The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, Mahabalipuram

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Learn about reptiles that inhabit this tropical region at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, which features grounds covered by coastal dune forests that provide a haven for native wildlife. See the first crocodile breeding center in Asia, which continues to protect many endangered species (mugger crocodile, saltwater crocodile, and the gharial in particular) from extinction. Look for turtles, snakes, and lizards, part of a population of over 2,400 animals sheltered here. Visit the family-friendly outdoor laboratory to observe reptiles up close and learn about their behavior, social interactions, and breeding biology. Use our Mahabalipuram journey planning app to visit The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology on your trip to Mahabalipuram, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I had an awesome experience at the Crocodile Bank. They have such a huge colleciton of crocodiles and have maintained so well. I was able to witness crocodile feeding session too. It is worth a...  more »
  • Nicely maintained enclosures. In case you are interested in these reptiles this is a really nice place. Barely 50kms from Chennai so if you are going to pondicherry or mahabalipuram do drop in here.  more »
  • A really good place. Night safari is a must try here. I had been to the one and it was great. This is one of a kind experience. The place has literally no lights at night and they provide you with torches to guide your path. Crocodiles eyes shine like Pearls in this torch light. The guide on the safari are also very knowledgeable , overall a really good experience.
  • One of the most famous and world renowned crocodile bank. You can see several varieties of crocodiles and anyone who visits this place will realize how many different species are there and these gigantic reptiles' behaviour. It would be a good place to visit for children and adults alike. Maintenance of the place was good when we visited and you have several roadside vendors who will be selling Mangoes and Pineapples for snacks. Roadside vehicle parking is available.

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