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Bandipur National Park – Located in the Southern India state of Karnataka




Location : Karnataka
Nearest Access : Mysore & Ooty (80-kms)
Main Wildlife Found : Asian Elephants, Gaurs, Tigers, Dholes.
Coverage Area : 874.20-sq-kms
Altitude : Between 680-1454 metres.
Area : 87,420 hectares.
Established : Bandipur, 1931 as a sanctuary, 1941 as national park, 1973 as tiger reserve.
Best Time to Visit : April to October

How to Get there

– Air : The nearest airport is at Bangalore which is 220 km from Bandipur.
– Rail : The nearest railhead is Nanjangud, 55 kms away followed by the Mysore station at a distance of 80 kms. One can easily hire a taxi or catch a bus or train from Mysore or Ooty.
– Road : The Bandipur National Park is 220 kms from Bangalore; 80 kms from Mysore and 80 kms from Ooty. The Gundulpet town is 20 kms away from Bandipur and is the nearest road head in Bandipur. The national park is well connected through road with every big or small town.

Location of Bandipur National Park on Google Maps:


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Route between Bangalore and Bandipur National Park on Google Maps:


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Bandipur National Park is a beautiful forest reserve located in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Bandipur National Park is one of India’s best known sanctuaries located in the Chamarajanagar district of southern Karnataka at the confluence of the Western Ghats and Nilgiri Hills. The reserve is part of the famous Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve along with Nagarhole National Park to the northwest, and the Mudumalai National Park of Tamil Nadu and the Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala.
It is situated south of the Kabini river at the foothills of the Western Ghats.The rivers of Kabini, Nagur and Moyar flow through the reserve. The region is well endowed in terms of vegetation and flora that ranges from deciduous and evergreen forest covers to open grassy woodlands. The river also acts as a boundary between the Park and the Madumulai Sanctuary. Bandipur is one of the finest and most accessible habitats of the Asiatic elephant.
Bandipur National Park of Karnataka enjoys a pleasant climate and has diverse geographical features. These features have helped it support a wide variety of flora and fauna. Bandipur has a sizeable population of wildlife – elephant, spotted deer and sambar, gaur and flying squirrel, four horned antelope, Nilgiri langur and sloth bear. Amongst the reserve’s most prominent animals are its 1,900-odd elephants.

Things to see in Bandipur National Park

– Elephant Safari : Tourists can also avail open vans with guides. Though jeep safaris are convenient and time effective, but the joy of riding in the jungle like a king can only be enjoyed on the back of an elephant. The elephant safari in Bandipur National park is much sought after.
– Flora : The scrubby jungles towards the eastern limits of the Bandipur National Park consist of stunted trees, intermixed with bushes and open grassy belts. There is a bit-by-bit shift in the vegetation, from open dry deciduous jungles to tropical mixed deciduous jungles. The Kabini, Nagu, Mule-hole and Moyar rivers criss-cross the entire park providing irrigation for the thick vegetation that include trees like Teak, Honne, Tadasalu, Mathi, Nandi, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Bamboo, Nelli, Kooli, Kadu Tega, Dindalu, Bende and Randia.
– Fauna : Some prominent denizens of the park include Leopards, Elephants, Gaurs, Sambar, Chital, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Black Napped Hare, Sloth Beer, Wild dog, Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Indian Giant Red Squirrel, 4 Horned Antelope, Porcupines, Slender Loris, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Rusty Spotted Cat, Small Indian Civet, Palm Civet, Common Otter, Wild Boar, Jackal, Mongoose, Flying Squirrels, Pangolin, Giant Fruit Bats and Striped Hyenas. Commonly sighted reptiles include Marsh Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards, Rock Pythons, Russel’s Vipers, Cobras, Rat Snakes, Wolf Snakes, Vine Snakes, Common Kraits, Green Keelbacks, Bamboo Pit Vipers, Turtles and Flying Lizards.
– Avian Population : Peafowl and the game birds like the grey jungle fowl, red spur fowl etc. are the most common avians found in the national park. Among the woodland birds are the hawk eagle, serpent eagle, the collared scops owl, the yellow-legged green pigeon, parakeets, woodpeckers and barbets, hornbills, drongos, scarlet minivets, and diverse warblers.

Places to stay in bandipur National Park

– Jungle Lodges Bandipur Safari Lodge , Melukamanahalli (Mysore – Ooty Road), Gundlupet Taluk, Chamarajanagar Dist., Karnataka – 571111, India.
– MC Resort, Melkamanahalli, Near Bandipur NP, Karnataka – 571126, India.
– Cicada, Survey-19/2,20/21, Kanniyanpura Village, Mangala Post, Gundlupet Taluk, Karnataka, India.
– Tusker Trails, Mangala Village, Gundlupet Taluk, Karnataka – 571111, India.
– Bush Betta Wildlife Resort, Mangala Village, Gundlupet Taluk, Karnataka, India.




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