Sunday, August 24


(was going through the pictures of our three week old visit to Bannergatta national park.It's better to post and preserve,than never to do so)
“Oh no ,it’s Sunday”,groaned Mr.Bear to Mrs.B.
“This means I have to brush my teeth and comb my hair,and take that walk,and pretend to be busy sniffing at grass,HUMMPH.”
”Well,isn’t it fun to watch a bus full of caged humans,all owwwing and awwwwing, dear.They do look so cute,”she consoled him. The little cubs eagerly followed daddy B,for a live demo.

At other end of the forest, an anxious tiger paced up and down.The cause for concern seemed to be the new entrant, the white tiger.”Damn!!! These fair skinned ones.They seem to be grabbing all the limited female attention.Sigh!”
Well,it was a fact known to all that the poor guy had stuck to an exhaustive abs routine and a low fat -only -lean -deer diet,for more than six months now. However, yet another tiger felt there were other matters more important than those of the heart and the meat. He wasn’t the least bit amused at this intrusion of privacy.”Don’t we have any laws of the jungle here?”
“Well, this is the jungle right.”Except a few flies no one had responded to his statements.”Maybe we need a new government,and a change of the King,err animal.Maybe a no- confidence motion,he asked the grass and the trees.
“There’s more wilderness in the human parliament than here.”He sighed and went to drown his sorrows in the next watering hole.

The Bannergatta national park
1. High expectations will ruin your visit. Please remember you are visiting an Indian zoo and you shall be more than pleased with what you find and see.
2. Despite all the discouraging reviews,it was a pleasant surprise,and if you have a child in you somewhere,you will def enjoy seeing the animals at close quarters.
3. A particular reviewer on a travel site,said that the animals looked bored.Well,what do expect from life that has been caged.Remember that the animals are in the jungle and not in a circus.
4. The zoo’s policy and effort at keeping plastics at bay is quite laudable.(they empty out all plastic wrappers into paper bags,right at the entrance itself. It’s amazing how much plastic they had gathered in a few minutes)
5. The safari is bumpy but good(but since we were quite used to Bangalore roads,it didn’t feel very different),as you really get to see a variety of animals.The conductor is really helpful in pointing out and taking pictures for you(err for a tip of rs.20,he deserved it)
6. The cages are quite well kept and neat.The snake exhibit is amazing. Don’t miss it.
7. The butterfly park is definitely the high point of the park.The feeling is magical. As you enter the enchanted door,hundreds of butterflies come to kiss you with their feathery wings.

Start early in the day,if you wish to visit on a Sunday,for the crowd that builds up,makes you wonder and pray about the security of the animals and thank god that they were caged.


Ps said...

When we went to bannerghata I was surprised too.(Uaully i abhor zoos)
At that time they did not have the butterfly park.London Zoo has an amazing one.

Mampi said...

Wow, you make me wish I was in your city.
Loved the pics, the description and the satire.

satish said...

aah beautiful pics. makes me almost stand up and head towards the park. sigh. what am i doing sitting all day in my room on a sunday?!

Manasa said...

I visited there 2 months ago. Didn't find much of butterfly species there. I would rather suggest you to visit the real jungles like N'hole where the animals aren't caged :)

brocasarea said...

nice one...:)

Suma said...

hey, have you seen the mysore zoo? its fantastic,..considering we are talking about india..

bannerghata seems to have changed...i went ages ages should make the effort this time atleast for the six year old...

--xh-- said...

:) ncie pics and hilarious description... and yeah, the butterfly park is the highlight :)

Monika said...

its a nice small place....and the plastic intiative makes me proud of myself, i have actually worked with park as a part of our community program to make that a plastic free zone :)

Gazal said...


it's better not to make any comparisson.yes,it's a new addition.




am curious now.what are you doing??

Gazal said...


will do that.for something close's a good change




will chk it out.


and you can take some credit for the visit.


hey.thats sure is laudable

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Satish said...

nothing. i do absolutely nothing.

dharmabum said...

even as a child, i never much enjoyed zoo visits. now i am beginning to wonder if those poor things are better off caged, than is sad how man has come to 'use' every thing - living and otherwise for his own well being.

this is a sweet post. u must make a good story teller. how have u been?

Parul Gahlot said...

I like the strange animals that surround us all day! heh heh

Gazal said...

thanks for visiting

head out

am good.long time

oh yes...the animals enjoyed us too

Salil said...

Thank you for this review.
Lived in Bangalore for five years but never made it to Bannerghetta. Your post has made me willing to do so the next time I am there.
Interesting that you did not find the ride bumpy because of the state of Bangalore roads :-)
Thank you,

Gazal said...


thanks for visiting.
am sure the state of roads here as undergone a deep and rastic change in five years.

padma said... gazal!!

Well.... the bannergatta plans are still pending.. :-(( but may be it will be actioned very soon :-))