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Chennai: Outing Ideas

Government Museum

Known as the Madras Museum, the museum is the second oldest museum in India. It is particularly rich in archaeological and numismatic collections. It has the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside Europe. Many of the buildings within the Museum campus are over 100 years old.

Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai – 600 008.

Time: 9.30 am to 5 pm (Closed on Fridays and National Holidays)

Contact: 044 28193238

http://www.chennaimuseum.org/

Guindy Snake Park and Children’s Park

At the snake park, one can see King Cobra, pythons, vipers and other reptiles. There is a children’s park and play area at the northeast corner of the complex.

Time: Snake Park is from 9 am to 5.30 pm Children’s Park is from 9 am to 6 pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Contact: 24321471

Semmozhi Poonga

Semmozhi Poonga is a botanical garden in Chennai set up by the horticulture department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The garden houses some exotic flora and rare plant species, medicinal and aromatic herbs.

No 31, Near Gemini Flyover, Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai – 600086

Time: Garden: 6 am to 8 am Park: 10 am to 8 pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Crocodile Park

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology is one of the largest reptile zoos in the world and one of the oldest non government environmental organisations in Asia.

Post Bag No 4, Mamallapuram- 603 104, Tamil Nadu

Time: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm, closed on Mondays

Contact no: 9840542337/ 044-27472958

http://www.madrascrocodilebank.org/cms/

Fort St. George Museum

It contains many relics of the Raj era, including portraits of many of the Governors of Madras.

Rajaji Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Time: 10 am to 5 pm, closed on Fridays

Contact: 044-25671127