Bandipur Holiday Guide
Halfway down the Mysore-Ooty highway, the Deccan Plateau rises to meet the wrinkled folds of the Western Ghat mountains. Here lies one of India's best-known wildlife reserves - Bandipur National Park. It is situated within Chamarajanagar district in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, and abuts the states of Tamil Nadu & Kerala. Endowed with a moderate climate and diverse geographical features, the park supports a remarkable variety of flora and fauna, making it a veritable paradise for wildlife.
In 1973, Bandipur became one of the first of India's Tiger Reserves and the southern most of the nine reserves specially established under Project Tiger. In 1974, it was declared under the Wildlife Protection Act to notify it as a National Park.
Flora & Fauna in Bandipur National Park
The scrub jungles towards the eastern limits of the park consist of stunted trees, interspersed with bushes and open grassy patches. Towards its northwestern fringes, there is a gradual shift in the vegetation from open dry deciduous forests to tropical mixed deciduous forests. These diverse habitats support an enormous diversity of animal life.
With the onset of pre-monsoon showers in April, Bandipur begins to unfold in all its glory. The resident birds commence their breeding activities. The air is filled with their melodious calls. Sprouting grass in the meadows and view lines attract elephants and the majestic gaur in large numbers. For the tourists who come to watch the larger mammals in their natural surroundings, Bandipur is a paradise from April to October. Even before this, during summer, when dryness prevails over most parts of Bandipur, the backwaters of the Kabini Reservoir in the northwestern portion of the park host huge congregations of large mammals, especially the elephant and the gaur. This unique feature makes a breathtaking spectacle, and is almost the only one of its kind in Asia.
Tourist Attractions @ Bandipur National Park
The commonly seen mammals along the public access roads in the park include chital, gray langurs, Indian giant squirrels and elephants. A list of medium to large-sized mammals in the park is given in the following census table published in 1997:
Peafowl are among the most commonly seen birds in Bandipur along with grey junglefowl, crows and drongos. Bandipur is home to over 200 species of birds including honey buzzards, red-headed vultures, Indian vultures, flowerpeckers, hoopoes, Indian rollers, brown fish owls, crested serpent eagles and changeable hawk-eagles.
The ideal time to visit the Bandipur National Park is between the months of April and October.
Bandipur boasts of well-run resorts – from the most luxurious The Serai Bandipur to Bandipur Safari Lodge from Jungle Lodges. The famous chain of resorts – The Windflower group from Mysore – has their resorts in Bandipur too known as “The Windflower Resort Bandipur”.
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How to reach Bandipur
By Rail: Nearest rail head is Mysore, which is 80 km away. This station is connected to Bangalore (Shatabdi Exp), Mumbai (Ajmer Ex), Delhi (Swarna Jayanti Ex), Kolkata (Howrah-Mysore Ex) and many other cities from all parts of the country. It is just 75 minutes drive from Mysore to Bandipur.
Distances from Bandipur:-
Bangalore: 235 km
Mangalore: 310 km.
Coimbatore: 167 km.
Mysore: 80 km
Chennai: 562 km
Kochi: 326 km
From Mysore by Train
Bangalore International Airport is the major airport nearby. Bangalore is about 235 km away from Bandipur and it is 5 hour drive from Bangalore. Bangalore is well connected to most of the major airports in India and abroad.