Bannerghatta National Park is located around 30 kms from Bangalore city area.
There are many buses plying throughout the day. One can take a bus from Kempegowda bus station, Majestic. Buses run at an interval of every 20 mins. There are both AC and non AC buses. AC buses cost INR 75 per person.
It is better to reach the park before 12 noon as there is a better chance to see more active animals. As the sun is overhead, animals tend to retire to sleep.
The key attractions here were:
Safari can be done by both AC and non AC buses. We were on a budget trip and chose the non AC bus. There are cages on the windows of the buses. The cost of safari + zoo is INR 280 per person .
The national park is divided into different sections. There were lions, elephants, tigers, bears ,white tigers and deers .
We got a good experience of a roaring lion in all it's glory and a pacing angry tiger 🐅.
However it seemed that the national park kept all it's more active animals in slightly small enclosures. There was a tiger just pacing continously in it's 10ft by 10 ft enclosure. And the sleepy tired ones were kept much more in the open . The national park is a good place to let children experience and see wild animals.
The zoo was also bumbling with activity.
The best part was when a monkey 🐒 snatched both mine and my friends caps. We had just purchased those outside the park to outwit the sun. But luckily the guards over there were able to retrieve it , though the monkeys were a tad arrogant and had perched our tops on a tree top. Eventually we got them back. Remembered the monkey and the cap seller story. Feels good to read not experience 😅
The butterfly park in bannerghatta has a conservatory, an AV room and a museum.
If you’re a nature lover or love to paint, you’ve got to come here and look around to spot these beautiful creatures.
The entry to this park is mere INR 30 per person.
And inside, there are almost 30 species of butterflies. The park is also climate controlled, having an artificial waterfall and Flora/fauna apt for butterfly culture. In the butterfly museum, you can learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and so much more on butterflies and there is even an exhibit of carefully preserved butterflies here. The artificial waterfall here is one of the main attractions. You can watch a documentary on butterflies and how you can and should do your bit to conserve this creation.
There is also a small pond inside the zoo area where we did pedal boating. It costs INR 200 for 2 people. It's a small relaxation after a long walk in the zoo.
Overall it was a good experience and an accomplished one day trip from Bangalore city.