Bandipur National Park is situated on the Mysore-Ooty Highway, at the confluence of Deccan Plateau and Western Ghat Mountains. The wildlife park falls under the Chamarajanagar district of the South-Indian state of Karnataka. Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the first sanctuaries in India to be devoted to 'Project Tiger'. It was established in the 1930s and was declared as a tiger reserve in the year 1973. In 1974, the sanctuary was elevated to the status of a national park.
Bandipur National Park of Karnataka enjoys a pleasant climate and has
diverse geographical features. These features have helped it support a
wide variety of flora and fauna. The best way to enjoy the amazing flora
and fauna of Bandipur is on the back of an elephant. You can even try
night vigil in a watchtower or machan, which will provide you with a
clear view of the jungle. The facilities provided inside the park
include boating and angling.
The flora ranges from dry and tropical deciduous and evergreen forests
to open grassy woodlands. The eastern boundary of the Bandipur Tiger
Reserve of India is composed of stunted trees, sprinkled with bushes and
open grassy patches. To the northwest of the park are forests, ranging
from dry deciduous ones to tropical mixed deciduous ones. One can also
come across precious hardwoods, like rosewood and teak, while roaming in
One of the major wildlife attractions of the Bandipur National Park
comprises of its significant population of Asiatic Elephants. The best
time to spot this regal animal is during the wet season. If lucky, you
may also spot a tiger while on a tour of the sanctuary. Other animals
that can be seen include Gaur (a type of bull), Sambhar, Chital, Mouse
Deer, Four-Horned Antelope, Barking Deer, Sloth Bear, Panther, Malabar
Squirrel, Red-Giant Squirrel, Porcupines, Black-naped Hare, etc.
The avian population of Bandipur National Park is a treasure for the
bird watchers. One can find a wide variety of bird species here,
including Shaheen Falcon, Honey Buzzard, King Vulture, Peafowl, Red and
Grey Jungle Fowl, Grey Partridge, etc. The backwaters of Kabini and
larger tanks serve as home to cormorants, ducks, herons, teals and
waders. Not to be missed are the woodland birds, namely Crested Hawk
Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Collared Scops Owl, Yellow-Legged Green Pigeon,
Parakeet, Woodpecker, Barbet, Hornbill, Scarlet Minivet, Hill Myna,
Racket-Tailed Drongo, etc.
How to Reach Bandipur National Park
By Air: The nearest airport is situated at Bangalore and is 220
km from Bandipur.
By Rail: The nearest railhead of Mysore is situated at a
distance of 80 km.
By Road: Bandipur is situated nearly 220 km from Bangalore, 80
km from Mysore and 80 km from Ooty.