Bandipur National Park is
of the best-known protected areas in India. It is located in the
Chamarajanagar district of southern Karnataka and is also
a Project Tiger reserve. The park is famous for its Bengal tigers,
Asian elephants and for the abundance of sandalwood trees.
Established in 1931 as the Bandipur
Reserve Forest, with an area of 90 sq km (square kilometer), it was
later extended to cover 800 sq km for Project Tiger. It connects the
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and the Wayanad Wildlife
Sanctuary in Kerala, thereby forming a beautiful stretch of greenery
and wildlife. The park is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
Three rivers- the Kabini, Moyar and Nagur flow through this park.
The park can be visited throughout
the year because of its wonderful weather. However, the best time to
visit Bandipur is during the monsoons. The summer months are ideal for
wildlife enthusiasts who want to observe animals around watering holes.
It is also considered a photographer's paradise.