Lying at the heart of an extensive at the confluence of Western Ghats and Nilgiri hills, Bandipur National Park is situated within Chamarajanagar district in the southern state of Karnataka. Set up by Maharaja of Mysore in 1931, Bandipur was notified as National park in 1974 under the Wildlife protection act.
Hunting reserve of the bygone Maharaja of Mysore Bandipur, today host a sizable population of diverse wildlife. It forms a continuous forest zone with Nagarhole, Madumalai and Wynad. It is one of India’s most delightful wildlife sanctuaries with an expanse of 890 sq. km. This park is famous for its tiger and elephant reserve and protected sandalwood trees.
The undulating landscape of Bandipur Park consists rocky hills, valleys interspersed with meadows and seasonal watercourses. A moderate climate and diverse geographical features support a remarkable variety of flora and fauna.
The diverse ecosystem of Bandipur National park embodies varieties of fauna and boasting nearly over 200 species of birds. Wildlife expeditions into the Bandipur National Park offer you the perfect picturesque of Nilgiri hills and wildlife sighting. A ride in a jeep and a trek will initiate you to the mysterious landscapes of nature.
For people who love adventure and want an arduous workout, there is no greater challenge than hiking the heights of Gopalswamy Betta or down the slopes of the Moyar Gorge. Watching birds, wildlife sighting and photography can have no better opportunity than a walk on this treasure heap of natural features.
There are number of accommodation facilities at Bandipur providing contemporary style and comfort with modern facilities maintaining the tranquility and natural harmony. Bandipur has moderate climate all through the year but the best season is from October to May.
October to May is attractive with the animals moving freely and during this period one can see them flock towards water sources. In this season, you can get chance to see animals in groups. June to September is comfortable regarding climate with cool atmosphere, but heavy rains may prevent you from moving out.
The nearest airport and railhead of Bandipur is Mysore which is 80 km away.
Motorable roads connect Bandipur to Bangalore 220 km via Mysore, which is 80 km away. You can also reach here from Coimbatore and Ooty which are 170 km and 80 km away from Bandipur.