Bandipur, established in 1931, is a wonderful wildlife centre. Tourists visit this place to admire the breathtaking beauty of nature and also to enjoy a quiet vacation far from the hustle and bustle of the city. This is located in the district of Chamarajanagar. Situated in the Nilgiris. Bandipur is flanked by the Kabini, Moyar and Nugu Rivers which drain the area. Besides the rivers, there are many seasonal streams flowing through the region. This place is under Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is also the first Biosphere Reserve of the country. Bandipur was the chosen site for Project Tiger. This is an initiative taken by the Government of India to protect the endangered species. The number of tigers has increased ever since. The place is also home to a large number of animals like Elephants, Hornbill, Sambar, Wild Dog, Giant Squirrel, Deer, and Partridges. There are also a few endangered species including Four Horned Antelope, Panther, Sloth Bear, Python, Mouse Deer, Pea Fowl and many more. Besides animals tourists can see some exotic trees including Bamboo, Sandalwood, Teak, Honne and Mathi.
Location: Karnataka, District Chamarajanagar, Gundlupet
Climate: (summer- 22 to 40°C) (winter 11 to 30°C)
Language: Kannada, English, Hindi
How to Reach Bandipur:
By Airport: Bangalore is the nearest airport
By Rail Station: Mysore is the nearest railway station
By Road: Roads of Banglore and Mysore are well connected to Bandipur. Bangalore (Karnataka) to Bandipur National Park (Karnataka) is 235 km. Time taken by road is 5 hrs. It is about 80 kilometers (50 mi) from the city of Mysore on the route to a major tourist destination of Ooty.
Distance from the major cities/towns from Bandipur:
Mudumalai- 64km, Gundulpet-20km, Wayanad-64km, Ooty-80km is the nearby cities.
Best Time to Visit:
October to May is the best time to visit this destination.