Bannerghatta National Park is located at a distance of 22 km south of Bangalore. The Bannerghatta National Park is hailed as one of the most famous and prominent of all national parks in India. The park, which was established in 1971, which gradually grown into the present Biological Park by 2002. Ten reserve forests of Anekal Range of the Bangalore Forest Division come under this national park. It is a popular tourist destination with a zoo, a pet corner, an animal rescue centre, a butterfly enclosure, an aquarium, a snake house and a safari park. There are ancient temples in the park for worship and it is a destination for trekking and hiking. The Zoo Authority of Karnataka, the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) are collaborating agencies.
It is one among the few places in the world where wilderness is preserved so close to a big city. One of the famous picnic spots near Bangalore, Bannerghatta National Park houses bisons, lions, elephants, panthers, etc. A pet’s corner as well as a museum is also situated inside 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. The field activities of the biological park are many fold as it is classified as one of the major zoo in the state/country with a lot of scope for scientific development. One hundred and one species of birds have been recorded in the park. One of the major attractions of the Bannerghatta National Park is a Butterfly Park, the first of its kind in India. The park is home to a hundreds of different species of both flora and fauna. Other attractions at the Zoo include a crocodile farm, serpentarium and a newly added butterfly park.
The butterfly conservatory is a circular enclosure stretching over an area of 10,000 sq ft, covered by a polycarbonate roof. There are approximately 20 species of butterflies at the conservatory, which has an adjusted environment that suits the butterflies. The setting is entire tropical, with humid climate and an artificial waterfall. In addition, a portion of the park is used as a sanctuary for rescued wild animals, mainly from circuses. The rescue center is off-limits for visitors.
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. The very popular Suvarnamukhi stream runs through the park which is said to have magical curative properties in it. The Bannerghatta National Park is the first biological park in India in which Elephants can roam around in an area of 122 acres without any chains, as because the whole forest has been fenced and has been designed by the elephant behavior expert Carol Buckley.
How to Reach :
By Air : Nearest Airport is Bangalore(22 km). Which is well connected to all major city of India
By Rail : Nearest railway station is Bangalore(22 km). Which is well connected to all major city of India
By Road : Bannerghatta National Park is well connected by roads. BMTC (Govt) and Private busses ply frequently between Bangalore and Bannerghatta National Park.
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