Vandalur is a census town and is a locality in the south of Chennai. it is situated in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. it is a suburb in the southwestern part of Chennai city. Vandalur is called Entrance Gate for Chennai city. It has the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, which houses some rare species of wild flora and fauna.
The neighbourhood is served by Vandalur railway station of the Chennai Suburban Railway network.Soon the proposed mono and metro rail will connenct with Proposed Vandalur Mofussil bus terminus.Government has proposed a huge bus terminus for the south bound buses in Vandalur on the Vandalur-Walajabadh state highways,adjacent to Chennai outer ring road and very near to the Vandalur Railway station.If this bus terminus starts to function,Vandalur will become the busiest hub in the city.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park:
Arignar Anna Zoological Park located here also known as Vandalur Zoo. The Park was the first public zoo in India. Vandalur Zoo is originally created in 1855 near Park Town, Chennai City. Later in 1875, this zoo had expanded and moved out of the city. In 1979, the Tamil Nadu Forest department moved this zoo to Vandalur reserve forest covering an area of 1300 acres. This zoo was inaugurated in year 1985 and it's one of the largest in South Asia. There are totally 81 enclosures. More than 170 species of mammals, aviaries and reptiles are exhibited in the zoo.
Vandalur hill is part of Arignar Anna Zoological Park and public entry to the hill is restricted. The hilltop provides a beautiful view of Bay of Bengal. Tamil Nadu Forest department has a sapling center under the foothill of Vandalur hill.
This flyover will replace the level crossing near Vandalur railway station. The Rs. 27-crore flyover on the Vandalur-Walajabad Road was inaugurated recently. The 1.48-km-long flyover will replace a level crossing near the Vandalur railway station.