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BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK TRAVEL GUIDE

Wildlife

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Ideal Trip Duration: 4 Hours/Half Day

Base Station: Bandipur National Park, Mysore (80 Kms)

Nearest City to Bandipur National Park: Mysore (80 Kms), Bangalore (215 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Bandipur National Park: September to March

Peak Season: April to May & September to January

State: Karnataka | District: Chamarajanagar

Bandipur National Park Weather: Maximum - 33°C
Minimum - 18°C

At a distance of 80 Kms from Mysore, 70 Kms from Ooty & 215 Kms from Bangalore, Bandipur National Park is one of the well preserved National Parks in India. It is located in Chamarajanagar district on the border of Karnataka - Tamil Nadu between Mysore & Ooty. Nagarhole and Bandipur National Park are separated by Kabini reservoir.

Spread across 874 Sq.Kms, the altitude of the park varies between 780-1455 meters. It is part of the famous Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve along with Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park (12 Kms towards Ooty) and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Bandipur forests used to be the private game reserve of the Maharajas of Mysore. This Sanctuary is one of the 15 sanctuaries belonging to the Project Tiger Scheme. Bandipur was declared a National Park under the Wildlife Protection Act in 1974.

It is home to around 70 tigers and over 3000 Asian elephants, as well as other animals like leopards, dhole, gaur, sloth bears, and a variety of birdlife. Gopalaswami Betta is the highest peak in the Bandipur range.

Jeep Safari (Rs. 300 per head), Mini Bus Safari (Rs. 75 per head) & Elephant Safari (Rs. 50 per head, 10-11 AM) are arranged by the forest department. The cost and timings keep changing and some times they cancel the safari without any prior notice.

The entry point & interpretation center of the park is located in Bandipur village on Highway after Melkamanahalli Village. Private vehicles are NOT allowed inside the park. Private Jeep Safaris are arranged by Jungle Lodge (in Melkamanahalli just outside the park) & Tuskar Trails (4 Kms from park in Mangla Village - towards Mysore).
Best Time - Jun to Oct.

Safari Timings: 6 to 9 AM & 4 to 6 PM
Cost Details:
Jeep Safar (2-3 hours): Rs. 300 per person (Indians), Rs. 1100 per person (Foreigners), Rs. 1000 for handy cam.
Bus Safari (45 mins): Rs. 75 per person
Elephant Safari (10 mins - 10 to 11 AM): Rs. 50 per person

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Internet Not Available
STD Code: 08229
Languages Spoken: Kannada, Tamil, English and Hindi
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
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HOW TO REACH BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK


By Air

Nearest Airport: Bangalore - Bengaluru International Airport (255 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Mysore Junction (80 Kms)
Bangalore City Railway Station (215 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Bandipur (0 Kms)

6 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK


Wildlife

Mini Bus Safari is the simplest way to explore Bandipur National Park. The park organizes 45 minute bus safari and the price is Rs. 75 per head. Most of the common wildlife can be seen at close range. The first and last safaris offer the best possible views of wildlife. The bus safaris are crowded during weekends & holiday seasons.

Safari Timings: Between 6 to 9 AM & 4 to 6 PM

Safari Fee: Rs. 75 per head


Wildlife

Private Jeep Safari is the best way to get maximum exposure to wildlife of the Bandipur park. Currently, private jeep safaris are only permitted by two operators - Jungle Lodge and Tusker Trails. Jungle Lodge is located in Melkamanahalli Village just before Bandipur and Tusker Trails located Mangla Village which is 4 Kms towards Mysore.

The private jeep carries an experienced guide who helps tourists in spotting and identifying the wildlife. The duration of safari is 2-3 hours and it's ideal for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Early morning and evening safaris offer best chances to view wildlife like Tigers.

Safari Timings: 6 AM to 9 AM and 4 PM to 6 PM.

Cost per person: Rs. 300 for Indians, Rs, 1100 for Foreigners. Rs, 1000 for Handy cam.
Rs. 1,750 for entire Jeep (max 6 tourists)


Wildlife

The elephant ride offers unique experience to visitors at Bandipur. The duration of Elephant ride is 20 mins and it's not a safari. The ride takes tourists around the park on an elephant. The Forest Department also organizes elephant rides of about an hour (or more) each on request, which takes you deeper into the forest.

Timings: 10 AM-11 AM. Fee: Rs. 50 per head.


Wildlife

At a distance of 37 Kms from Ooty, 12 kms from Bandipur National Park, 92 Kms from Mysore & 570 Kms from Chennai, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is the first Sanctuary in South India set up in 1940. At an altitude of 1140 meters, the sanctuary is spread over 321 sq. kms on Ooty - Mysore road. It is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Tamilnadu.

The sanctuary is situated on Karnataka-Kerala border adjacent to Bandipur National Park of Karnataka and Wayanad (Muthanga) Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala. It is rich in wildlife, like Elephants, Gaur, Tiger, Panthere, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, wild boar, Porcupine etc., and many birds and reptiles.

Theppakadu is the entry point to the Sanctuary which has an Information Centre. There is an Elephant camp at Theppakadu which also offers short Elephant rides into the sanctuary. Trekking is NOT permitted in Mudumalai. Also, NO .....

Distance (From Bandipur National Park): 12 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bandipur National Park - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 19 Kms from Bandipur & 9 Kms from Hangla (which is between Bandipur & Gundlupet/Mysore), Gopalaswamy Betta is famous for 13th century Gopalaswamy temple dedicated to Lord Krishna.

Situated at an altitude of 1454 meters, Gopalaswamy Betta has pleasant weather throughout the year. It is also the highest peak in the Bandipur National Park. This Gopalaswamy temple was built by the King Chola Ballala during 1315 AD. There are several lakes around the hill.

The temple on top of the hill is well connected by road. A car festival is celebrated for 7 days in March / April. Entry fee is collected at the forest checkpost at foot of the hill (4 Kms before the temple).

Timings: 6 AM - 5 PM


Hill Station

At a distance of 89 km from Coimbatore, 128 km from Mysore, 265 km from Bangalore,158 km from Kozhikode, 244 km from Munnar, 254 km from Kodaikanal, 18 km from Coonoor & 556 km from Chennai, Ooty is one of the best hill stations in India and also one of the top places to experince Tamilnadu Tourism.

Also known as Udhagamandalam, Ooty is often referred to as 'Queen of hill stations'. It is the capital of Nilgiris district in the state of Tamilnadu. Nilgiris means 'Blue Mountains'. A land of picturesque picnic spots & lakes, it was a popular summer and weekend getaway for the British during colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of 7,440 feet (2,240 meters) above sea level.

Ooty was originally a tribal land occupied by the Todas along with other tribes. .....

Distance (From Bandipur National Park): 70 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bandipur National Park - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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