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Home » Places to see in Bangalore » Jayaprakash Narayan Park

Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park (JP Park) is on an 85-acre (340,000 m2) site at Mathikere in the north-west area of Bangalore. The park has four lakes, lawns spread over 25 acres (100,000 m2), and over 250 varieties of trees and shrubs can be found there all the time. Select exotic and aquatic species, and a nursery. There is a nature centre, an exhibition plaza, and an amphitheatre. There is a rock garden in the park modelled after the one in Almatti.

Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park - Bangalore
Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park - Bangalore

It is popularly known as JP Park, was opened in 2006 by the Chief Minister of the state of Karnataka, H.D. Kumaraswamy. The foundation stone was laid by a previous Chief Minister, Ramakrishna Hegde, but development was delayed and it was more than a decade before the project was completed. The park was developed by the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) at a cost of Rs. 9 crores and is the biggest park in Bangalore after Lalbagh and Cubbon Park.

The park has three grooves called Pavithra Vana, which will have mini grooves called Nakshatra vana, Rashi Vana and Navagraha Vana. Apparently, each star in the zodiac constellation has a particular plant/tree ascribed to it. This park has plants that subscribe to your sun sign.

Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park is actually located right adjacent to the Yeshwantpur Railway Station. Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park Promoted as the ‘Lal Bagh’ of the North. This park was conceived and constructed with a lot of elaboration. The authorities seem to have left no stone unturned in adding attractive structures and concepts to it. From pretty Gazebos, to a stone park, bamboo garden to life size dolls of farmers, labourers and cattle, all in keeping with Jaya Prakash Narayan’s ideology. There are three entrances and enough parking space is available outside each of these.

Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park - Bangalore
Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park - Bangalore

The show up of JP Park is the fresh thought of an acupressure walk region. Walking on this bare-foot for the healing therapy you badly need. Music played mainly along this walk trail to keep the walkers energetic. There is a ‘Honge Garden’ in another corner, which seemed like a tropical forest, with a canopy. It is so dense that hardly any sunlight reaches the ground. In the heart of the park, there is a pond full of Indian Magur fish always fighting for foods thrown by children’s visiting the park. Some parts of the park were still under construction. Main attractions in the park are the two water bodies of 15 and nine acres each. The bigger lake has already attracted migratory birds like pond heron, coot hen, little cormorant, moore hen, pelicans etc. I had sighted one bird in this place.

Timings

The park timings are 5:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

How to reach

Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park is actually located right adjacent to the Yeshwantpur Railway Station.

From MG Road

From MG Road, take a right turn on any of the intersections and arrive at Cubbon Road which is parallel to MG Road. Continue on Cubbon Road past the Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium, Minsk Square, General Post Office, and Hotel Capitol. Continue on Raj Bhavan road past the Governor's mansion. At the intersection, take a right turn onto Palace Road. At the intersection of the High Ground Police station, turn left onto Sankey Road. Continue on Sankey Road then past Golf Course, Le Meridien, Windsor Manor and Cauvery Theatre. Immediately after Cauvery Theatre, turn left onto Sankey Road. Continue on Sankey Road past Sankey tank and Chowdaiah Memorial Hall. At circle, continue on CV Raman Road and pass Indian Institute of Science. Turn left onto MS Ramaiah Road towards Jalahalli (Mathikere). Arrive at Mathikere Bus-stop and follow the directions from Mathikere Bus stop below.

From Mathikere Bus stop

Going towards Gokula / BEL / Jalahalli on MS Ramaiah Road, immediately after passing Mathikere Bus stop, take a left turn onto Mohankumar Road. After around 2 minutes, there is an intersection with a bus stop on the right side of the road. Take a right turn at the intersection onto Srinivas Murthy Road. The Jayaprakash Narayan Park will be on your left.

 
 
 
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