Bandipur National Park is a beautiful forest reserve located in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The national park occupies a special place in India's efforts towards natural conservation. It was created in the 1930s from the local Maharaja Wodiyar's hunting lands, and named Venugopal Wildlife Park. Bandipur Park was expanded later in 1941 to adjoin the Nagarhole National Park, is located towards its northern edge.
Wayanad and Mudumalai Sanctuaries is located towards its southern edge in the states of Kerala and Tamilnadu respectively. Bandipur National Park is one of the parks under the banner of Project Tiger. Behold the majestic tigers when you visit the Bandipur Wildlife Reserve. Trekking is not allowed in the Park, but is easy to organize some scenic day hikes in the region. Visitors can only travel around on an official bus or on a jeep if you are staying at a particular Private Lodge. The thrill of exploring the dense mysterious forests and witnessing a large variety of animals in their natural wild habitat is enigmatic.
Flora in Bandipur National Park : Flora in Bandipur National Park is momentary, evergreen and scrubland vegetation. The major flora found in Bandipur National Park is chloroxylon swetenia, acacia catechu, schleichera trijuga, cassia fistula, shorea talura, randia uliginosa. teak (tectona grandis), dalbergia latifolia, pterocarpus marsupium, terminalia tomentosa, anogeissus latifolia, adina cordifolia, grewia tiliaefolia, odina wodiar, butea monosperma, emblica officinalis, lagerstroemia lanceolata, terminalia chebula, dendrocalamus strictus, and bambusa arundinacea.
Fauna in Bandipur National Park : The Sanctuary is home to around seventy tigers and over three thousand Asian elephants, as well as other animals like Sambar Deer, Leopards, Dhole (wild dog), Gaur, Flying Squirrels, Sloth Bears, and a variety of birdlife.
Climate (Bandipur National Park) : This region is warm and comfortable for most parts of the year with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 28°C, except for the brief winter that lasts from October to January when the temperature hovers around 19°C mark. Monsoon is erratic, but it generally rains from June to September.
Best Time to See Wildlife : April to May
Most Comfortable Time to Visit : November to February
How to Reach Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary?
By Road : Bandipur National Park is located on the highway connecting Mysore and the hill station of Ootacamund (Ooty). Reaching Bandipur by bus is very convenient. All regular and express state transport buses plying between Ooty and Mysore pass through the park fringes and the Forest Department center is a designated bus stop. It takes 2½ hours to reach Bandipur forest from Mysore and about 3 hours from Ooty.
By Rail : The nearest rail junction is Mysore (65 km) and the nearest international airport is Bangalore which is at a distance of 204 km.
Travel Tips : One should wear light cotton clothes which are recommended for summers whereas light woolen clothes are recommended for the brief winters. During rainy season, it is advisable to carry raincoats, as the rain is accompanied by a light breeze that renders umbrellas useless.
Places around Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary
Nagarhole, Mudumalai and Wayanad National parks lie in the vicinity of Bandipur forest. A reservoir and a dam that separates Bandipur from Nagarhole reserve is an interesting place as well.