Bannerghatta National Park




Brief


Spread across a sprawling area of over 104.27 sq. km, the Bannerghatta National Park was established in the year 1971. The park has been famously hailed for housing a wide variety of birds and animals, and is especially known for its tiger and lion safari. Boasting of an exquisite variety of flora and fauna, the park is a treat for animal lovers and children.

The park encompasses ten reserve forests of the Anekal Range under the Bangalore Forest Division. Situated at a distance of 22 km from the city of Bangalore, the park houses a zoo, conservatories, and a museum.

There are several small temples that sit atop the hills inside the park that you can pay a visit to. The Suvarnamukhi stream runs across the park and it is believed that the stream originates from the Suvarnamukhi Hill. Just over 2 km from the hill, you can also find the Suvarnamukhi pond which is said to have several curative powers.

In and Around


Feast your eyes on a wide array of wild animals including the likes of Leopards, Lions, Zebras, Bengal Tigers, Panthers, Porcupines, Rhinoceroses, Elephants, Spotted Deer’s, White Tigers, Bison, Panthers, and Bears.

The park authorities have divided the park into separate sections for herbivores and carnivores. Private safaris can be organized as well, but authorities have to be contacted with regards to this aspect.

The park also has the significance of housing the first ever butterfly conservatory in India. The conservatory is circular in shape and spread over an area of 10,000 sq. ft and it is the brainchild of the Zoo Authority of Karnataka, University of Agricultural Sciences and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE). The park is dotted with flora that attracts over 20 different species of butterflies. The conservatory maintains a tropical climate with the necessary humidity level to suit the butterflies.

Children can gather information and improve their biological knowledge by paying a visiting the museum located inside the park that houses several exhibits. Trekking enthusiasts can traverse across the Uddigebande, Hajjamana Kallu and Mirza Hills and visit the small temples that are located in these hills.

Bannerghatta National Park Safari Timings
Bannerghatta National Park Safari options abound in the park. The forest department offers a number of safaris including the grand safari which covers all the four enclosures of the park. Other safaris include the tiger and lion safari, elephant joy ride and a short trek. Safaris are also offered by the jungle lodges. Bannerghatta National Park Safari Timings are 10AM to 4:30PM.

Other Attractions of Bannerghatta National Park
Pearl Valley
Situated around 25 km from the park is the beautiful pearl valley. A popular picnic spot, the area is surrounded by thick vegetation which still harbours some wild animals. 280 steps cut into the rock lead to the bottom of the valley where an ancient Shiva temple is to be seen.

Nrityagram
India’s first dance village, the Nrityagram is situated just 32 km from the park. The spring festival held at the place in February each year witnesses culture enthusiasts from Bangalore and other cities come to the place in large numbers.

Best Time


Best Time to visit Bannerghatta National Park is from September to January

How to Reach


By Air
The nearest airport to Bannerghatta National Park Museum is bengaluru international airport, bengaluru which is 51 KM away from Bannerghatta National Park Museum .

By Rail
Bangalore railway station is the closest point from the park.

By Road
The park is located an hour’s drive away from the city of Bangalore. There are regular buses that connect the various areas of Bangalore to Bannerghatta National Park.

Stay / Eat


Where to Stay
Bannerghatta Nature Camp
Bannerghatta Biological Park,
Around Bangalore 560 083 Karnataka, India

Jungle Lodges Bannerghatta Nature Camp
Bannerghatta, Bengaluru,
Karnataka 560001

Where to Eat
The Bannerghatta National Park has been strictly made a plastic free zone . The Children’s corner is surrounded by many stalls and push cart vendors selling mouth watering Indian chaats and snacks which are very expensive. Sweet & Dry roasted corn and peanuts are also sold. The National Park also has a Hill View Restaurant maintained by Jungle Lodges and Resorts just a few yards outside the zoo which provides food on order, to the visitors. There is a Dosa camp on the opposite of the Entrance of the Park which serves hot Dosas & other food stuff but food there is expensive and not up to the mark. You can get your food packed from home.
If you are going on a weekday, the stalls inside the Zoo serve great varieties of food, although it will be better if you carry some food with you.

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