Bannerghatta National Park is in Karnataka, approximately 22 km away from Bangalore making it a very famous spot for whole day outings or picnics. It is a popular tourist destination with a zoo, a pet corner, an animal rescue center, a butterfly enclosure, an aquarium, a snake house and a safari park. There are ancient temples in the park for worship and recently have become a destination for trekking and hiking.
The best time to visit the park is November to June.
What I Love about this place? You might ask.
My answer is the safaris. There are three safaris: Lion & Tiger Safari, Herbivore Safari and Bear Safari. I have been to these safaris twice and every time I am thrilled to see these majestic animals roaming around.
The main theme of the safaris is to let visitors have the thrill of wilderness and wildlife with the feeling of being in the midst of the forest and wild animals. I particularly enjoy these safaris because I am sitting inside a secured vehicle, whereas the animals are free to roam around us. Once we encountered an annoyed Lion who was not in the mood to give way to our vehicle. But our driver was very patient and let the Lion move in his own time.
A variety of mammals, reptiles and birds of both exotic and Indian origin can be seen in the zoo. Most prominent ones are Thamin deer, Hog deer, King Cobra, Crocodiles, Himalayan black bear, Panthers and various birds.
Apart from the zoo, the Butterfly Park is largely popular among the children. The park was conceptualized as one integrated center that would support education, conservation and research activities. As a wildlife lover, I love to watch the Wildlife Film Show. It is to inspire among zoo visitors empathy for wild animals, an understanding and awareness about the need for conservation of natural resources, making the involvement of every visitor important.
If you are staying in Bangalore and haven’t yet visited this place then trust me you are missing a lot. Hurry up and go for a picnic or plan an entire day here with your dear ones.
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