Bannerghatta National Park

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Weather:

Time Required: 5- 6 hours

Timings:

Butterfly park and boating: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM,
Grand Safari: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM,
Closed on Tuesdays

Entry Fee:

Indians:
Adults: INR 80,
Kids (6 - 12 years): INR 40,
Senior citizens: INR 50,
Foreigners:
Adults: INR 400,
Kids: INR 300
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Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore Overview

Located 22 km away from Bangalore, the Bannerghatta National Park is an asylum for a large variety of flora and fauna. Spread over a massive area of around 104.27 sq. km, this national park was established in the year 1971. The park itself has a number of establishments within its confines, which includes the country's first butterfly park as well. Other attractions here are ten Reserve Forests of Anekal Range of the Bangalore Forest Division, an aquarium, a zoo, Children's park, Crocodile Farm, Snake Park, Prehistoric Animals' Park and a museum. What's more, you can get up close and personal with the wondrous wildlife here by the means of a jungle safari, which is a popular activity to pursue here.

Nature lovers and photographers are surely in for a treat in the Bannerghatta National Park. The assorted collection of wildlife here includes elephants, leopards, jackal, fox, wild boar, sloth bear, India gazelle, spotted deer, porcupine, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, monitor lizard and cobras. Rediscover the botanist in you as you inspect and learn more about the sandalwood, neem, tamarind, bamboo, eucalyptus and many more trees that find a place here. The various establishments here such as the zoo and the aquarium provide a number of experiences with the endearing wildlife here. Blessed with the bounty of nature, the Bannerghatta National Park is a unique learning experience for both adults and children alike. In addition to being a natural retreat, the park is also an unlikely destination for a wide variety of adventure sports such as trekking and hiking. All in all, Bannerghatta is a wonderful rendezvous with nature in its most unadulterated form.

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Perhaps one of the most popular activities in this destination is the Jungle Safari, where you get to observe the animals in their natural habitat. The Safari takes you on a beautiful trip where you can spot herbivores as well as big cats. The Grand Safari is 8 kilometres long one way, while Tiger and Lion Safari is around 11 km (to and fro). You can also choose from the options available such as the Zoo & Lion-tiger safari, Zoo & Grand Safari or Zoo only. On weekends tickets get sold out quickly, so it is advised to reach the park before 2:00 PM.

Indians- Adults: INR 260, 
Kids between 6 and 12 years: INR 130 
Senior citizens (60 years and above): INR 150 
Safari for Foreigners- Adults: INR 400 Kids: INR 300

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The Bannerghatta National Park has a number of different sections that give an experience of the wild to each and every one of its visitors. Some of these include:-

1. Elephant Sanctuary: The park has a dedicated elephant sanctuary, which is a fenced enclosure where elephants roam about freely without any restrictions. Designed by elephant expert Carol Buckley, it is spread over an area of 122 acres. You can interact with these gentle giants safely without harming them. 
2. Zoo: The zoo has a number of exhibits that display the wildlife in the park. A reptile park and small theatre are included here as well. 
3. Butterfly Park: On the 25th of November, 2006, India's first butterfly enclosure was inaugurated here by Union Minister Kapil Sibal. The park covers an area of 7.5 acres and has a museum, conservatory and an audiovisual room. The conservatory can house about twenty species of butterflies and has its own artificial ecosystem that provides the perfect conditions for them to thrive and flourish.

This park is open throughout the year and the normal temperature in Bannerghatta range from 15 to 35 degrees Celcius during the year, with an average rainfall of about 700mm annually. The best time to visit this park is during the months of November to June when the weather is cool and perfect and wildlife is easily spotted.

The Park is located 22km outside Bangalore City and can be easily reached using public transport. Take the city bus with the route numbers 365, 366 or G-4 (depending on route) which are available every 20 minutes. For reaching the park, the nearest major landmark is Jayadeva Hospital/Mico checkpoint as it is the closest stop on the Ring road. The nearest railway station to Bannerghatta biological park is Bangalore Cy Jn Train Station which is 23 km away from Bannerghatta Biological Park.

Restaurants nearby include Garma Garam, Nagarjuna, Chung Wah, Simply Indian, Seasons and Chavadi among others. Other than that, there are a number of eateries in the park premises as well. 

  • Photography is allowed for a fee of INR 25 and Videography for INR 200. 
  • It is a plastic free zone and food is served by various stalls inside the zoo as well as the Hill View Restaurant

The gentle hills around make it an amazing place to go around for a little trekking adventure. For all the trekkers, the main attraction is the various trekking routes that are present around this national park. Some of them include Uddigebande which is located at a distance 3.5 km, a natural rock formation called Hajjamana Kallu which is 3 km away and Mirza Hill that is situated only 1.5 km away.

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Bannerghatta National Park Reviews

1 month ago by harshitha k p

A must visit place with family and friends. One can find various species of animals here. Opened all days of the week except Tuesdays. A sheer joy to watch different species of animals and birds. The cost of the grand safari with the zoo entrance fee is also quite reasonable. Do follow the safety rules properly while visiting the zoo, lot of tragedy stories behind it.

2 months ago by Shrishti Bajaj

"link hidden" Super awesome outing from Bangalore. Whatta place.This is a surely likeable enjoyable place. Enjoy my story in video above.

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Latest questions by travellers on Bannerghatta National Park

Is outside food allowed in park. How much do we have to walk??

Answer: A light amount of outside food is allowed inside the park but since it is a plastic free zone we recommend to not get packaged food. Feeding the animals & Littering in the park is strictly prohibited. You can have food at the Hill view restaurant too. The Grand Safari is of 8 km and the Tiger & Lion Safari is of 11 km.

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