Location - LMS Vellayambalam Road, Near Museum Police Station
Timings: 09:00 AM - 05:15 PM (closed on Monday)
Covering an area of 55 acres of land, Thiuvananthapuram Zoo is one of the most popular attractions of Thiuvananthapuram (Trivandrum). The zoo has over 80 species of animals. It was built in the 19th century and thus is the oldest zoo in Asia. Visitors can see animals like lion-tailed macaque, white tiger, langur, Asiatic lion, Nilgiri Tahr, turtles, zebras and lake. Vultures, pelicans and ostrich are some of the bird species found here.
Some of the other highlights at Thiruvananthapuram zoo are leopards, hippos, cape buffalos, barking deer, anaconda enclosure and snakes like viper and cobra. Do not forget to capture these animals in your cameras roaming freely. This is one of the best places to visit with kids in Thiruvananthapuram.
The ruler of Travancore between 1830 and 1847, Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, founded a small animal park where he kept animals like royal tigers, deer, and boar. In the year 1857, his brother Uthram Thirunal and British Resident William Cullen formally established the zoo as an extension to the Napier Museum.
Thiruvananthapuram zoo was earlier constructed with iron-barred cages and was for recreational purposes. After loss of wildlife and forest, its purpose changes to conservation of animals. In 1995, under modernization project old cages were replaced with capacious naturalistic enclosures.
Adults- INR 10
Children below 12 years and above five years- INR 5
Family tickets (Father, Mother and two children) - INR 25
Group (35 or less number of students and two teachers) - INR 130
Parking- INR 100
Camera - INR 25
Video- INR 75