Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore

I was quite impressed going through the articles of fellow Blogger Amritha Prem who has completed the A-Z marathon of writing articles arising out from each of the 26 alphabets and it did attract my interest of picking up this format sometime in future.

One such article penned by her was about a zoo in Chennai. (https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/95768097/posts/452)

As a result, I glanced through my own memories and here goes out, today’s post – Bannerghatta National Park.

The park, which was once upon a time rested in the outskirts of Bangalore is now proud to be enveloped within the city.

Back in those days, when Bangalore took pride in calling itself the Garden city (now Silicon valley), where malls were yet to be born and movie going was an infrequent activity, the city showered entertainment to its residents, through means of its vast spacious gardens, clean lakes, hills, exhibitions and the National Park.

I do recall the days when the elders used to plan a visit to the park alongwith the neighbors\relatives, packing the bags with home made food, making it a great picnic. The lemon rice, puliyogere, pickle, curd rice that came out of the steel tins, spreading them on a green banana leaf and relishing the lunch sitting on the dusty ground under shade of the tree was a different experience altogether. Well!…

Coming back to the present world, sometime back in one of the summer, where my tenants had invited their relative kids for summer holidays from their native Andhra, and these kids, one fine day, expressed their interest to see the zoo. My cousin Keshav who had visited us also agreed to the idea and off we went, taking my friend Ravi too along.

The park is in Bannerghatta, which is around 20 kms from the main city and is one of the popular tourist destination housing a zoo, butterfly enclosure, an aquarium, a snake house and Safari park. The park offers a wide range of diverse wildlife with Bengal and white tigers, leopards, jackals, alligators, hippos, cobras, phython and many species.

The kids were enthralled with the vast spacious zoo and excited in encountering with lives that they only saw in books and they enjoyed each and every moment of the day. I could sense my childhood self in their eyes. It felt even I would have displayed the same eager and enthusiasm back then, but the magnitude was now low though and the best I could do was to involve self in the world of these kids and explain them about the animals.

The start of the zoo journey

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Keshav seemed to be enjoying too…

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Well, the Leopard got disinterested in the snap….

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Emu and Ostrich

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With the zebra

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Ravi taking them on an elephant ride

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The Jackal seems to appreciate privacy

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The Tigers greeting us during the safari ride

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Wife took satisfaction in watching birds, alligators …

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It did turn out an interesting day with them. Well, we all made it one……

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. eliza rudolf says:

    Well 🖊 penned Ravi… ❤

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    1. Ravi S says:

      Thanks Eliza for the read and appreciation

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  2. jyo says:

    Well written Ravi…and beautiful pics📷 had been there ages ago☺

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  3. Indira says:

    You are nostalgic about your younger days… still, I bet, you might have enjoyed the trip!! 🙂

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    1. Ravi S says:

      Thanks Indira madam, yes love my past and memories keeps us alive

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  4. Been there.
    I liked the safari.

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  5. Great work. Awesome pictures.

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    1. Ravi S says:

      Thanks Shreya.

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  6. Truly an experience when you close to nature n habitat

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  7. Akshata Ram says:

    I visited Bannerghatta zoo only once in my 10 years in Bangalore and totally loved the safari. I am visiting Bangalore with my daughter in a week and so eager to take her there!

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    1. Ravi S says:

      Thats good to hear. Hope she has good time and enjoys watching the animals

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  8. Akhila says:

    great shots Ravi..

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    1. Ravi S says:

      Thanks for the respect Aditi, will surely check out and do the needful.

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  9. Ravi S says:

    Yes Ananya, thks.

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  10. Ravi S says:

    Yeah its a nice place.

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  11. Ravi S says:

    Thanks Jyo, i am sure it woukd have been beautiful in that age too 🙂

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  12. AmrithaPrem says:

    You have the elephant ride wow:) I must definitely visit this zoo I guess and thanks a lot Ravi for sharing my link:)

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  13. Lovely pictures, Ravi, but it is the prose that took me back to a time where packing a basket full of rices and snacks along with bottles of water was a family day out to Bangalore’s only zoo. This was an exercise in itself which was often done when we had relatives visiting. Since it was on the outskirts, making a trip all the way there was a tedious task. Last I heard that there are many flats that have sprung up there and my cousin stays in one of them. Glad you enjoyed your day out with the family, Ravi, and as always thank you for those fond memories.

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