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Weekend trip to Bannerghatta National Park

Last Saturday, we drove to Bannerghatta National Park. Here's a photo tour... 

The overcast conditions made the walk to the Butterfly Park quite pleasant...


The Butterfly Park is a temperature controlled glass house with butterfly friendly flowering plants...



Mexican butterfly weed...


A closer look under the leaves reveal tiny butterfly eggs...


Blue Mormon butterfly...


Caterpillar of Blue Mormon...



Common Castor Butterfly...


Lime Butterfly...



Pupa of Common Mormon Butterfly...


Caterpillar of Common Mormon butterfly. It prefers to feed on Indian Curry Leaves...


Common Mormon Butterfly. I wondered why many of the large butterflies had injured wings. In this controlled environment the butterflies have no predators to fear other than little humans...


Common Grass Yellow Butterfly...



Caterpillar of Striped Tiger Butterfly...


Striped Tiger Butterfly...


Next, we went for a Special Jeep Safari in the jungle and spotted a variety of animal in their natural habitat.
A curious female Sambar deer was all ears while the Cheetal spotted deer were all tails...



The male Sambar deer with his beautiful horns...



A pair of juvenile Black Bucks... 


A baby elephant walking alongside its mother...


The sloth bear looked relaxed and comfortable resting on the road...


The safari trail...


The lions were sleepy but it was nice getting close to them...



The White Tiger was in deep siesta...


Rohan also was in deep slumber all through the safari..


As we were entering the Tiger safari area, we saw a rogue tiger chasing a Jeep. He looked really agitated... 


He gave me an angry stare before vanishing away...


There were other moderate ones lying peacefully on the track...



The confident walk of a tiger is so amazing to watch...



 There were some monkeys too...


Russell's viper...



65 comments:

  1. WOW! What a great weekend trip. Stunning shots.

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  2. What an amazing array of animals! Incredible that you can drive around with tigers on the loose!! The "angry stare" shot is one of my favorites.

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  3. Very nice photos, I like all the animals. Thank you for linking up to Feline Art Friday.

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  4. Thank you for this wonderful set of interesting and high quality images: beautiful color, composition, lighting and detail.

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  5. amazing pictures - loved the ones of the tiger sleeping and the bear rolling on the floor not to mention the chilling stare of hte tigers

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  6. What a tour! Exquisite photos. I don't know I'd really want to be that close to the animals. The butterflies, yes!

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  7. That must have been just a wonderful day, I would have loved to be there. Your photos are awesome too. Thanks for sharing the day with us.
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  8. Beautiful series - Hoping you'll come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/11/sunset-on-bay.html

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  9. I am so excited you are here, these photos a just so perfectly beautiful. I love the elephant photo and the tiger ones, well all of them really.
    Kathleen
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  10. Incredible. So many butterflies that I've never seen before, and I'm so glad you also gave us a glimpse of the caterpillars. They are just lovely. I think my favorite photo was the one of the lone tiger heading into the woods with his head turned back slightly. What a magical place!

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  11. Everything is beautiful about this park and exciting as well. What a wonderful selection of pictures. I am guessing that Rohan will not sleep through all of this excitement when he gets a little older :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  12. That one tiger photo with the angry glare is pretty impressive. That's frameworthy!

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  13. These are incredible photos! I don't know which ones to like most or best because they all are amazing!

    Thank you for sharing them with us at Photo Friday!

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  14. Fantastic photos. Love seeing all the animals & insects. Not too keen about being chased by a tiger though.

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  15. Amazing photographs, very impressive! Thank you for sharing them with Today's Flowers and I wish you a very happy Sunday.

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  16. amazing photos...so crystal clear! Great shot of the sloth bear on the road

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  17. Amazing colours on the buterflies and seeing all the animals on safarie was wonderful especilaly the tigers

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  18. Where to start. Your images are amazing! I really am lost for words. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Hello, awesome post and fantastic photos. I love the pretty butterflies and all the cool animals. The tigers are one of my favorite. I hope everyone keeps their windows up. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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  20. i really enjoy all your critters. love the ones with wings best. i am happy the snake in there & not at my home. i am not a big fan of snakes. copperheads are the ones that seem to like me best or at least my front yard. hopped over from Eileen's critter party. nice to meet ya. ( :

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  21. Stunning photography! Those butterflies are beautiful and the tigers are my favorite animal!

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  22. This was amazing, and I loved to see all of it [except the snaky bit... scares me since I was a young kid and even when I was in Uganda and the huge ones were there, it was a blessing that I survived!]. This just made me smile and filled with excitement. Thank you so much!!

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  23. Great photos, especially the ones of the tigers! It looks like a great place to visit.

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  24. Love the butterfly shots particularly.

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  25. Wow! Great photos of wild life!

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  26. Those butterflies are wonderful. I love the deer. What a great shot of the angry tiger.

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  27. Your photos kept getting better and better - very professional. I must say that I have never heard of a sloth bear.

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  28. Loved the beautiful photos. Such a nice assortment of butterflies and it was nice to see the caterpillars as well. I thought the caterpillar of the striped tiger butterfly was even prettier than the butterfly itself.

    Amazing pictures, too, of all the safari animals, from the gentler species to all the lions and tigers. Baby elephant with his mama was really sweet. You'll have to go back again since Rohan seemed to miss a lot during nap time!

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  29. These are some awesome animals and your photos are really great. I can't pick a favorite!

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  30. Just look at that mama elephant and her baby. So sweet. Your series today could easily be a Power Point presentation for a class on butterflies and their life cycles. Your close ups are phenomenal.

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  31. amazing photo's of the butterflies and I love all the other animals too....thank you for sharing this amazing place.

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  32. Beautiful photographs! I appreciated the stages of caterpillar, pupa, and butterfly. Great closeups. When we got to the bigger animals, the tigers were my favorite. Your son looks so sweet. I saw your link at Becca's Friday's Five Features party. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey www.irisabbey.com

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  33. Really love the vivid photography. Thanks so much for linking in with "Through My Lens".

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  34. Gorgeous photos!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  35. Fantastic butterflies, caterpillars and pupa.

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  36. What a terrific collection of wildlife photos. You did great work with your camera. Hope you were safe in a vehicle.

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  37. Amazing photos! I loved the tiger shots the best, especially since the one was being so "wild" in his attitude! Great butterfly photos, and all the animals and scenery were wonderful! Great place to visit!

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  38. Animals and nature are wonderful!!!

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  39. What a beautiful park! Have a lovely week!
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  40. Amazing photos! Thank you for sharing them.

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  41. I love all those butterflies but the big cats are my favorites.

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  42. I just love visiting zoos. I've never been inside a butterfly enclosure, it's on my list, and I'd be definitely taking my camera!

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  43. great photos! i've never seen a butterfly egg before!

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  44. Thank you for this grand tour of an interesting place.

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  45. Amazing creatures! And equally amazing captures!

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  46. Fantastic shots! Love the tiger chasing the Jeep!

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  47. Omg! Awesome pictures. Loved each shot! I went to Banerghatta some 8 years back but your pictures are tempting me to go visit again :)

    Stopping by from Photo Friday linky!

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  48. Love all the photos...those animals are amazing and they all look great in your pics :)

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  49. Awesome photos Shiju !! Loved all of them

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  50. Beautiful captures Shiju. As a wildlife enthusiast myself, I just wanted to bring one important aspect to light. For most people, Bannerghatta is all about the wildlife safari, zoo and the park. What visitors do not realize is that there is much more to this spot. People should try booking a resort and explore the area. These resorts even hire experts who guide you around. Spotting animals in the wild such as spotted deer, bonnet macaques, barking deer, wild boars and jackals is a really great experience. Plus the area is home to over 200 species of birds at different seasons.

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  51. Hi Shiju.. Awesome photo blog. Your wildlife photography is really beautiful. I have also included you in our blog (http://www.36floors.com/blog/places-to-visit-near-bangalore) Thanks.

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