Cubbon Park, Landscaping, Aquarium, Statue

Cubbon Park or Sri Chamarajendra Park as it is officially known, is a beautiful park spread over an area of 300 acres, in the heart of the Bengaluru city.

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Cubbon Park was initially created in 1870 with an area of 100 acres. Later on, the park was extended to 1.2 square kilometers, spanning over 300 acres. The park is known for its landscaping, which is integrated well its the natural rocks and tress, bamboos, etc, inside the park. The park has walking paths which are well maintained. There are motor-able roads inside the park; access is only for light motor vehicles.

The first name of the park was Meade’s Park, named after Sir John Meade, who was the Acting Commissioner of Mysore in 1870. Later on, the park was renamed as Cubbon Park, named after the longest serving commissioner of the state, Sir Mark Cubbon. The park was again renamed as Sri Chamarajendra Park in 1927, in memory of the 19th century ruler Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar, the King of the then princely state of Mysore who reigned from 1868–1894. Bengaluru was under his rule, when park came into existence in 1870.

Cubbon Park is very rich in flora. There are around 68 genera trees or plants. A total of 96 species of plants or trees, numbering around 6000 plants or trees, are found inside the park. There are many ornamental and exotic trees and plants, lining the roads of Cubbon park.

K.Sheshadri Iyer Statue, Cubbon ParkStatue of K.Sheshadri Iyer, in whose memory Iyer Hall is constructed.

Cubbon Park is known for the Historic and aesthetic buildings and statues of famous personalities. Originally known as Attarakacheri; a group of 18 ancient buildings; now houses the Karnataka State High Court. Iyer Hall with a rose garden in front, is another historic building, which now houses the State Central Library alias Seshadri Iyer Memorial Library.

Aquarium (the second largest in the country), Indira Priyadarshini Children’s Library, Venkatappa Art Gallery, YMCA, State Youth Center – Yuvanika, Press Club, Century Club, Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Tennis Pavilion, Cheshire Dyer Memorial Hall and the Ottawa Chatter are some of the other prominent buildings inside Cubbon Park.

How Do I Go to Sri Chamarajendra Park alias Cubbon Park?

Cubbon Park is located at the heart of Bangalore City. M.G. road, Kasturba road, Hudson circle and Ambedkar road are the main roads around the park.

Bengaluru (old name is Bangalore) is well connected by roads, trains and flight services to the rest of the country. Bengaluru City Junction Railway Station is the main railway station from where most of the train starts. Kempegowda International Airport is the new airport on the outskirts of Bengaluru city, at around 1 hour drive from Cubbon Park.

Bannerghatta National Park, Biological Park

Bannerghatta National Park, Bannerghatta Biological Park - A Bengal White Tiger in Bannerghatta National Park.
A Bengal white tiger in Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bannerghatta National Park and Biological Park is spread over an area of 25000 acres of forests near to Bengalure alias Bangalore in Karnataka state of India.

If you are on a south India tour package or planning to travel to India, try to  make it to Bannerghatta Biological Park Bangalore to know more about India.

Indian Tiger, Lion and many other animals can be seen here in this National Park.

How can the children miss the butterflies which is a rare sight in today’s cities. India’s first Butterfly park is there inside the Bannerghatta Biological Park. There is also a zoo and a reptile park (a separate snake park also is there) inside the Biological Park. A separate children’s corner, special area for children, is also there in the park.

There is a trekking available for those interested, which cover a distance of 1 to 3.5 kilometers . There is a beautiful stream which runs through the park. Champaka Dharna Swamy temple is one among the many ancient temples that can be found in the 10 reserve forests of National Park.

Bannerghatta National Park is closed on Tuesdays.

How Do I Go to Bannerghatta National Park and Biological Park?

Bannerghatta National Park is at a distance of 22 kilometers south of Bengalure alias Bangalore city. Bus number 365 Volvo bus goes from Majestic Kempegowda Bus Station and bus number 366 from City market and G-4 from Brigade Road junction to the National Park. These buses are there quite frequently. Bus number 368 goes from Shivaji Nagar Bus terminus to National Park. There is 364 F from Arekarae to Bannerghatta road.

Bus numbers 165, 165 B, 165 C, 165 E, 171, 171B, 171C, 171D, 171 E, 171G, 171H, 174 are the ordinary buses which goes from Majestic Kempegowda Bus Station to Bannerghatta via Marble factories. 171 F, 171 G, 171 H, 174 A are other ordinary buses to Bannerghatta National Park via Bangalore Christ University and Christ College from Majestic Kempegowda Bus Station. Christ University is  a deemed University in Bangalore, which is one of the best universities in the country, near to Forum Mall, Bangalore.

Bengalure alias Bangalore is the nearest railway station to the Park. Bengalure International airport is the nearest airport to Bannerghatta Biological Park.