When you enter the vandalur zoo (officially Arignar Anna Zoological Park) and reach the central premises of the zoo, you are welcomed by a wide ticketing section with 20 ticket counters, split into 10 counters each at both sides of the actual entry point.
You can buy entry tickets using cash, or select cards (my HDFC debit card was not accepted). Payment by UPI was not an option. Try to have the correct change to buy the tickets, to avoid hassles while at the counter.
The ticket prices are listed as a chart on both sides of the ticket counters.
The entry fees for vandalur zoo start from ₹0 for kids until age 5, ₹50 until age 12, and to ₹200 for anyone above age 12. Differently abled people can get the ticket for no cost. Government school children and their teachers are charged ₹20.
Foreigners are charged the same fees as Indians, for everything.
|Ticket category (Age)||Price for 1 Indian||Price for 1 foreigner|
|Adult (above 12 years)||₹200||₹200|
|Children (5 to 12 years)||₹50||₹50|
|Infants (under 5 years)||₹0||₹0|
|Government school students/teachers (5 to 12 years)||₹20||Not applicable|
|Differently abled people||₹0||₹0|
Related post: Vandalur zoo timings.
The zoo campus houses a large dedicated parking space for both two-wheeler and four-wheeler vehicles. Bikes, scooters, and bicycles should be parked on the right side of the zoo’s secondary entrance.
The cars and the other four-wheelers can be parked at the huge parking space on the left of the secondary entrance. The parking tickets are provided right behind this entrance gate. The parking ticket is valid for the whole day, unlike the hourly charges that existed previously.
Bicycles and cycle rikshaws can now be parked free of cost. The parking price for a two-wheeler (bike, scooter) is ₹40, an auto rickshaw (three wheeler) is ₹50, a car or a jeep is ₹150, a mini bus/van/tempo is ₹170, and anything beyond (Bus) is ₹200.
|Vehicle category||Price for 1 vehicle|
|Bicycle / cycle rickshaw||₹0|
|Two-wheeler (Bike, scooter)||₹40|
|Car / jeep||₹150|
|Minibus / van / tempo||₹170|
Mobile devices including mobile phones, i-Pads, tablets, and pocket cameras are not charged any fees. For Handy Camera/DSLR, the ticket price is ₹350, and for anything bigger than that like a Video camera, the tickets cost ₹750.
After the new updated pricing structure, foreigners also will have to pay the same fees rather than the extra price they had to pay earlier.
|Camera type||Price for 1 Device|
|Handy Camera (Camera/SLR/ DSLR)||₹350|
Related post: Vandalur Railway station.
The zoo provides bicycles on a rental basis to explore the whole park. These bicycles are well maintained and inspected by a team of mechanics before being provided to visitors. We are expected to return the vehicles in the same condition, as it was while renting them out.
We have to initially pay an advance of ₹200 at the bicycle ticket counter, and get the ticket along with an electronic card which has the time of renting out recorded in it. The rent is charged on an hourly basis of ₹30 per hour.
While returning the bicycle, the total fare is calculated based on the duration of using the bicycle. If the total amount is under ₹200, the remainder is provided back to us from the advance we had paid, while we have to pay more, if it exceeds the advance money.
Electric bicycles aka e-bikes are also provided with an hourly rent of ₹90 with an advance amount of ₹500. In this case, the person that takes out the vehicle should provide their driving license and no other person is allowed to ride the vehicle other than the person that rented the e-bike.
Battery vehicles are operated at periodic intervals costing ₹150 for adults and ₹50 for children, inside the Arignar anna zoological park. The lion and deer safari (temporarily closed) costs ₹150 for adults and ₹30 for children. The costs are the same for both Indian citizens and foreigners.
The waiting time for a battery vehicle trip will be more depending on how big the waiting queue is. One trip in the vehicle is estimated to be a minimum of 45 minutes around the park, with 5 stops at specific places. The vehicles only have a roof and are open on the sides, front, and back.
|Vehicle / Age||Price for 1 person|
|Battery vehicles for adults (above 12 years)||₹150|
|Battery vehicles for children(5 to 12 years)||₹50|
|Lion and deer safari for adults (above 12 years)||₹150|
|Lion and deer safari for children(5 to 12 years)||₹30|
The zoo provides some essential facilities such as toilets, mothers' feeding rooms, and RO water taps at various spots in the park. These facilities can be used free of cost. Always look out for the maps that are available at every nook and corner of the park, to navigate to any of these buildings.
Tickets can also be booked online by logging into Arignar Anna zoological park’s official website. ₹18 GST is charged over the total bill amount for online bookings. Yet, you’ll need to print the tickets at the counter, to be allowed in.
A minimum of one adult entry ticket has to be bought, to buy any other tickets. A maximum of up to 200 tickets can be booked online.