Far from the crowd, nestling in the foothills of the Nilgiris, is the beautiful sanctuary of Bandipur. The Moyer River forms a natural boundary between the Mudumalain Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamilnadu and the Bandipur National Park in Karnataka. The park was formed by extending the Venugopal Wildlife Park which had been set up in 1931 by the Maharajas of Mysore. It covers an area of 874 kms at an altitude ranging from 780 to 1454 metres.
Covered with a mix of deciduous forests, evergreen forests and scrub, Bandipur has a fairly open forest area, which provides opportunities for visitors to spot the wildlife. The tigers, however, may prove elusive.
As you penetrate deep into the forests through the well laid-out roads, you can almost here the silent conversations between the animals and the trees. The flora and fauna here exist in perfect harmony.
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The flora in the forest comprises of teak, rosewood, honne, mathi, bamboo and sandal trees. An endless variety of wildlife flourishes and the main fauna are the tiger, elephant, gaur, leopard, chital, wild dog, sloth bear and sambar. A wide variety of birds like the peafowl, partridge, quail, hornbill and ibis are also found here.
The Park is one of the fifteen Tiger Reserves in the country, launched under the Project Tiger scheme in 1973. It is committed to the preservation of the endangered tiger population and its habitat.
There is no local transport available. The Forest Department arranges for Wild Life viewing by jeep or van and elephants can be hired for rides around the Park. Wildlife viewing & elephant rides are normally arranged between 0600 to 0900 hrs. and 1630 to 1830 hrs. Visitors vehicles are also permitted into the Park if accompanied by trained guides on payment of prescribed fees
The temperature is moderate and ranges from a maximum of 29 degrees celsius to a minimum of 17 degrees.
The park is open throughout the year. The best season is March to July & September to November.
For reservations one can contact
The Assistant Director,
Information is also available from
(Information courtesy Karnataka Tourism Department)
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