Bandipur National Park was once the hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore. Established in the year 1974 as a forest tiger reserve under the Project Tiger, Bandipur is the most prominent national park located in the south Indian state of Karnataka and is best known for its varied wildlife boasting different biomes in the dry deciduous forest. It is considered as one of the best managed parks of India.
The park stretches across an area of 874 sq km with a great objective of protecting the endangered species like tigers and elephants in this region along with protecting and restricting the over-usages of the sandalwood trees in the reserve area. Around 80 kms of distance from the city of Mysore on the way towards Ooty, one of the major hotspots of the area, Bandipur National Park brings a warm and comfortable climate throughout the year with a normal temperature range of 24 to 28°C to enjoy the tourists for a marvelous wildlife tour. Monsoon is erratic here but it generally rains from June to September to bring more lushly varieties around the reserve areas.
One can salubriously enjoy lodging and camping in the area while enjoying for the safari tours in Bandipur.The Bandipur National Park is the region always accosted with tremendous counts of wildlife species including varied mammals and vulnerable kinds of species like Bonner Macaque Nilgiri Langur (adjoining areas), Dhole, Common Palm, Civet, Smooth-coated Otter, Stripe-necked Mongoose, Jungle Cat, Tiger, Wild Boar, Chital, Gaur, Grizzled Indian Squirrel, Liontail Macaque, Indian Palm, Giant Flying squirrel, Golden Jackal, Sloth Bear, Indian Grey Mongoose, Striped Hyaena, Ratel, Indian Spotted Chevrotain, Rusty-spotted Cat, Sambar, Nilgiri Tahr (adjoining areas), Indian Porcupine, Hanuman Langur, Bengal Fox, Eurasian, Otter Small Indian Civet, Ruddy, Leopard, Cat Leopard, Indian Elephant, Four-horned Antelope, Indian Muntjac, Indian Pangolin, Mongoose, Indian Hare Red, Indian Giant Squirrel with more species on the list.
Apart from grand varieties of wildlife in the area Bandipur National Park claims greenery all around the vicinity. The area is blooming with great varieties of timber trees including: Teak (Tectona grandis), Sandalwood (Santalum album V), Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia), Indian Kino Tree (Pterocarpus marsupium), giant clumping bamboo (Dendrocalamus strictus), Indian-laurel (Terminalia tomentosa), clumping bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea) and Grewia tiliaefolia.
Apart from such variety, there are also several notable flowering and fruiting trees and shrubs holding the arena like: Indian Gooseberry (Emblica Officinalis), Kadam Tree (Adina Cordifolia), Crape-myrtle (Lagerstroemia Lanceolata), Axlewood (Anogeissus latifolia), Black Myrobalan (Terminalia chebula), Schleichera Trijuga, Odina Wodiar, Flame of the Forest (Butea Monosperma), Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula), Black Cutch (Acacia catechu), Shorea Talura (E), Indigo Berry (Randia uliginosa), Satinwood (Chloroxylon Swietenia).
The Bandipur Sanctuary was created by the Maharaja of the kingdom of Mysore in the year 1931. It was during that period when only 90 sq km of the area was being used and was named as Venugopala Wildlife Park. In the year 1973 around 800 sq kms of area was introduced to the Venugopala Wildlife Park and was established as Bandipur Tiger Reserve under the tiger project.
Later Bandipur National Park joined its hands with its other neighboring parks, the Nagarhole National Park (643 sq km), Madumalai National Park (320 sq km) and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (344 sq km) together to form the essential part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve making the area as the largest wildlife protected zone.
How to reach:-
The nearest international airport is located in Bangalore, which is 255 km away from the park. A lot of cars and buses are available from Bangalore to reach Bandipur. Coimbatore airport is located just 84 km away from the park.
Nearest railway station is located in Mysore which is just 80 km away from the city. Bandipur is connected with a lot of cities and states through railways. From railway station, cabs or buses can be hired to reach the park or Bandipur.
Private and government buses run from all major cities in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to Bandipur. Cabs can be hired from any major city to reach Bandipur. The road route via Mandyaand Ramanagar is in good condition with four-lane road. The road route via Kanakpura and Malavalli is just a double road. Road route via Mysore is a six-lane bypass road. It is the most opted one.
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Do’s & don’ts:-
The summer :The summer starts in March and ends in June. The summer is mildly hot in this region. The temperature can reach as high as 38 degree C.
Monsoon :The rainy season starts in July and ends in September. The temperature will be mild and the humidity will be high. The temperature can go as high as 28 degree C. Due to heavy shower, safari in certain regions of the park will be restricted. Spotting animals in rain is very rare. This is the lean season in the park.
Winter : Winter starts in October and ends in March. The climate is misty during this season. The temperature gets as low as 15 degree C.
October to May is the right time to visit the park. During peak winter season, migration birds are quite common. Spotting animals during summer is very easy. Animals come to water sources to quench their thirst during summer with their little ones. In short, skip the monsoon season to visit the park.
At Bandipur National Park, different types of accommodative options are available to bring the wildlife experience more blessed and nurtured with exotic luxury services under the laps of natural beauty. The available hotels and resorts in the vicinity are being designed so as to match your necessities and preferences.
- MC resort, Chamarajnagar
- Jungle Home, Bangalore
- Nijaguna Park, Chamarajnagar,
- Hotel Misty rock, Gundluete
- Bandipur wildlife resort, Chamarajnagar
- VanaVihar, Mysore
- Tiger ranch, Mangala village road
- Deer valley resort, Mangala village road
- Windflower resorts and spa, Mangala village road
- The country club, Mangala village road