Bandipur National Park


If you interested in wildlife especially tigers and want to go an adventurous trip so you may go to wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Karnataka. One of the best place for wildlife spotting in Karnataka is the best choice for you.

Bandipur National Park is famous for the lot of different variety of birds and animals such as honey buzzards, red-headed vultures, kingfisher, brown fish owl, Indian rollers, Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Sambar, spotted Deer, Asiatic wild Dog.

Bandipur National Park helps protect several species of India’s endangered wildlife and also provides refuge to other vulnerable species of flora and fauna. Bandipur National Park is remark as one of the most beautiful and the batter managed a national park of India.

History of the Park

Maharaja Voodiyar, the King of the kingdom of Mysore created a sanctuary of 90 km in 1931 and named it the Venugopala wildlife park. It was private hunting ground of Mysore Maharaja Voodiyar till 1941.

The Bandipur Tiger Reserve was established under project Tiger in 1973 by adding nearly 800 km to the Venugopala wildlife park and during the year 1975, it Sanctuary was upgraded with the rank of National Park.

Geography of the Region

Bandipur National Park located between where Deccan Plateau meets the Western Ghats. Bandipur National Park covers an area of about 874.25sq km. Together with Mudumalai wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, Wayanad wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala and Nagarhole National Park in the North, it creates the India’s biggest biosphere reserve popularly known as the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve. It is the largest, protected area in Southern India and largest habitat of wild Elephants in south Asia.

The park has a variety of biomes including dry deciduous forest, moist deciduous forest, and scrublands. The wide range of habitats helps support a diverse range of organisms.

The park is flanked by the Kabini River in the north and the Moyar River in the south. There are also two minor streams floating through the region and the entire area is irrigated by river Moyar and these two rivulets. The Nugu River runs through the park. The highest point in the park is on a hill called Himaved Gopalaswamy Betta, where these is a Hindu temple at the summit.

Climate of Bandipur National Park

Bandipur has the typical tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. The dry and hot period usually begins in early March and last till the arrival of the monsoon rains in June. The temperature changes from 110c to 250c in winters and from 250c to 350c in summers. The best time to visit Bandipur is from March to October. However, the park is open ubiquitously the year.

The climate is warm ubiquitously the year. If you are visiting between October and June the temperature might drop during the evening or early morning, dress accordingly.

The forest receives medium to heavy rainfall in the monsoon month depending on the location. Always skip the monsoon season it’s rain from June to September. You can find a lot of animals during monsoon season and place would be messy to get around.

Major Attraction of Bandipur

Bandipur National Park is famous for its significant tiger and elephant population and protected sandalwood trees. Bandipur National Park is one of India’s most delightful wildlife sanctuaries. Its impendency to big cities like Bengaluru and Mysore makes it an ideal weekend gateway for numerous wildlife enthusiasts.

Bandipur National Park became one of 15 sanctuaries brought under the umbrella of project tiger. It’s a home to around 70 tigers and over 3000 Asian elephant as well as other animals like Dhole, Gaur and Sloth Bear etc.

This is one of the finest habitats of the Asian elephant. Drained by the Moyar River, its open forest makes it easy for visitors to see the elephant and gaur in natural surroundings.

The park has good facilities for viewing wildlife, which includes gaur, elephant, sambar, chital and even the occasional tiger or leopard. Among other mammals are the tiny mouse deer, wild boar, pangolin, giant squirrel, slender Loris, langurs, and macaques.

The park has about 250 species of birds and Malabar trogon, the Malabar pied hornbills, the great black woodpecker, the Indian pitta and the green imperial pigeon and past of its avian variety.


Bandipur is located in Gundlupet taluq of Chamarajanagar district. It is 250 km from Bengaluru, 70 km from Ooty and 80 km from Mysore on the main highway from Mysore to Ooty. It is about 80 km from the city of Mysore on the route to a major tourist destination of Ooty.

The Bandipur National Park is located on the highway connecting Mysore and Ooty. There are regular bus services on the Mysore – Ooty. All the buses that ply on this route stop at the Forest Department Center of the park. These are regular bus services from Bengaluru to Bandipur via Mysore. The nearest airport and railhead is in Mysore and the nearest international airport is in Bengaluru.

  • By Air – Nearest airport are Mysore and Bengaluru airport, about 80 and 220 km from the Bandipur National Park. These airports are well connected by road to Bandipur National Park.
  • By Rail – Nearest railway station is Mysore railway station, about 80 km from the Bandipur National Park. Mysore Railway station is well connected by road to Bandipur National Park.
  • By Road – Bandipur National Park is well connected to major cities and places by road network. These are a government and privately operated vehicles that go to Bandipur National Park at frequent intervals.

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