What draws thousands of tourists to Mysore every year is not the mere memories of the battles and trophies won by of the Maharajas of Mysore that they had read in their history books while in school but also the immense curiosity for getting to see some very rare species of animals in the Mysore zoo. Yes, the Mysore zoo is perhaps the oldest Zoological gardens in our country. It was established in the year 1892 under the initiative of Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar and so the zoo was named after the Maharaja as ‘Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens’.
The Zoo Vitals: Timings, Entry fee, How to Reach
Any tourist who wishes to visit the Mysore zoo would first want to gather info on the Mysore zoo location.
The Location: Well, the zoo is located in close proximity to the Mysore Palace, more precisely only some 2 kilometers away from the palace and 3 kilometers away from the main bus stop of the city.
How to Reach: The next pertinent question is how to reach Mysore zoo. You can make a by-road journey from Bangalore to the zoo. The distance is some 146 kilometers and the time span required will be more or less around three hours. If you are not comfortable with long distance by-road travel then just halt at a Mysore hotel and book an auto rickshaw to the zoo or simply walk to the zoo depending upon the location of your hotel.
Timings: The zoo remains open for visitors from 8.30 in the morning to 5.30 in evening on all week days except Tuesday. The mysore zoo entry fee for adults is Rs 25/- & for children below 12 years is Rs 10/-
Today this sprawling zoological garden of 245 acres is a great attraction for all nature buffs and animal lovers visiting Mysore. In the historic period, it was royal patronage that supported the zoo. In this modern era the Karnataka government has done much to revamp the zoo, offer it better infrastructure and bring in rare breeds of fauna both indigenous as well as foreign species and all these factors cumulatively led to the huge popularity of the zoo worldwide.
Animals at Mysore Zoo
Now what are the animals you get to see in the Mysore zoo? To name among the major Mysore zoo animals the first and foremost mention must be made of the Gorilla. This is perhaps the only Indian zoo to showcase a gorilla.
Then there are the Chimpanzee, Rhinoceros, Bears, Zebras, Giraffes, African Elephants and White Deer to add to the excitement of the animal lovers. Of the Indian breed animals the major ones are panthers, jackals, lions, leopards, tigers, bison, gaur etc.
The aviary is a marvelous addition to zoo and has turned into a great haven for different species of birds like Gold Peasant, Flightless Emu, Blue Peacocks, Horn Bills to name a few.
Address of the Zoo:
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden
Phone: 0821 244 0752
Open Days: Wednesday to Monday
Tuesday is Closed
Timings: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm