Tired of being cooped in at home? Why not spend a day out with fam or bae at Bannerghatta Biological Park. It may be a tiny zoo (as compared to even the one in Mysore) but Bannerghatta Biological Park is definitely worth a trip. Start off with the Grand Safari which begins at around 10 AM. We must add that there’s a long line always so get here early. The most pocket-friendly option is to take the buses but you can also take your transportation to the entry point. Due to COVID guidelines, safari vehicles are running only at 50 per cent capacity and no private vehicles are allowed on the safaris. The drive through the open enclosures (this is not an actual safari) takes around 40 minutes. There, you can spot Deer, Nilgai, Sambars along with Elephants, Lions, and Tigers.
The zoo is roughly divided into small hubs where similar species are housed. Check out Tigers, Emus, Rheas, Deers, Elephants, and a lone Leopard along with Tortoises, Turtles of different kinds and reptiles too. You’ll also see Wild Dogs, Foxes and Jackals before you move onto different species of Monkeys. Crocs and Gharials make their presence felt too. Bannerghatta is also home to some exquisite birds such as Pigeons, Hornbills, and Parakeets in breathtaking colours. You can also sign up for boating at a small fee. Now if you are a nature enthusiast, enjoy the hard-to-spot butterflies and moths at the Butterfly Sanctuary.
If you don’t want your adventure to end, just stay back in log huts, cottages, or Swiss tents courtesy Jungle Lodges and Resorts. You can lounge about in hammocks, go out for nature walks and cosy up by a blazing campfire under a starry sky. You can read all about it here. The zoo has also initiated a campaign by the tagline 'namma park, namma karthavya' (our park, our responsibility) to make sure that everybody wears a face mask, maintains physical distance and follows proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette. The park is open from 9:30am - 5pm.