The Mysore Zoo
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, popularly known as ‘Mysuru Zoo’, was initially a private zoo of the royal family. Spread over a vast area of 150 acres, the zoo was opened to the public in the early 1920s. In 2018, during the Dasara Festivities in October, the Zoo recorded 45000 visitors in a single day.
One of the oldest Zoos in India, it houses over 168 species of animals and birds, belonging to more than 25 countries. It is arguably the second-best place to visit in Mysore after the Mysore Palace. It is the only zoo in the country to have a Gorilla. The other exotic animals that add to its highlights are Giraffes, Zebras, White Deer, African Elephants, Bears, Porcupines, Rhinoceros, Tapir and Otters. While at the Zoo, do not be surprised to witness the beautiful dancing peacocks.