Go to Madras, Feed Crocodiles, Stay Clear!

Crocodile in the Ramganga River, Corbett Tiger Reserve; Photo by M. Karthikeyan

One of my first interactions with wildlife is tied to this place. Hence, my first suggestion on this `VISIT’ page to wildlife enthusiasts is to drop by at the Madras Crocodile Bank!

Do make it on a Sunday, if possible. For, The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, one of the largest reptile zoos in the world, offers visitors the opportunity to feed crocodiles every Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The Bank is also home to many reptiles (my partner and I saw our first albino cobra here) and amphibians. It is reachable by the East Coast Road en route to Mahabalipuram from Chennai (previously known as Madras).

For more details on Madras Crocodile Bank, click here.