“Traveling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like Breathing.”– Gayle Foreman.
Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens or Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world (Started in 1892 with 10.9 acres that time). Now its spread over 150+ acres, housing more than 1400+ specimens belonging to 160+ species, representing more than 30 countries.
Please note that the zoo is closed on Tuesdays. Rest of the days, its open from 08:30 AM -05:30 PM.
Area is lush green and you will not feel tired if u can manage to walk in the shade. There are also enough benches to take rest at every corner. Zoo is well planned and clean, the explanations are written in an interesting way and the directions within the zoo is clearly marked. There are washrooms, child care rooms and drinking water here and there.
Be ready to walk for around 4+ Kms and might need around 5+ hours to cover the entire zoo.
One specialty of the zoo is its Adoption scheme. One can adopt animals and has to give expenses of adopted animal till its death. Many celebrities, politicians, Industrialists, Cricketers, and even some corporates have adopted animals.
The zoo had gifted India its first pair of gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees in 1977. Likewise, the zoo had brought giraffes from Germany, red kangaroos from Washington DC and lemurs from Duke University. The nearby lake, Karanji lake is also a part of Mysore zoo now.
This zoo follows an open zoo concept, where carnivorous and other huge animals are not kept in the cage bars and are allowed to roam around freely, within a specific boundary.
There is enough parking available near by the zoo. There are also many small shops where snacks and juice are available.
Ticket Rate (as of Dec2018):
Adult: Govt. Holidays & Weekend days: Rs 80 and Weekdays: Rs 60
Child: Govt. Holidays & Weekend days: Rs 40 and Weekdays: Rs 30
Tickets can be booked online in the website.
This is a common tour destinations for people in Bangalore, Mysore, Calicut, Wayanad and so on. So expect good rush throughout the year.
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens,
Zoo Main Road Indiranagar,