We visited the Mysore Zoo (officially the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens) in the first week of November. I wasn’t really expecting much as most of the Zoo in India aren’t maintained well. I didn’t know however that I was in for a treat.
The moment you enter the zoo, you are treated with 5 healthy looking Giraffes. They are kept in a large area with tall trees surrounding them. For me, Giraffes were the main highlight of the Zoo. After seeing the giraffes, my expectations went up and I must say I was not disappointed at all. The way they have maintained the Zoo and the way the animals are kept is very commendable.
- Zoo timings are from 8.30 AM till 5.30 PM. You should get inside in the morning to avoid crowd.
- There is ample parking space outside the Zoo, so no worries there.
- They don’t allow any types of plastic bags inside the Zoo (plastic bottles are allowed though). They give you replacement paper bags for your plastic bags (kudos to authorities)
Must watch animals inside the Zoo –
- Giraffes of course
- African lions
- African elephants (talk to the Mahavat of the elephants, he is very knowledgeable)
- Entire bird collection
- Entire raptile collection
UPDATE: Now there is one more reason to visit Mysore Zoo often. They’ve got 5 green anacondas in the Zoo. All the anacondas are aged 15 months and slowly they will grow upto 20ft long snakes. Source.
Here are some photos from the visit –
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