Mysore Zoo is South India’s biggest and oldest zoo. The variety of animals and birds that can be admired at is worth appreciating. The zoo also hosts some of the exotic species like Giraffe and Zibras. You can also spot a white peacock and an elegant white tiger in the Zoo.
Located very close to the Mysore palace, this world renowned Zoo fits perfectly in your one day itinerary of Mysore. Mysore Zoo is a bit commercial but, totally worth your time if you admire wildlife and the forest dwellers. The Zoo also has a reptile section where you can spot King cobra, giant pythons and many other snake species.
The Mysore Zoo is actually pretty vast! You have to walk a good 3 KMs to be able to view all the species. However, if you skip some portions, you can save 1 Km or so. My favorite animal here was the very elegant Giraffe. I couldn’t help but stare away at this glorious herbivore! I wonder how spectacular would it be to witness them in their full grandeur in Africa! I have heard of some stays there where a Giraffe feeds on plants in your room’s balcony! Must be an amazing feeling I wonder.
Many wild animals are adopted by individuals. You can also contribute in the well being of these animals by adopting one. Anil Kumble has apparently adopted the African lion! For more information on adoption, you can visit the adoption section Zoo’s official site.
Here, I present you the best pictures from my trip to Mysore Zoo. Below the slideshow, you will find some relevant information & FAQs which will help to plan your trip better.
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1) What are the Zoo timings?
8:30 AM to 5: 30 PM. Saturday timings are also the same. The Zoo is open on Sundays but closed on Tuesdays.
2) What is the best time to visit the Zoo?
The best time would be before 11 AM or after 3 pm. Due to intense heat at times, the animals prefer to rest in shades during 11 am to 3 pm.
3) How big is the Zoo?
There are 1450 individual creatures belonging to 170 species in Mysore Zoo. To cover all the species, you need to walk around 3 KMs!
4) What are the ticket charges?
Rs 60 on saturdays, sundays and holidays. On other days, it is Rs 50. For children between 5 – 12 yrs, the charge is Rs 20. Children younger than 5 years are allowed for free. Still Camera charge is Rs 20 and Video Camera would cost Rs 150.
5) How long would it take to see the entire zoo?
It should take around 3 hours if you decide to see each species.
6) What are the highlights of the Zoo?
White tiger, white peacock, African lion, Giraffe, Zebra, Ape and much more.
I hope you find this post useful. Let me know in case you have any questions. If you have been to Mysore zoo, I would be glad to hear your experience.