Location Bandipur, Karnataka, India
Weather 22-240C (summer) 11-300C (winter)
Nearest Airport Bangalore International Airport (204 kms)
Nearest Railway Station Mysore Railway Station (80 kms)
Wildlife Attractions Elephants and tigers
Best Time to Visit March-June and September-November
Things to do/Activities Trekking, White-water rafting, Animal Safari, Bird-watching
Nearby places Mudumalai National Park and Nagarhole National Park
Bandipur National Park
Bandipur is a popular tourist destination. It was founded in 1931 and it was declared a national park in 1974. It is a beautiful sanctuary located in South India. In the southern Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka, Bandipur National Park stands out with its wide variety of flora and fauna. It is also one of the more famous sanctuaries found in India as it is a part of the Project Tiger reserve. It is one of the 9 tiger reserves in India. The Bandipur National Park is vast and covers an area of 874 square kilometers. It is a part of the largest protected forest reserve area in South India, when added with the Nagarhole National Park and the Wynad Wildlife Saunctuary. Bandipur is also a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and this park, along with the entire range of the Western Ghats, is said to have been considered for selection by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary
There are many different types of wildlife that you can spot and see in Bandipur. It’s not just the fauna that would attract you, but the flora too. Bandipur, as we know, is most famous for its elephants and tigers. But Bandipur National Park is a host to various other animals like the leopards, sloths, hyenas and even gaurs. There are many birds that flock to this area; birds such as the Bay Owl, peacock, Nilgiri Flycatcher and even the Malabar Pied Hornbill. You might also sight the likes of King Cobra, marsh crocodile and monitor lizards etc. If you like butterflies, you are in for a lot of fun as this sanctuary has over a hundred different species of butterflies like the Common Rose, Lime Butterfly and even the Peacock Pansy. There are also various exotic trees like teak, bamboo and sandalwood.
Things To Do
There are a lot of things that you can do in Bandipur. Most resorts such Tusker Trails, and other jungle lodges, have various adventure activities along with safari excursions. You could go trekking with a guide or on your own. White-water rafting is also a popular choice amongst a lot of tourists. You could also go bird-watching. Around the National Park, there are several villages that you could visit for adventure. Going on an elephant or jeep safari is another very well-known choice. If you have a vehicle of your own or have rented a car, feel free to explore what Bandipur National Park has to offer.
Places To Stay
There are many resorts and lodges that you could stay at while visiting here. Some of them are listed below.
- Ambuja Farms Resort – Bandipura National Park, Gundlupet, Bandipur – 571126.
- Bush Betta Wildlife Resort – Bandipur National Park, Bandipur, 560025.
- Gorukana – BR Hills, Bandipur – 571441.
- Cicada Bandipur – Survey No 9/2,20 & 21 Kalyanpura Village, Mangla Post, Bandipur – 571126.
- Wildflower Resort and Spa (previously known as Tusker Trails) – Mangala Village, Bandipur National Park – 571126.
There are many places near Bandipur. Another wildlife sanctuary that is close by is the Nagarhole National Park. This park is to the south-west of Bandipur, and is separated from it by the Kabini reservoir. Another national park is the Madumalai National Park which is on the north-western side of the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu. This national park has also recently been declared as a Tiger Reserve.
How To Reach
- If you are travelling by train, Mysore is closer to Bandipur at only 80 kilometers distance. The closest train station to the National Park is Nanjangud, which is 55 kilometers away. To reach the park, you could take a bus or taxi.
- If you are travelling by air, the closest airport is the Bangalore International Airport which is 220 kilometers away. From Bangalore, you could hire a taxi or use the public transport that is available.
- The park is situated 220 kilometers from Bangalore, 80 kilometers from Mysore and 80 kilometers for Ooty. All the roads are well constructed and your journey by road will be pleasurable.
Karnataka Tourism Contact information
Department of Tourism,
Government of Karnataka
#49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhavan, Race Course Road,
Bangalore – 560001