8) Crocodile Bank:
The Crocodile Bank is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Chennai. It is also one of the largest reptile zoos in the world, spread across over 8.5 acres of land. By the Mid 20th century, the country’s crocodile population was exploited to the verge of extinction and this prompted the government to declare all the three species of Indian crocodile protected under the Wildlife Act. As a result, Madras Crocodile Bank was established by Rom and Zai Whittaker in 1976 with the objective of protecting India’s diminishing crocodile population and to preserve the indigenous art of snake catching.
You can spot not only Crocodiles, but also other rare reptiles at the bank. Bird lovers and nature admirers can spot a number of rare avian species at the centre. You can also get to see magnificent gharial at its best , meandering among fishes and freshwater turtles in an aquarium. It might prove to be a spine chilling experience for some! Entry fee of Crocodile Bank is Rs. 100 for Adults and Rs.50 for children below 10 years of age.
Timings: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Closed on Mondays)
Address: Post Bag No 4, Mamallapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 603104
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