It is the month end, and you have very little money to spend but still there is an urge for you to step out of your house and venture into new places. With these thoughts running in my mind and restricting myself to a day's outing, I began my search for one such place.
And I decided to head towards Bannerghatta National Park, located within the city limits it was an ideal choice to be made.
I began the ride around 8:30 AM and headed towards my destination, which is about 45 to 60 min away from the city. We decided to have a small to at the Meenakshi Temple en route the national park.
The temple is constructed in the lines of the Meenakshi temple at Madurai, which is famous for it huge temple towers. The temple here also has a huge tower which welcomes the devotees inside.
After offering our prayers to the goddess, we continued our journey and very soon we reach our destination. After taking the parking ticket for our vehicle and finding a place to park we walked towards the ticket counter to get our entry tickets.
The national park offers its visitors the option of taking the safari and also visiting the zoo, we choose the same. The ticket is priced at INR 260 for the safari and the entry into the zoo.
We took the tickets and began our walk towards the fleet of buses that were waiting for visitors to get in. We decided to sit near the windows of the bus so that we get a closer look at the animals. The windows are grilled hence it prevents you from putting your head and hands out.
The Grand Safari
During the course of the safari, we came across lions, tigers, deer and bears at a very close range. At this point of time one realise, we are the ones in the cage and not the animals. The duration of the safari is around two hours after which we are dropped back to the entry point of the zoo.
The zoo is home to various animals, birds and reptiles. The first one is here is our national bird, peacock. The timing of us coming close to its enclosure was perfect as the bird spread out their feathers and showed its true beauty.
This was something which got us dumbfounded. We walked towards the next enclosure which housed tigers. One can find 3 to 4 tigers in their huge enclosure walking around and sometimes asleep.
Next up is the enclosure of various birds which are of both exotic and Indian origin. I found the macaques very fascinating because of its colour. We moved towards the next enclosure of emu birds followed by various varieties of deer, and close by is the enclosure of the Himalayan bears. A thought which came struck my mind was Baloo from Jungle Book.
The zoo is an ideal picnic spot, we came across many children who were playing in swings we decided to go back to our childhood days by playing on the swings and taking a ride on the merry go round.
The Butterfly Park
After that we decided to head out of the zoo and move towards the butterfly park. The butterfly park is something very unique to be found, the entrance of the park is made in the shape of a butterfly spreading out its wings.
As we walk across, we were surrounded by butterflies from all possible directions, a unique experience, I must say. There is a section attached to the park which would help us get a better knowledge about these beautiful creatures.
A museum which houses the fossils of the various types of butterflies is a must see. The park is also a perfect place to click pictures, and while butterflies surround you, it forms a picture perfect moment.
After enjoying our day at the national park, which gave us back our childhood memories we decided to return to the city with all the memories we made.