Madras Crocodile Bank Chennai

Madras Crocodile Bank – Herpetology Research Station

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Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (MCBT) or simply Madras Crocodile Bank is a reptile zoo and herpetology research station, situated 40 kilometers south of Chennai, Tamil Nadu on the East Coast Road(ECR) at Vadanemmeli near Thiruvidandhai, close to the Bay of Bengal, on the way to Mamallapuram.

Madras Crocodile Bank Chennai
Madras Crocodile Bank Chennai [Image © to anandarup via Flickr]
Madras Crocodile Bank Trust was established with the aim of saving three Indian endangered species of crocodile—the marsh or mugger crocodile, the saltwater crocodile, and the gharial, which at the time of the founding of the trust were all nearing extinction.

Named as the biggest crocodile sanctuary in India, it covers an area of 8.5 acres and also is recognized as the first crocodile breeding center in Asia.The zoo consists of 14 species of crocodiles, 10 species of turtles, 3 species of snakes, and 1 species of lizard.


 Location Details:

Name: Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Centre for Herpetology
Location: Vadanemmeli(ECR Road), Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
Official Website:
Visiting Hours:  8.30AM to 5.30PM
Weekly Holiday: Monday
Entry Fees: Rs.20 per person
Still/Mobile Camera: Rs.20
Video Camera:  Rs.100

 How to Reach Crocodile Bank, Mahabalipuram:

1. By Bus:
Buses are available from different parts of Chennai such as Pallavaram, T.Nagar, Adayar, Velachery, Thiruvanmiyur to Vadanemmeli.

2. By Self Transport:
2.1) Chennai->Thiruvanmiyur->Injambakkam->Muttukkadu->Kovalam->Thiruvedanthai->Vadanemili(via ECR Road)- about 43km
2.2) Chennai->Thiruvanmiyur->Sholinganallur->Kelambakkam->Kovalam->Thiruvedanthai->Vadanemili – about 49km

 Places to Visit Near Crocodile Bank, Mahabalipuram:

  • Mahabalipuram Beach
  • Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
  • Kovalam
  • Alamparai Fort
  • Sadras Dutch Fort

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