After getting ready at the Hotel and having our lunch we were ready to visit our first place which was the Zoological gardens of the city. The Gardens is also known as the Mysore Zoo and is named after the King Shri Chamarajendra Woodeyar. It spawns an area of 157 acres and is one of the oldest zoological gardens in India founded in the year 1892. The zoo has some 170 species of animals housed there. Mysore Zoo is one of the most popular attractions of the city.
The entrance fee of the Zoo was Rs 50 for adults and Rs 25 for children and is opened from 9 AM to 6 PM. The place serves as a perfect location in the city where people can spend time with friends and family. The collection of animals was also vast and ranges from Elephants to giraffes and from Lions to Tigers. The animals are given huge vast enclosures where they could roam around freely and feel more close to nature. There are reptiles too housed in the zoo. Mysore Zoo has largest collection of Elephants in the country.
The best thing about the Zoo was the conservation education given by it especially to the young children who visit to make them aware about Ecological diversity and conservation. Similarly many Research and Study regarding conservation breeding, Rescue and rehabilitation of animals and birds, is done by the zoo from time to time. The other prominent feature of the zoo is the Karanji Lake which comes under it and spawns an area of 77 acres. The Chamundi hills in the background gives the Lake a perfect background a picturesque location.
The time spent at Mysore Zoo was a good one. This zoological garden is no doubt one of the many jewels in the crown of Mysore city and even though it is well maintained by its keepers, there is still some scope for improvement so that the place could be used to its full potential. It was good destination to begin our Mysore trip.
The next place that we decided to visit was the historic Mysore Palace.