Mysore Zoo

Activity Charges / Entry Fee: INR 50 for adults, INR 20 for children
Time Required
About 3 hours
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Difficulty Level
Best Suited For
Families with kids

Quick Info

Mysore Zoo, also known as 'Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens', is a popular tourist attraction in Mysore for families with kids. The Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in India. It is home to a variety of animals including elephants, zebras, lions, tigers, white rhinoceroses and anacondas. The zoo is 3 km away from the Mysore Railway Station. It takes about 12 minutes to reach the zoo from the station. The best time to visit the zoo is either before 11:00 AM or after 3:00 PM. Birds are more active in the morning and mammals are more active during late afternoons. 

Rankings & Ratings

One of the oldest and most popular zoos in India.
Editor's Rankings

#2 in 6 Things to Do in Mysore
#1 in 2 National Parks/Gardens in Mysore

TripAdvisor Ratings

Editor's Review

The Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in India. It features a wide variety of animals. The zoo is large and quite well-maintained. You must visit the zoo before 11:00 AM or after 3:00 PM to get the best experience. On weekends and holidays, the zoo has a lot of visitors and parking becomes difficult. If you choose the battery-operated vehicle, it takes less time to cover the zoo and you will not get very tired also.


  • Centrally located in the city.
  • Large, well-maintained with lots of greenery.
  • Good shady places to sit.
  • Many varieties of birds and animals.


  • Parking can be difficult if there are more tourists.
  • Gets overcrowded on weekends and holidays.
  • Not many vehicles available.
  • Food inside the zoo premises is not very good.

Detailed Info

Mysore Zoo, also known as 'Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens', is one of the oldest zoos in India. The 157-acre zoo features a wide variety of birds and animals including elephants, green anacondas, giraffes, zebras, lions, tigers, crocodiles, white rhinoceroses, and baboons. The Mysore Zoo was created in 1892 on 10 acres of Maharaja Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar's summer palace. It was gradually expanded and later opened to public in 1902. When the zoo completed a century in 1992, several renovations were made to the zoo and new buildings were added. The Karanji Lake is situated on the eastern side of the zoo.

The zoo remains open from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. But from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the animals are not very active because of the heat. So it is best to visit the zoo before 11:00 AM or after 3:00 PM. The zoo usually gets crowded during weekends and government holidays. If you happen to visit the zoo at this time, it is best to reach the zoo as early as possible. The zoo remains closed on Tuesdays. 

The zoo ticket costs INR 50 for adults and INR 20 for children. But on weekends and government holidays, the ticket costs INR 60 for adults and INR 30 for kids. You can choose to take the zoo's battery-operated vehicle so that you can cover the zoo in less time.