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Entry Fee : Adults - INR 25; Kids - INR 10

Timings : 5:30 AM - 10:00 AM and 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

KBR National Park, Hyderabad Overview

Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park, i.e. KBR National Park is situated in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad City, Telangana. KBR park boasts of rich flora and fauna and provides a pleasant respite from the din and chaos of the city. Also known as Chiran Fort Palace, the park is divided into conservation zone where entry is restricted and visitors zone where tourist entry is regulated. It is a sprawling 390 acres of lush green land and is often described as the jungle amidst the concrete jungle. You get to walk alongside peacocks, spend time in spotting rare birds, breathe some fresh air and relax.

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About the National Park

The KBR National Park was once known as the Jubilee Hills forest and was protected under Andhra Pradesh Forest Act. In 1998, it was declared as a National Park by getting approval from the government allowing the public to visit this beautiful space.

The park is separated as the conservation zone where the general public is not, and improvements like soil work, fodder trees, harvest structures and cross-breeding of fruits happen. The visitor’s zone has well-paved paths and other facilities which make it easier to revel in this marvel.

This place is not only rich in fauna and flora but also has a great historical significance. It lodges Chiran Palace which was built in the year 1940 and was given to Hyderabad Nizam Prince Mukarram Jan on his coronation, and it is worth taking a look.

Entry Fees

The entry fee for the KBR National Park is very nominal. It costs about 25 rupees for adults and 10 rupees for children for one time entry. You can also avail a monthly pass for rupees 400 or an annual pass for 1500. Senior citizens can get their yearly pass for rupees 1000.

Biodiversity

One of the main reasons to establish the national park was to protect and educate the public about biodiversity. This has about 113 species of birds, 15 species of butterflies, 20 species of reptiles like monitor lizards, different invertebrates, and 20 species of mammals including small Indian civet, porcupines, wild boar, deer, foxes, jungle cat, and pangolin.

Flora and Fauna

KBR National Park has about 600 species of shrubs, trees, herbs, climbers, grasses and several bryophytes, pteridophytes, and xerophytes. There are also 384 species of flowering plants including endangered ones such as flycatcher, Maredu Kommulu, Acacia campbellii, and sundew. All the trees are marked with the names, hence it is interesting for kids and adults to learn more about it.

Activities

Nature Trial: The best thing to do in this national park is to take a long walk around the area. It takes about 2 hours in total and is ideal for kids, young adults, and adults who love nature and like to spend time outdoors learning about the ecosystem.

Watch Tower: Get a bird's eye view of the park which was built in 2012. It has an elevation of 30 feet and has a great view. There is also an old watch tower which is near the palace.

Nature Camp Shed: Every Sunday, the government organises nature camps to educate the visitors on the biodiversity, curbing pollution, and minimising the use of plastics.

Walkers/Jogger Track: This national park is a heaven for all fitness enthusiasts. There is an exclusive 7 kilometres long walking track or inner mud pathways for you to jog or walk amongst the greenery. For cross-fit trainers, there's an open gym with air swings, twisters, and other exercise equipment.

Yoga: This Park is perfect for catching the sunrise and practising the asana in peace. You can even find like-minded people to do it together.

How to Reach the National Park

KBR National Park is only 8 kilometres away from the heart of the city can be easily approached by road. It is on the way 2 of Banjara Hills and is pretty close to LV Prasad Eye Hospital which is another major landmark of the city. You can reach Hyderabad via rail or air as they have great connectivity across India.

Tips while Visiting the National Park

KBR national park is open around the year, and it is beautiful at any given season. During summer the park is accessible from 5.30 AM to 10.00 AM and 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM. During rainy or winter season it is open from 6.00 AM to 10.00 AM and 4.00 PM to 6.00 PM.

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