Mysore Zoo Entry Ticket Fee
Mysore Zoo Ticket Price on "Weekdays (Mon-Fri)"Adult: Rs.50/-
Mysore Zoo Ticket Price on "Peakday (Public Holidays) / Weekends (Sat-Sun)"Adult: Rs.60/-
Mysore Zoo Camera Ticket CostStill Camera: Rs.20/-
Video Camera: Rs.150/-
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Mysore Zoo Timings
|Monday||8:30 am – 5:30 pm|
|Tuesday||Closed / Holiday|
|Wedesday||8:30 am – 5:30 pm|
|Thursday||8:30 am – 5:30 pm|
|Friday||8:30 am – 5:30 pm|
|Saturday||8:30 am – 5:30 pm|
|Sunday||8:30 am – 5:30 pm|
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Mysore Zoo Address: Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Indiranagar, Mysuru, Karnataka, 500063, IndiaLinks: Website | Map
3 km from the heart of the city, Mysore zoo is famed to be one of the oldest and the largest zoos in India. It is just 2 km away from the popular Mysore Maharaja Palace. With the beauty of Chamundi hills beside it, it offered not just a rich flora and fauna but also a breath-taking scenic beauty, incomparable to any other. Mysore zoo also had record number of housing various avian species, which are more than 40 other countries in the world. It is known for breeding of rare animals which is a feature present in very few other zoos in the world. Another feature to its credit is that number of visitors that it attracts every year; it is said that more than 2 million of tourists visit Mysore zoo in a year from all over the world.
Mysore Zoological Park History
Primarily this zoo was called as 'Khasa Bangle' or ‘Private Bungalow’ and used to be a unique zoo which was spread over an area of 10 acres, housing different kinds of birds. It was established by the then Mysore ruler Chamarajendra Wadiyar Bahadur in 1892.
It was later called as Palace Zoological gardens. However, again it’s name was changed to Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in the year of 1909. This was done in respect to the king Chamarajendra Wadiyar Bahadur whose efforts led to the establishment of this zoo. In 1948, the administration of zoo was shifted to Horticulture department from palace. Later, these zoological gardens eventually in 1979 were transferred to the Zoo Authority of Karnataka.
Although initially the area of zoo was 10.3 acres, in 1907, an additional area of 6.22 acres was merged with the zoo, while later it was again increases to an area of 45 acres. The area of the zoo was again extended to over 80 acres over a period of few years.
Fauna at Mysore Zoo
Mysore Zoo boasts of amazing and rare variety of fauna. For instance, it is the only Indian zoo that has all three species of Rhino i.e. white, black and Indian rhino. Brown bear, sloth bear, brown lemur, Nilgiri langur, chimpanzee, orangutan and the Himalayan bear are a few other wild animals that can be spotted here. This zoo is also known for its tigers. It is also said to be one of the main center which has seen fast multiplication of tigers. Many of these animals here have been listed in the books of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
A very unique feature of Mysore Zoo is its role in the adoption and rearing of animals from around the world. Many endangered species are brought here for for conservation and protection of animals. Many exotic animals are displayed in natural environment so as to create awareness about their protection and to offer an educative experience about them.
It was in Mysore zoo, that pair of Orangutans, Gorilla and some Chimpanzees were brought in an Indian zoo for the first time (1977). This zoo had also received calves of elephant, tiger and leopard cubs, etc. that were successfully raised here. It had also received Giraffe from Germany in 1986, pair of Red Kangaroos from Washington DC, lemurs from Duke University along with the opportunity to raise rare species such as Red Ibis, Penguins, Indian Rhinoceros, Hanuman Langurs, White Peafowl, Binturong, etc.
With Karanji Lake being included in the zoo, the zoo now attracts of a range of birds as well. Keeping its increasing avian fauna in consideration, there are plans to develop a bird sanctuary around the lake as well.
Flora at Mysore Zoo
This zoo boasts of many exquisite species of plants as well. The zoological garden presents a range of ornamental plants and trees, some of which are even brought from outside India. It is estimated to have about 85 different species of trees along with 35 varying species of ornamental plants. The flora of the zoo creates a landscape which not only accentuates the beauty of the place but build a favorable environment for the animals and birds to survive in the best possible way.
Best time to visit to Mysore Zoo
The zoo is open on all days of the week. It is closed on Tuesday. Mysore zoo timings are 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. However, if you like bird watching then the best time to visit in morning as birds are said to be more active during early hours of the day. During summer season, most of the animals and birds stay hidden due to heat, hence it is advisable to visit either before 10.30 AM or after 3 PM in summers.
There is a minimal entry fees for entering the zoo. During weekdays, entry fee for Mysore zoo is Rs.50 per person for adults and Rs.20 per person for children between the age group of 5 to 12 years. During weekends, (Saturday and Sunday, entrance charges are Rs.60/- for adults and Rs.30/- for children. The charges for still camera is also negligible, i.e. Rs.20. For carrying video camera, you need to pay a fee of Rs.150.
Reaching Mysore Zoo
Tourists will not find any problem in reaching Mysore zoo because of its ideal location. It is only 3 km from Mysore bus stand and just 2 km from the Mysore Palace. There are many city buses which run to Mysore zoo. Apart from that visitors can take an auto-rickshaw as well. There are also horse carts running from Mysore Palace to Mysore zoo offering a completely new experience of commuting.