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Arignar Anna Zoological Park


14.3/5(35 Ratings)

Arignar Anna Zoological Park Overview

Ranked 5 of 516 sightseeing in Chennai

Arignar Anna Zoological Park is situated at Vandalur, which is about 35 km from the city of Chennai. Arignar Anna Zoological Park originated within Chennai city near Park Town in the year 1855. But due to expansion, it was moved out of the city in 1877.

In 1979, the zoo was shifted to Vandalur Reserve Forest which gave it the name ‘Vandalur Zoo’. Vandalur Zoo was renamed as Arignar Anna Zoological Park after the famous Tamil politician, Arignar Anna.

Arignar Anna Zoological Park, which was opened to the public in 1985, is considered among the largest zoos in South Asia. The zoo is home to more than 170 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.

Some of the species spotted in the zoo are barking deer, sambar, blackbuck, nilgai, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, babboon, llama, otter, tiger, jaguar, star tortoises, etc.

Lion Safari Park and Deer Safari Park are the other major attractions of this zoo where the animals can be seen in their natural habitat. Elephant Safari is also very popular. Nocturnal Section, Reptile Section, aquarium and library are the other features of Arignar Anna Zoological Park.

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What travellers are saying about Arignar Anna Zoological Park

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
8:30 AM -5:30 PM
8:30 AM -5:30 PM
8:30 AM -5:30 PM
Public Holidays:
8:30 AM -5:30 PM

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Reviews and Ratings


1 review

Good place for children

It helps the children to learn about animals. Excellent trip for a family members. Playtime for children. There is a cycle riding for view.

Chinnaraja Subramaniyam4.3/5

50 reviews

Great Zoo for animals

Really a great zoo for animals... Each and every wild animals are carrying with protection and potential. Visitor and tourists are very safe to visit all animals. Inside this zoo so many places for relaxation and entertainment.

Saravana Prakash5.0/5

14 reviews

A place to enjoy with children

The place arignar anna zoological park was really hidden in the city. A place where the children would definitely enjoy. There are lot of facilities arranged by the tamilnadu government to visit around the zoo. There is specific areas for all animals, reptiles and birds. The different kind of species would make you admire.

Akhil Sukumar4.6/5

1 review

A must visit place for the family holidays

This zoo is occupied in around "7kms of forest area" with wild variety of species. I visited this place during this March with my friends on completion of my exams. For relaxation. It is the "best place for nature lovers". But it is not well-maintained old zoo with beautiful species. At the "time of visit the butterfly park was also closed" it takes around "4hrs to complete view" of the zoo and entry pass is 100/- each. And the birds cage grill is so small so that we cannot take photograph even from the hole. And rented bicycles are available for the ride in the zoo in groups. I suggest you to go to the owls section as you will die with suffocation there but left of that overall experience in zoo is good. And must visit place for the family holidays.

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Undi Manasa4.6/5

1 review

This park is well-maintained but not upto the standards

It is one of the smallest park of zoo with in the city of "Chennai, near to Raj bhavan" which is not more covered in 2. 8kms. And it is great place to have family picnic. This park hosts a variety of endangered deers, foxes, monkeys and snakes. "This park is well-maintained but not upto the standards". And this park is "restricted to the entry without a guide" with us. And this place has "good food restaurants inside so no need to worry about food inside" but the cages here are too small for the animals inside. This place is neatly maintained with garden and trees too so dont miss out this place to relax out from the city climate of dust and chemical for the nature lovers. And this zoo is mainly covered with many college students at the time of my visit and the reason is that so because of many colleges occupied around it.

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Manoj Krishna4.3/5

1 review

Good place to even view very rare kind of animals

Good caring for animals and very wonderful trip for families, enjoyed a lot there. Very rare kind of animals are also there.

Praveen Kumar3.6/5

1 review

Children's park

Very superb, whole day we can spend there. Nice entertainment for children. It's a huge park and cannot be covered by walk, the zoo also provides bicycle for visitors. A whole day is required.

Akshay Bansal4.3/5

2 reviews

Different animals view while on Cycles

You will get a lot of different animals and birds and it's so big that you can spend your whole day in the park. Cycles are also available inside. So that, you can chill on Cycles enjoying sightseeing of animals and birds.

S.m.bega Raaj4.6/5

145 reviews

Huge and Humongous Zoo

Biggest and Beautiful!!!Huge and Humongous Zoo with lots and lots of Animals, Birds and Insects, we need one full day to completely see all the sections of this wonderful Zoo.Hats off to the Maintenance team for maintaining this fabulous Zoo, it has all facilities like well-maintained washrooms and Car parking for the visitors including Battery operated vehicle to travel around the whole Zoo and Bicycles for rent, if we prefer to walk, we have to walk 7 - 8 km.Located in Vandalur which is well-connected by City bus and MRTS, So, it is very easily accessible from all parts of Chennai. Must visit for all age groups when you are in Chennai.Elephant safari is a must do attraction and it will be crowded during festival days and weekends.

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Babbi Vojjala3.6/5

12 reviews

Gain knowledge and get to know the different animals

Place where you could find different category and different types of animals. You can spend the time efficiently if you have visited this place for first time.

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