The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology is one of the largest reptile zoos in the world. It is spread over eight and a half acres of land and is home to over 2500 reptiles. We give you an opportunity to have an interactive experience with the various denizens at the zoo. Apart from our guided tours we have a wide variety of other activities for all ages that are both informative and fun.
For outdoor nature enthusiasts, the spacious Croc Bank grounds are covered by luxuriant coastal dune forest and provide a haven for native wildlife, including large breeding colonies of water birds and a secure nesting beach for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.
ACTIVITIESJAWS III – Feeding every Sunday at 1630 Hrs
- Perhaps Croc Banks most famous ‘A’ list celebrity, largest crocodile in captivity in India and probably one of the largest in the world.
- Jaws arrived at Croc Bank shortly after it opened in 1976 and for the first few years was housed with his brothers and sisters in what was then a fairly ordinary exhibit. However, when he started to outgrow his siblings in a truly astonishing fashion, it soon became apparent that he was no ordinary crocodile, but instead a genuine giant of freakish proportions.
- True to form, Jaws has grown into a real Spielberg monster, and cannot even be housed with other female crocs due to his unusually savage disposition and devastating strength. Jaws now lives alone in a large, fortified enclosure and visitors can watch him being fed by his keepers every Sunday afternoon at 04:30 pm.
- Visitors get the unique chance to see the magnificent gharial at its best; effortlessly cruising around amongst a myriad of fish and freshwater turtles, in a giant naturalistic aquarium.
- Feeding demonstrations on Sundays at: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 4:30 pm (Jaws III), and 5:00 pm.
- Weekend guided tours in the park, Learn from our experts as they share their enthusiasm for these amazing animals, in these fun, entertaining and enlightening presentations. Check at the entrance for tour timings.
- Night is when crocodiles really come to life. The cool evening breeze coupled with the cover of darkness encourages a secret side of crocodile behaviour seldom witnessed during daylight hours. Territorial disputes, breeding activity and general high excitement around the ponds are highlights commonly experienced on night safaris.
- All guests will be provided with torches and escorted around the Croc Bank by trained guides. The first visual of hundreds of glowing red eyes in the torch light never ceases to chill the spine!
Tuesday - Sunday 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm (Book Now).
From Chennai and Mamallapuram:
The Croc Bank is situated approximately 45km south of Chennai and 15km north of the tourist town of Mamallapuram. Nestled in a patch of indigenous forest and fronting the Bay of Bengal, the zoo is easily accessed by one of the many busses, taxis and auto-rickshaws that ply the scenic East Coast Road.