Mysore Zoo / Jayachamarajendra Zoological Gardens
At a distance of 3 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 1.5 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, the Mysore Zoo was established in 1892 by Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar and designed by German Landscaper and Horticulturist Mr. G.H. Krumbeigal. Also known as Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, it is one of the oldest and one of the best zoo parks in South India. It is also one of the best among Mysore places to visit and often used to promote Mysore Tourism along with Mysore Palace and it is another popular attraction not to miss in a Mysore tour package.
The zoo was originally 10 acres and has expanded to over 250 acres currently. Mysore Zoo provides shelter to large number of animal species. The Zoo is famous for breeding some very rare animals in captivity. It has a fine collection of animals like lions, tigers, hyena, deer, elephants, rhinos, king cobras and birds. The highlights of the zoo are Giraffees, Jaguars, African elephants and Wallaby.
The zoo is very organized with a wonderful collection of animals and birds. The vegetation and landscape of the zoo are very well maintained. The sightseeing starts with birds followed by Tiger, Cheetha, Gorilla, Rhino, Zeebra, Bear, Deer, Elephant, Jagurar, Lion, Ghoral, Reptiles, Hippo, Ostrich and ends with Giraffe.
The best time to sight the animals is during the early hours of the morning, before 11 AM. Battery vehicles are available for those who can't walk. The Karanji Lake became part of the zoo and boating facility is available here.
Timings: 8 AM - 5.30 PM. Closed on Tuesdays. Large parking area is available opposite to the zoo.
Entrance Fee: Rs. 50 for adults, Rs. 20 for Children (5-20 years), Rs. 20 for Camera. (Rs. 10 extra on entrance fee on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays)