February 25, 2010

One of the oldest and beautiful zoos - Mysore Zoo, India

When you think about Mysore, the heritage city of India, you cannot avoid thinking about two great places – Mysore Zoo and Mysore Palace. Mysore zoo is one of the oldest and most beautiful zoos in India.

The King of Mysore, Chamaraja Wodeyar established Mysore zoo in his Summer Palace aka Pleasure Palace, in the year of 1892. In the beginning the zoo was established with just 10 acres. The King kept on increasing the area of the zoo later and also opened it for public. Whenever he travelled to other countries or other parts of India, he used to bring rare animals to this zoo. After independence, the Indian Government took control of this zoo and extended the area further.

The century old zoo, which is officially called as Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, has a lot of rare animals even today. Giraffe, chimpanzee, African elephant, and various colorful birds are some of the highlights of the zoo. You can find almost all the animals and birds such as tiger, elephant, monkey, deer, bear, leopard, lion, peacock, snakes, crocodiles, etc. in this zoo. The zoo is well maintained and also organized properly so that you won’t miss any animal/bird. There are many cafeterias, small parks, and rest rooms all over the zoo, which make you to visit the zoo completely without getting tired.

The zoo is located hardly at a distance of about 3 km from the city bus stand and railway station, thus making it easily reachable. The zoo is very near even to the famous Mysore Palace. The Mysore zoo is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm on all days except Tuesday. Don't ever miss this place even if you visited many other zoos.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:

Site Name: Mysore Zoo
Site Type: Zoological park
Location: Mysore, Karnataka state, India
Highlight: One of the oldest zoos of India
Nearest Railway Station: Mysore
Nearest Airport: Bangalore
Climate: Warm and cool throughout the year
Local Transport: Well connected by buses, private taxis, and auto rickshaws; (even you can find tongos (horse driven carts)
Hotel: A lot of hotels - budget as well as high class - throughout the city
Restaurants: Mysore's cuisine is rice-based; Idlis and dosas are also famous; You can find a lot of restaurants both vegetarian and non-vegetarian throughout the city

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