: Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
: Romulus Whitaker
: For Its Collection of Rare Snakes
Founded by wildlife conservationist Romulus Whitaker, the Snake Park, at Guindy, Chennai, houses a variety of reptiles. Cobras, Pythons, Kraits, Adders, Vipers, Monitor Lizards and giant Turtles are some of the special draws at the park.
It is well maintained with generous enclosures. Information boards debunk many myths about reptiles. The snake park will interest visitors of all ages. It houses a variety of Indian snakes and reptiles, which can be viewed from close quarters. The park is famous for its collection of rare snakes. People from across the world visit this place to see these rare snakes; many of the species are endangered now.
Madras Snake Park Trust (MSPT) was established in 1972 by a group of naturalists in the Guindy National Park. For the first two decades since its inception, the Snake Park was known to the world as one of the reputed tourist centres of Chennai city. The Snake Park has now been recognised by the Central Zoo Authority as a "Medium Zoo" in view of the heavy visitor support.
The Snake Park utilises the expertise of the Irula tribals by employing them as they are considered to be knowledgeable and efficient snake catchers in this part of the country. Lecture-demonstrations, by the hour, in Tamil, Hindi and English, helps inform and educate visitors. For the adventurous, an opportunity is given to handle the snakes at these demonstrations. Equally interesting is the venom-extraction demonstration.
Air : Chennai has an airport with both domestic and international terminals. Regular flights connect Chennai with the major cities within the country and also with countries like USA, Singapore, U.K etc.
Rail : Chennai is well connected by rail with the important towns and cities within and beyond the state.
: State transport buses and private buses connect Chennai with the major towns and cities within the country. For local transportation local trains, city buses, auto rickshaws and taxis are also available.