Bandipur National Park
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Bandipur National Park

  • Location : Mysore-Ooty highway,Karnataka

  • Coverage area : 874.20 Sq.Km

  • Main attraction : Asian elephant

  • Best time to visit : October to May

  • Nearby excursions : Biligirirangan Hills, Malai Mahadeshwara Hills

  • Nearby cities : Chamarajanagar

Governed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests of Karnataka, the Bandipur National Park, is eminent for its diversity in nature and life. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad sanctuary and Bandipur National Park, together comprise the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is home to a vast number of elephants and tigers along with many other varieties of flora and fauna.

Location of bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park is situated along the Mysore-Ooty highway in the state of Karnataka, India. Different biomes are present in here making it rich in biodiversity. The park covers an area of about, and it is a significant site of protection of endangered species in Southern India. The park hosts a wide range of flora and fauna along with the beautiful picturesque.

Geographical landscapes of the National Park

As it is located near the Deccan plateau, where it drops in the Ghats, it has rich biodiversity along with beautiful geographical features. The park is positioned between 11⁰35’N to 11⁰57’N and 75⁰12’E to 76⁰51’E. The Nugu River and the Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta summit are confined within the Bandipur National Park. The Kabini reservoir is located in the North West region of the park. Animals are usually seen near these water bodies while drinking water, especially in summer.

Nearby wildlife sanctuary

The Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary is the nearest sanctuary, and these are often considered to be the same as they share borders. Several Endangered and Critically Endangered species of animals and birds are found here. Bandipur lies in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

The Climatic Conditions of the Area

The area receives moderate precipitation, and the monsoon lasts up to September. The average summer temperature varies up to 38-degree centigrade whereas the average winter temperature is about 22-degree centigrade. The overall climatic condition is moderate because of its vicinity to the coast and the Western Ghats.

Ideal time to visit the wildlife sanctuary

It is essential to plan out a trip keeping in mind the animals because they are the very first reason, one visits a national park. October to May is the best time to visit Bandipur. This is the time when people can spot several migratory birds. Also, other residents can be seen without much difficulty. Summer is still an excellent time.

Types of animals that inhabit the park

The park is set up as a habitat to numerous animals and birds, making it biologically wealthy. Almost 75 tigers and 3470 Indian elephants can be seen here. Animals like Gaur, chital, langurs, four-horned Antelope, Flying Squirrel, Nilgiri Tahr, Leopard, Macaque, jungle cat and civets live here in the bounty. Along with these, the different varieties of insects and reptiles are the cherry on top. Indian rock python, flying lizard, crocodiles, frogs, Malabar raven, blue Mormon and beetles are some of the familiar creatures which are quite easy to spot.

The bird population is enormous as well. It is a pleasure to watch about 200 different species of birds, including the Indian Vultures, Indian rollers, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Kingfishers, Peafowl, Grey jungle fowl, Red-headed vultures and the bee-eaters. The suitable climate may be the reason why these birds can be seen most of the time of a year.

The natural vegetation or flora

Bandipur National Park is famous predominantly for the dry deciduous vegetation it grows within its borders. The trees of Rosewood, clumping bamboo, sandalwood, teak, Indian Kino and the Indian laurel can be seen lined up in the area of the park, enhancing its charm. Flame of Forest is a particular tree found in the forest, and its beauty can be felt only by the one who sees it! Local trees of Mango, Tamarind, Gooseberry and others are also present.

Distance from major cities

  • Ahmadabad, 1677km

  • Pune, 936km

  • Bengaluru, 215km

  • Ooty, 50km

  • Kolkata, 2115km

  • Chennai, 598km

  • Coimbatore, 137km

  • Delhi, 2410km

  • Hyderabad, 802km

  • Kanyakumari, 594km

  • Mysore, 80km

  • Mumbai, 1134km

  • Srinagar, 3229km

How to reach the National park ?

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People from all around the globe can visit the park, due to the available and affordable transport facilities available to the destination

Nearest airport.

The International airport in Bengaluru and the Coimbatore airport are the two nearest ports for the airways. There are several routes to reach Bengaluru, from where one can travel to the park in direct buses.


Although several cities are linked up to the national park, Mysore Railway Station will be the nearest one.


Mysore-Ooty highway provides the safest path to the park without much hindrance. Buses regularly ply from the neighbouring cities of South to Bandipur National Park. Cabs and taxis can also be an option for short distance travel.

Where to stay while touring bandipur national park ?

A night stay is not a problem in Bandipur National Park since people can find several resorts in and around the boundaries. Its proximity to major cities of the South provides another advantage. MC resort and Bandipur Wildlife resort are two options for enthusiasts hoping for a better connection with nature. Hotels can be found easily in Mysore and Bengaluru.

All about the safari rides

This is the highlight of the park. Bandipur offers three different types of safari rides based on the connectivity; the individual wants to build up with the wildlife. A large group demands a bigger ride. The bus is safe and can accommodate many people. The park provides elephant rides as well. The elephants can take you into deep forest for a thrilling view. The jeep safari is steady and affordable for a group or individual ride. Bus and jeep safari rides are available in the morning as well as in the evening, whereas one can ride an elephant only in the morning. Of course, the elephants need time to groom! The duration of the ride varies.

Some fabulous places to visit near bandipur national park

Here are some of the places one can visit along with the Bandipur National Park.

Biligirirangan Hills

Forming the Southern border of Karnataka, this place is the meeting point of spirituality and wildlife. A sanctuary is set up in this area.


It is one of the most populated holiday destinations in South India. The terrain, weather and scenic beauty is the main attraction for nature lovers and photographers

Malai mahadeshwara hills

The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and His incarnation.


A considerable crowd visits this tourist hotspot, yet the peace and serenity remain unhurt.

Sulthan bathery

This is a tourist place known for its history and the immediacy to the park.

Gopalaswamy betta

This temple worships Lord Krishna and is located about 19km from Bandipur. The pilgrimage site is known for being the source of enlightenment for people.

Things to do in bandipur national park

Bird watching and trekking are the two main activities one can take part in. Trained officials are present in the Park to guide the people willing to trek the ranges. Safari rides cover the complete park area giving a chance to interact with nature and wildlife. The nearby villages offer bullock cart rides around the park for a different view of Bandipur. Only staying in the resorts provide a mesmerising experience, so what else one can urge!

So, with no more delay, hope you are planning a visit to this beautiful and mystique land!


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