Bandipur national park
Once a hunting reserve for the Maharaja of Mysore!
Bandipur National Park Tourism
Once a hunting reserve for the Maharaja of Mysore in the 1930s, now the Bandipur National Park is a tiger reserve located in Chamrajanagar, Karnataka. Bandipur is a part of a belt of forests that houses the highest number of tigers in the whole of India. It is part of the Nilgiris Biosphere and is about 80kms from Mysore, Karnataka. In 1941, it became the Venugopal Wildlife Sanctuary and came under Project Tiger in 1973. The park now covers 874 kms2 as the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. With the density of one tiger per eight square kilometers, there is an area in the park which is recognized as the highest density zone of the big cat by the global Tiger Protocol. Thanks to the increasing number of tigers in Bandipur, Karnataka has overtaken Madhya Pradesh as the Indian state with the largest number of tigers. If you take the whole forest region into consideration, including Nagarhole, and Tamil Nadu's Mudumulai and Kerela's Wayanad, then this becomes the area which has the largest number of tigers in the world! The National Park is home to an estimated 384 tigers. Also, Bandipur was the first tiger reserve in the country to notify an eco-sensitive zone outside the park to help protect what is inside the park. Night traffic through Bandipur has been stopped from 9 pm to 6 am for the safety of the animals.
Bandipur supports a wide range of timber trees including: teak, rosewood, sandalwood, Indian-laurel , Indian kino tree, giant clumping bamboo, clumping bamboo and Grewia tiliaefolia.
There are also several notable flowering and fruiting trees and shrubs including: kadam tree, Indian gooseberry, crape-myrtle, axlewood, black myrobalan, Schleichera trijuga, Odina wodiar, flame of the forest, golden shower tree, satinwood, black cutch, Shorea talura, indigoberry.
How to reach
Bandipur National Park can be easily reached by bus, train or flight.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest Airports are Coimbatore International Airport(135 km) and Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (260km).
How to Reach by Train
The nearest train station is in Mysore, which is about 75km from the park.
How to Reach by Bus
There are many KSRTC state buses to Bandipur hence if you are coming by road then you can take these state buses to reach this park.
How to Reach by Road
From the Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Highway, take the Coimbatore Ooty Gundelpet Highway. Drive about 19 km to reach the national park.
How to travel within
There are different means to travel inside the park such as- Elephant Safari, Jeep ride, Bus Safari and Gypsy ride.
Bandipur supports a good population of endangered and vulnerable species like Indian elephants, gaurs, tigers, sloth bears, muggers, Indian rock pythons, four-horned antelopes, jackals, and dholes.The commonly seen mammals along the public access roads in the park include chital, gray langurs, Indian giant squirrels and elephants.
Peafowl is one of the most common birds in Bandipur along with grey junglefowl, crows, and drongos. Bandipur is home to over 200 species of birds including honey buzzards, red-headed vultures, Indian vultures, flowerpeckers, hoopoes, Indian rollers, brown fish owls, crested serpent eagles, changeable hawk-eagles, bee-eaters and a whole lot of kingfishers and ospreyss are a common sight in winter.
Bandipur National Park Itinerary
Reach your hotel by 11 am, have breakfast. Rest. Then go for Jungle Safari. Come back to the hotel by 6:30 pm and stay in for the night.
Next morning, after having your breakfast, go for a nature walk. Then visit Needle View Point, Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Gopalaswami Betta.