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Bandipur National Park

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Best Time: Oct-May Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore Check Flights

"Tiger Reserve in the Nilgiris"

Bandipur National Park Tourism

Situated in the state of Karnataka, Bandipur National Park was once the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Mysore. It was later established as a reserve in 1974 under project tiger and these deciduous forests rich in wildlife have become a popular tourist attraction since then. It is 80 km from Mysore enroute Ooty which is a popular tourist destination in Tamil Nadu. Due to a lot of wildlife casualties due to speeding vehicles, a ban on traffic between 9 PM to 6 AM has been established to ensure the safety of the animal population.

Spread over 874 sq km and replete with a wide range of beautiful wildlife and multitudes of teak and sandalwood trees, this is the first Biosphere Reserve of the country. Neighbors with the Nagarhole and the Wayanad Wildlife sanctuaries, and at a distance of a few minutes from the Mudumalai National Park, the park is home to a number of endangered species.
Situated in Nilgiris, the area is the habitat for a number of animals such as elephants, hornbills, deers, pythons, sloth bears, pythons, panthers etc. 

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Safari Cost and Timings

Entry Fee: The Bandipur National Park charges INR 250 for the entry fee. Camcorders can also be carried ( at INR 200)

Timings: 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM in the mornings, and 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM in the evenings.

Gypsy Safari:
Capacity: 6 People
Cost: INR 3000 

Bus Safari
Cost: INR 350

Best Time for Safari:
The best time to visit the park is considered to be in the months of October to February, before the monsoon season.

General Visiting Time: 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM.

Boat Safari:
The boat safari at Bandipur is also an attractive option, and it takes you along the Kabini river for a relaxing 2 hours and 45 minutes. The picturesque landscape, as well as the wildlife, can be enjoyed on this boat ride. The timing for the boat safaris are the same as the land ones
Cost: INR 2000 for Indians, with lower rates available for children. Around 15 people can be accommodated in one trip.

Elephant Safari:
Cost: INR 50 per head.
Timings: The timings are generally between 10 AM and 11 AM in the mornings.
Please note that most of the rates charged are higher for foreign nationals.


The Bandipur National Park was originally created as a sanctuary by the Maharaja of Mysore in 1931 and served as his hunting grounds. The original area of 90 sq kms was later continually expanded over the years, and now the park is spread over a sprawling 900 sq kms. Originally known as the Venugopala National Park, the area was later converted to a tiger reserve under Project Tiger in 1973 and renamed the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. It is a part of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve, which is India’s largest biosphere reserve.

Flora and Fauna

Bandipur supports a rich biodiversity. The flora found here include a wide range of trees such as teak, rosewood, sandalwood, Indian laurel, Indian kino tree, giant clumping bamboo and Grewia tibiae folia. There are also many flowering and fruiting trees such as flame of the forest, Indian gooseberry, golden shower tree and black cutch. The forests are home to a large population of wildlife, many of them belonging to endangered and vulnerable populations. Some of the common animals found here include Indian elephants, gaurs, tigers, sloth bears, muggers, Indian rock pythons, four-horned antelopes, jackals and dholes. Peafowl, crows, red headed vultures, crested serpent eagles and kingfishers are some among the 200 odd varieties of birds found in the region. Bandipur also has a sizeable population of reptiles, ant and dung beetles. It is also known for its butterfly population, and a great many beautiful and colorful species can be found here.

Wildlife at Bandipur National Park

Bandipur supports a wide range of timber trees including teak, rosewood, sandalwood, Indian laurel, Indian kino tree, giant clumping bamboo, clumping bamboo and Grewia tibiae folia. Bandipur also holds a good population of endangered and vulnerable species like Indian elephants, gaurs, tigers, sloth bears, muggers, Indian rock pythons, four-horned antelopes, jackals and dholes.

Madumalai National park

Given the proximity of this park to the Bandipur National Park, in spite of lying in separate states, the two are usually visited together. Recently declared as a tiger reserve, this wildlife sanctuary is situated on the banks of River Moyar, and on the north-western side of the Nilgiri hills. Home to the huge herds of elephants for which it is famous, tigers, leopards, gaurs, hyenas, sloth bears, sambars, mouse deer and wild animals are also seen here. Various reptiles like crocodiles, pythons, turtles etc are found here. This park is known for its avian population, consisiting of resident as well as migratory birds like hawk eagles, scops owls, brown dove, black woodpecker, king vultures, falcons etc. Tropical evergreen forests are maintained here, along with mosit mixed deciduous, dry teak and grasslands.

Restaurants and Local Food in Bandipur National Park

Being a national park, the area does not house too many restaurants and your options for food and cuisine can get limited to the hotels, resorts and lodges that serve food across popular cuisines. You might find local delicacies here like Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Rasam, Kesari Bath, Mysore pak etc to relish.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive, check-in and rest. Then visit Needle View Point, Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Gopalaswami Betta.
Day 2- Visit Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Scenic Beauty. Various species of flora and fauna.

What's Not So Great?

Difficult to reach.

For Whom?

A visit here is perfect for wildlife photographers and people who are fascinated by wilderness.

How To Reach Bandipur National Park

Bandipur is well connected to other cities by road. Bus services are available from Bangalore and Mysore. The nearest airport is Bangalore, and the nearest station is Mysore(80 km).

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Surbhi Parashar 1 year ago
- Monkeys can cause some menace here, so be careful. One has to make sure they don't leave their cottage doors and windows open when you go out.
- If you are driving by and see some wildlife, do not lower your windshield when you stop your car, you'll have attracted some fearless monkeys which will enter your vehicle and not leave until it finds something to eat. Try not to feed the animals.
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