Bangalore (now called Bengaluru ) is the capital of India's southern Karnataka state. The center of India's high-tech industry, the city is also known for its parks and nightlife.
The foundations of Bangalore were laid down by the Vijayanagara chieftain Kempe Gowda. Like all things in Vijayanagara, Kempe Gowda was keenly interested in building an economically as well as culturally rich city that would ensure his legacy would be remembered for hundreds of years.
This is why, during the construction of the city, special emphasis was placed on enhancing the beauty of the city and making it truly remarkable. Special water reservoirs, grandiose temples and glamorous parks were built all around the city. This also happens to be one of the reasons why Bangalore is called the Garden City. Let’s take a look at the five most beautiful parks in Bangalore.
1. Cubbon Park
The Cubbon Park is situated in the central administrative area of the city of Bengaluru. The park is home to the statues of famous personalities as well as rich and diverse flora and fauna.
This also happens to be one of the most famous parks in Bangalore. The park is aesthetically pleasing and garners the attention of tourists and nature lovers alike.
Address: Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru
Timings: Open all the time but 5 am to 8 am has been declared silent time.
Entry Fee: No entry fee
2. Lalbagh Botanical Park
One of the most prominent remnants of the Wadiyar dynasty, the Lalbagh Botanical Park pays homage to Hyder Ali who had ordered the construction of the park (however, it was his son, Tipu Sultan, who saw to its completion).
The park spans over 240 acres right in the middle of Bangalore and houses over a thousand types of flora and a few endangered species of birds as well. On public holidays, the park typically hosts special events like the Lalbagh Glass House Botanical Show, a true spectacle.
Address: Mavalli, Bangalore
Timings: 7 am to 7 pm
Entry Fee: Rs 20
3. Bannerghatta National Park
Although located 20 kilometres from Bangalore, Bannerghatta National Park is one of those parks that can’t be absolutely missed. The park is host to a variety of wildlife and includes various species of animals, ranging from elephants to Royal Bengal Tigers.
The park also doubles as a sanctuary for elephants as well as endangered species of tiger. The ark is also blessed with a diverse fauna and is a great destination for trekkers and adventure lovers.
Address: Bannerghatta Road, Bannerghatta Circle, Bannerghatta
Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
Entry Fee: Rs. 80 per adult, Rs. 40 per child
4. JP Park
Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park, also known as JP Park, is situated in Mathikere in the north-west area of Bangalore. The park has a massive lawn spread across 25 acres and, to supplement the landscape, also has four lakes.
The park also has a diverse variety of trees and shrubs that grow here perennially. The park also boasts a nature centre, an exhibition plaza, and an amphitheatre. Another important offering of the park is the rock garden that is modelled after the one in Almatti (also in Karnataka).
Address: Brindavan Nagar, Mathikere
Timings: 5 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 8.30 pm
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
5. Bannerghatta Butterfly Park
This butterfly park has a trail that is over a kilometre long, and also has a butterfly garden. The park also has a polycarbonate roof and a breeding area for insects. The garden has a waterfall and a landscaped garden to create a favourable habitat for the insects.
The park is home to mainly five species of butterflies: papilionidae, pieridae, nymphalidae, lycaenidae and hesperiidae. But the total number of butterfly species is 48.
Address: Bannerghatta Road
Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
Entry Fee: Rs. 30 per adult, Rs. 20 per child
Parks / Gardens are a great place to begin your day with a run or a stroll or a place to unwind after a full day of work. Now that you know about the different Gardens in Bangalore do head out to one and let us know your experience.
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