East Coast Road, Chennai (Madras)


Madras Crocodile Bank is a reptile zoo and herpetology research center in India. It is located 40 kilometers south to Chennai or Madras city. It is a very prominent zoo in India and leading institution in herpetological preservation, research and education. The zoo is home to 2,483 animals, including 14 crocodile species, 10 turtle species, 3 snakes species, as well as 1 species of lizard.

It is the first center in Asia that breeds crocodiles. The center houses one of the world's largest collections of crocodiles and alligators, 14 of the total 23 species existing are present in the zoo. Originally, it was established to save three native Indian endangered crocodile species: the marsh or mugger, the saltwater and the gharial crocodiles. Today the zoo also houses the largest crocodile in India that weighs 1000 kgs.

Moreover, in 2011, Madras Crocodile Bank became the first zoo in India to house green and yellow anacondas.

Be cautious. You need to keep all the safety measures as the animals that the zoo hosts are wild.

Madras Crocodile Bank is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily, except Mondays. The entrance fee per adult is 35 Indian rupees which equals ~0.5 USD. You need to pay additional 20 rupees (~0.3 USD) for still camera.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    11:00 - 04:00, 00:00 - 04:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Sun

    09:00 - 17:00

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  • Sahul Hameed

    - 26 August 2018 -

    Nice place to spend your leisure time if you are a wildlife enthusiast. You get to see a wide variety of crocodile ranging from Indian variety to American Alligator. The most interesting thing is the Large old tortoise. You if are passionate about snakes then you will have a perfect feast over there, where you could see the process of extraction of snake venom. All this could be enjoyed at affordable price.

  • Brahma Teja

    - 25 August 2018 -

    A very exciting place with some amazing reptiles. It's awesome to see them in their habitat. The centre has some demo shows about reptiles and snakes. Try and attend them on your trip.

  • Prashant Narayan

    - 15 August 2018 -

    An amazing and recommended place for all animal and reptile lovers. Children should be taken and will find it highly informative and fun. Just outside Chennai on the East Coast Road. Different types of snakes, rescued from the surrounding villages and large number of crocodiles are present in the farm. A must visit for young and old alike. It is recommended that small donations be made as per individual parameters as the premises is supported by ticket sales and donations only and is doing a great job.

  • Manar Muhammad Kattathara

    - 15 August 2018 -

    Good place for a half day visit with kids. Adjacent to the road with reasonable space for car parking. Seating areas are also given inside the park. It is clean and well maintained. Since it is near to beach, it's all sandy on the walkway.

  • sourav kumar panda

    - 11 August 2018 -

    This is a very good place to visit. This place is an initiative to save wild life. This place is specifically dedicated to crocodiles. You can find crocodiles along with other reptiles. This is a small place but keep some time in your hand when you are visiting this place. Go to this place, spend some time here and watch crocodiles moving. You will definitely enjoy. If you have kids, take them here. They will enjoy this place and will learn a lot about wild life and nature. Learn a little bit about crocodiles before going to this place with your kids because they may shoot you n number of questions.😂😂 So enjoy and have fun.. happy travelling.👍

  • Srushti patil

    - 24 July 2018 -

    The place is great for Herpetology and Crocodile lovers. It has so many crocodiles lazing around. There is a gift shop also. The staff maintain the park and explaination is also given. Good place to bring kids. They will learn about the habitats of reptiles. However, be careful, don't get too close toward the crocodiles and alligators, they may attack.

  • Amrithanand

    - 14 July 2018 -

    Wanted to do something different on a weekend. Spent about 2 hours here and didn't realise time pass by at all. Very interesting place, lots of interesting reptiles to see. The animals are treated with respect and are maintained well. Time spent here is time spent well, the staff and the volunteers here are very kind and will answer all of your doubts. Must visit.

  • Rashida Kapasi

    - 07 July 2018 -

    What a place !!! The kids had loads of fun seeing the crocodiles lazing around.. They just lie like rocks.. Initially we thought they were probably dead.. The sign boards all around have information you need at each pit.. We waited for a long time to get a glimpse of jaws ( the largest croc ) but he didn't get out of the water... A must do with the kids.. They enjoy themselves

  • Aditya Bhelke

    - 19 June 2018 -

    Great for kid's and families to appreciate reptiles which are in huge numbers. Visit early in the day. Holding baby crocks in the hand is no longer allowed. Igwana was a new addition and so was a very active monitor lizard. Great under water view in the crocodile aquarium.. amazing views. Can be covered easily in 90 minutes if no crowd.

  • Somasundaram Ap

    - 06 May 2018 -

    Nice place to visit with kids. Kid enjoyed the Crocodile feeding. Feeding happens in different timings. We saw feeding at Sunday 11.30am. The schedule is written in a white board. We didn’t get a chance to see venom extraction because they are not doing it now. The environment in clean and well maintained. Good please to spend an hour.

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