Popular as Bannerghatta National park with the locals in Bengaluru (Karnataka), it was founded in 1970 and declared a National park only in 1974. With an idea to promote eco-tourism along with conservation and also eco-recreation, since 2002 a vast area of the reserve has been made accessible to the visitors. This independent area of the National park is now established as the Bannerghatta Biological Park. Located around 25 kms away from the city limits of Bengaluru, the national park has a zoo, rescue centre and a beautiful butterfly park.
A short visit to only the beautiful butterfly park and a blissful hour spent with the flying jewels (isn’t that such an apt way of describing these fascinating flying creatures?) would make for a short writeup which I hope would encourage more readers to visit this place. This small enclosure is a fairyland where one can see these elusive colourful jewels flying in close proximity. Around 48 species of butterflies are reported to have been seen during various seasons, as mentioned by the official website of the National park.
The ably trained staff make time to show the various stages of the butterfly’s magical transformation from the stage of an egg to an attractive butterfly it finally becomes. This is a park which can keep visitors across all ages engrossed.
The 10500 sq ft of landscaped garden and the butterfly park ensures all the nature lovers and in particular, those interested in these winged beauties, have an enjoyable time. While on the visit, keep your eyes open and curious, you may even find some other bewitching beings too, like a few kids discovered this below sleeping beauty among the green leaves and were thrilled at the sight, inside the butterfly park!
- National Park Timings: 9.30 am to 5 pm weekly
- Holiday: Tuesday
- Nominal entry fee is charged separately to the butterfly park.
- Camera charges extra
- Reachable by public transport or self-driven vehicles, the national park has ample parking space.
- A short walk from the parking area leads the visitors to the butterfly enclosure
- Visit the butterfly park early in the morning
- The enclosure also has a small but interesting museum
- Popular picnic place this national park gets extremely crowded on weekends.
- Mayura Restaurant run by the KSTDC closer to the main entrance of the national park seems to be a decent place for refreshments.
- Streetside stalls also dot the entire street
- Complete details of the National park can be accessed from this website – Bannerghatta Biological Park