Bandipur Tiger Reserve
South IndiaAs you drive through the forests of Bandipur National Park, one sweet fragrance that greets you is of the sandalwood trees that are protected along with the wildlife that abounds here, most often seen in areas cleared of the irrepressible lantana bush. Bandipur National Park is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and stretches over 1,282 square kilometres of dense forests, rivers, mountains, gorges and open grasslands. Though part of one of India’s best known and densest tiger habitats (over 700 in the 2014 census) it’s far better for sightings of elephant herds, leopard and wild dog than these big cats. Together with the adjoining Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Nagarhole and Mudumalai National Parks, it forms the largest Protected Area in Southern India, totalling 2,183 square kilometres. The Nugu, Moyar and Kabini rivers feed this area perennially with gushing waters and host a variety of aquatic birds that are a delight to spot. The Reserve was once the erstwhile Maharaj...a Voodiyar’s private hunting ground until 1941 when it became part of a larger National Park called Venugopal Wildlife Park. In 1973, it was recognised as Bandipur National Park and it became one of the fifteen sanctuaries brought under the umbrella of Project Tiger.
How To Book
Tour operators or your lodge can help book your visit or you can go online.
Winter: Morning: 06:45 am to 09:45 am Evening: 03:00 pm to 06:00 pm Summer: Morning: 06:30 am to 09:30 am Evening: 03:30 pm to 06:30 pm
Getting Around the Park
Jeeps are available to book through your lodge or at the gate. They come with a driver and park guide. No self-drive vehicles are allowed. Bolero Jeep Ride: R 2,600 for Indian Nationals R 5,500 for Foreign NationalsGypsy Ride: R 4,000 for Indian Nationals R 6,500 for Foreign NationalsVan Safari: R 75 per person for a 30-minute safari in a 25-seater bus
R 250 for both Indian and foreign nationals. Safari vehicles have to be hired separately.
By Air: The nearest airport is at Bengaluru (200 km). Transport can be hired to drive to the park. By Rail / Road: The nearest railhead is Mysore (71 km). Transport can be hired to drive to the park.
Eco-friendly properties in the area
Dhole’s Den Resort
Not unlike a very contemporary glassfronted Alpine villa, this is Karthik Davey and his wife Ingrid’s holiday home. Dhole Den gets its name from the Asiatic wild dogs that frequent the area, together with elephant herds and big cats from the bordering park.
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