Boasting of a wide range of wildlife, Bannerghatta National Park is one of the prime attractions in Bangalore. Located at a distance of about 25 kilometres from the south of Bangalore and spread over an area of 104.27 square kilometres, the Bannerghatta National Park is home to panthers, lions, tigers, and a huge variety of birds. Bannerghatta National Park with its wide variety of flora and fauna features a renowned zoo, a butterfly park and a biological reserve within its premises.
The Zoo houses an incredible snake park, a museum and a theatre in its periphery and is a must see at the Park as the museum and the theatre are a great way to know about the variety of animals kept in the park. The Butterfly Park, which is the first ever butterfly conservation park in the country, is spread over an area of 7.5acres, and houses more than 20 species of butterflies.
The Bannerghatta National Park and its surrounding area have been declared as a biological reserve as the park has a rich collection of wide variety of animals along with dry deciduous forests and thorny scrub, with patches of moist deciduous forests along the streams. The Park was established as a wildlife strip where the endangered species of animals are kept for the sole purpose of breeding and that too away from the human population.
Presently the Bannerghatta National Park is home to lions, tigers, panthers and rare and exotic species of birds along with jackals, fox, wild pig, elephants, sloth bear, sambar, hare, spotted deer, barking deer, common langur, bonnet macaque, and porcupine. This apart, if you are interested in trekking then you can head towards the Uddigebande, Mirza Hill or to Hajjamana Kallu – a natural rock formation.
You can also enjoy a tiger safari or an herbivore safari at the Bannerghatta National Park. Children’s corner wherein kids are entertained through various activities is an added attraction at the park. Altogether a Visit to the Bannerghatta National Park can prove to be a wonderful experience of fun and learning.