Sunday, January 17, 2016

Jayaprakash Narayan Park - JP Park

Jayaprakash Narayan Park (ಜಯ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್ ನಾರಾಯಣ್ ಉದ್ಯಾನವನ ) is popularly known as JP Park, located in Bengaluru, (Karnataka).

Around 3 months ago I got an opportunity to visit JP Park. I spent couple of hours inside the park, viewing various parts of the park. It is one of the well established and nicely maintained  parks even compared to already established Lalbagh and Cubbon parks of our Garden city, Bengaluru. There is no doubt about this...

It was opened in 2006. The park was developed by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP)  and is the biggest park in Bengaluru 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. 

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. 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. You can also find various models of : Dr.Rajkumar on cart, rock garden, playing monkeys, pair of oxen and list goes on........

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 Yeshwantpura Railway Station.

Or and pass Indian Institute of Science. Turn left onto MS Ramaiah Road towards Jalahalli (Mattikere). Arrive at Mattikere Bus-stop and follow the directions from Mattikere Bus stop below.

From Mattikere 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.

We can visit the park along with family and friends and spend freely with out any disturbance....

It is a must visit park. So lets get ready to visit whenever we are free for couple of hours...