Places To See Around Bangalore

Bannerghatta National Park , Bengaluru’s pride in just about 22kms from the city.

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Established in 1974, this national park was also declared as the Biological Reserve in 2002. This park spread across 25,000 acres, approximately about 22.27 kms situated in the South of Bengaluru in Anekal Range. A stream Suvarnamukhi running through the park is a natural water body for the wildlife habitat. This national park is the most ideal next to home paradise for nature lovers to learn about ‘wildlife in captivity’, study about the moist deciduous forest and scrubs.

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Devarayana Durga, is the first forest reserve declared in Karnataka in 1907. A hill station just 65kms from Bengaluru located in Tumkur district. A rocky hill surrounded by dense forest, spread across 42.27 sqkm comprising of both dry & moist deciduous forest with large patches of scrub.  The perfect hill station for trekkers and nature enthusiasts.  The only closest hill station to Bengaluru that has a natural spring named Namada Chilume which is seen throughout the year. This place is home to plenty of spotted deers.

History :

Devarayana Durg was originally known as Anebiddasari,(in kannada) it got its name from a said incident of an elephant falling off the hill. This forest reserve got its name of Devarayana Durg from Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar when he captured this place.

Interesting fact :

The famous Ornithologist Dr.Salim Ali, spend months at this forest reserve in 1938 and recorded several moist deciduous bird species seen here which unfortunately is not seen now.

Several hunting cases were noted at Devarayanadurga until the Indian Wildlife Act of 1972 was enforced prohibiting any kind of killing at this reserve.

Flora & Fauna

This hill station is known for being the forest of medicinal plants.

Yellow throated Bulbul, Magpie Robin, Egyptian Vultures, Falcons, Black shouldered Kite, Peafowl, Copper smith barbet, Grey hornbill, Golden Oriole, Ashy prinia, Purple sunbird, Rufous treepie and many more.

Three striped palm squirrel, Mongoose, Porcupine, Pangolin, Cheetal, Bonnet Macaque, Jackal, Slender Loris, Jungle Cat, Civet Cat, Leopard, and with a good wealth of amphibians, reptiles, micro flora & fauna.

Activities

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Hessarghatta is one of the last grasslands left in Bengaluru, just 35kms from the city, which is also speeding towards extinct. The grassland is a home to several native and migratory birds, whose feeding and nesting is on the ground area. Hessarghatta also has a man-made fresh water lake covering an area of over 1000acres. This is a rare combination of grassland and wetland that gives a vast opportunity for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts to study a vast scope of wildlife from native to migratory birds, aquatic life, micro flora & fauna.

History :

Hessarghatta lake was formed by Sir.K.Seshadri Iyer, the then Dewan of Mysore State with the help of M.C. Hutchins, the chief engineer of Mysore. The idea of setting up this man-made lake was to meet the drinking water requirements of the city. The lake is connected to the Arkavathy River that originates from Nandidurga.

Interesting fact :

Not many are aware that Hessarghatta has a Peacock sanctuary which is perhaps the only sanctuary within an urban city. It is called the Byalkere Peacock Sanctuary.

Most of the birds in Hessarghatta build nests, lay eggs and raise chicks on the ground unlike, generally, what you would expect them to be on trees.

Flora & Fauna

Banyan Tree, Bamboos, Neem tree, Tamarind tree, Eucalyptus tree and many more.

Indian Robin, Egyptian Vultures, Shikra, Black Kite, Painted Stork, Woolly necked stork, Spot bellied Pelican, Peafowl, White cheeked barbet, Grey hornbill, Golden Oriole, Scaly breasted munia, Purple sunbird  and many more local and migratory birds.

Three striped palm squirrel, Mongoose, Porcupine, Pangolin, Cheetal, Bonnet Macaque, Jackal, Slender Loris, Jungle Cat, Civet Cat, Leopard, and with a good wealth of amphibians, reptiles, micro flora & fauna.

Activities

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