Located in the heart of Thrissur city, the zoo is home to a wide variety of animals, reptiles and birds. Built in 1885, it is one of the oldest in the country, and one of the two zoological parks in Kerala.
As we observe Wildlife Week from October 2 to 8, it is worth remembering that the Thrissur Zoo is one of the best examples in the country of wildlife housed in a natural habitat, and is spruced up with timely maintenance.
Situated in 13.5 acres of land, the Thrissur Zoo premises are home to a Zoological Garden, Botanical Garden, a Natural History Museum, an Art Museum and a 3D Theatre. The Art Museum houses an exquisite collection of wood-carvings, metal sculptures, Kathakali figurines, ancient jewellery and some beautiful traditional Kerala lamps.
Open all days except Mondays, the zoo is home to 50-odd varieties of wild animals. Tigers, Deer, Lions, Sloth Bears, Monkeys, Hippopotamus, Camels, Crocodiles Mithun of the north-eastern hills and Lion-Tailed Macaques are some of the animals in the zoo. There is a building exclusively for snakes, where Cobras, Pythons, Kraits, Vipers and Rat Snakes command a lot of fearful attention from tourists.
Birdwatchers too will have their share of joy as Pink Pelican, Emu, Hornbill and African Grey Parrot are some of the varieties of birds in the zoo. The presence of butterflies such as Blue Mormon, Common Mime, Southern Birdwing and Mottled Emigrant adds greater charm to the zoo visit.
A new zoo is coming up at Puthur in Thrissur, and animals as well as birds will be shifted in phases from the old one at Chembukkav.
Nearest railway station: Thrissur, about 3 km away
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 46 km away
Town Hall Road, Udaya Nagar
Chembukkav, Thrissur - 680020
Phone: + 91 487 2333056