cafeteria at the entry point to have good food... The one inside the zoo at the farther end near the predatory birds gallery had only limited snacks and water
A good place for friends and family (especially ethology lovers) to visit. The place will be better on rush days as in normal days people of near by colleges use the place for romance purposes. Apart from that the place is as good as the facade. *Entry fee and mobile fee is there. *safari, cycle trips, van/electric van are available. Newly added butterfly park provides bliss to flora lovers and entomology lovers.
As a place it is good for family children and couples to spend quality time over here. Have frequent bus facilities. But 1 negative is no ATM inside this park. Otherwise it's good in every ways. Enjoy it. Here the water purifier is not working properly opposite to the canteen. Food they provide is not that about quality and quantity because it's waste of money. And the amount for token are also not in a decent manner. But we can compromise just with maintained of zoo.