The “Wildlife” jewel in the crown of Bangalore
When you get to see and live in Bangalore, you will be shocked if I tell you that there is a national forest spread across 115 sq. kms in the vicinity of Bangalore and 26 ks to be precise from Bangalore Railway station!! The way city is growing, one day soon this place will be part of Bangalore!! Hard to believe right?
Guess what, they also have a amazing zoological garden where they have fenced quite a large area allowing animals to roam around freely and the animals include sloth bears, tigers including white tigers, elephants, lions, all kinds of deer, and lot more. There is a safari where you go inside this fenced area either in a Jeep or a bus but get to be among the animals which is extremely nice and highly recommended for children and I feel is the best way to introduce wildlife to them. (I will promise you will not regret) of course yes, I am talking about Bannerghatta National Park and Bannerghatta Zoological park.
Some of the Facts about the Park:
Bannerghatta National Park is located at a distance of 26 km south of Bangalore. This 25,000 acre zoological park was established in 1971 and is one of the major tourist destinations of Bangalore. Ten reserve forests of Anekal Range of the Bangalore Forest Division come under this national park. One of the main attractions of Bannerghatta National Park is lion and tiger safari. The Tiger Reserve of the park has been recognized by the Forest Department of India. The other attractions of this park include its crocodile, snake farm and the Butterfly park.
Area : 115 Sq.km
Distance from Bangalore Central : 26kms
Geo Coordinates: 12.770141, 77.567791
Weekly Closure : Every Tuesday of the week
Safari Details: Zoo, Butterfly Park, Boating from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and for Safari from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The Park is closed on Tuesdays. Safari/Zoo ticket varies from Rs260 until 5000 (for a Private AC Car for 6 seater)
To get the detailed info of the place, best season & time to visit, how to get there, safari / boating/ trekking details, list of animals/birds you can expect to see there , entry/camera fees, and of course all of the accommodations nearby, please download the app or send us an inquiry:
Open : Round the Year
Best Time: Round the Year but expect huge rush during Summer holidays (Apr/May), Dussehra Holidays (October) and year end Holidays (December) and of course during weekends.
Mammals in the national park : Bannerghatta National Park provides shelter to the Mammals like elephant, gaur, leopard, jackal, fox, wild pig, sloth bear, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, common langur, bonnet macaque, porcupine and the hare.
Birds in the national park: Bannerghatta National Park also houses verity of Birds like cormorants, white ibis, little green heron, grey heron, paradise flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Common Grey Hornbill, White bellied Drong, Spotted Owlet, Collared Scop’s owl, Mottled Wood Owl, Eurasian Eagle owl and Brown Fish owl.
Animals in the Safari: Tiger, White Tiger, Lion, Bear, all kinds of Deer, Elephants are the major ones
How to reach there: Take the NICE road, take the Bannerghatta road exit towards Bannerghatta and after approx 4.5 kms. you should hit (to your left) Bannerghatta police station and there you need to turn slightly right and then left towards the Bannerghatta zoological park. (it is confusing here and it might be a good idea to ask a passerby for the directions for the Zoo). Once you make that turn, another 3kms will take you to the Zoological park.
Want to beat the Rush? Want to do it conveniently? Want to stay in the middle of the park for a day? Want to corporate meetings/outings? Want to take School children for a day outing?
If you belong to this league, you have an answer for this.
For those who wants a convenient way of doing things such as those who can afford to either stay a day in the middle of the park or want to do corporate meetings or outings in the middle of the nature, Jungle Lodges have built a nice 13-cottage resort in the middle of the park for you!!
You can beat the rush, no lines or mad rush, just book a nice cottage (or schools/corporates can book the dormitory which has capacity of 32) either for a day package or one night stay package and they will arrange the complete safari, zoo, butterfly park, and all meals covered and everything else for you and and don’t have to worry about anything. They even have camp fire in the night, Nature Walk, Wildlife movie and lot of indoor and outdoor activities (volleyball, carom, chess, shuttle, TT, Cricket, Rings, children activity area and lot more).
To get detailed info of the place, best season & time to visit, how to get there, safari / boating/ trekking details, list of animals/birds you can expect to see there , entry/camera fees, and of course all of the accommodations nearby, and to book one, please download the app or try on our web.
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