Arignar Anna Zoological Park – Vandalur Zoo, Chennai

Vandalur Zoo is located in the Vandalur region, suburban part of Chennai. Vandalur zoo is also called as Arignar Anna Zoological Park and Chennai Zoo. It is India’s largest zoo, being spread over vast area of 1300 acres. Chennai Zoo was opening date for public was in 1855 AD as Madras Zoo. Along with being largest zoo, it is first public zoo of India. The animal collection of the zoological park is very wide, being home of more than 1500 species. Flaura and Fauna are rich in diversity as it has over 2553 species. Zoo authority provides most of the facilities of a modern zoo. Vandalur zoo animals list includes many exotic species, and wild animals. Vandalur zoo lion safari is among many other things to do here.

Hippo at Arignar Anna Zoological-Park at Vandalur Chennai
Hippo at Arignar Anna Zoological-Park at Vandalur Chennai

Vandalur Zoo Timings

Particulars Timings
Wednesday to Monday 9 AM to 5 PM
Weekly Off Tuesday
Elephant Ride Timing 10 AM to 11.30 AM and 3 PM to 4 PM
Time required to visit 3 to 4 Hours
Best Time to Visit Morning, Evening Time or Winter Season

Vandalur zoo opens six days a week, as it opens from Wednesday to Monday. Zoo Holiday is fixed on Tuesday every month. Zoo remains closed one day only, as weekly off. Timings of Vandalur zoo is 9 AM to 5 PM. Best time to visit here is early morning or evening, between 9-11 AM and 3-5 PM; as weather is quite pleasant during these hours of the day. Hot days are uncomfortable for visitors as well as Animals, hence they spend most of their time resting, hidden in their cages. Winter season is preferred, if one plans to enjoy zoo at its peak time. The visit duration of time to visit the zoo is 3-4 hours. Elephant ride timing is 10 AM to 11:30 AM and 3 PM to 4 PM. Vandalur zoo lion Safari takes half an hour of time and one hour time is taken by zoo Safari. Zoo battery car timing is not limited, they are available throughout the day.

Vandalur Zoo Entry Fee

Vandalur Zoo entrance fee has been revised recently. Zoo administration has decided to increase the Vandalur zoo ticket prices. Now the ticket rates for adult is 50 Rs, for children it is 20 Rs. Zoo battery car price for adults is Rs 100 and it is 50 Rs for children. Lion ride ticket prices for adults and children is Rs 50 and Rs 30, respectively. Main reason for high raise of tickets is increase of maintenance charges. Cycles rent is 10 Rs per hour, which seems like a very good deal. Camera fee is 35 Rs and 25 Rs will be charged for camera phone. The camcorder fee is kept at 150 Rs. As per our knowledge, Vandalur zoo online tickets are not available at this moment and one can book entry tickets at the ticket counter only.

Vandalur Zoo Ticket Price and Other Charges

Entry Fee Charges In Indian Currency
Adults 50
Children 20
Zoo Rounds Fee (Battery Car Ride Fee)
Adults 100
Children 50
Lion Safari Charges
Adults 50
Children 30
Camera Fee 35
Camera Phone Fee 25
Camcorder Fee (Video Camera Fee) 150

Vandalur Zoo Map

Vandalur Zoo Map Layout along with animal location
Vandalur Zoo Map Layout along with animal location

The zoo map is very detailed and it shows various enclosures. All the main enclosures and animal cages are also shown with their respective icons. Zoo aquarium, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, mammals and reptiles are shows with legends of different colors. Drinking water and toilets are constructed at frequent intervals inside the campus, they are also shown in the Vandalur zoo map images.

Vandalur Zoo How to Reach and Location


The Vandalur zoo is located at a distance of around 40 Km from Chennai central railway station. Zoo can be reached from Airport by travelling around 15 Km. EMU train can be boarded at Chennai Park station and travel till Chromepet EMU station, located in front of zoo. Cars and other public transport can also be used, however the traffic is sometimes too thick and takes lot of time. Parking facility is available at the zoo and the charges are not too much. If someone is travelling by bus, nearest bus stand is Vandalur Zoo bus stand.

Arignar Anna Zoological Park General Information

Visitors are not allowed to bring outside food and drinks. However there is no need to worry as they have numerous eateries inside the premises. Drinking water is also found in abundance, as they have installed water coolers and outlets. Overall zoo is clean and plastic items are also not allowed and hence checked while frisking at entry gates. In terms of cleanliness, Vandalur zoo snake enclosure glasses lags somewhere, as they are not cleaned regularly. This initiative is taken to ensure the safety of the animals and maintaining zoo cleanliness. People can capture Vandalur zoo images, and various animal images can also be clicked. Zoo official website is aazoopark.gov.in, but is not operational at now and can not be reached.

Discussing about review of the Vandalur zoo, it is good enough for the visitors and have all the basic facilities in place. It is an ideal place for family and friends, considering weather is not too hot. Visitor’s Zoo experience is way better in the pleasant times but not so good during summers. Vandalur zoo contact number is 044-22751089. Email address are aazp@hotmail.com and aazp@vsnl.com. Arignar Anna Zoological Park address is GST Road, Vandalur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600048.

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