A complete guide to the best gardens and parks in Bangalore – Located on the Deccan Plateau of Karnataka, Bangalore is India’s third most populated city and is often nicknamed as “The Garden City”.
With thousands of people flooding into the city in search of jobs and a better lifestyle, it is appreciable how the city has still held onto its “roots”, through the green canopies of the Gulmohar trees and well-maintained parks and gardens.
Best Gardens and Parks in Bangalore
There are more than 1000 parks in Bangalore and numerous gardens that attract the local people and soothe them after a long day or week. While the rest of the cities are cutting down most of the trees, Bangalore sets a perfect example of how you can excel industrially without losing the green.
Here is a list of the popular gardens and parks in Bangalore
Cariappa Memorial Park
Located at a distance of about 5 km from the Bangalore Railway Station, the Cariappa Memorial Park was constructed in 1996, in the memory of Field Marshal K.M Cariappa.
The park is home to more than 3000 plants and trees, among which some are indigenous and the rest is imported. The park also has a beautiful waterfall that attracts birds. The park is beautifully maintained by the Indian Army.
There is a 7 feet statue of Cariappa in the park along which military bands perform every fortnight. Numerous locals reach this park to witness this performance. There is also a playing spot inside the park for your kids.
With multiple travel options like bus, cabs, and autos, Cariappa Park is situated between M.G road and Cubbon road, on a portion of the parade grounds. It takes about an hour or two to explore this park and the visiting hours are, on weekdays from 5.30 AM to 8.00 PM, Saturday from 1.00 PM to 7.00 PM and on Sunday the park remains open from 9.00 AM to 7.00 PM. There is no entry fee.
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Bugle Rock Park
The Bugle Rock Pak is a small yet compact park built around the huge bugle rock that is considered to be millions of years old. The park is home to numerous trees that forms a thick canopy over your heads and thus the habitat of many species of birds and bats. Bugle Rock Park is popular among the locals as every day about 1000 people visit here.
There are three temples located in the park, the most famous being the Bull temple, which is dedicated to Nandi, the favourite of Lord Shiva and is considered the largest in the world. There are watchtowers, tall enough to offer the panorama view of the complete city of Bangalore. The musical waterfall also is a major attraction here.
Bugle Rock Park is located in Basavanagudi and is easily accessible by cabs and autos. It is open to visitors for all the 7 days of the week, from 9.00 AM to 7.00 PM.
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Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is one of the oldest gardens of the city and was first constructed by Hyder Ali in 1760. it was later modified by Tipu Sultan, who brought unique plant seeds and ornamental species’ of flowers that excelled the beauty of the garden.
Situated on an area of 240 acres, the garden boasts of the centrally located large greenhouse build in 1890 which was previously used for flower shows. The garden also has numerous trees that are more than 100 years old and is a home to more than 1000 species of plants.
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It conducts two flower shows, one during the Republic Day and the other on the Independence Day. the garden is decorated with beautiful flower beds, lawns, and fountains. Numerous species of birds visit the garden and nests in the trees.
Located in South Bangalore, there are many buses travelling from all corners of the city to Lalbagh. The entry timing is from 6.00 AM to 7.00 PM and the entry fee is Rs 20 for anyone above 12 years of age.
Located within central Bangalore, in Kasturba Road, Cubbon Park is one of the landmarks of the city. It was built in 1870 and originally covered an area of about 100 acres but subsequent expansion has increased to 300 acres.
The park is home to about 6000 plants among which, 96 species are exotic. There are numerous ornamental and exotic flower plants and flower beds.
One of the attractions of the park is the richly dense bamboo forest that is a rare thing to experience. There are many historical monuments and sculptures that are present in the park, like the Attara Kacheri, Karnataka High Court, Iyer Hall, the Aquarium, YMCA, etc. It is one of the most popular parks in Bangalore.
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Cubbon Park has no entry fee and remains open from 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM. The park is closed on Mondays. It is ideal to spend an hour or two in the park.
Jayaprakash Narayana Biodiversity Park or JP Park is one of the most popular parks in the city and was constructed in 2006. It is one of the most spacious parks of the city and acts as a lung. There are numerous sculptures and idols resembling a tribal village.
It also contains a water body that acts as the habitat to numerous fishes. Catfish feeding is also a popular activity there. The musical fountain is a major attraction of the park as it offers daily shows of the fountain dancing on the music and light shows.
Along with these, the park is very well maintained and home to numerous species of flora. Located in the Tank Bund road, the park remains open for visitors, from 5.00 AM to 11.00 AM and 4.00 PM to 8.15 PM. The entry to the park is absolutely free but if you want to experience the fountain show, the ticket is priced at Rs 10.
Bannerghatta Butterfly Park
One of the most unique and beautiful parks of the city that houses more than 48 species of butterflies is the Bannerghatta Butterfly Park. located inside the premises of the Bannerghatta National Park, the Butterfly Park is a role model for the other zoos and national parks on how to restore and conserve the butterfly population.
The park includes a butterfly garden, containing numerous flowering plants to help the butterfly population sustain themselves, research and captive breeding centre, a museum and a gift shop. The rich experience of the butterflies flying around you under the dome, within the plants is an enthralling experience.
The entry fee to the Bannerghatta National Park is Rs 30 for adults and Rs 20 for children and it remains open from 9.30 AM to 5.00 PM. The park remains closed on Tuesdays.
Formerly the Central Jail, the venue was opened for public in 2008. There are numerous sculptures and idols of soldiers and freedom fighters in the park. A portion of the park is restricted for hosting protests.
The park holds a library, a joggers trail that attracts numerous joggers every day, playing grounds for kids and a massive watchtower that was preliminary build to keep a watch on the prisoners.
There are huge barracks originally built to differentiate between common and high profile criminals. The park covers an area of about 21 acres and attracts tourists for its uniqueness.
The park is located on Seshadri Road, Gandhi Nagar and has no entry fee. You can visit the park anytime between 5.00 AM to 8.00 PM.
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M N Krishna Rao Park
Located in Basavanagudi, M N Krishnarao Park covers an area of 25 acres and is near to the Lalbagh Botanical garden. The main attraction of the park is the numerous trees that are ancient and well maintained. The green canopy above your heads will take you on a journey that is bound to soothe your inner-self.
Along with the parks for kids, the park has a cricket pitch, badminton court, and an outdoor gym. The park is favoured by the daily joggers and people coming for regular walks. The park hosts the Neralu Tree Festival every year.
The park remains open from 5.00 AM TO 12.00 PM and from 3.00 PM to 9.00 PM and has no entry fee.
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