KBR National Park (Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park). K B R National Park is a national park located in jubilee hills in Hydrabad, Telengana. Hyderabad is a city that has seen a surge of progress and growth in the past ten or so years. Thanks in part to the decision of the Telangana government to make Hyderabad the next cyber city of the new millennium, Hyderabad has become a progressive jungle of concrete and steel, steadily climbing the ladder of global recognition. What’s even more surprising is the fact within this jungle of noise and buildings and modernization, there lies another jungle that is the complete antithesis of the megacity: one that is teeming with life that is more primal and uncivilized and yet, exotically beautiful. This place is called the Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park, or commonly abbreviated as KBR National Park, and no tourist of Hyderabad should ever visit the city without checking the park out. This jungle shows us the different types of life; basic, wild, jungle life of the Flora and Fauna.
The history of this park is that this was a royal gift from Prince Azams Jah to his son Prince Mukarram. The Palace complex of Nizams of Hyderabad namely Chiran Palace is located in the park. This palace spreads across 400 acres of land, it also have other blocks such as Mor bungalow(Peacock Bungalow), Gol Bungalow and also a garage for vintage cars, a petrol pump, stables for horses and elephant, wells and water tanks and also plenty of outhouses. The State government, with the approval of the Central Government, declared the area as a National Park in the year 1998. This gave control of major part of the land to the forest department and the Nizam left with the control of only about 11 acre. As the time passed the control of the Nizam was further reduced to the present less than six acre. Further the park was renamed to Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park with only the palace building being referred to as Chiran palace.
The park environment remains very cool as we enter into the park, we can feel the cool conditioning due to the greens in the park. The rich vegetation in the park consists of tropical dry deciduous forests. Also, the park does a remarkable job of preserving the native flora of the city. Common trees found in the park include Teak, Neem, Palas, Neem, Ficus and sandalwood.
The park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. There are over 600 species of plants and trees one can find within its vicinity, ranging from shrubs, herbs, to climbers and creepers, not to mention several pteridophytes and xerophytes. As for the fauna, the park is home to approximately 113 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles, 20 species of mammals, 15 species of butterflies, and a wide variety of invertebrates. Wild boars, Pythons, Cobras, Monitor Lizards, Hares, Mongoose, Civet and Jungle cats are some of them. While there are no large mammals present in KBR National Park, palm civets and small jungle cats can be found.
The dense trees and foliage inside the park will most times cause a drop of temperature once one enters the park premises. It is a wonderful feeling of freshness and coolness that cannot be found in the humid and sweaty environment of the city. Most of all, good infrastructure of toilets, dustbins and benches backed by an able group of park custodians and maintenance crew assures that the park is clean and well-maintained throughout, preserving its beauty and grandeur for generations to come. KBR National park has remained to be a tourist destination and also contributing to tourism.
KBR National Park:
Summer Seasons: 5.30 AM to 10.00 AM and 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM.
Winter & Rainy Seasons: 6.00 AM to 10.00 AM and 4.00 PM to 6.00 PM
Near to LV Prasad Eye Hospital,
Opp TDP Office,
Road Number 2,
Hyderabad, Telangana 500034.
KBR Park Phone: 040 2355 5463