Jarakabande Sandal Reserve Forest
Jarakabande Sandal Reserve Forest also called Jarakabande Kaval Srigandha Aranya, established through Gazette Notification (No G:1053 Ft 42-32-2, Dated: 10th August-1932 CE) in an area of little over 444 acres. Location (13.06306, 77.53528) Jarkabandi Forest Road, Jalahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560015.
What was the reason for Jarakabande Sandal Reserve Forest Establishment?
The sole purpose of founding this Reserve forest within Bangalore City limits was, during the year 1931 CE, in the regime of the British who had established Mysore sandal soap factory at Yeshwanthpura which is some 8 km away realized that the Sandal trees were vanishing at the fast rate. This location (Jarakabande a local area) had a considerable amount of Sandal trees so they notified the area, through Gazette Notification (No G:1053 Ft 42-32-2, Dated: 10th August-1932 CE) in an area of little over 444 acres made it Reserve Forest for Sandal trees. Post-Independence it continued as a Reserve Forest, now under the Government of Karnataka, under the Forest Department, which is in charge of this area.
Meaning of Jarakabande:
Jarakabande is a Kannada Word for Cliff or boulder. Jarakabande is actually located on a cliff thus the name Jarakabande Sandal Reserve Forest.
Please note the Difference between Jarakabande Sandal Reserve Forest and J.B. Kaval Tree park, also Called Jarakabande “B” Block reserve Forest.
- Jarakabande Sandal Reserve Forest, since it is a Reserve Forest public is strictly banned from entering this territory. However, inside this Reserve Forest apart from the natural forest, a small amount of area is utilized for building quarters for the officials and employees working in various Forest Departments in Bangalore.
- J.B. Kaval Tree park, also Called Jarakabande “B” Block reserve Forest located 10 km away from here in Yelahanka is a place where you can enter inside and enjoy the nature in Forest Area.
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Please note one most important thing, that there are 3 Reserve forests in Bengaluru named after “Jarakabande” but located at different locations, those three are mentioned below:
- Jarakabande “A” Block Reserve Forest, Bangalore Urban Division.
- Jarakabande “B” Block Reserve Forest, located at Ramagondanahalli, Yelahanka, Bangalore Urban Division.
- Jarakabande Sandal Reserve Forest, located at Jalahalli, Bangalore Urban Division.
Following is the Jarakabande “B” Block Reserve Forest Overview, Entry fees, Timings, Facilities, amenities,
|Area of the Forest||20 Hectares|
|Forest Type||Dry Deciduous|
|Opens and Closes||6:00 am to 10:00 am |
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
|Entry Fees||Nil (Free)|
|Pets||Strictly not Allowed|
|Children’s play area||Yes Available|
|No of the plant species||89 species|
|No of Bird Species||67 species|
|No of Spider Species||18 Species|
|No of the Butterfly species||46 Species|
|No of the Reptiles species||14 species|
|Activities at J B Kaval Tree Park|
|Mountain Biking||(yes Cycles allowed inside the Forest)|
|Hiking, Trekking||Yes, you can|
|Coffee shop – Food||Nil|
|Plastic||No, carry your litter or use dustbins|
JB Kaval butterfly park:
Butterflies are beautiful flying insects with large scaly wings covered by tiny sensory hairs, the earliest butterfly fossils are about 130 million years old, with a life span of 2 days to 11 months.
Diversity of Butterflies is over 18000 species in the world, over 1200 in India and 318 in Karnataka you can find at least 200 of them at this JB kaval Butterfly park, Karnataka’s State Butterfly, Southern birdwing can also be found here.
Peacocks and Peahens at Jarakabande “B” Block Reserve Forest (Avalahalli Reserve Forest):
Peafowl, (both Peacock and Peahen together called peafowl), related to chicken, and in many ways, they are like the basic barnyard birds you may be used to. For example, peafowl eats just about anything they can scratch, from seeds and other plant parts to insects and spiders. they sometimes even catch bigger creatures including lizards and frogs. they hang out mostly on the ground. But they always flap away from danger up into a tree for the night to sleep.
Walkway at Avalahalli Reserve Forest (Jarakabande “B” Block Reserve Forest):
The JB Kaval Reserve Forest is a natural forest, with a walkway you can scroll down watching birds, Anthills, Birds, and observing the herbs and shrubs like Carissa carandas (Kare Hannu in Kannada), Senna auriculata (thangadi soppu in Kannada), many more.
Mountain biking at Avalahalli State Reserve Forest.
At JB Kaval Reserve Forest, the roads are tailor-made for Mountain biking, this can be enjoyed here, the road leading towards sunset viewpoint has the ideal road terrain for it.
Sunset Viewpoint at Avalahalli State Reserve Forest:
Once you enter the JB Kaval Tree park and trek towards the Sunset viewpoint at Avalahalli State Reserve forest it the most beautiful part, the eucalyptus trees with a panoramic view and sunset remind me of Ooty, this place is like “Ooty Wilson Plantation”.
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