Madras Crocodile Bank and Herpetology Research Centre, Chennai


Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (MCBT) or simply Madras Crocodile Bank is a reptile zoo and herpetology research station. Crocodile Park Chennai is situated 40 km 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.

The Madras Crocodile Bank is established in 1976 with the specific goal of securing breeding populations of the three species of Indian crocodile and so far has grown more than a typical zoo.

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 endangered Indian 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, crocodile park Chennai covers an area of 8.5 acres and also is recognized as the first crocodile breeding center in Asia. Now the zoo contains 14 species of crocodiles, 10 species of turtles, 3 species of snakes, and 1 species of lizard

Madras Crocodile Bank Details:

Name: Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Centre for Herpetology
Location: Vadanemmeli(ECR Road), Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
Official Website:
Visiting Days: Tuesday to Sunday
Visiting Hours: 8.30am to 5.30pm
Weekly Holiday: Monday
Adult Entry Fees: Rs.60 per person
Children Entry Fees: Rs.30 per child (of age less than 10)
Still/Mobile Camera: Rs.20
Video Camera:  Rs.100

Crocodile Bank Chennai Night Safari Details:

Official Website:
Night Safari Availability: Tuesday to Sunday
Night Safari Timings: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Weekly Holiday: Monday
Adult Entry Fees: Rs.200 per person
Children Entry Fees: Rs.100 per child (of age less than 10)
Night Safari Booking: Book Madras Crocodile Bank Night Safari Tickets

How to Reach Crocodile Park, Chennai:

  • By Bus:

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

  • By Self Transport:

    1) Chennai->Thiruvanmiyur->Injambakkam->Muttukkadu->Kovalam->Thiruvedanthai->Vadanemili(via ECR Road)- about 43km
    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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