The Bannerghatta Biological Park—a haven for wild life enthusiasts and nature lovers, lies just 23 km south of Bengaluru and is a must visit for one and all. Here, the Forest Department is actively rehabilitating lions and tigers rescued from circuses and elsewhere, in semi-wild environs. If you interested in watching wild animals,then head towards its zoo-- where you get to see Bison, a bear enclosure, a butterfly garden and more. There is an herbivore enclosure in the sprawling precincts of Bannerghatta Biological Park, which is home to many Bison, Chital, blackbucks and Sambhar. The many activities offered by the forest Department include an elephant joy ride, safari through all the enclosures and two—where one is shorter than the other.
Tourists cannot enter the core areas of Bannerghatta and are allowed to enter the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) from a place that is 5 km away. This Biological Park adjoins the National Park and attracts more than 10 lakh visitors annually. With a host of mammals, reptiles and birds to its credit, the zoo located in close vicinity to BBP is also worth a look. You may also like to visit the auditorium and a small museum attached to the zoo. There is a BBP Office located close to the entry gate that issues tickets and passes for the safaris and the zoo. You will find a parking zone and several vendors selling snacks and soft drinks at the entrance to this zoo. These kiosks are run and managed by the KSTDC.
At a distance of one and a half km from the entrance to BBP is the lovely Jungle Lodges Nature Camp run by KSTDC. At this popular sightseeing location, vacationers can avail of tiger/lion safari packages that include a comfortable night’s stay as well. This safari begins from the entrance to the park and then passes close to the enclosures habited by tigers and lions. Then it takes visitors towards an abandoned quarry that is flanked by a park and butterfly garden on either side. Off limits for visitors, a bear enclosure lies near the Rescue Centre. It is advisable to go in for the Grand Safari, as it covers all the four enclosure and provide good value for money. The safaris are managed by the Forest Department while the Jungle Lodges have their own vehicles, which also go along with these safaris into the National Park.
|Entry Fee||Rs.60 - 100 per person for adults (Zoo) Rs.30 - 50 per person for children (Zoo) Rs.40 - 60 per person for senior citizens (Zoo) |
|Photography||Rs.25 - 50 per still camera |
|Timings||All days of the week except Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM |
|Visit Duration||4 to 5 hours|
|Entry Fee||Rs.150 - 200 per person for adults (Grand Safari) Rs.70 - 100 per person for Children (Grand Safari) Rs.100 - 150 per person for Senior Citizens (Grand Safari) |
|Entry Fee||Rs.25 - 50 per person for adults (Butterfly Park) Rs.15 - 20 per person for children (Butterfly Park) |
|Entry Fee||Rs.70 - 100 per person for adults (Long Trek) Rs.30 - 50 per person for children (Long Trek) Rs.55 - 80 per person for senior citizens (Long Trek) |
|Entry Fee||Rs.45 - 80 per person for adults (Short Trek) Rs.20 - 40 per person for children (Short Trek) Rs.30 - 50 per person for senior citizens (Short Trek) |
|Entry Fee||Rs.50 - 80 per person 30 mins (Boating) Rs.250 - 300 per boat 30 mins (Boating) Rs.500 - 600 per person for AC Bus (Special Trips for Safari) Rs.2,500 - 2,700 per person for Jeep (Special Trips for Safari) |
|Entry Fee||Rs.200 - 300 per camcorder|