Mysore Zoo Overview

Ranked 2 of 147 sightseeing in Mysore

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 72
  • Very Good 9
  • Average 7
  • Good 4
  • Below Average 2
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
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  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed
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Timing, fees and more

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Operating hours

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
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Entry:
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95% voted as clean

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Reviews and Ratings

Ajith G a

Ajith G a4.3/5

97 reviews

Well Maintained !!

Mysore zoo is one of the must visit places!I visited the place recently and will try to explain all aspects of it.Reaching the zooVery easy to reach and it's on the main road.Parking They have huge parking place and they can accommodate a large no of vehicles.EntryPrices are as follows For adults - 50 on weekdays and 70 on weekends & government holidays .For children (5-12 years) - 20 on weekdays & 30 on weekend's and government holidays.Bags and luggage :You can carry ur bags inside.They dont allow plastic bags of any sort.If you have some snacks they will transfer them to paper bags and you can carry them in.If you have more luggage they can be placed in the baggage counter.Inside the Zoo.The zoo is very large and there are a lot of animals to be seen. There are a lot of sign boards giving exact information.It takes around 2 hrs approximately to cover the complete place.Take water bottles and caps with you.Restrooms are available inside.You can also opt for battery car ride for which tickets have to purchased along with entry tickets.Food :There is a food counter inside servig some decent food and snacks.Other Facilities:They have a selfie point and a souvenir shop near the exit gate.The complete place is very clean and we'll maintained.Must visit place.

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  • Well Maintained !!
  • Well Maintained !!
  • Well Maintained !!
  • Well Maintained !!
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Ashutosh bhatikar

Ashutosh bhatikar4.3/5

9 reviews

Mysore Zoo animal lover's delight

Zoo opens up at 8:45 am. Closed on Tuesdays. Since we stayed at the Quorum hotel, it was just 3km away. We started early after a heavy breakfast at the hotel. Took a Ola auto and reached zoo in 10 mins. Tickets is Rs. 50 per adult. Zoo has a variety of , reptiles, two , two , six leopards,a cheetah, elephants, , hippopotamus, giraffes and many more. Zoo is well equipped with clean toilets and RO drinking water facilities at different check points. Zoo also has couple of restaurants and souvenir shops. Over all my kids loved this experience and it was worth value for money. A must visit place.

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Priyanka Gupta

Priyanka Gupta4.3/5

3 reviews

Nice and Well Maintained Zoo

The Zoo has many animals which one may not probably see in other zoos like Giraffe, Tiger, lion, Hypo, bear etc. It is well maintained and has electric cars. there is fixed time slots for electric cars. Make sure you book your slot before hand. Electric cars starts at 2:30 in afternoon after lunch. So plan accordingly.as there is a lunch break in between
  • Nice and Well Maintained Zoo
  • Nice and Well Maintained Zoo
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Ramakumar Kumar

Ramakumar Kumar4.3/5

8 reviews

Must visit Zoo

This zoo is well maintained with clean surroundings.You will like animals & birds.I went with my daughter Pooja 8 yrs old she enjoyed it. We particularly liked Elephants & Giraffees.Some animals are named & their birthdays are written.Discription of animals is also good.Lot of birds,snakes ,& crocodiles are there. Canteen is also clean & food is tasty.Lot of trees with names.Tips .Take a battery vehicle ride if you can not walk.Avoid going around 11 Am some animals are sleeping.

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Prakash Sheth

Prakash Sheth4.3/5

71 reviews

Mysore zoo

a must visit place in mysore .125 yr old park houses many species of animLs ,birds nd reptiles available.spread over vast area .well maintained.clean and good atmospherea must visit place,in mysore,

Gowthama Rajavelu

Gowthama Rajavelu4.3/5

1 review

Pleasant place to visit ..

If you really interested in species, Mysore Zoo is the place for you. You can see numerous species there. The place is small but the way they have maintained the place must be appreciated. Being an birder, I felt bad about the birds being caged within a small area. Great Indian Malabar Hornbill and Flamingo are extremely sensitive birds and watching them within the closed area was heartbreaking. But everyone cannot get a chance of watching them in its natural habitat so its fine. One attractive thing about the zoo is the bird cage. It was designed in a way that people can walk through it and watch the birds at close proximity. It was such a wonderful experience. You could see pelicans, painted storks, night herons, spoonbills and herons at very close distance. Kudos to the zoo authorities who is behind such a dynamic concept. There was another cage under development that has some beautiful duck species. Bad luck for me, I could see them very closely but I am sure it will be ready in another two months. Overall, it was a pleasant journey. I spent around 2 hours. It was completely worthy of it.

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Gowtham

Gowtham3.9/5

2 reviews

Species is more and good maintenance

If you really interested in species, Mysore Zoo is the place for you. You can see numerous species there. The place is small but the way they have maintained the place must be appreciated. Being an birder, I felt bad about the birds being caged within a small area. Great Indian Malabar Hornbill and Flamingo are extremely sensitive birds and watching them within the closed area was heartbreaking. But everyone cannot get a chance of watching them in its natural habitat so its fine. One attractive thing about the zoo is the bird cage. It was designed in a way that people can walk through it and watch the birds at close proximity. It was such a wonderful experience. You could see pelicans, painted storks, night herons, spoonbills and herons at very close distance. Kudos to the zoo authorities who is behind such a dynamic concept. There was another cage under development that has some beautiful duck species. Bad luck for me, I could see them very closely but I am sure it will be ready in another two months. Overall, it was a pleasant journey. I spent around 2 hours. It was completely worthy of it.

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Nikita Shah

Nikita Shah5.0/5

39 reviews

Well planned and well maintained - Must See

I have been to zoos in India and abroad and whenever I visit a zoo abroad I get a feeling as to why cant 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

Palanivel r4.3/5

3 reviews

Nice Place For kids

Good Place For Sightseeing and beautiful place. Maintenance is good .Mysore zoo opening 7 am upto 5pm for visitors. there is a good restaurant . kids will enjoy here.

Sreeranga kumar Alur

Sreeranga kumar Alur5.0/5

1 review

Cleanest and very nice

Very impressive maintenance of cleanlinessLot 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