Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore
National Park

Bannerghatta National Park

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129 Ratings & 92 Reviews

About Bannerghatta National Park

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Summer: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Winter: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Bannerghatta National Park is popular among tourists, especially nature lovers. Spread over an area of 104 sq. km, the park was inaugurated in the year 1971. Situated 21 km away from the city, this national park is abode of lions, tigers and crocodiles, among other animal species.

Tourists can opt for safari trips organised in the park, during which they can see animals in their natural habitat. Apart from lions, tigers and reptiles, the park provides natural habitat for elephants, gaurs, leopards, jackals and foxes. Tourists can also see wild pigs, sloth bears, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer and hare. In addition to fauna, the park also boasts different species of flora, like zizyphus, jalari, neem, tamarind, chujjullu and sandal.

Among other attractions of National Park, the snake farms are quite popular with the visitors. This national park encompasses ten reserve forests of Anekal Range, which are under the Bangalore Forest Division.

Zoo Authority of Karnataka, University of Agricultural Sciences and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) have set up Butterfly Park within the premises. Sprawling across 7.5 acres, Butterfly Park comprises butterfly conservatory, a museum and an audio-visual room. Housing 20 species of butterflies, the park is covered by a polycarbonate roof for creating tropical, humid and artificial climate.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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Sreesha Divakaran

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  • Sreesha Divakaran
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 35 photos
  • 34 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  15312 readers

"Good place, but should be better maintained" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
First of all, getting to the zoo is a tedious task in itself, even if you live in Bangalore. It might be easier if you have your own transportation, but no cabs (Ola, Meru etc come this way. Some of the other cabs do offer services, but charge quite a bit. One good option would be to catch a bus from Bannerghatta road, but of course, for most, this will involve switching of buses and if you have small kids, it can be tiring.

Next, the safari. You have two options: bus and jeep if you want to go on the safari. If you want to visit only the zoo, you can opt for the battery-operated car or you could walk. We opted for the bus for the safari - It's 260 per person (for Indians; rates are higher for foreigners), the seats are cramped and it can be really, really hot. Also, when the passengers spot an animal, they would all rush to one side of the bus and they will 1) lean on you so much you get terribly uncomfortable, if the animal is on your side of the bus, or 2) stand up and block your view and no matter how many "Excuse me"s you say, it's not gonna help you.

Here's what interestingly happened with us. One of the (sorry, I don't really know what to refer to him as) told us there's a seat in the front where we could sit with our son for a better view. So that's what we did - mind you, it's the same bus, same cramped seat, just a few rows in front. But after the safari, he asked us for an extra 100 bucks for the "better seat. " Over and above what we had already paid, and for a service we didn't even ask for!

Anyway.
Considering all of this, I think the jeep might be a better option (starting 2500). At least it'll just be your family/friends. The animals you can see on the safari include white tigers, wild elephants, bears, lions etc. It's a short trip, and while it might be fun (especially for kids), the heat and the crowd can really get to you. The zoo. If you go on a weekend, you will have to wait awhile for the battery-operated car. Funny thing about the car is, while they take you around the whole place, twenty minutes into the ride, they drop you off near the snake and bird cages and say they will be back after half an hour. During this time, you're supposed to walk around these cages. Might as well have walked the whole way! Meanwhile, they take another trip, and then drive you back. Interestingly, the driver of this car as well asks for extra cash - over and above what was already paid!

Overall, the zoo seemed small-ish, in comparison to, say, the one in Mysore. The main issue seems to be how unclean the place seems. Despite the dustbins, people keep littering, and even the animals' cages don't look clean. Some even stink a bit. It's sad, really. I wish some thought was given to maintenance, rather than just asking customers for extra money on the side all the time.

Important tip: Carry plenty of water and try to carry your own food. It could be a long day; there's one restaurant nearby, but you're better off staying away from it.
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Pradeep Ramachandran

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  • Pradeep Ramachandran
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 636 photos
  • 161 Reviews
  •  40 helpful votes
  •  54905 readers

"Not worth place ..."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Not much worth to visit this place. We can opt three places. Those are zoo, safari and butterfly park. In fact now a days in zoo very little animals and bides are thete. Most if the cages are employ and not well maintained. We can rom around 1 to 3 hours there. Next one is safai we can see animals but will not get true safari experience. Looks in each area they kept in each type animals. White tiger and lions ate there. It is average we have to opt jeep safari.
Very good parking space is there and also operating bus from here.
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Ramya Menon

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  • Ramya Menon
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  255 readers

"Trip to Bannerghatta National Park"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 2, 2016
I went to this trip with my family. We went for safari and were really delighted to see the animals there. We also went to the Butterfly park and the zoo and had a good time there as well. The park is very well maintained now. I will recommend people to visit this place atleast once during their visit to Bangalore.
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Manoj Kumar

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  • Manoj Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 280 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
  •  1349 readers

"Amazing national park"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 26, 2016
Just an hour travel from Bangalore, a half day trip which will dwell into wildlife and nature. Major places to visit here are the wildlife safari, zoo which has all varieties of species and butterfly park and also a small amusement park.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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  • Rizwanuddin Rafiq
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 4028 photos
  • 662 Reviews
  •  11257 helpful votes
  •  193337 readers

"Visitors may enjoy the flora and fauna in this unique National Park."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 21, 2016
State Government of Karnataka, Central Government Mr. Manila Director of PETA, Margaret, Elephants expert Carol, YML Sharma and many trusts and other Government Bodies and Agencies deadly efforts are behind the existence of this wonderful National Park, known as Bannarghatta National Park as it is situated in Bannarghatta village now a suburb of Bangalore.
Bannarghatta National Park is situated about 22 kms South of Bangalore and it is easily accessible by Busses from Majestic by Bus No. 365, are available at an interval of 5 minutes as Bus Terminal is very close to the park. Though it was founded in 1971 but after three years it was declared a National Park. This wonderful park is spreed in about 261 square kilometres in the Anjela hill range.
In the same park Bannarghatta Biological Park a great tourists attraction was added in 2002. A zoo, Various species of Birds, Butterfly conservation, houses, Zoological reserves, Fenced forested Elephants sanctuary the Nation's first sanctuary which was developed with support of PETA, A small museum, a reptile park, small theatre and much more. This park is a wildlife corridor for elephants and other animals. The park offers Safari tour on additional charge in the safe busses which are managed by Karnataka State Tourist Development Corporation to see the real wildlife. The Zoo Authority of Karnataka,  University of Agricultural Sciences and many Trusts of Bangalore including animals lovers are managing this wonderful park by their contribution and collaboration.  
This park is famous for Flora like Narcissus Latifolia, Neem, Sandalwood, Samanea Saman etc and Fauna elephants,  gaur, leopard, sloth bear, barking deer, covers, pythons, hippopotamus, tigers, Bengal Tigers etc. It has more than one hundred species of Birds. It's a park which must be visited by the tourists especially with children and a safety must be observed with Fauna to avoid the risk otherwise these animals are very calm and they too love the human beings.  
The park is having sufficient water reserves and sources to meet the requirements. There are many temples nearby visitors may love to have insight like Maha Vishnu Temple situated on granites hill etc and there are many restaurants where tourists may enjoy the various snacks,  tea, coffee and foods. Many colourful shops are also their where they must bargain. As this provides a wonderful opportunity to tourists to enjoy the flora and fauna.
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Sachin patil

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  • Sachin patil
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  561 readers

"Memorable only if you hire a Jeep for Safari"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jun 8, 2016
The zoo is good, you will get to see all the animals found in India.

Regarding the safari, you will only enjoy it if you travel by a Jeep. If you opt to go by bus (AC or Non AC), the safari will be completely waste of time. It's as if you are watching them on TV

Eatbles are priced above the MRP, I complained but I guess no action was action. So pick up eatbles outside the zoo.

You can get both AC and Non Buses from Bangalore Main Bus Station. The journey is around 1 hour so I recommend plying by AC Bus.
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Suchna Dsouza

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  • Suchna Dsouza
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2868 readers

"Treat animals poorly - dont go!"

  • 1.5/7
  • Posted Jun 2, 2016
I would discourage you from visiting this park as the animals are underfed and ill treated so we as a community should not encourage these kind of poorly maintained national parks!
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Radhika Gupta

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  • Radhika Gupta
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 10 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  11046 readers

"A National Park where you can actually spot tigers"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 26, 2016
We went for the safari and could spot bears, white tigers, tigers, lions, elephants and deer. While we sat in a caged bus, the animals roamed around free. It was a good experience.
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Sangeeta Nagarmath

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  • Sangeeta Nagarmath
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 12 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  3279 readers

"Very good national Park"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 19, 2016
You have to board their closed and covered vehicle and you are amidst the wild animals. The tigers, the lions, elephants, bears, leopards etc. The driver of the vehicle stops at every place where the animals can be seen. At times you are just next to the wild animals (of course in your vehicle). They are taking you around to all animals. Even reptiles are there like cobras, king Cobra etc.
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Raja Sukumari

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  • Raja Sukumari
  • Lives in Tenali
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  725 readers

"Beautiful park with large collection of wild animals"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 24, 2016
This park is located very near to the city and it "won't take more than 1hr from the city to the park". This park has large collection of wild animals. The "entrance is also so beautiful modernized style", I liked it so much. But the "que for the entrance ticket is little much heavily more" and the "entrance ticket is not more its just 40/- each", so it is worthful to visit. The main attractions of the park are "Butterfly Park and National Park". The whole park is divided into 3 parts they are as noted above. The park has "AC buses and jeep options of visiting for visitors. " here the animals can be seen in very close proximity, so very good visit.
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