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State : Karnataka

Best time to visit :Throughout the year

Wildlife Attractions: Tigers, Lizard, Little Spiderhunter, Emblica officinalis

Famous For : Moyar Rive, Elephant Safari, falls, lakes, Museum, Hills

Climate :Summer 22 to 40°C, Winter 11 to 30°C

Bandipur National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

Bandipur National Park, situated at the foothills of the Nilgiris, is one of the most well-known wildlife reserves of the south Indian state of Karnataka. Famed for being home to some rare wildlife species, Bandipur is the perfect place to interact with the animals and birds in their natural surroundings. Declared a tiger reserve in 1973, Bandipur is an extension of the Venugopal Wildlife Park that was founded by the Maharajas of Mysore in 1931. The Park has a moderate temperature all round the year which ranges from 11 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius.

Fast Facts

 

Bandipur Safari Timings

The well-laid roads make it easy for the visitor to travel inside the park. Observing the animals grazing or just enjoying the rays of the sun is simply amazing. You can opt for a jeep safari or an elephant safari as per your liking. However, an elephant safari might be a more interesting option. The authorities manage safaris two times in a day- early morning (6:00 am-9:00 am) and late afternoon (4:00 pm-6:30). You must carry your identity proof at the time of entry into the park.

Fauna in Bandipur National Park

The park features species like gaurs, Indian elephants, tigers, muggers, sloth bears, Indian rock pythons, four-horned antelopes and dholes in good numbers.

Flora in Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park boasts of a rich flora including scrubs, evergreen forests, and deciduous forests. The flora in the park constitutes a vast variety of timber trees such as Indian Kino Tree, the Clumping Bamboo, Grewia tiliaefolia, Indian-laurel etc. a number of fruiting  as well as flowering trees can also be found here including Flame of the Forest, Golden Shower tree, Black Cutch, Satinwood and more.

 

Places to Visit Near & Around Bandipur National Park

There are a number of tourist destinations around the park including Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, around 19 kilometers from the park. You can also explore the beautiful Mysore city that is at a distance of 80 kilometers. Other interesting options are Gopalaswamy Hills, around 20 kilometers from Bandipur and lastly Ooty, famous as ‘Queens of Hill Stations, around 79 kms away and is one of the most famous hill stations of Southern India.

 

Accommodation in Bandipur

For the visitors, options of accommodation are innumerable including Bandipur Safari Lodge, Ambuja Farms, Mc Resort, Bush Betta Wildlife Resort, Tusker Trails Hotel and more. You enjoy a comfortable stay, close to nature while availing all modern facilities.

 

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