Mysore Zoo is the heart of the city. It is just 2 kilometers from the busstand and 4 kilometers from the railway station.
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens popularly known as Mysore Zoo is spread across 100 hectares of land was started in 1892.
The zoo was opened to public in 1902. This is one of the bst zoos in India and is under the forest department. The Zoo houses many many verities of wildlife including rare animals and birds.
Recently Zoo has got few Anokondas.
A must see for every tourist to Mysore.
Timings: 8.30 am to 5.30pm
Holiday: Every Tuesday.
Best time to visit Zoo: It is better to visit the zoo between 8.30 am to 11am in the morning and after 3pm in the evening. Most of the animals take rest in the after noon. So you will not spot many animals and birds between 11am to 3pm.
Entry fees for Indians: Rs40 for adults. Rs20 for children of age 5-12 years. Free for children below the age of 5.
Entry fees for Foreigners: Rs100 for adults, Rs50 for children.
Video Camera: Rs 150
Still Camera: Rs 20
Luggage room: You can keep your luggage in the luggage room of the zoo for Rs5 per item.
Note: Mysore Zoo is a plastic free zone. Visitors are not allowed carry plastic covers inside the Zoo. Even biscuit packets are not allowed, so take care not to carry them inside the zoo.
Visitors are not allowed feed the animals. It is strictly prohibited.
History of Mysore Zoo
Mysore Zoo was created in 1892. It was started with 10 acres. It was originally called the Palace Zoo. It was set up by G. H. Krubeigal. He is a German landscaper and Horticulturist. In 1902 it was extended to 45acres (18ha). The Zoo was opened to public in 1902. In 1948 it was gifted to the Department of Parks and Gardens of the Mysore State Government. Then it was expanded with another 50 acres.