Bannerghatta national park also called Bannerghatta Biological Park is situated in Bangalore. This biological park is the central part of the Bannerghatta National Park. In the year 2002 this portion was established autonomously for various reasons. For the tourism and protection purpose the forest area of 545Ha was reserved as Biological Park which was later extended up to 731.88Ha. This famous tourist spot is situated at the distance of 22kms south of the Bangalore City.
Bannerghatta National park Bangalore
Bannerghatta National park was initiated in 1971 and in 1974 it was announced as a national park. Every day hundreds of tourists visit the park to spend some time in the company of variety of animals. Apart from the wild animals, the park is also famous for few ancient temples for worship and few places for hiking and trekking for adventure lovers. The Bannerghatta national park covers six small villages encircled for the purpose of sheep and cattle farming and nearly sixteen villages are at the border of the park. The park was especially established for the citizens and youngsters of Bangalore city to have Biological Recreation Centre near the city. With this purpose a mini zoo was established in 1972 which was later settled as Biological Park in 2002. Today this biological park is serving the purpose of recreation as well as education to the students in the Bangalore as well as the surrounding cities. People from all over the world visit this place every year.
People know the place with the short name of BBP. This biological park is the central part of the Bannerghatta National Park. In the year 2002 this portion was established autonomously for various reasons. For the tourism and protection purpose the forest area of 545Ha was reserved as Biological Park which was later extended up to 731.88Ha. This famous tourist spot is situated around 22kms south of the Bangalore City. The park is famous because of its various divisions like Zoo, Wildlife Safari, Butterfly Park, snake house, aquarium and conservation or Rescue centre.
Attractions in Bannerghatta national park
The area of zoo is located between the Champakadhama Hill and the Mizra Hill in the Bannerghatta Reserve. You can visit the variety of mammals, reptiles and birds in this zoo. Around 78 species of animals are conserved over here. The main tourist attractions like Thamin Deer, Hog Deer, King cobra, Himalayan black bear and panthers are preserved here with lots of safety and care. To provide more knowledge about the wildlife and its preservation the visual media is used in the Auditorium in the zoo premises. This air conditioned auditorium is well operational with audio as well as video system and with the capacity of 120 seats. Also you can visit the Museum in the same premises to enjoy the view of various animal skeletons, trophies, photographs, fossils etc. this museum is specially build for the educational purpose.
Flora and fauna
Biological Park is successfully creating the responsiveness about the protection of flora and fauna. The precious trees like Sandalwood, Neem, Terminalia Tomentosa, Tamarind, Bamboo, Eucalyptus, Bauhinia Purpurea, Grewia Tilaefolia, Narcissus Latifolia are found the Bannerghatta park. Along with this Flora, you can see the animals like Elephants, Gaurs, leopards, foxes, sloth bear, wild boar, chital, spotted deer, barking deer etc. Some rare animals like Bonnet Macaque, Pangolin, Monitor Lizard, cobras, slender loris, krait, Russell's viper are also seen. Apart from it the park is famous for one hundred and one species of birds in it. The biological park is actually a zoological reserve which has especially sheltered mammals like Indian Tigers, white tigers and lions.
Another attraction of Bannerghatta Biological Park is Butterfly Park. The Zoo Authority of Karnataka and the Department of Biotechnology Government of India have started this project in 2003. In the year 2007 the butterfly park was opened for the visitors. In this park the Research and Captive Breeding Laboratory and Museum is there for tourist's interest. Also the curio shop is located in the same premises. The area of the butterfly park is around 7.5 acres and three dome structures are built over here. Around 48 different species of butterflies are conserved in the park.
The Bannerghatta biological park provides you the various facilities like Audio guide on your cell phone to provide you information about the place and the animals. The park has a very huge parking area for the convenience of the visitors. A very nominal parking fee is charged here. Clean and fresh drinking water is provided at various locations in the park. You can also get bottles of water from the shops inside or outside the park. The park also provides the toilet facility for the visitors. Four Sulabh Sauchalayas are built inside the park for convenience of the visitors. The park is well facilitated with lawns, benches and pergolas for the few resting moments of the visitors. You can also enjoy snacks, food and beverages in the restaurants and hotels inside the park area.
Bannerghatta national park safari
Karnataka State Tourist Development Corporation has arranged Safari Excursion in the park. This facility gives the tourists the opportunity of observation wild animals in their natural habitat. The safari vehicle is safe enough to carry the tourists in the centre of the forest to watch them closely. The route to the safari passes through the small hill Mattubunde and visitors can experience the breathtaking experience of hills and valleys along with green and dark forest. The main purpose of this safari is to give the tourist opportunity to study and enjoy the company of various animals.
Ragihalli Reserve Forest provides nearly 5 Ha of fenced area for lion safari. 11 holding rooms are built in this area along with retrieval area for the daytime rest for the animals. At present 32 lions are settled in the lion safari, among which 17 male and 15 female are there
Indira Gandhi Tiger safari carries two housing complexes with the capacity of holding 10 animals in a room. All the holding rooms are well facilitated with water and sanitation. At present there are 36 normal tigers are there in the safari among which 20 male and 16 female are there. Apart from it 6 white tigers are also located here among which 4 male and 2 female tigers are there.
Ticket price and Timings
The entry fees for the zoo for Adults is Rs. 80 and for Children between 5 to 12 years of age is Rs. 40, for butterfly park it is Rs. 30 for adults and Rs. 20 for children. For Grand Safari along with zoo, the fee is Rs. 260 for adults and Rs. 130 for children. The zoo, the butterfly park and boating can be done from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and the safari can be enjoyed from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM except Tuesdays.
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