WHY KIDS WILL LOVE BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK MORE THAN BANDIPUR TIGER RESERVE

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WHY KIDS WILL LOVE BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK MORE THAN BANDIPUR TIGER RESERVE

Bannerghatta National Park

In the middle of this year, we went on a six hours drive from Bangalore to Bandipur for an event. My kids were excited because we told them we were also going to see tigers and lions all over the place. The hotel asked us to reach before sunset as the roads, through the Bandipur forest, were shut at 9pm, by the Forest Department, in order not to disturb the wildlife. We were also told to be careful while walking around the hotel and to avoid wearing bright red clothing just in case some creature’s eyes spotted us. But after two days, all we saw were deer, peacocks, wild boars and a few birds. We heard that somewhere in Bandipur, a tiger met with an accident and died while we were in the resort. Also, the chained elephants looked quite sad at their feeding camp.

In the end, we were completely dejected that we hadn’t seen even one wild animal anywhere; especially during the hour long safari ride that felt like forever.

Last weekend at the Bannerghatta National Park, which was declared a national park way back in 1974, we spotted more than 20 types of creatures. It was overwhelming to see my kids so excited! I mean, finally, we could enjoy watching the tigers we were deprived of at Bandipur. One of them walked so close to our stationary safari jeep that we froze until he calmly walked away to the other side of the road. Presently, there are 3 Bengal tigers and 2 White tigers at the National Park though the authorities have spotted more pug mark evidence in the Biological Park.

Here are some of the beautiful creatures we got to admire and click at the Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore.

Dinosaur
T-Rex (Tyrannosaurus Rex)

DINOSAUR

Of course, they weren’t real, but my son, who is crazy about dinosaurs, jumped with excitement on spotting his favourite T-Rex and the hidden Triceratops there. I couldn’t click a picture of the latter because of the overgrown plants around it.

MONKEY

Besides the red bum monkeys, we can also walk around the wild un-caged monkeys who are hungry, so beware if you are holding a packet of chips or fries around them.

HIPPOPOTAMUS

These huge sloppy fellows barely moved. They probably believe in chill and let chill. I’m not sure if they were snoozing or chilling while we were watching them. Hippopotamus means ‘river horse’ in Ancient Greek.

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The Zebra who finally posed for me

ZEBRA

While we stood there for five whole minutes, watching their backsides, we kept clicking these social animals in the hope they would turn. Their black and white striped coats come in different patterns that are unique to each individual. This was the best picture I could capture.

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Gauri the Giraffe

GIRAFFE

This baby is named Gauri. She was brought in from the Mysore Zoo. Until then Bannerghatta National Park did not have a giraffe residing there. Giraffes are currently the tallest living mammals.

Pelican
Pelican hunting for fish
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Painted Stork

OSTRICH, EMU and OTHER BIRDS

We did a quick stop to each of these cages to admire them. The birds were caged well so they couldn’t escape and I couldn’t click them without the cage in view. The large flightless bird just quenched its thirst. The Emu posed for us angrily. We enjoyed watching the Pelican hunt for fish. And we did not really concentrate on the other birds but they were surely stunning.

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Blackbuck – The Indian Antelope

BLACKBUCK

This Indian Antelope is known to run at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. They love living in dry grasslands and can jump over average fences easily. This one just sat put among the million deer around it.

REPTILES

These were a spooky sight. The Iguana was gorgeous though it just sat like a statue and posed voluntarily for my camera. The snakes were in different areas in their cages. We also got to see the shed snakeskin that happens twice or four times a year, unless they are young Snakes and shed every two weeks. The funniest sight was the Turtle stuck on a rock while another one tried to help by pushing him off.

SLOTH BEAR

Bears are usually visualized as cute and cuddly creatures but these looked quite ugly to me. They were fat and furry but once you saw their faces, they weren’t anything like the soft toys you have on your bed. Nevertheless, it was amusing to see them fight and play in the middle of the road.

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African Lions

AFRICAN LION

There was one healthy lion behind the bushes but I could click only the two old fellows sitting there.

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Asian Elephant family

ASIAN ELEPHANT

This was a pretty calming view where the family of this endangered species seemed quite content with their routine.  

JACKAL

These predators belong to the dog family. This mammal was restless and looked quite alert. I believe it could be a businessman if it were a human.

NILGAI

For those of you who do not know (and I didn’t either), this deer-like mammal is an antelope, specifically an Asian antelope. I had always imagined an antelope to be a kangaroo like animal before Google existed. The mature male looks like an ox and is also known as the blue bull.

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Leopard on the logs

LEOPARD

This panther kept jumping up and down the bunch of logs. It was quite an interesting sight.

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Bengal Tiger and its cave

BENGAL TIGER

This big cat was the icing on the cake. We finally spotted a tiger!!! Here, there were 3 of them and all in different areas so they don’t fight or kill each other. They did look handsome and well fed and we were super excited to admire them for the longest time. Apparently, these tigers are threatened by poaching and fragmentation of habitat.

white tiger
Beautiful White Tiger at Bannerghatta National Park

WHITE TIGER

This bleached tiger was the cherry on our icing. It was GORGEOUS. But, when I checked on Google, it was appalling to know that white tigers are pigmentation variants of the Bengal Tigers which are in-bred across the world in order to generate revenue. They are generally born with a genetic defect. You can read more about them here.

Nevertheless, it was an awesome day because my kids were happy and so was I. Our wishes, to see the different animals, reptiles and birds, were finally fulfilled. I just felt that the greenery could be better maintained at the park as there were many spots of visible dry grass. We walked through the Butterfly Park which had striking structures. Though there weren’t too many noticeable butterflies sitting anywhere, the walk was quite delightful and informative.

The park is open every day, except Tuesdays, from 9.30am to 5pm. The best time to visit is in the first week of October. The entry tickets are around or below Rs. 100/- unless you want an exclusive jeep safari. This is surely a wonderful place to spend with your kids in Bangalore/Bengaluru for the ultimate wildlife experience.

PS: If some of you are wondering why I am not in any of the pictures. Well, I was the photographer and the photographer is barely clicked. 🙁 Do check out my photography page here.

Have any of you been to a National Park? What was your experience like?

Below are some of the popular Zoological Parks in India that I have yet to visit:

  1. National Zoological Park, Delhi. …
  2. Mysore Zoo, Mysore – Best Zoo in India. …
  3. Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Pune. …
  4. Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Visakhapatnam. …
  5. Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad – One of the Best Zoos in India. …
  6. Nandankanan Zoological Park, Bhubaneswar.
Cindy D'Silva
Cindy D'Silva
Cindy D'Silva, a belly dancer, writer and artist, besides being a mother of two. She loves partying, bowling and eating sushi. There is more about her on the ABOUT ME page. Do check it out! :) Do like the facebook page too: https://www.facebook.com/blogaberry/

28 Comments

  1. Noor Anand Chawla says:

    Lovely in-depth post Cindy! My son would certainly prefer Banerghata to Bandipur for the giraffe!

  2. Jenifer says:

    Have heard so much about this park.
    In future, if I visit Bangalore. Will visit it.

    Also, loved the pictures

  3. Urvashi says:

    Mysore zoo is my biggest favourite. It was such a hit with my nieces. Bannerghatta road traffic is one of the reasons why we never visited national park. From Marathahalli it always felt like another world. But next time I come to Bangalore I am definitely going for it

  4. Kavita Singh says:

    This was such a visual treat. My daughter would love this place for sure, we have been to Delhi’s Zoo and she was so happy visiting that place. I loved the pictures too along with the writeup. Saved it 🙂

  5. Charu says:

    We have been to this park and it was a wonderful. experience. Kids had enjoyed a lot. We did the jeep safari too. The park is well maintained too. Just a few spots were a tad untidy.

  6. I was in Bangalore for so many years and that too in Bannerghatta but never had the opportunity to go to this National Park. After reading your post would want to take my kids there at least once.Thanks for sharing your experience.

  7. Varsh says:

    Bannerghatta National Park is on my wish list and I want to take my kids there. Will show them these pics. I’m sure they’ll love them! You must’ve had a lot of fun there.

  8. Dr Bushra says:

    So I’ve not so much about BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK before reading this. Indeed it’s perfect getaway for kids

  9. Ruchi Verma says:

    I have so many memories with this national park of safari …I still want my kids to visit once to see this place!!

  10. Roma says:

    We went to these two resorts last May and reading you brought such fond memories back. I agree to most of your points

  11. Tina Basu says:

    we have done this safari so many times. My son absolutely enjoyed this safari and watching the tigers and lions and bears.

  12. Smitha N says:

    I have visited twice whn i was at banglore and I just love going out there.

  13. Deepika says:

    I visited the Bannerghatta National park through your post. Your effort is commendable. I really like the small small things which you noticed about the national park. I will also plan a trip with my kids. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Shalu says:

    Ever since my daughters have watched the movie Madagascar, they have been behind my life to take them to see all these animals. This looks like a great option to explore for next vacation.

  15. Sarah Shaikh says:

    We have been to Bannerghatta National Park in 2014 and totally loved it.Their Safari is a good way to see wild animals in open surroundings.Your blog brought back good ol’ memories.Thanks

    (Snehalata Jain)

  16. I have been to Bannerghatta National Park years ago and it was fun. With kids, the enjoyment doubles up. Last month we visited Nandankanan Zoological Park and my 3 years old enjoyed it thoroughly.

  17. The park looks amazing with so many animals in natural habitat. Well kept and clean, definitely my kids will love to visit too.

  18. I have stayed in Bangalore however never been here, any time when i am traveling with kids specially I am surely going there. We love visiting various zoos and parks.

  19. I had not heard about this place before, seems like a great place for kids. you had shared really great info about it with beautiful pics, would love to visit this when visit India next time.

  20. Arulmozhi says:

    I didn’t know Bannerghata was such a treat . The right place to take kids during the upcoming vacation. Such vibrant photographs!! Loved reading every bit of your post.

  21. I have been to Bannerghata during my last Bangalore trip and I must say, it is one of the most well maintained and conserved national parks.

  22. Even though I lived in Bengaluru for a year, I never visited the Bannerghatta National Park God knows why. After seeing your post, I realise I missed out on a great adventure. Will plan a visit to the park now.

    https://www.rahulprabhakar.com

  23. Humaira says:

    Amazing and beautiful post. Kids always gets excited whenever we make plans for such a National Park . Bannerghatta National Park is one of the well conserved animal sanctuaries in India and is a must-visit place in Bangalore.

  24. Nadia kohli says:

    I have never been to both the places. It sounds so much fun. Will surely plan a visit there. Great info

  25. Nisha says:

    I have been to Bannerghatta National Park and it offers great outing for kids and adults. Spotting white tiger is like a dream come true there.

  26. Sundeep says:

    I never visited BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK but after reading your post I decided to visit this national park. Thanks for sharing your experience with us

  27. I am so fond of the Bannerghata National Park. It is an absolute delight for both kids and adults. I have never visited Bandipur Tiger Reserve

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