Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park is located in Karnataka, South India. This park is famous for its wildlife riches

General information

Bandipur National Park is located in Karnataka, South India. This park is famous for its wildlife riches. The park covers 874 square km, which covers many endangered species of animals and flora. Bandipur National Park along with Mudumalai National Park, Wayanad National Park and Nagarhole National Park forms the Nilgiri biosphere reserve. This reserve is the largest protected area in South India and the region with highest number of wild elephants in South Asia.

The park is located on the Mysore – Ooty highways. This keeps the park on the route that is covered by numerous tourists, every year. The park has considerable amount of tigers and elephants. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu control this park together. The Tamil Nadu side of the park is called as Mudhumalai reserve. Bandipur national park is recommended for the recognition as a heritage site.

This park suits people who love nature, photography and adventure. Many adventure activities are available within the park. Many resorts and lodges near the park provide packages that include many activities inside the park that are not usually available to all visitors.

Different Areas in the Park :

The park is located in a place where the Deccan plateau joins with the Western Ghats. The park’s altitude ranges from 680m to 1,454m.

East– This region is comprised of major forest area and scrub jungle. The forest area of the park contains dry deciduous trees and moist deciduous trees. The shurblands of the park is filled with many flowering plants. Best place for birdwatching. Spotting carnivorous animals is easier here.

Central region – This region has Nugu River which is famous for spotting animals. HimavadGopalaswamy Betta summit is located in this region. This is the highest summit in the park. This summit is famous among trekkers and pilgrims. People trek to the peak to get a panoramic view of the park. There is a Hindu temple in the summit. Sandalwood trees are found here. Elephants are common near the hill due to presence of many watering holes.

North West – This region is famous for Kabini reservoir.It is a major water source in the park. This is the spot to find animals during summer. The forest region in this area is dominated by dry deciduous forest and tropical forest. The place will be lush during monsoon season.

South – Moyar River runs in this region. This is the best spot to find many animals. Deers, elephants, bison, squirrels, jungle cat and other animals are found in this region.

North – This region covers the river and backwater of Kabini. Two streams are also found in this region.Boating and birdwatching are common in this region. When the river dries up in the summer, birds can be spotted in large groups. You can spot many fishes too. Bicycle tours are available in this region.

Best Season to Visit Bandipur National Park

October to May is the right time to visit the park. During peak winter season, migration birds are quite common. Spotting animals during summer is very easy. Animals come to water sources to quench their thirst during summer with their little ones. In short, skip the monsoon season to visit the park.

Wildlife Safari & Timings :

  • The bus safari is available between 6:30 am and 9:00 am and between 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
  • Elephant safari will be available between 10 am and 11 am.
  • Jeep safari is available from 6:00 am to 9:00am and from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Itinerary for Bandhavgarh

Day 1

Bandipur Arrival In the noon, arrive at Tusker Trails Resort. In the afternoon, enjoy a jungle safari in an open jeep for animal viewing. Stay overnight in the resort.

Day 2

Bandipur National park Sightseeing In the morning, enjoy an elephant joy ride/ drive to the jungle for bird watching and tiger tracking. Here one can enjoy good photographic opportunities. The jungle visit lasts for about 3 hours. Later, return to the resort for breakfast and lunch One can stroll through the surroundings or go for a village visit. The afternoon is scheduled for wildlife exploration in Bandipur National Park. Stay overnight in the resort.

day 3

In the morning, drive a jeep in the jungle. After breakfast, depart for onwards journey.

Extra Services provided as per availability & extra cost

Special service of a Forest Guide / Naturalist

Guide services from starting point

Provision of food according to guest requirement

Gopalaswamy Betta excursion can be done

Ooty as a excursion can be done.

Nature walk as one of the most popular activity can be done.