Arignar Anna Zoological Park Chennai is the first zoo in India and is located in Vandaloor, about 31 km from the city of Chennai, on its outskirts. I decided to visit the park on the second day of my visit to Chennai. I had the cab arranged at the travel desk of the hotel and it was to arrive at 8.3o in the morning. I got up early in the morning and did my usual exercise and yoga and had breakfast in my room. I was ready by 8.15 and got into the cab for the park.
It took about 30 hours to reach the park and paid the entry fee to get inside. The park is open to the public from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on all days except on Tuesdays. At the entrance I had to go screening and I was told not to take any snacks and food inside the park. Although cycles were available to tour in the park, I opted walking. The zoo spread over an area of 1490 acres and is very well maintained.
The park organizes different safaris like lion, elephant, deer and gaur safaris for the visitors. As I walked along I saw a few people riding on an elephant. The walking trails in the park were neat and there were many trees and plants around providing a cool ambience to the visitors.
One of the interesting features in the park was the models of pre-historic animals which looked real. I saw many children looking at these models. The aviary in the zoo contained a large number of birds. It is said that about 150 species of birds are there in the park. The Butterfly House at the zoo looked very colorful with a variety of butterflies. There were also Reptile House, Amphibian House and Primate House in the zoo with a large species of animals. The shark shaped aquarium is another attraction here, with many fish of different sizes and colors.
The park also had a hospital for the animals that were rescued from the deep forests and for the sick animals. Walking through the park took me to many places where I had the chance to meet many animals and birds. Photography being my hobby, I took a lot of photographs of the zoo and its inhabitants.