Mysore Zoo / Jayachamarajendra Zoological Gardens
At a distance of 3 km from Mysore Railway Station, the Mysore Zoo is a zoological park situated in Mysore. Also known as Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, it is one of the oldest zoo parks in South India, and among the must include places in Mysore packages.
The Mysore Zoo was established in the year 1892 by Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar and designed by German Landscaper and Horticulturist Mr. GH. Krumbeigal. It is one of the best Mysore tourist places, and often used to promote Mysore Tourism along with Mysore Palace.
The zoo was originally 10 acres and has expanded to over 250 acres currently. Mysore Zoo provides shelter to a 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, hyenas, deer, elephants, rhinos, king cobras, and birds. The highlights of the zoo are Giraffes, 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, Cheetah, Gorilla, Rhino, Zeebra, Bear, Deer, Elephant, Jaguar, 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. Karanji Lake became part of the zoo and a boating facility is available here.
Timings: 8 AM - 5.30 PM, Closed on Tuesdays
Entrance Fee: Rs. 50 for Adults, Rs. 20 for Children (above 5 years), & Rs. 20 for Camera. (Rs. 10 extra on entrance fee on Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays)