Pilikula Nisargadhama
Pilikula Nisargadhama
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Science MuseumsNature & Wildlife AreasObservatories & Planetariums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Nishanth
Bengaluru, India24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
This is a full day activity and in case if you visit this place for only half day or few hours then you will be able to see 2 or 3 things only. We had around 3 hours of time hence had to choose 2 activity. We opted for Zoo visit and Arts and Gutthu house visit. Zoo was maintained well, as the animals were looking healthy compared to few other zoo in other cities were animals look malnutritioned. This place is in outskirts of Mangalore but not very far though. Just a drive of 20 minutes will take you there. Need to buy tickets for each activity or can buy one ticket for all the activities. It is better if you purchase a buggy ticket for travelling between attractions otherwise you will have to walk between attractions and might loose your time just for that.
Written January 27, 2021
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Misty Wolf
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
First of all, there's a biological park/zoo in there, a lake with boating, a waterpark, a science center, an artisan village and an ethnic house, all inside Pilikula Nisargadhama.

They have this battery operated vehicle called buggy that drops you off at spots inside Nisargadhama. Ticket prices are alright.

Let's talk about the zoo first, cuz I loved spending time there the most as a solo traveller. This was a wonderful. Takes about 3 hours to walk through the entire zoo, that is if you're gonna be pausing by every animal/bird and admire like I did. It was a bit sad that some lives were enclosed in a relatively smaller cage/enclosure, but let's not go into that. As far as zoos go, this was a good place. Lots of shade, good walking, lots of greenery, clean and well maintained.
Downside is, they had no drinking water throughout the zoo, except for the couple of shops at the entrance of the zoo. A couple spots had benches for you to sit down and relax.

Then the lake with boating. BEAUTIFUL. Very clean walking place and lots of green and flowers, huuuugee lake, kinda dirty water. You need to walk, like A LOT. Definitely worth checking out, spending the afternoon or evening.

I absolutely loved the ethnic house at the artisan village. The artisan village was pretty much empty, but that ethnic house was a very beautiful place, awe inspiring.

There's a restaurant inside, food is okay, not bad, pricey. A there are a couple of small villas for staying in there.

I didn't get to visit the water park, but seemed promising.

Also, there's a science center.

Most importantly, even though there are buggys you can ride, you gotta walk so much, I loved that.

Overall you'll spend a good day here.
Written July 4, 2022
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Jacob311j
Bengaluru, India54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Pilikula literally means Pond of Tigers. In Tulu language "pili" means tiger and "kula" means lake. In olden days, tigers used to come to this lake to drink water. Hence, this lake came to be known as Pilikula.

Pilikula Nisarga Dhama Society has developed this area and it has now become the hot spot for people who are looking for scenic beauty & peace. Pilikula has a huge lake & beautifully laid gardens encircling the entire lake. One can see swans & ducks moving around in the lake & sometimes they even move into the gardens. Boating facilities are available in the lake. One can either use pedaling boats (mostly preferred by couples) or bigger boats carry about 10 to 15 persons.
On the other side of the road, there is a zoo featuring several wild animals. The specialty of this zoo is that the wild animals are not kept in cages. They are in the open. However, there are partitions like wide trenches or wire mesh, in order to avoid direct contact with visitors. There are tigers, leopards, bears and other wild animals inside the park.

There is also a variety of snakes & birds in the zoo
Written March 6, 2015
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Dr Niyaz Mohammad
Muscat, Oman42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Family
large park and a lake. a zoo nearby too.ideal for early forenoon or late afternoon , as walking will be too tiring. the trees are not large enough to give complete shade though.parking is adequate.
Written February 24, 2015
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jairama
Mangalore, India232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
a lake , a zoo and a garden all for a half day excursion in vamanjoor, on the outskirts of Mangalore, a welcome development in an otherwise purely commercial Mangalore. Keep your expectations low and enjoy.
Written February 25, 2015
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Praveen A
49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Place is full of wide range of activities. It has veg and non veg restaurant as well, and can carry own food also.
Entry charges :- 100 + 20 for planetarium+ 25 for electric vehicle.
half price above 3 to 12/18 I guess.

Opening: 9:30 AM
Closing: 5:30 PM
Lake Garden 6:30 PM
Water park separate entry and timings altogether. Main entrance for all internal attraction is common.

In the order of map ( can be covered only if entered early by 10:00 AM and have accompanying kids)
1. Science Museum, Garden and 3D dome planetarium - Very good and informative for kids and adults. 1-2 hrs. Kids whole day :) good play area.
2. Zoo - huge collection of animals in walk-able area. Vehicle not needed. 2-3 hrs. No elephant , giraffe though. 150 Rs extra for camera.
3. Opposite to the zoo is the restaurant, serves good veg meals. - 1 hr
4. Water park is separate entry and may need a separate whole day.
5. Beautiful Lake garden with boating (extra 30 rs /p ), aquarium and well designed garden with small Eiffel tower. 2-3 hrs. Closes 6:30. all others at 5:30
6. Heritage House - 1 hr - Local Cultural stuff
7. Artisan Village 1 hr - Local Cultural stuff.

Note the above places are at quite a distance from each other as the place itself is huge area and need to pick and drop in electric vehicle inside where time is wasted especially during lunch hours as the frequency is reduced. No proper manager/ownership or guide for the place as the employees are on contract so self planning is needed.

Animals in the glass cage are good but the glass windows were not cleaned:) Cobra zone is the main attraction and quite good.

If going for half day skip 6 and 7 as others are more rich than those two and they are at the dead end and cannot walk back and dependent on electric vehicle for pickup.

Recommended order.

Keep Lake Garden last or early as during peak sunny hours cannot enjoy outdoor. Go for indoor stuff like restaurant or planetarium (fully AC ) or Zoo as its full of shades and greenery when sun is at peak. Outdoors like kids play area( Nr. Planetarium) can only be good after 4. as it closes at 5:30.
Planetarium can also act as a refresher during the middle of the trip as it 45 minutes full AC show in recliner seats with no energy drain like others. Recharge yourself here.

Own food can be carried except inside planetarium.
Written May 25, 2019
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Satish P
Thane, India1,240 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
Maintenance could have been much better. I wish experts are consulted for its maintenance.

Due to this it's a good place but not very great, can be skipped if you are short of time.
Written September 9, 2018
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GirishAithal
Mangalore, India21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
Probably one of the rarest attraction points for people of all age groups and interests! You have attractions related to arts, science, craft, culture, entertainment, plans, animals and more! You can plan to stay in the nearby cottages or stay in Mangalore and commute to this place (around 12 km from the city).

Latest attraction point - the science center is a must see for all kids and teens. Even the children's play park is based on science theme. This space is too small to explain all these attraction points. Refer to http://www.pilikula.com/ for more details.
Written April 17, 2015
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push58
Dubai, United Arab Emirates9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
pillikula is excellent place where in animal can be seen in natural inhabited with lots of greenery Animals like lion , tiger, panthers snakes and many more are in quite healthy
Written April 22, 2015
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Arvind G
18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
If you are out on a Jungle experience this is no place to go.
This is not in par with other Jungle Lodge properties in terms of experience.
Good place to relax and see greenery from the balcony but that's it nothing else to do.
Written February 8, 2015
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