About Arignar Anna Zoological Park

An exquisitely modern and scientifically upgraded zoological park near the central railway station of Chennai is 'The Arignar Anna Zoological Park'. This largest zoo in South East Asia was set up in the year 1855 and is sprawled over an area of 1260 acres. With fast expanding visitor numbers, the zoological park was relocated to Vandalur. In the last few years, the number of visitors to the zoo year was approximately nearly 8,00,000 per year.  The zoo is famed for its exclusive breeding programs aimed in conserving and multiplying the already endangered flora and fauna species. The park gives the glimpse of almost 138 different species to the visitors regularly. Visitors get to see the live habitat of around 2300 animal species existing here. The park creates awareness about the conservation of diminishing animal species and efforts contributed to putting an end to the extinction of the endangered species. 


Must See

  • Butterfly House
  • Reptile House
  • Amphibian House
  • Crocodile Enclosure
  • Primate House
  • World of nocturnal animals.

How to reach

Vandalur is the nearest railway station which is situated 1 km away from the zoological park. You can easily take a cab further and reach the park.  


  • Do not feed the animals in there. 
  • Do not hurt the animals in any manner possible. 
  • Smoking or bringing alcohol inside the park is not allowed.
  • Enjoy the safari, where lions and deer can be easily spotted.


Visit Time

Monday:       9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday:       Closed
Wednesday:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday:      9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday:           9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:       9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday:         9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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Entrance Fee


Adults: Rs. 50
Children (below 2 years): Free 
Children (aged  2-12 years): Rs. 20
Cameras: Rs. 25
Zoo round (Adult): Rs. 100
Zoo round (Child): Rs. 50
Safari at Arignar Anna Zoological Park: Lion Safari Charges 
Adults: Rs. 50 
Children: Rs. 30 
Camera Fee: Rs. 35 
Camera Phone Fee: Rs.  25 
Camcorder Fee (Video Camera Fee): Rs.150


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Time you can spend

3 to 4 hours


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