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Bandipur National Park is spread in an area of 874 square kilometers. This National Park is located at the meeting point of the Western Ghats and Nilgiri Hills in the Mysore district of Karnataka state. Bandipur is a Project Tiger Reserve which adjoins the south part of the Mudumalai National Park and south-west part of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The Nagarhole National Park is to the Northwest of Bandipur. There are several Jungle lodges in Bandipur that will provide you with all the facilities that you need to make your stay memorable.
Chamarajanagar District, Karnataka, India
Bangalore and Mysore airports, Mysore has limited connectivity
5 hours drive from Bangalore airport
Regular sightings of Tigers, Leopards and Wild Dogs
Jan to Dec
Mammals: Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, Sloth Bear, Dholes (Indian wild dogs), Indian Gaur, Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Wild Boar
Birds: Red Spurfowl, Grey Junglefowl, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Malabar Pied and Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Parakeet, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Mottled Wood Owl
According to the biogeography of Bandipur, it comes under the category of Malabar Rain-forests. They consist mainly of dry deciduous forests. Its terrain contains wavy chains of hills, hillocks with their flat tops, and watercourses with 400m to 1,450m ranges of elevation. This land is drained by Kabini, Nagu, Mule-hole, and Moyar rivers. It is also drained by the streams of Bavali, Mule-hole, Marandi, and Kekkanalla. The Kabini reservoir is a major water body there. This waterbody marks a separation between Bandipur and Nagarhole reserve. Here rocks change their appearance and show metamorphism. The soil is a combination of black cotton soil and red laterites.
Several Bandipur Safari Packages are available for the tourists. Bandipur is known for its tigers and elephants. It is also famous for its populations of gaur and chital. The common langur and bonnet macaque are found here in large groups. Tourists won't be able to spot jackals in the tourism zones. However, it is common to see packs of dhole (wild dogs). With their beautiful antlers, animals like chital and sambar are major tourist attractions. Leopards, Dhole, and the tigers love to prey upon the deer population of sambar and chital. It is likely to spot these deers near water bodies. At times, the sambar might be seen in the dry forest as well.
The Bandipur Safari Packages will leave you in awe of the beauty of the flora and fauna of this place. The tourists must not miss out on the jeep safari. These safaris allow you to explore the various forest zones which are open to the tourists. The tourists can enjoy the beauty of nature and wildlife. Each safari might take a little more than two hours. The Bandipur Safari Packages conduct safaris in the morning from sunrise till sunset in the evening. There are separate vehicles dedicated to the safaris. A forest guide and a driver will accompany the tourists during the jeep safaris. The local forest department and a government resort operate these services. Private vehicles are not allowed within the boundaries of the national park.
Gopalaswami Bettais the highest peak, located 20km away from Bandipur. Its height is 1454m. It is famous for its temple and fort ruins. The temple of Lord Venugopala on the top of the hill is a popular attraction for tourists. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular view of the Mysore plateau and its surrounding hills. It is preferable to stay in nearby jungle lodges Bandipur.
Masinagudiis also a point of attraction for tourists. It is a beautiful hill town in the Nilgiri district of the state Tamil Nadu. The town is rich in biodiversity, which is the largest attraction for tourists. Tourists come here to see the natural beauty of the Nilgiri hills and wildlife alike.