The famous Bannerghatta National Park is located in the southern outskirts of Bangalore (Bengaluru), the capital city of Karnataka State, extending over an area of 104 sq.kms, including ten reserve forests of Anekal Range of the Bangalore Forest Division. It is surrounded by beautiful hills, with many ancient temples perched on them. The distance from Bangalore is just 22 kms to the National Park and hence it is one of the Must See destinations for the tourists who visit Bangalore and is also one of the great family vacation spots in Bangalore. A visit to Bangalore is incomplete without a visit to this exotic Park.
There are 3 sections to visit -The Zoo, The forest (Safari), and Butterfly Park.
This Park has astonishing variety of trees like sandal, jalari, chujjullu, neem, tamarind, zizyphus etc. Suvarnamukhi stream originating from the Suvarnamukhi hills, runs through the Park enhancing its beauty.
This National Park is home for elephants, tigers, wild pigs, panthers, bears, sambar, spotted deer, and the black buck. Huge monitor lizards as well as cobras, pythons, kraits and Russell vipers roam the park.
Some of the popular birds are pelicans, cormorants, painted storks, white ibis and spoonbills.
This National Park project comprises the National Park, the Safari Park with a Herbivore Safari and a Lion Safari, Picnic Corner, Crocodile Farm, Serpentarium, Pets Corner, and a Museum besides a Park of pre-historic animals.
Facilities are available in the Park for the tourists to do Amateur fishing, Coracle boat (a circular open boat made of bamboo and buffalo hide strung together with coir) rides, Bird watching, River rafting, Trekking,Outdoor camping etc in Bannerghatta.
With all these interesting points, this National Park can be included as one of the great family vacation spots.
By Air: Bangalore is the nearest Airport.
By Rail: Bangalore Railway station is the nearest railway station.
By Road: Government buses run between Bangalore and Bannerghatta frequently.
Best Season to visit: Throughout the year
Timing: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday is Holiday for the park.