This question is person dependent but I compiled this top five places for birding in and around Bangalore for the new bird watchers. Please visit the complete list of birding place around Bangalore. For any further query, please drop me a mail at vaibhav.kumar@gmail.com

1. Lalbagh Park – In the middle of the city, Lalbagh is the biggest botanical garden of India. If you are interested in flowers (Flower show, happens two times in a year), trees and birds, Lalbagh will never upset you. And if you have knowledge of all these three, probably a week will also be not enough to understand Lalbagh.

Directions: Ask anyone in Bangalore, he/she will tell you where is Lalbagh. It has 4 gates and entry is allowed from all 4 gates. No charge for early birder, joggers till 9, after that a nominal charge of Rs 10 per person.

Green Tailed Jay on Dhalia flower

Green Tailed Jay on Dhalia flower

Spot-billed Pelican gulping fish

Spot-billed Pelican gulping fish

You will often see Spot-billed Pelican (nearly threatened species), Booted Eagle, Flycatchers, Spotted Owlets and many more.

View of Lalbagh on a beautiful day

View of Lalbagh on a beautiful day

The morning view from Temple gate and evening view from Lake is admirable and the best of nature. Even you will often see snakes in the mouth of kite and pelican, and fishes in the mouth of snakes. Overall a very dramatic action place.

 

White throated Kingfisher with a glazing light

White throated Kingfisher with a glazing light.

Rat Snake engulfing a big fish
Rat Snake engulfing a big fish

2. Valley School: Full of excitement. Valley School sometimes provide amazing result. Since, the place to cover is too much, it is always unexpected. A home of Oriental Honey Buzzard, Peafowl, Junglefowl. You can also sight Indian Pitta, White rumped Shama, Orange Thrush, Indian Blue Robin and many more.

Oriental White eye finding breakfast.

Oriental White eye finding breakfast.

Spectacled cobra

Spectacled cobra

Mottled Wood Owl

Mottled Wood Owl

White rumped Shama

White rumped Shama

Coppersmith Barbet

Coppersmith Barbet

Pale billed Flowerpecker

Pale billed Flowerpecker

White throated Woodpecker

White throated Woodpecker

3.  Nandi Hills – 60 Kms away from Bangalore. This place provides the most amazing site and a great offer to birders. I just put the place on no. 3 because it is 60 kms away from Bangalore. Nandi hills claims a completely different set of birds than rest of the Bangalore. Most of the Thrushs, Flycatchers and some of the scavengers are easy to spot at Nandi Hills. Not only the birds, Nandi hills also provides an excellent sunrise and majestic mountain view.

Blue Capped Rock Thrush - Female

Blue Capped Rock Thrush – Female

Cloud View of Nandi Hills

Cloud View of Nandi Hills

Egyptian Vultures

Egyptian Vultures

Sunrise view of Nandi

Sunrise view of Nandi

 

4. Bannerghatta Area:  Bannerghatta area in itself is Infinity. There are many sub-forests inside Bannerghatta national park. Some of the birding places are Ragihalli, Kagalipura, Bannerghatta Zoo Area and many more. Please be disciplined with the restricted area. Rules are meant for our good. We have our best time of birding in Bannerghatta national park and we have seen the worst time accidents in this area.

 

 

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Brown breasted Flycatcher

Brown breasted Flycatcher

Blue bearded Bee-eater

Blue bearded Bee-eater

Blue Capped Rock Thrush

Blue Capped Rock Thrush

Black Eagle in flight

Black Eagle in flight

 

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Asian Brown Flycatcher

5. Hoskote Lake – Actually its tough to tell which Lake or place to put on 5th place. But then, by seeing the dying lakes in Bangalore, I guess Hoskote is much better than other lakes. Hoskote lake claims all kind of ducks, waders and provides a pretty good sight of raptors. Place is little confusing, though birders have made it a famous place now.

Migrated White Storks

Migrated White Storks

Black Eared Kite

Black Eared Kite

Black-breasted weavers

Black-breasted weavers

Flock of Garganey at fight under the attack of Marsh Harrier.

Flock of Garganey at fight under the attack of Marsh Harrier.

Brahminy Kite - The killer

Brahminy Kite – The killer