Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (MCBT) 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 Trust was established in 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 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.
Name: Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Centre for Herpetology
Location: Vadanemmeli(ECR Road), Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
Official Website: http://www.madrascrocodilebank.org
Entry Pass: Rs.20 per person
Still/Mobile Camera: Rs.20
Video Camera: Rs.100
Visiting Hours: 8.30AM to 5.30PM
Weekly Holiday: Monday
How to Reach Crocodile Bank, Mahabalipuram:
1. By Bus:
Buses are available from different parts of Chennai such as Pallavaram, T.Nagar, Adayar, Vellachery,Thiruvanmiyur to Vadanemmeli.
2. By Self Transport:
2.1) Chennai->Thiruvanmiyur->Injambakkam->Muttukkadu->Kovalam->Thiruvedanthai->Vadanemili(via ECR Road)- 43KM*
2.2) Chennai->Thiruvanmiyur->Sholinganallur->Kelambakkam->Kovalam->Thiruvedanthai->Vadanemili – 48.4KM*
Places to Visit Near Crocodile Bank, Mahabalipuram:
- Alamparai Fort
- Sadras Dutch Fort
- Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
*KM shown is approximate, may slightly vary in actual terms. *image Credit © to anandarup via Flickr
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