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About Bandipur National Park is located in the Chamarajanagar district of southern Karnataka in India. The Park is a Project Tiger reserve famous for its Bengal tigers, Asian elephants, and an abundance of sandalwood trees.
Established in 1931 as the Bandipur Reserve Forest, with an area of 90 sq km, 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. The Kabini, Moyar, and Nugu rivers flow through this Park.
Bandipur National 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.
Location Bandipur National Park is located in the Chamarajanagar district of southern Karnataka in India. The Park has a variety of habitats including dry deciduous forests, moist deciduous forests, and shrublands that support a vide range of wildlife. Kabini River flanks the Park’s northern boundry, while Moyar River lies to the south, and Nugu River runs through the Park. Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta hill forms the highest point of the Park and there is a Hindu temple at its summit.
By road:You can easily reach Bandipur National Park by road from the following cities: Mysore – 80kms (one and a half hours) Ooty – 70kms (two hours) Bangalore – 220kms (four and a half hours)
By rail:Mysore railway station is located 80kms away form Bandipur National Park and is well connected to major Indian cities. The closest railway station, however, is Nanjungud, located 55kms (one hour) away.
By air:Mysore Airport, located 70kms away, is the closest airport to Bandipur National Park. However, it is connected by only one flight from Bangalore. It can be used to charter a private plane though. Bangalore Airport, located 260kms away, is connected to all major Indian cities, and international cities as well.
Wildlife Bandipur National Park is home to many endangered and vulnerable wildlife species. Amongst mammals, look for tigers, leopards, elephants, dholes, gaurs, sloth bears, grey langurs, and sloth bears.
Bandipur is home to over 200 species of birds; the most commonly spotted among them are peafowl and grey junglefowl. Honey buzzards, flowerpeckers, Indian rollers, brown fish owls, red-headed vultures, Indian vultures, crested serpent eagles, and changeable hawk-eagles reside at Bandipur National Park.
Bandipur is also home to many colourful butterfly species. Reptiles like Indian rock pythons, vipers, spectacled cobras, mugger crocodiles, and flying lizards can be seen at the Park.