Bannerghatta Biological ParkBannerghatta Biological Park is one of the popular national parks in India. It was carved from a portion of the Bannerghatta National Park in the year 2002 and is located 22km south of Bangalore, Karnataka. The journey from Bangalore city to the park takes nearly one and a half hour. Bannerghatta National park started in August 1976 with the aim to conserve wildlife and promote wildlife tourism so that recreation facilities could be created for the urban population of the fast growing city, Bangalore.
Bannerghatta Biological Park is a man-made park which has one of the richest natural zoological reserves. It is one among the rare places in the world where wildlife is present near a big city. It is home to several species of birds and animals. This park is spread over 25,000acres (104.27 km square) and is a major tourist attraction in Bangalore.
It is divided into various units such as Butterfly Park, Zoo, Safari and Rescue Centre which is the conservation of captive animals. All the populations live in harmony with nature as they have been provided with an appropriate ambiance.
Zoological Reserve in Bannerghatta
In the entrance of the zoo, people can see white peacock. It seems as if it is welcoming them. There are several other birds which can be seen. Parrots, Black Buck, Sambar, Neelgai, Monkeys, Crocodiles, Emus, Ostrish and many more are present there and watching them is a treat for animal lovers and children. The park has a wide array of wild animals including Lions, White Tigers, Bengal Tigers, Panthers, Leopards, Zebras, Deer, Bison, Bears, Porcupines, Elephants and Rhinoceros.
It is also divided into two separate sections: one for herbivores and other for carnivores. Recently, Biological Park has added some new species of birds in its inventory for public display: Electus Parrot, Blue Gold Macaws, Scarlet Macaw,Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo and Galah Parrot. There is also a small museum in the zoo showcasing zoological exhibits. It also houses a small theatre and a reptile park.
Safari in Bannerghatta
The park is well known for its Safari. There is a lion and tiger safari along with Grand Safari including herbivores. The safaris are organized by KSTDC which also aids in funding the reserve. While people enjoy the safari, they can also click photos using a camera or handy cam and thus capture the moment.
Butterfly Park in Bannerghatta
Bannerghatta Biological Park has the country’s first ever Butterfly Park which was inaugurated on November 25, 2006 by Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Science and Technology. It is built across 7.5 acres (30,000 m square) of land. It includes a butterfly conservatory, a museum and an audio-visual room.
This conservatory is circular in shape with polycarbonate roof and spreads over an area of 10,000sq.ft. It has an exquisite variety of flora that attract over 20 varieties of butterflies. The conservatory has a tropical setting with humid climate and an artificial waterfall.
Zoo Authority of Karnataka, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) and University of Agricultural Sciences are the collaborating agencies.
Other Things to See in Bannerghatta Biological Park
There are several small temples at the top of the hills located inside the park which people can visit. The Suvarnamukhi stream which is believed to originate from Suvarnamukhi Hill also runs across the park. There is Suvarnamukhi pond 2kms from the hill which is said to have several curative powers. Trekking enthusiasts can visit Hajjamana Kallu and Mirza Hills. Children can visit the museum housing several exhibits inside the park to gather information and improve their biological knowledge.