Bandipura National Park
Spread over 912.04 sq kms, Bandipura National Park and Tiger Reserve is home to the second highest tiger population in India. Bandipur National Park shares borders with 3 other National Parks- Wayanad ( a wildlife sanctuary), Mudumalai and Nagarahole. Bandipura was awarded 2020’s best National Park by Outlook Traveller.
Bandipura is one of the largest protected areas in southern India and largest habitat of wild elephants in South Asia. Bandipur has a lot of tourist traffic enroute to Ooty from Mysore. Bandipur is located in Gundlupet Taluk of Chamarajanagar district.
Wildlife:Wildlife that can be seen in Bandipur include Tigers, Wild Dogs, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears, Panther, Sambar, Chital, Giant Malabar Squirrels, Gaurs, Antelope and different types of deer.
Bandipur Forest Safari:
Jungle Lodges and Resorts alone is now licensed to operate jeep safaris. Mini-bus safaris operated by the Forest Department begin from the range office. The bus safari is conducted between 6:15am-9am and 2:15pm-5pm. The fee is 350 INR per person. The jeep safari costs 3000 INR pax and is conducted between 6:15am-8am, 8am-9:45am, 2:30pm-4:30pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm. Trekking is now permitted in Bandipura. Elephant safaris have been discontinued.
Best Time/Season to Visit Bandipura National Park:
April to January is the best time to visit Bandipura, but the best animal sightings are from September to December. Bandipura National Park and Tiger Reserve is 220 kms from Bengaluru. Mysuru city is the nearest airport and railway station (73 kms from Bandipura). From Mysuru, buses are available to reach Bandipura or taxis can be hired.
Vehicles are not allowed through Bandipura forest from 9 PM till 6 AM to prevent death of wild animals caused by collision with speeding vehicles.
Places to stay in and around Bandipura:
Jungle Lodges and Resorts run the Bandipur Safari Lodge just outside the National Park. Private resorts are available too, while more stay options can be found in Mysuru city.
When to go: April to January is a good time to visit, but the best animal sightings are from September to December. The park is sometimes closed from February to April due to heavy forest fires.
Go there for: Wild elephants, tigers, gaur
Wildlife/Forest Department Offices:
Bandipur Range Office
Conservator of Forests and Directors
Gundlupet, Ooty-Coimbatore Road,
Tel: +91-8226-236043 (Online Booking)
Tel: +91-8226-295004 (Reservations)
Cell: +91-7760407576 (Deputy Forest Range Officer)