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Amirthi Zoological Park : Chennai has very few one-day getaways unlike cities located on the west coast of India. Amirthi forest is about 170 km from Chennai - about 3 hours drive. If you expect exotic animals and gigantic water falls, then this is not the place for you. It is a small zoo set against the backdrop of Javadhu hills. You can reach Vellore - the medieval town through the Golden Quadrilateral Highway that connects Chennai to Bangaluru and then drive through a narrow state highway to Amirthi.

The eastern Ghat hills - Javadhu Hills has many small reserve forests - Alangayam Reserve Forest, Javadhu Polur Reserve Forest and Pudupalayam Reserve Forest. Reserved forests are set up by the state governments primarily to protect the forest area and keep them safe from hunting and other forms of exploitation. Access to these forests are restricted and most reserve forest access roads would be blocked after 6 pm.

Tamil Nadu Government has converted part of the forest range into a Zoological Park. They have set up an Elephant lodge to care for the captive elephants here.

Amirthi Forest - Vellore

Tucked away about 25 kms from Vellore is the picturesque Amirthi Forest. While one part of the area is maintained and developed as a wildlife sanctuary, a portion of it is open to tourists. Spread over 25 hectares, Amirthi Zoological Park is a popular getaway or picnic spot from Chennai.

The area is lush with trees, herbal plants and different varieties of birds and animals. There is a small waterfall tucked away amidst the ravines and hills.

Located under the Javadu Hills of Tellai, Amirthi offers a reasonable getaway. There is a play park for kids. You can enjoy a good walk along the meandering path cut along the rock steps. Check out accommodation options and facilities from the local forest authorities.

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