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Monday, 20 August 2018

Crocodile Park in Chennai

Reptiles in Crocodile Bank
The Madras Crocodile Bank is a best suitable place for a weekend trip from Chennai. It is located 45 KM (25 miles) from Chennai, 15 KM north of Mahabalipuram a tourist attraction on the East Coast Road (ECR) in Tamilnadu, India. It will take about an hour travel by road to reach this place from Chennai, comfortable distance for a weekend trip with family and friends. It is located at the coastal land nestled with natural forest environment. This coastal line has large breeding place for water birds and sea turtles. The Crocodile Bank plays a very important role in spreading awareness on the ecological benefits of crocodiles. This is one of the largest reptile zoos in the World and Asia’s first crocodile breeding centre. This Crocodile Bank was created with an objective to safe guard three crocodile species namely, saltwater crocodile, gharial and mugger crocodiles. The Gharial is also known as gavial, it is a fish eating crocodile and Mugger crocodile is also known as Marsh crocodile. Initially, the Crocodile Bank was built as a repository of crocodiles for safe grooming with protection and later released to wild environment. Over a period of time, releasing crocodiles into wild habitat was stopped due to lack of suitable environment. After years of crocodile protection, Crocodile Bank expanded with Lizards, Snakes and Turtles. This Crocodile bank is more than a zoo, best place for crocodile conservation, breeding, safe guarding and research.

Crocodile Eggs
Crocodile Eggs
Crocodile Bank has more than 2500 reptiles from all around the World. It has wide collections of crocodiles and alligators. From the beginning, there were thousands of crocodiles released back to the wild, sent zoos across the World. It is home to variety of crocodile species which are kept in bunches in separate open ponds, it’s very rare to see them moving around. But, when a staff throws a piece of meat we can see the activeness of these crocodiles. It’s awesome to see the way it catches the food from the feeder. The key attraction is the giant crocodile ‘Jaw’ which is a ‘much see’ in this Crocodile Bank. This famous celebrity in Crocodile Bank is the largest crocodile in captivity, in India may be in the World. It first arrived into the Crocodile Bank in 1976, first few years it looks normal then outgrown in size. The authorities kept ‘Jaws’ in a separate pond due to its’ size and strength. Visitors can watch the feeding session for this Jaw at 4:30 PM on Sundays. The Crocodile feeding session should not be missed by the visitors; it is on Sundays at between 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM. The Crocodile Bank’s experts provide weekend guided tour with presentations about Crocodiles and other reptiles.

Group of Crocodiles

Though this Crocodile Bank originally started with conservation objective for crocodiles, it becomes weekend spot now. Visitors will get interactive experience in guided tours organized by Crocodile Bank officials, can gather interesting information about these species, it is a great place for research students. No one should miss the Snake Venom centre in this park where they demonstrate the venom extraction which is used for making anti-venom medicine. It is a spine chilling experience to see the deadly poisonous snakes are handled at ease by professionals. This Crocodile Bank also conducts education programmes for school children, environment enthusiasts and do village trip, field camps on a regular basis. Also, it serves as a large natural laboratory for research students to study the behaviour, features, breeding of the reptiles within close range.

Crocodile Pond

Visiting Time - 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (Monday Holiday)

Entry Fee - For Adult Rs. 50 and for Children below 10 years Rs. 30

Night Safari – Tuesday to Sunday (Booking required) 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Night Safari Entry Fee - For Adult Rs. 200 and for Children below 10 years Rs. 100

Location - East Coast Road (ECR), 45 KM from Chennai on the way to Mahabalipuram, Tamilnadu, India.

Gharial is a reptile with a very long, narrow snout
The Gharial Crocodile - Reptile with a very long, narrow snout
Engage with Crocodile Bank, Chennai:

Apart from visiting this Crocodile Bank, if you love reptiles, you can engage with them in multiple ways. If you are interested in any of the below you can connect with Crocodile Bank’s authorities for the application.

Volunteer Program: This is for enthusiasts who is 18 years and above. Volunteer gets an opportunity to work throughout the Zoo on various tasks. There are many ongoing interesting projects in which you can get engaged. Dormitory (shared) style accommodation, Indian food provided for the volunteers. Crocodile Bank welcomes volunteers with minimum 2 – 4 weeks duration.

Aldabra Giant Tortoise
Aldabra Giant Tortoise
Docent Program: This is a long term engagement with Crocodile Bank. In this program, they teach the participants on all basic skills required for the conservation of reptiles. If anyone aged above 18 years, staying around this Crocodile Bank, within 50 KM and can spend at least one day in a month can join this program.

Film Making: it offers best environment for wildlife documentary and films. It acts as a facilitator for various production companies. If you are interested to take documentary film on wildlife reptiles, connect with them to get a schedule.

Donate: The wildlife enthusiast can engage with Crocodile Bank by offering donation to support their conservation and operational goals.

Adopt a Reptile: If you find any favourite reptile in the Crocodile Bank, you can adopt them. The reptile continues to live in the zoo, but your support will help to maintain them and conservation.


  1. Hello, these crocodiles reminds of the gators seen in the parks in Florida, USA! Love the photos and video. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

  2. The very best zoos ARE involved in conservation and education. And it looks as if this one fits that description beautifully.

  3. That would a an interesting place to visit

  4. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

  5. Wow! I had no idea this existed, and even though I'm afraid of some reptiles, this looks quite fascinating, and a great place to spend the day! Hugs...RO

  6. If I have a choice, I wouldn't want to visit the crocodile farm. I did once and it was a very scary visit for me.

  7. I'm not sure that I would want to visit … although it does seem very interesting.
    Thanks for this post.

    All the best Jan

  8. So many species of crocodile. There is a crocodile farm over here and I have been there few times yet I still have the goosebumps watching the reptiles!

  9. Too scary for me too, but interesting!