Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve
A Project Tiger Reserve with a core zone of 874.20 sq.km, Bandipur lies on a hilly
plateau with a n average elevation of 800 metres over the mean sea level. With its
location under the shadow of the Western Ghats, Bandipur is easily one of the finest
habitats of the Asian Elephant. Visitors are able to see these elephants and gaur
in their natural surroundings.
The park is home to a variety of animals and plants. After the park was brought
under the Project Tiger Scheme, the number of tigers have increased at a steady
pace. Chital, sambar, gaur, leopard, wild boars, a large variety of birds, many
rare species of insects also add to the beauty of the park.
Peafowl, partridges, quail, hornbill,giant squirrel, dhole (wild dog), elephants,
sambhar, barking deer and many other rare species exist here.
Trees like rosewood, honne, alathi, bamboo and sandal are grown in abundance here.
Elephant rides in the park is a memorable experience.
Area: 874.20 sqkm
Accommodation: You can avail the facility of rest
houses and cottages of the Karnataka Forest Department and the Karnataka State Tourism
Development Corporation. Cottages, are available at Kakanhalla, Mulehole, Kalkere
and Gopalaswamy (Betta). These places are located in a around the park.
Distance: 80 kms from Mysore, 217 km from Bangalore.
The park can be approached by road from the nearest town of Gundulpet which is about
20 kms away.
Best time to visit: June - October
Prominenet Fauna: Elephant, tiger, gaur, sambar, chital,
barking deer, wild dog, wild boar, jackal, sloth bear, panther, chousingha, malabar
squirrel, green pigeon, jungle fowl, the great Indian Bustard, a variety of other
birds and insects, etc.
For Additional Information:
Bandipur Tiger Reserve
Mysore, Karnataka-570004, India