Ever since I upgraded my camera gear, I was itching to do some wildlife photography. Bannerghatta National Park is just an hour’s drive from where I live and so one Sunday morning we headed towards the park. Currently the season is monsoon and we could see the animals roaming around. Animals looked a lot healthier than they did about 6 years ago.
The park is small and there are lions, tigers (both bengal and white), leopards, black bears, sambars and deers, bisons, snakes – cobras, pythons, rat snakes; few caged birds – peacock, spoon bills; star tortoise, crocodiles, hippos and of course the elephants. Highlight of the day was when the lion (pictured below) came so close to us, that my 8-year old son told me that I should not turn on my flash, for it may annoy him and he may jump at us!
Apparently there are quite a few tiger cubs now and maybe a good time to visit…
Shooting tortoises is a piece of cake. They would have hardly moved a few inches in a minute! Wonder what it would be to photograph a sloth… ‘still photography’ I suppose.
Bears in huge numbers were sleeping on the road and did not give a damn about the vehicle. This one is probably sleep walking…
There is a net between the deer and me! All I can say is, my camera is worth every penny!!!
Started to drizzle…couldn’t get good shots of these magnificent giants…
Adjacent to the Park is the Butterfly park. Wasn’t anywhere close to what I have seen in other places. There were mostly black ones flying around. Took a few pictures. Only when I saw the close up of the pictures that I realized that their wings were all torn. It is probably because of the people or kids trying to catch them. Very sad! Below is a lucky one with its wings intact.
Few tips to the visitors –
- It is a no plastic zone; so don’t carry anything with a plastic cover/wrapper.
- You can adopt animals; if you are an animal lover please go for it.
- Park is closed on Tuesdays.
- Park opens at 9am. So be there by 10, else face the crowd!
- Snacks, sodas and refreshments are available inside in the park.
- There are a couple of trekking tracks.
- Elephant ride is available.
- Restrooms (paid ones) are in pathetic state, so limit your fluid intake.
- For overnight stay there is a Jungle Lodges and Resorts nearby.