Monday, October 26, 2009

VANDALUR ZOO CHENNAI

Cave for Chimpanzee, he was just coming out
Lion..here we were behind the grills:)

EMU
Last Sunday we went to see the Zoo..VANDALUR zoo.. considered the biggest in Asia.. and looks like it is. I am very fond of nature and watching wild animals, so wherever I find time I see the Zoo..
I have seen. the Zoo in Kolkota........That time my son was justone and a half year, so most of my memories are of..he running here and there and me after him:).the memory of his cute face, excited to see so much, still brings a smile to my face.
London........again we went to see this one because my son was 3years and enjoyed watching and roaming there and then that time London' zoo was considered a unique one as it only had whitebear and tiger etc, first time I saw a different type of habitat for those animals.
San diego.......Here the table turned,:) my daughter took me there..it s beautiful as far as surroundings, landscaping is concerned,I specially loved the aviary
Hyderabad.......I went there with my son..it has many things like boating, mini train and safaribut otherwise not sonwell maintained,like restaurant had nothing except cold samosas and cold drink.
.and now Chennai..

Here the entrance is beautiful and at the entrance I saw a fountain tap for drinking water, it was in the shape of elephant..looked so different and beautiful that I took a picture immediately, but when we went inside we found that there are many and all have the heads of different animals..after all it is a zoo.

Since we have left side walking system wherever I go, I start from left side and keep on going, but here it became my undoing.. the stop for TOUR THE ZOO and LION SAFARI for both the trips was located at the right and we completely missed it and when till the end we didnt find it and asked then came to know and then the time was left for only Lion safari..so if you want to take these tours plan accordingly.

It is a huge place, we continuously walked for 3 hours and still couldnt see everything..there are so many inhabitants of all the varieties and there was so much of crowd. There is just one canteen at the entrance only......I wonder in a country where there is so much of unemployment, govt never taps the opportunities available..there was so much of waiting there, not many things available..they could always make it a little cleaner well kept place, with sufficient items and always could employ some more people. We hadnt taken the lunch thinking we would have it there, but there was nothing except rice..everything finished at 1 PM only

We took Lion Safari....I have taken one in Hyderabad also, but here it was amazing..I saw the lion by my window and then with his cubs roaring and playing.To me, over all this trip was very enjoyable .

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27 comments:

Shruti SriHarsha said...

Good morning Renu!!!
Nice pics, I wanted to see more :(

Hey, I never knew there is this big zoo in cHENNAI TILL DATE. I have visited many times and none informed me about this place. I shall keep this places noted, next time I travel....

I love wild animals and everything to do with Nature. Am visiting Kabini this weekend for a wildlife safari. I shall be posting on the trip soon....

Have fun :)

Amrita said...

Hey you like visiting zoos... you still have the child inside u ...sooo cute and u enjoyed it...!! thats very nice :)
i am not so much of a zoo person but you description makes it sound very interesting :D

Swetha Guptha said...

Lion Safari!! sounds very interesting!! how many lions were there?? How safe is it? I should try it some time!

Shades of Grey said...

I love the Zoo myself. Been to Vandalur about three times - the first two were for our Nature Photography album. But now that you mentioned one in Hyderabad...I think I will check that one too! To date my favourite one is the Trivandrum Zoo and the Johannesburg Zoo.

Renu said...

Shruti Sriharsha: My husband took many, I posted a few only, will mail you the link:)....its a very big place with lots and lots of animals..a nice place for a day outing.
I will wait for your update on Kabini..may be then I will go.

Amrita: Oh es, I like watching the animals in their own habitat:)..and nature is always so fascinating..This zoo is a real vast place and quite well maintained..I love these outings with my H..both of us like just walking, watching and then eating:) and taking photos..that chimpanzee was just coming out and it was fascinating to see how he saved himself from the stones someone was throwing and then how he ran out:)

Swetha: there are I think 8 lions , we saw 5, though its written there that they dont gurantee anything..like you may not spot even one...its completely safe, they take you in a bus which has wire netting and main door is also locked, then you go inside..in their area thru a shutter which is again locked, we sit inside the bus only and watch them.

Renu said...

Shades of Grey:..I am feeling bad that the two places you liked, i havent seen any and there are not even chances that I could see:)

Reflections said...

Have u seen the Mysore Zoo??? One of the best in South India...dont miss it if ever u get the chance:-))

Sparkling said...

That's swell! :)
I'm glad you enjoy these trips.
I haven't been to a zoo since ages and to be honest, I'm not particularly fond of a zoo - somehow, I just can't seem to like those cages and all! Anyway, I won't delve on this.

4 years ago I was in South Africa and I'd the most exciting safari ever! It was mind blowing :)
I don't know what the season was but everytime I looked at an animal, I found them busy humping. I'm out! :p

Rush said...

awesome zoo trip looks like...i have never seen an emu for real.
here in the Us, have only been to San diego zoo..they say its the best in the country, so havent gone to anyother zoo after that.
In india my memories of zoo trips are when i was a little kiddo...will definitely visit them when i have a little one...but till then zoo's have always fascinated me and will continue to be...

SG said...

Nice one. I have been to San Diego Zoo. I have been to Oakland Zoo. Whenever we visit Chennai, we always visit Vandaloor Zoo. We love it.

Renu said...

Reflections:..I have been to mysore, but they nevr told me about it and it wasnt even in tourist itenery..really sad, next time I will make it a point to go there.

Sparkling:..yes if you start thinking about it, then feel sad, but when you think that people eat also animals, then atleast they are better in a zoo, atleast living...

And your last line..I am just laughing, never happened with me:)

RUSH: San diego Zoo is beautiful, but I was amused to see there people watching cows and buffalos with so much fascination and taking pictures>>.In India we see them all the time on road:)

SG: Chennai Zoo is special because of its vastness and well maintained also.

Sparkling said...

Oh God! Did you've to say that? Don't make me feel guilty for being a non-veg :(
Oh oh...this is gonna be a whole new post someday :)

Chandni.. said...

wow... you really went to the zoo..?? I cant remember the last time when I went there. Only when I see the pics, I know that I too have gone to the zoo... not once but twice...

But when I had grown up, I had gone to jim corbett. That was real fun.. Loved it...

But yes, I really wanna go and see some zoo abroad. I want to see those animals which I have never heard about or even read about. That is so fascinating..

Renu said...

Sparkling: Sorry dear:) but this point has puzzled me for a long time, can you shed some light on the point of view of those who are supporta of PETA and non veg?

Chandni: I liked the Zoo in San diego,mainly because they create such a beautiful surroundings, of course they have some different animals also like penguin etc, but to me that atmosphere all around and nature in its splendid form was more bewitching.

Pins N Ashes said...

Oh I love visiting the zoos and taking the safari...The Hyd zoo has deers, deers and more deers only...but once upon a time, the safari was good, and one could see the lion and tiger families like in the discovery channels cooling away under the shade of trees... and an occasional black bear... I guess the whole lot has aged n are weak...

First time here and will come visiting again Renu
Good morning!

Renu said...

Pins N Ashes: Welcome here !
I saw HYd zoo 5 years back..then also it had a desolated look about it..but Chennai..its good and we could see lions..walking around, playing with cubs and eraoring evn:)

Very good morning to you too !

ஷ‌ஃபிக்ஸ்/Suffix said...

Thanks for post, I wish the zoo management make the place more greener!!

lostworld said...

First-time here. Cannot tell you how wonderful it has been reading about Vandalur Zoo!!!! I am from Chennai & have such fond memories of this Zoo. My grand-parents took me there & I still remember the fun we all had. Thanks for the pics. I feel as if I had a "re-union" with my zoo friends :-D

As Refelctions pointed out, even Mysore Zoo is amazing.

Cheers.

Renu said...

Suffix: me too:)..if they involve some people, there will be many like me who have many ideas, which can be considered.

Lostworld: Welcome here ! My H took so many pics:) ofcourse I couldnt upload all of them..watching chimpanjee roaming around and reacting to people was really fun.
I will certainly go to Mysor eZoo sometime:)

radha said...

I did not know there was a zoo in Chennai. And I go there at least twice a year!

Renu said...

oh yes:) there is one and beautiful too...

SR said...

This was nice! We planned to go there last week end but the rain played spoilt sport..last time I went to vandalur was when I was in school! Can't wait to go there again with hubby!

Renu said...

SR: Visit it no0w..this is the best time, as it is so big and now weather being pleasant one likes walking.

Rhapsody B. said...

Namaste and happy new year. May bht blessings of the Divine rain upon you always.

Thanks for the tour of the zoo.

rhapsody
http://twitter.com/rhapsodyphoenix

Rhapsody B. said...

Namaste...
please swing by and pick up your award.

Renu said...

just coming there:)

sm said...

beautiful pics of zoo