Mysore Zoo, Mysore

Mysore Zoo

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About Mysore Zoo

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 8.30 AM - 5.30 PM , Saturday: 8.30 AM - 5.30 PM , Sunday: 8.30 AM - 5.30 PM , Public Holidays: 8.30 AM - 5.30 PM

Mysore Zoo is a popular place of tourist interest. Mysore Zoo is considered as one of the best zoological gardens in India as it is home to diverse species of mammals, birds and reptiles.

Mysore Zoo was established by Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar, an architect of modern Mysore, in the year 1892. Mysore Zoo, earlier known by the name ‘Palace Zoo’, was limited to the royal family in its initial stages. It was later opened to the public by Maharaja Chamarajendra Wodeyar owing to its recreational and educational significance.  ‘Palace Zoo’ was renamed as ‘Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens’ in the year 1909.

Mysore Zoo plays an active role as it is involved in the captive breeding programme for the endangered species and also in other conservation activities. Mysore Zoo acts as an ‘orphanage’ to rear abandoned animals like young apes, calves of elephants and gaur, and cubs of tigers and leopards.

Mysore Zoo is also notable for the breeding of many exotic species like Zebra, Barberry Sheep, Emu, Giraffe, Kangaroo, Chimpanzee, Hippo, Great Indian, One-Horned Rhino, Sangai, Tiger, etc.  Endangered species like Four Horned Antelope, Mouse Deer, Civet, Caracal, Chinkara, Nilgiri Langur, Ring Tailed Lumur, Binturong, Leopard, etc. are also reared and bred in Mysore Zoo.  

Mysore Zoo consists of spacious enclosures, pathways and a veterinary hospital with all modern facilities for animal care. It also encloses Karanji Tank which has been converted to a mini sanctuary for avian species.

Located at a distance of about 2 km from Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo is spread over approximately 250 acres. There is a battery operated vehicle to take visitors through the zoo which costs about INR 125. It takes a minimum of two hours to cover the zoo and tickets are sold from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.

What travellers are saying about Mysore Zoo

Experience scale
  • Excellent 91
  • Very Good 63
  • Good 25
  • Average 8
  • Below Average 2
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/Storage

3 Video Reviews for Mysore Zoo

Abhishek Jain

  • Tourist
  • Abhishek Jain
  • Lives in Guwahati
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  8 readers
  • Posted 2 months ago
Overall Rating
  • 268


  • Tourist
  • Maheshmodi
  •  7 helpful votes
  • Posted Apr 22, 2017
Overall Rating
  • 401

Madhavi Chouthai

  • Tourist
  • Madhavi Chouthai
  • Lives in Mysore
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  49 readers
  • Posted Aug 12, 2016
Overall Rating
  • 609

189 traveller reviews for Mysore Zoo

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Nikita Shah

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  • Nikita Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 photos
  • 32 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  118 readers

"Well planned and well maintained - Must See"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I have been to zoos in India and abroad and whenever I visit a zoo abroad I get a feeling as to why can't we have such a zoo in India?

But Mysore Zoo has surprised me and it is definitely a zoo that matches the international standards. So clean, so organised, so well planned, well fed and well-kept animals, so many varieties of animals (it almost provides shelter to most of the animals that you can think of). Words fall short of appreciating the Mysore Zoo. It is a feast for the kids eyes. A MUST DO on your list if you go to Mysore.

One advice to the travellers - It is a really big zoo and your feet may get tired walking. So buy the ticket for the Buggy at the ticket counter. It is so convenient and takes you around the zoo with stops near all the animal centres. And don't worry you will not miss seeing any animals. They take you around each and every sections of the zoo allowing you to get down and see the animals and take photos.
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Palanivel r

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  • Palanivel r
  • 3 Reviews
  •  199 readers

"Nice Place For kids"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 1, 2017
Good Place For Sightseeing and beautiful place. Maintenance is good. Mysore zoo opening 7 am up to 5pm for visitors. There is a good restaurant. Kids will enjoy here.
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Sreeranga kumar Alur

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  • Sreeranga kumar Alur
  • 1 Review
  •  114 readers

"Cleanest and very nice"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2017
Very impressive maintenance of cleanliness
Lot of animals, pretty ones, great care taken.
Few more attractions are being made, and would await for the same.
RO filtered water available almost everywhere.
It's a no plastic zone and it gives immense pleasure to be a part of such an environment for some time
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  • Manojurmale
  • 1 Review
  •  147 readers

"Excellent zoo"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 9, 2017
Excellent zoo I ever visited Its a worth visiting this site. I advice to all of you please carry water bottle with you as this zoo is so big. And don't disturb those beautiful animals.
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Kaushik kumar bhattacharya

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  • Kaushik kumar bhattacharya
  • 9 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  6443 readers

"Mysore zoo"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2017
Mysore zoo is a must for all visiting Mysore. Superbly maintained zoo with anacondas and African elephant along with other interesting animals. Birds section is very nice with dancing peacocks, ideal for recording. Demarcation excellent and there is no confusion at all. Unfriendly cars are also available. A nice place to enjoy and equally ideal for excursions. Huge car parking fecility is also available just opposite the zoo.
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Muhammed Razil

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  • Muhammed Razil
  • Lives in Kozhikode
  • 72 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  88 helpful votes
  •  912 readers

"Best in South India"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 9, 2017
I have been to Mysore zoo in the last year. Its probably the best zoo in India. Most of the animals live in a spacious forest like environment and the whole area has a green canopy. Presently there are 1450 individuals belonging to 170 different species. Zoo is extended over 80 acres of land. It will take almost 2-3 hours to watch zoo completely.

Zoo is very well-maintained and structured. Information boards are kept at the right place. One can easily get information about the spacious.

Plastic bags are not allowed inside the zoo,. The staff will check our bag before entering into the zoo.

I recommend its a worthy place to visit for family with children.
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Afzal khan

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  • Afzal khan
  • 2 Reviews
  •  285 readers

"Pollution free city with lots of greenery"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 29, 2016
It is one of the finest zoo, the one I have seen - neat and eco friendly. The animal worth seeing are jaguar, cheetah, Indian wild bison, tiger, zebra, etc.
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Rashmin Joshi

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  • Rashmin Joshi
  • Lives in Morvi
  • 149 photos
  • 84 Reviews
  •  300 helpful votes
  •  82093 readers

"The best zoological park!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2016
This zoo hosts wide variety of wild animals and birds and it's a plastic free zone, it gives back half the money that you spent by buying plastic water bottles by giving it back to the zoo authorities. Walk around the zoo may take 3-4 hours. Battery cars are available if you do not want to walk. Please do not disturb, tease or feed animals. No photography as it may agitate the animals.
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Venkata surya mohan Kotha

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  • Venkata surya mohan Kotha
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  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 21 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  12017 readers

"Excellently Maintained Zoo"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 15, 2016
Must visit for all animal lovers. Very well maintained Zoo with a number of animals. Limited facilities for Buggies for senior citizens and needs to be added.
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Sri Krishna khandelwal

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  • Sri Krishna khandelwal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 22 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  11158 readers

"Best Zoo in India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 6, 2016
In this zoo we can find giraffe which is found rarely in any Zoo in India. Kids will enjoy the most as variety of animals are here. Food shops are available which will make sure visitors don't strive from hunger. Very close to city and Mysore Palace.
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