20 May 2011

Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park is one of the closest getaway from Bangalore city. Surprisingly I have been to the place for a long time and the jinx has been broken convincingly with three visits in last 18 months. During re-visits, I have come across one or the other positive development in and around the park. The recent was the construction of dedicated bays for BMTC buses next to the parking lot.


Fares(As on April-2011):
  • Safari ride + Zoo: Rs. 160
  • Camera Fee(Safari): Rs. 25
  • Butterfly Park: Rs. 25
  • Camera fee(Butterfly): Rs. 25
To get there:
With the advent of BMTC volvos(vajra No. 365) getting to BNP has become a cakewalk. If you have a monthly bus pass then it's even more advantageous !

Safari Ride:
In this ride one can witness bears, tigers, deers and lions roaming freely in thier artificial environment. The concept is exact opposite to that of a typical zoo. Humans will be inside the caged vehicle and animals will be roaming freely(relatively) in their captive camp. With SLRs in your hand and nominal tip off to the driver you can get access to front seat in a rickety safari van. Personally to me the major attraction in safari was lions cubs which were so cute and small a year ago now have grown up into fully muscular mammals.


Butter fly park:
It's big garden with a doom enclosure and first of it's kind in India. At season time one can find lots of butterflies. Within the enclosure there's a museum which lifecycle of butterfly. At the same place there's a n AV room where some documentaries on butterflies will be screened continuously.


It's not as exciting as safari or butterfly. However there are some interesting things creatures such as King cobra, Ostriches, Emu and of course Leopard inside a big cage which has become an expert in giving poses.


There's a jungle lodges restaurant within premises of the national park where one can have lunch. Prices quite resanable and quality of the food is also decent. It's way better than unhygienic eat-outs which are just outside entrance of the park.


  1. Anonymous6:26 PM

    Nice pictures. Can you tell which is the best time of the day to visit the park?

  2. Try to be early in morning at 9 AM .. you can avoid long queues for getting on-board the safari ride !

  3. Anonymous10:55 PM

    Very nice pictures and info thanks.. :) I am going tomorrow

  4. KEERTHI2:15 PM

    Tanks For information...