Bandipur National Park is regarded as one of the most beautiful and better-managed national parks of India. Located amidst the picturesque surroundings of the towering Western Ghats on the Mysore-Ooty highway in Karnataka, it is an important part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve that constitutes Karnataka’s Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Nagarahole) to its Northwest, Tamil Nadu’s Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary to its South, and Kerala’s Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary to its Southwest. The total extent of Bandipur National Park is 872.24 sq km. It is located partly in Gundlupet taluk of Chamarajanagar District and partly in H.D.Kote and Nanjangud taluks of Mysuru District.
Once the private hunting grounds of the erstwhile Maharajas, and nestled at the foothills of the Nilgiris, Bandipur has had a long tryst with tigers. One of the thirty reserves identified across the country to save the tiger and its habitat, it’s also one of the last refuges of the endangered Asiatic wild elephant. Apart from the two famed residents, a number of other endangered species such as sloth bears, gaurs, Indian rock pythons, jackals, muggers, and four-horned antelopes can be spotted in this national park. Bandipur also shelters sambar, mouse deer, chital, sloth bear, and the rare flying lizard. Over 200 species of birds and a diversity of flora add to its attraction. Bandipur also supports a wide range of timber trees including teak, rosewood, sandalwood, Indian-laurel, Indian Kino tree, giant clumping bamboo, etc.
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 6:15 am-9 am and 2:15 pm-5 pm. 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 Bandipur. Elephant safaris have been discontinued.
Best Season To Visit
March - May
The Park boasts of Tigers, Indian Elephants, Leopard, Dhole, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Chital and many more animals
Places To Stay
Few resorts are available to stay at Bandipur
How To Reach
Mysuru Domestic Airport ( MYQ ) is the nearest airport ( 73 Kms )
Mysuru Railway Station is the nearest railway station ( 73 Kms )
One can drive from Bengaluru to Bandipur National Park which is 220 Kms
BR Hills (91 Kms), Mysuru (77 Kms), Kodagu (151 Kms) are some of the other attractions that can be visited along with Bandipur National Park