Introduction:

Bandipur National Park is also known as a Tiger Reserve situated in in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts of Karnataka state, South India. Bandipur National Park covers an area of about 874.2 sq 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’. The Park is spread over an area of 874 square kilometers.

History:

Bandipur National Park was established in the year 1974 as a Tiger Reserve by Government of India. The Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore created a sanctuary of 90 square kilometers in the year 1931 and named it the Venugopala Wildlife Park. The Venugopala Wildlife Park was added with an area of nearly 800 km2 (310 sq miles) and renamed to Bandipur Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger in the year 1973.  It was once a private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore.

Flora:

Bandipur supports a wide range of timber trees including: Teak (Tectona grandis), rosewood(Dalbergia latifolia), sandalwood (Santalum album V), Indian-laurel (Terminalia tomentosa), Indian kino tree (Pterocarpus marsupium), giant clumping bamboo(Dendrocalamus strictus), clumping bamboo(Bambusa arundinacea) and Grewia tiliaefolia. There are also several notable flowering and fruiting trees

Fauna:

Bandipur supports a good population of endangered and vulnerable species like Indian Elephants, gaurs, tigers, four-horned antelopes, dholes, sloth bears and Muggers.

Mammals:

They include the tiger, leopard, elephant, gaur, sloth bear, Asiatic wild dog, and striped hyena, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, mongoose, and the slender loris.

Reptiles:

The common rat snake, Russell’s viper, common krait, Indian python, flying snake and the cobra can be seen.

Birds:

Over 230 species of birds have been identified.  Some of the most notable ones are the heron, stork, egret, kite, eagle, falcon, peafowl, lapwing, sandpiper, woodpecker, drongo and the warbler.

Best time to visit:

Open year round, the best period being Bandipur National Park March to July and September to November.

Timings:

Visitors are advised to get in touch with officials of the sanctuary for complete information entry timings and fee. Usually the Park remains open till 06:30 PM.

Accommodation:

There are a lot of accommodation options around Bandipur National Park to accommodate outsiders or tourists. Visitors are advised to get in touch with us to get know about accommodation and other facilities along with charges.

Getting There:

By Air: The nearest airports are in, Jaipur and Chandigarh Cities.

By Rail: The nearest station is Railway Station.

By Road: The Bandipur National Park is well connected by roads and distances with various cities can be calculated as follows:

Chamarajanagar (50 km), Mysore (80 km) and Bengaluru (220 km).