$1 per person
Spanning an area of 260.51 sq km., the Bannerghatta National Park boasts of a Lion and Tiger Safari, with enclosures that recreate their natural habitat. From here, you can watch the giant cats in close quarters. Besides, there is a snake park, a butterfly park, a zoo and nature camp for children. Adjacent to it is Bannerghatta Nature Camp, a property of Jungle Lodges & Resorts which has tented cottages, log-huts and dormitory facilities. For more information, visit www.junglelodges.com
Things to do at Bannerghatta National Park:
Zoo: Bannerghatta National Park’s Zoo is spread over 12 hectares and houses several wild animals such as King Cobra, Panthers, Crocodiles, Bears, Deer and birds.
Lion Safari: 19 Lions are housed in a 5 hectare area inside the Bannerghatta National Park and can be spotted during Lion Safari from close quarters.
Tiger Safari: Bannerghatta National Park houses 33 tigers, including 7 white tigers. Tigers are maintained in three groups-while two groups rest in their respective enclosures, the third group is released in the reserve forest area for viewing by tourists.
Butterfly Park: Bannerghatta National Park has a dedicated butterfly park consisting of a butterfly garden which is a dedicated 7.5 acres, a butterfly conservatory, a museum, research laboratory and a curio shop. 48 species of butterflies have been spotted in the butterfly park.
Bannerghatta National Park Timings:
Bannerghatta National Park is closed onTuesday. Visitors are allowed to adopt an animal at Bannerghatta National Park. Visit Bannerghatta National Park’s official website for details http://bannerghattabiologicalpark.org/
Safari Timings and cost:
Jeep safari is 3500 INR (which is inclusive of the cost for zoo+safari+butterfly park+camera), AC bus safari costs 500 INR for adults and 300 INR for children, while Non-AC bus safari costs 280 INR and 140 INR for children (inclusive of zoo and safari).
The park is open from 9:30am-5pm. The safari timings are between 10am-4:30pm. Boating costs 60 INR per person which goes for about 30 minutes along the regular safari timings mentioned itself. Camera still costs 25 INR and video costs 200 INR.
How to reach Bannerghatta National Park:
Bannerghatta National Park is just about 22 kms south of Bengaluru city and easily accessible using public transport or taxi. BMTC (Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation)’s Bus Number 365 serves Bannerghatta National Park from Kempegowda Bus Station (Majestic). Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru is 70 kms from Bannerghatta.
Places to stay near Bannerghatta National Park:
Jungle Lodges & Resorts Ltd. provides accommodation right inside Bannerghatta Biological Park. More accommodation options are available in Bengaluru city.