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Bannerghatta National Park: Perfect destination for children

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We all know that Bengaluru is the capital City of Karnataka. It is also a software hub. Many multi-national companies are set up in Bengaluru, which is providing jobs for millions of people.

We have mostly heard only complaints of Bengaluru, regarding the traffic, pollution and expensive living cost. But many are unaware of other face of the City. Earlier it was called as Garden City as wonderful gardens enhance the beauty of this City.

Lalbagh, Cubbon Park and many more are the favourite spots of Bengalureans. When it comes to Bengaluru we should not forget the Bannerghatta National Park. It is like a gem on the crown.

The Bannerghatta National Park is hailed as one of the most famous and prominent of all national parks in India. This man-made park is home to several species of birds and animals and it attracts children and adults alike through its varied wildlife. The park encompasses ten reserve forests of the Anekal Range under the Bangaluru Forest Division. Situated at a distance of 22 kms from Bengaluru, there are several small temples that sit atop the hills inside the park that you can pay a visit to.

The Suvarnamukhi stream runs across the park and it is believed that the stream originates from the Suvarnamukhi Hill. Just over 2 kms from the hill, you can also find the Suvarnamukhi pond which is said to have several curative powers. It houses a zoo, conservatories, and a museum. Feast your eyes on a wide array of wild animals including the likes of Leopards, Lions, Zebras, Bengal Tigers, Panthers, Porcupines, Rhinoceroses, Elephants, Spotted Deers, White Tigers, Bison, Panthers, and Bears.

The park authorities have divided the park into separate sections one for herbivorous animals and the other for carnivorous animals. Private safaris can be organised as well, but authorities have to be contacted with regard to this aspect.

The park also has the significance of housing the first ever butterfly conservatory in India. The conservatory is circular in shape and spreads over an area of 10,000 sqft. It is the brainchild of the Zoo Authority of Karnataka, University of Agricultural Sciences and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE). The park is dotted with flora that attracts over 20 different species of butterflies. The conservatory maintains a tropical climate with the necessary humidity level to suit the butterflies.

Children can gather information and improve their biological knowledge by paying a visiting the museum located inside the park that houses several exhibits. Trekking enthusiasts can traverse across the Uddigebande, Hajjamana Kallu and Mirza Hills and visit the small temples that are located in these hills.

ISKCON Temple, Lalbagh, Cubbon Park, Visvesvaraya Museum are the other places in Bengaluru one can visit during Bannerghatta trip. This place can be visited throughout the year, except on Tuesday because the park is closed on the day.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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