Karnataka is a premier tourist destination in India. Wildlife sanctuaries and national parks are among the top holiday spots in the state. Bannerghatta National Park blessed with an enriched biodiversity and scenic beauty is an attraction that you can never miss out.
Bannerghatta has a tiger and lion reserve that is known as Bannerghatta Tiger and Lion Reserve. The national park consists of an aquarium, a butterfly park, a zoo, children's park, prehistoric animals' park, crocodile farm, museum and a snake park. Read the following that focuses on the important details of this national park:
Area and Location:
Established in the year 1971, this park is located just 22 km south of Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. The zoological garden spreads over 25000 acres of land. It covers ten reserve forests of the Anekal Range.
Bannerghatta national park has so much to offer to the tourists. The dense forests and scrub land provide refuge to so many wild animals. The national park boasts of one of the largest collections of carnivores in any bio-park in any Indian state. Here follows a list of the main attraction within the park:
- Zoological reserve: As mentioned earlier the region is a tiger and lion reserve that houses many White Tigers, Bengal Tiger and Lions. Elephant, Bison, Spotted Deer, Black Buck, Barking Deer, Leopard, Hyenas, Panthers, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Bear, Monkey etc. Other than this you will find avifauna species also.
Tiger and Lion Safari and Grand Safaris add to the spark of the place. These are conducted by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation. The safari timings are between 10am and 4:30pm.
There are picnic spots and trekking sites like Mirza Hill (1.5 km) and Uddigebande (3.5 km) a natural rock formation called Hajjamana Kallu (3 km). If you get tired after being in a jungle safari, there are areas to relax. Take a chance to spend some time beside the pond in the zoological garden.
- Zoo: The zoo is the center of attraction for the children and old alike. The zoo which remains closed on Tuesday showcases a reptile park and a small theater.
- Butterfly Park: Bannerghatta Biological Park boasts of the country's first Butterfly Park. The Butterfly Park was inaugurated on November 25, 2006. The park spreads over 7.5 acres of land and displays a butterfly conservatory, museum and an audio-visual room. It is very interesting to know that a living environment has been created within the circular enclosure of the butterfly park. The tropical environment thus created houses 20 species of butterflies.
- Biological reserve: The biological reserve belongs to an Elephant Corridor that is connected with the B.R. Hills, Sathyamangalam forest areas. The forest areas extend all the way up to Waynad.
- Flora: The rich flora of the park comprises of moist deciduous teak forest. Bamboos are also found here and there. Shorea talura, Schleichera oleosa, Terminalia tomentosa, Emblica officinalis, Anogeissus latifolia, T. arjuna. Grewia tilaefolia, sandal, neem, Santalum album, tamarind, chujjullu, Vitex altissima, jalari, Wrightia tinctoria, Randia sp. Zizphus sp. and Albizzia sp, Samanea saman, Peltphorum pterocarpum, Eucalyptus, Bauhinia purpurea, etc. are the predominat tree species.
When to visit?
The temperature ranges from 25°C to 30 °C. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from September to January. The park is open on all days except Tuesday. The visiting hours are between 9am and 5pm.
The park is only 22 km away from the capital state. So you can choose any hotel in Bangalore.
How to reach the park?
Bangalore is the nearest airport that is connected with major destinations of the country. The closest railway station is Bangalore. Regular buses ply from Banneghatta Road to the park. The park is 125 km North East from Mysore and 843 km from Mumbai.
What else do you get?
You can also go for Bannerghatta Nature Camp. There are Swiss Tents and Dormitory. The rates vary for Indians and foreign citizens. You can visit Suvarnamukhi Stream and Temple. The hills and reserve forests of Anekal Range are surrounded by ancient temples. You cannot simply escape the breathtaking views of the cascading Suvarnamukhi stream. Suvarnamukhi Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is important as a tourist attraction.
This was all about the Bannerghatta National park which will keep you occupied with its diverse wildlife attractions.