Bandipur National Park – About
Bandipur National Park is one of the world famous and well known tiger sanctuaries in the country, which also includes natural rocky hills and valleys surrounded with three rivers Kabini, Nugu and Moyur and several other small streams. This Bandipur National Park is having a backdrop of Nilgiri mountains and beautifully covered with clouds which pushes you to feel a picturesque view of nature.
This Bandipur National Park is having an high altitude of 680-1454 meters above sea level, which is situated at the foot hills of awesome western ghats and Kabini river on its southern side. Visitors here prefer to see this Bandipur National Park in monsoons though heavy rains as this is the season where the wildlife is plenty and lush greenery of forests.
Bandipur National Park – History
Bandipur National Park is situated between the western ghats and Nilgiri Hills, in the year 1931 it was created with an area of 800 km as Bandipur reserve forest, later in the year 1973 it was again constituted by extending the forest area to 880 km, as there was an increase in tiger population, this park is also having abundant quantity of sandalwood trees and rare kind of flora. This park was once used as a game reserve by the Maharajas of Mysore, the kings of that time were keen enthusiasts of wild life preservation particularly Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, he as the founder chairman of the Indian Board of Wildlife was the key person for the expansion of this park. This park is one of key habitats of the Asian Elephants and gaurs in these surroundings.
Bandipur National Park - Safaris
This safari is a must to enjoy the beauty of the nature and wild animals around, the entry fee for adults is Rs.75 and for the citizens of foreign countries it will be Rs.175, camera and still are allowed, Elephant ride for 20 minutes will be charged at Rs.100/- per person and the timings of Elephant ride is morning 6.30 to 8.30 and again at afternoon 3.30 to evening 5.30, and there will an interpretation time that is from morning 9 to evening 5.30.
Bandipur National Park – Accommodation
The state government has made arrangements of spacious and comfortable accommodation at this park, the rates charged by them is also affordable and economical, but the rooms has to be booked well in advance as the visitors are innumerable in the seasons.
Bandipur National Park – Availability of Resorts
At Bandipur the resorts available were Country Club, Tusker Trails, Jungle Lodges.
In Mudumalai Forest Resort which is exactly 20 km from Bandipur National Park, the resorts available are Jungle Hut, Green Park, Jungle Retreat, Bear Mountain and Casa Deepwoods.
Bandipur National Park - Flora
This greenish natural park consists of stunted trees with bushes and also open grassy patches, as this thick and dense forests houses the habitats of wild animals. The Bandipur National Park is famous for housing rare trees like Bambusa Arundinacea, Dalbergia Latifolia, Anogeisus Latifolia, Tectona Grandis, Terminalia Tomentosa, Terminalia Chebula, Pterocarpus Marsupium, Adina Cordifolia, Randia Uliginosa, Amblica Officianalis.
Bandipur National Park – Fauna
The thick and dense forests consists variety of wild animals few of them are Tiger, Leopard, Chital, Elephant, Wild dog, Sambar (deer), Sloth bear, Mouse deer, Wild boar, Gaur, Four horned Antelope, Hyena, Gaur, Panther, Barking deer, Sloth bear, Crocodiles, Python, Mouse deer, Osprey are some of the animals.
Other habitats found here are Pompadour Green Pigeon, Red-headed Vulture, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Bay Owl, Malabar Trogon, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Brown Hawk Owl, Little Spiderhunter, Grey Junglefowl, Plain Flower pecker are some of the birds.
The other reptiles are also found here like King Cobra, Common Cobra, Marsh Crocodile, Lizard, Adder, Viper, Rat Snake, Python, Water Snake, Chameleon, Monitor Lizard, Frog, Tree frog, Toad and Tortoise are seen in this reserve.
Bandipur National Park - Other places to visit
Apart from this park there are other several places one must visit they are the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary which is located just 12 km away from the Bandipur National Park, Ooty or Udagamandalam which is also called as the Queen of Hill Stations, the cultural capital of the state Mysore the places to be visited at Mysore are Zoo, Brindavan Gardens, Jaganmohan palace, Nanjanagud, T.Narasipur, Chamundi Hills, etc.
Another place one must visit near Bandipur National Park is the Ranganathittu, which is 88 km away from this park, which is a home for thousands of migratory birds.
Bandipur National Park – How to reach
By road this park is 220 km away from Bangalore and 80 km from Mysore and an equal distance from Ooty also, this park is connected by well maintained roads, one will get plenty of buses from all major places in the state including private owned buses, taxis etc.
The Mysore railway station is the nearest railway station which is 80 km away from this park, the Nanjanagud railway station is around 50 km away from this park, numerous quantity of private taxis are available from railway station to reach this park.
If one requires to reach through air the nearest airport is at Bangalore which is 220 km away from this park.
Bandipur National Park - Travel tips
This Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful and an beautiful location, you are here to enjoy your holiday, one will have the responsibility to nurture the nature or else let it be so, do not destroy the nature, kindly follow the instructions and in turn you will be rewarded with an truly an wonderful and memorable experience.
Bandipur National Park - Tourist Info
Office of the Field Director
Project Tiger, Aranya Bhavan
Ashokpuram, Mysore 570008
The Chief Wildlife Warden
Aranya Bhavan, Bangalore
Phone: (080) 2334-1993
Bandipur National Park – About
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