From the Wonderla Amusement Park, we headed towards our final destination which was the Bannerghatta National Park Karnataka. We were a bit sad that we were nearing the end of such a beautiful journey. However, I still had enough excitement in me as I have always been a big fan of anything associated with nature. The National Park is located on the outskirts of the city and was established in the year 1971.
We had to cover a distance of around 22km to reach the park from the main city. It earned the status of a national park in the year 1874. Some part of the park was converted to a biological reserve in 2002.
It is regarded to be one of the most famous tourist destinations of Bangalore. The entire area is divided into different sections such as a snake house, a safari park, an aquarium, a butterfly enclosure, an animal rescue centre, a biological reserve, etc. We also came across various temples which have been in existence for ages.
I also learnt that the park serves as one of the ideal sites for trekking. The responsibility of the management and administration of the park is jointly handled by ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment), University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore and Zoo Authority of Karnataka.
The park is so big that it also houses six villages in areas devoted for cattle and sheep farming. We were simply amazed with the ability of the park to house such a large range of animals and birds. We also tried our hands at the lion and tiger safari and it was a memorable experience. It is made up of ten huge forest reserves located on the Anekal Range.
We also walked along the Suvarnamukhi stream which starts from the Suvarnamukhi Hill and flows through the park’s heart. One of the members told us that there is the Suvarnamukhi pond nearby which has miraculous healing powers. The zoo had a collection of various wild animals like bison, bears, Bengal tigers, lions, porcupines, spotted deer’s, panthers, rhinos, leopards, zebras, elephants etc.