BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK TRAVEL GUIDE
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
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