Bannerghatta National Park is a prominent and famous national park of India that is located in the state of Karnataka. It is a man-made park that is situated in the midst of picturesque environs and is renowned worldwide for its tiger and lion safari. Bannerghatta National Park sprawls over an area of 104 Square Kilometres and is home to large population of elephants, jackals, leopards, fox, spotted deer, Chital, Sambar, porcupines, bonnet macaque, langurs, wild boars and some species of reptiles. The park is also known to be natural and richest zoological reserves of the country.

The Bannerghatta National Park was founded in southern India, near Bangalore in the year 1971. It was sometime in 1974 when the area was declared to be a National Park. A small section of Bannerghatta National Park was chosen to be a biological reserve that came to be known as Bannerghatta Biological Park in the year 2002. Besides being superb wildlife destinations, the park also has several other attractions for the tourists, thereby making it sought-after tourist destinations of Bangalore. A trip to the Bannerghatta National Park is a treat for wildlife lovers.

 Attractions at the Park

Bannerghatta National Park has some very interesting attraction for visitors.

There is a zoo inside the park where animals, birds and reptiles are kept in captivity. There is a snake enclosure that is immensely popular owing to the presence of king cobra. Children and adults can also enjoy elephant ride inside the zoo for a nominal charge

The Butterfly Park inside the Bannerghatta National Park is extremely famous destination among the tourists. It is also the first enclosed butterfly park of the country formed in the year 2006 and spread over an area of 7.5 acres. The enclosure of the butterfly park has controlled humid climate and houses tropical plants and waterfalls to foster the breeding of butterflies. The park has over 20 different species of butterflies and also holds exhibition on butterflies for tourists.

The Bannerghatta National Park is also known for trekking facilities inside the park. The 8km long trekking route inside the wilderness draws adventure enthusiasts to this destination. The trekking route is located between the Uddige Bande and Chikka Ragihalli Gudda area. Trekkers can also spot wild animals, butterflies and different species of birds. The trekking adventure also lets tourists to catch the sight of rare insectivores plants present inside the park.

The Suvarnamukhi Hills are also an interesting spot for tourists visiting the park. These spectacular hills form the backdrop of the Bannerghatta National Park. There is a stream that originates from the hills and flows through the park. Close to the hills there is also a Suvarnamukhi Pond that is considered to have curative powers.

The Champaka Dharna Swamy Temple is located on the foot hills of Suvarnamukhi hills and a must stop-over for every tourist. The temple was constructed during the reign of Hoysalas in the honour of Lord Vishnu and His two consorts Bhoodevi and Sridevi. The Dravidian style of architecture of the temple is very admiring.

 Information about the Safari

Safari is the most prominent attraction at Bannerghatta National Park. Visitors can either take the AC bus service or jeep safari for spotting wildlife. The safari here is categorised into Herbivore and Carnivore sections. There is an enclosed vehicle wherein tourists are taken to spot the wild animals in the open forests. Private vehicles are not allowed inside the park. In the Herbivore section of the safari you can spot deer, black bucks, bear and nilgai. Wildlife lovers can easily spot lions and tigers in the Carnivore section.

  Duration:

The Bannerghatta National Park is open on all days except Tuesday.

  Timings:

The park is open from 9am till 5pm.

  Entry Pass & Permits:

The entry pass need to be obtained from the Ticket Counter of Bannerghatta Park. The entry fee to the park depends on the attractions you desire to visit like Zoo + Grand Safari, Zoo only or Zoo + lion-tiger Safari.

  Dos and Don’ts Within the Park
  • Dress comfortably inside the park
  • Do not carry valuable or jewelry inside the park
  • Do not try to feed the animals inside the park
  • Avoid making unwanted noise inside the park so as to avoid distracting the animals
  • The area is declared plastic free so collect all your non-biodegradable waste in bag
  Things to Carry Along:
  • Light snacks and water
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap or hat
  • Umbrellas as the weather is unpredictable
  • Cameras with additional batteries and rolls
  • binoculars

 Safety Measures to be Followed

Visitors must adhere to the safety guidelines provided by the authorities and follow them religiously. Also you must take care of your personal belongings like wallets, cameras and mobile phones.

 Best Time to Visit the Park

Bannerghatta National Park can be visited any time of the year. The climate of the place remains moderate with temperatures ranging from 20⁰ to 32⁰C. However the best season to explore the wildlife at the park is from the months of September to January.

 Nearby Destinations

Bannerghatta National Park is located at a distance of just 21kms from the city of Bangalore. Hence visitors can checkout various attractions located in and around Bangalore.

Lal Bagh is a famous botanical garden in Bangalore. The park is spread over an area of 250 acres and has a glass house and over 1000 varied species of flora. The annual flower show at Lag Bagh is renowned and indeed mesmerising.

Pearl Valley is located at a distance of 38 kms from Bangalore and is a famous hill station attraction. There is a waterfall that adds to the natural beauty of the place. Pearl Valley is a favourite picnic spot for tourists.

Wonder La Bangalore is an amusement park that is located at 28 kms from the city of Bangalore. The place is packed with rides and is a perfect day out with families and friends. Wonder La Bangalore is enjoyed by visitors of all age groups.

 Useful Information

Bannerghatta National Park is closed on national holidays.