Bannerghatta National Park
UnderstandThis 104.3sq.km national park consists mostly of dense forest and scrub land, and is home to wild animals such as tiger,lion, bison, leopard, wild boar as well as being an important corridor for elephants migrating between the eastern and western ghats. Other attractions include a crocodile farm, serpentarium and a newly added butterfly park. In addition, a portion of the park is used as a sanctuary for rescued wild animals,mainly from circuses.
Bannerghatta National Park was established in 1978
You can find everything from avifauna to panthers in the Bannerghatta National Park . The 25,000 acre park is home to panthers, lions, tigers and a large variety of birds. Indulge in your sense of adventure with a Lion and Tiger safari or a Grand Safari(covering herbivores and big cats). Wander through the Zoological Garden, with its canopy of shady and sturdy trees, find a quiet resting spot beside a pond and watch the waterfowl frolic. The zoo boasts an amazing reptile collection; a snake park lets you get up close and personal with the scaly, slithery creatures. A children's corner provides an added attraction. Trekking enthusiasts will enjoy Uddigebande (3.5 km) a natural rock formation called Hajjamana Kallu (3 km) and Mirza Hill (1.5 km)
Covering an area of 104.27 sq km, including ten reserve forests of Anekal Range of the Bangalore Forest Division, the scenic hills are dotted with many ancient temples.
The beautiful Suvarnamukhi stream running through the park, originates in the Suvarnamukhi hills. These hills spread out to a huge rock, about a kilometre long. The Champaka Dharna Swamy temple built in the Dravidian style of the Hoysala age, lies at the foot of the rock. The temple enshrines an image of Vishnu with his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi. The Suvarnamukhi hill also houses a small shrine dedicated to Narasimha, and two km away is the Suvarnamukhi pond. The waters of this pond are believed to have curative powers.
A trip to Bannerghata National Park is truly an unforgettable experience for nature, history, botany and wildlife buffs.
Flora and Fauna
Flora:Dry deciduous forests and thorny scrub, with patches of moist deciduous forests along the streams.
Fauna:Elephant,lion,Bengal tiger,white tiger,panther,bear,bison,spotted deer,birds,butterflies
You can visit the place year round. The weather is moderate in the range of 15 - 22 Degree C all through the year. Best season:Septmeber to Jan
Visitors can reach the Bannergatta National Park,located approximately 22 kilometers out of Bangalore City, very easily by using the public transport. City buses starting from the heart of Bangalore City, with route number 365, keep plying back and forth to the National Park every 20 minutes. The newly released Air-Conditioned Volvo bus no.V365 makes the whole journey a very comfortable and pleasurable one. Volvo Bus no.V365 - Route and Schedule
The entry fee is determined based on what you opt for. There are many options available such as the Zoo + Lion-tiger safari or Zoo + Grand safari or Zoo only. The prices are slightly higher on holidays. The holidays include weekends, national holidays and the whole month of May. The park is closed on Tuesday.
In July 2009 the fee structure was the following:
Butterfly Park: Rs.20, additional fee for photo camera: Rs.20
A variety of animals are looked after here in this National park. The Mammals are left freely in the forest and the visitors are taken around the forest in a well caged mini-bus to view these animals. Different partitions with huge gates and moats separate the forest into the Herbivores section and the Carnivores section. The Herbivores section comprises of few animals like deers, bears and a few monkeys etc. White Tigers, Lions, Bengal Tigers are covered in the Carnivores' section.
The visitors are allowed to view the forest area only in the 'safari' (joy ride) buses and are not allowed to get off the bus whatsoever. The Bannerghatta National Park also boasts of a zoo where reptiles, birds and amphibians are looked after in cages. Animals which are feared from endangerment like Cheetahs, Leopards, Hyenas and Panthers are looked after here in cages.
One can get to look at Rhinoceros, Elephants, Zebras, Porcupines also in the zoo area. Visitors are also lucky to find Chipmunks (American brown squirrel) which are very rare in India.
Once you reach Bannerghatta National Park,go to the Ticket Counter and collect tickets for Grand Safari/Lion&Tiger Safari/Zoo Park. On weekends,it is advisable to reach the park before 2PM to avoid nonavailability of tickets.
Then wait in queue to get inside the green mini-buses meant for safari.
Grand Safari is 16km(to&fro) while Tiger&Lion Safari is 11km(to&fro).
Complete the Safari and get down at Butterfly Park on return way.
Check out the Butterfly Conservatory which houses around 20 species of butterflies,housed in the tropical environmental setting,complete with plants,shrubs and a waterfall.
After that,watch the beautiful exhibits of carefully preserved,exquisitely colored butterflies and moths.
Walk towards the Zoo Park and check out the caged animals and birds as well as the reptiles and snakes inside the zoo compound.
You can buy CDs featuring the butterflies of India,from the Butterfly Park .
The Bannerghatta National Park has been strictly made a plastic free zone and hence all plastic packaged snacks are sold in hand-made paper bags. The Children's corner is surrounded by many stalls and push cart vendors selling mouth watering Indian chaats and snacks. Dry roasted corn and peanuts are popularly bought on demand over here. The National Park also has a Chinese Restaurant and a Canteen built a few yards outside the zoo which provides food on order, to the visitors.
If you are going on a weekday, the stalls inside the Zoo serve great varieties of food, it is also better you carry some food with you. Weekends also have no problem.
You can get carbonated beverages as well as packaged juices inside the zoo park.
Do not put your hands out of the mini-bus while on safari.
Do not try to feed wild animals or birds kept in cages.
If you are using public transport,catch BMTC bus no. 365 or V365(Volvo A/c).
For those who are travelling from Kadugodi / Whitefield to the national park, the best option is to take a daily pass in the Volvo which costs 75Rs. Then take the V335E or V331-A from the Kadugodi bus-stand to Marathahalli. Near the fly-over get down and take the V500C and get down at Jayadeva hospital stop. There you get the V365 which will take you to the park. Travel time on weekends is around 1.5 to 2 hours.
The 500C actually starts from ITPL. So you may also board the 500C directly from the ITPL stop.
People who are from BTM layout can simply go to Hospital Jaydev flyover stop and can catch any G4 or 365, for both ways, going there and coming back, get down and take an auto to your place in BTM, i paid by meter, only 14 ruppees, NO NEED TO SPEND TOO MUCH ON AUTO OR TAXI, the frequency of buses is awesome,every now and then you can get a bus from the national park.