BUTTERFLIES AT CLOSE QUARTERS
Butterflies
The Butterfly Safari Park, located behind the musical fountain in the cultural zone, offers the visitor the opportunity to see a wide variety of butterflies at close quarters.

A half a kilometer long nature trail takes you through the habitat of the butterflies, created artificially by the Entomology Department of Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI).

The Park is said to house around 125 species of butterflies besides birds such as hornbills.

It has been realised by planning a wide variety of shrubs and trees that would attract butterflies— for feeding and breeding.

Clerodendrum, Mussaenda, Lantana and Cassia species produce the nectar for them. Curry leaf, citrus, cinnamon, cherry and ficus plants,  besides Wattakaka volubilis, Thottea siliquosa, Tylophora indica, Mussaenda uteola, and Aristolochia indica, serve as host plants for larvae of specific butterflies.

Artificial streams, ponds and puddles maintain humidity and help the butterflies in mud puddling (butterflies obtain salt and amino acids from mud).

Models of butterflies and display boards dot the garden that could be a great learning experience for students. The Park is touted as Asia's first Butterfly Safari Park. Karnataka has a smaller part at Bannerghatta Biological Park near Bangalore. Butterfly gardens are being maintained in many countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and United Kingdom. Canada has a major facility near Niagara  Falls.
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