The Magnificent Beauty of Bannerghatta National Park

by Thomas Martin
Bannerghatta National Park

There is a natural park close to Bangalore, Karnataka. We call it Bannerghatta National Park. Known for its tiger and lion safaris, it was established in 1970. This article examines Bannerghatta National Park’s history, flora, and fauna.

Any distance is less to nature lovers when it comes to discovering the natural home of many species of plants and animals. For those who enjoy the outdoors, Bannerghatta National Park offers a fantastic chance to witness nature and wildlife in their native environments.

History of the Park

A small zoo named Bannerghatta National Park was established in 1970. Numerous kid-friendly activities are available at the national park, such as a butterfly park, safari park, pet corner, aquarium, and snake house. 260 square kilometers of this forest serve as a refuge for a wide variety of flora and fauna. In Bannerghatta National Park, a tiger safari park and a lion safari park were constructed in 1979. The government granted a small section of the National Park zoo status in 2002. And it is now referred to as Bannerghatta Biological Park.

Activities Available in Bannerghatta National Park:

  • Zoo

The zoo of Bannerghatta National Park spans 12 hectares and is home to various natural creatures, including bears, deer, crocodiles, king cobras, and birds.

  • African Lion Safari:

Located inside the Bannerghatta National Park, a 5-hectare area is home to 19 lions. One can see these magnificent beasts up close during a Lion Safari.

  • Leopard Safari:

There are 33 tigers, including 7 white tigers at the park. The park keeps three groups of tigers; two sleep in their enclosures, and they have released the third group into the reserve forest so visitors can observe them.

  • Park for Butterflies

At Bannerghatta National Park, there is a dedicated butterfly park with a 7.5-acre butterfly garden, a butterfly conservatory, a museum, a research facility, and a quaint little shop. In the butterfly park, we can observe 48 different species of butterflies.

Flora and Fauna

The park is home to tigers, lions, king cobras, Himalayan black bears, and Malabar gigantic squirrels. There may also be sightings of sambars, chitals, foxes, elephants, gaurs, leopards, jackals, barking deer, and wild pigs. The other creatures that you can find in this national park are the pangolin, porcupine, common langur, and giant monitor lizards. One can watch tigers and lions over the 25,000 acres of securely gated territory in the park.

The abundance of birds in the park further enhances its natural attractiveness. Cormorants, grey herons, small green herons, paradise flycatchers, Tickell’s blue flycatchers, common grey hornbills, white-bellied drongos, spotted owlets, collared scops owls, mottled wood owls, Eurasian eagle owls, and brown fish owls are just a few of the park’s many bird species.

The park contains the following plant species: Wright tinctoria, jalari, Vitex altissima, and Anogeissus latifolia. Eucalyptus and Peltophorum pterocarpum plantings occupy a small portion of the park.

Timings and Cost Details for Visitors

The Bannerghatta National Park timings are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Every Tuesday, they don’t permit visitors to enter the park. At the main gate, tickets are available for park activities. To facilitate access and save time, visitors may also purchase tickets online.

Indian nationals must pay 100 rupees for adults, 60 rupees for seniors over sixty, and 50 rupees for children aged six to twelve to access Bangalore’s Bannerghatta Zoo Park. The other entrance price, 30 rupees for children and seniors and 50 rupees for adults differs from the Butterfly Park admission fee.

You can take a tour of the entertaining activities that include safari rides. A non-AC Bus Safari journey costs 300 rupees for adults, 200 rupees for elderly citizens, 150 rupees for children, and an additional 50 rupees per ticket on weekends and government holidays. This pricing structure is applicable Monday through Friday.

Final Words

Situated at the northern end of the Mysore Elephant Reserve lies the unique biologically valuable Bengaluru Bannerghatta National Park. The park is essential to preserving the region’s hydrology, carbon sequestration, and rich diversity of flora and animals. At the Park, they are taking care of some 2300 animals belonging to 102 species in a naturalistic setting and are getting veterinary care. The park seeks to protect threatened species and restore the natural equilibrium of the area.

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