Lions, Tigers, Birds And Reptiles: Here's Why You Should Visit The Mysore Zoo

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Heading to Mysore for a quick getaway? Then you have to check out Mysore Zoo with your family, squad or even bae (romantic date, maybe?). Located at about 142 kilometers from the city, you can drive down to Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, popularly known as Mysore Zoo and make it a road trip. The Zoo has a history of about 125 years, spread over an area of 78 acres and continues to shelter more than 168 species from all over the world. As you walk through the entrance, chances are that you might be reminded of the movie - We Bought A Zoo! You can either choose to walk around the zoo or just hop on the seven-seater battery-operated boogie for a rather hefty price.  

Keep your sports shoes on the ready because the walk will not be short. The zoo is open from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM on all days (except Tuesdays), the best time to visit is around 11 AM. The tickets are priced at INR 60 for adults, INR 30 for children. Spot the cutest giraffes eating leaves off giant trees, rhinos, monkeys, baby elephants with their mamas and a huge variety of birds( we mean it when we say huge variety. Our personal favourite is the white tiger in its element and all the visitors marvelling its beauty. If you like reptiles, you are in for a treat. There’s the King Cobra, Indian Cobra, Anaconda, Crocodiles, Iguana and wild lizards. There are free water taps and toilets along the route that one could make use of. If you get hungry, there is a food court inside the zoo as well. Mysore Zoo also has an adoption scheme for their animals. You can sponsor an animal for a period of time and hey, it’s not as expensive as you might think. 


If you don't want to stand in a long queue, you can also book your tickets online. There's also paid parking opposite the zoo for anyone who's driving down from the city. Now the whole tour of the zoo takes a good 3-4 hours but if you're not game for a long walk, opt for the battery car at INR 150 per person. Now if you happen to be in Mysore, here are some of the other things you can do. 

COVID-19 Tip: They have sanitisation spots at points throughout the zoo and all vehicles are sanitised after every trip. Please carry masks, sanitizers and maintain social distancing. 


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