Bandipur Tiger Reserve Introduction
The Bandipur Tiger Reserve is one of the country’s most well-known Biosphere Reserves. It is recognised as one of India’s most scenic and well-managed national parks.
Located on the Mysore-Ooty highway in Karnataka, it is an important part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which includes Karnataka’s Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Nagarahole) to the northwest, Tamil Nadu’s Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary to the south, and Kerala’s Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary to the southwest. Bandipur National Park has an area of 872.24 square kilometres. It is split between Gundlupet taluk in Chamarajanagar District and H.D.Kote and Nanjangud taluks in Mysuru District.
Several tigers and Asiatic wild elephants, which are under risk of extinction, find safety in the Bandipur Tiger reserve. Gaurs, chitals, jackals, wild dogs, four-horned antelopes, wild boars, sloth bears, panthers, porcupines, and peafowl are just some of the other animals that call this natural paradise home.
The Western Ghats are home to the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, which is surrounded by four other key tiger habitats (Mudumalai, Waynad, Nagarahole and BRT. The tiger population density in 2010 was estimated at 11 individuals per 100 square kilometres.
For travelers who wish to observe bigger creatures in their native habitats, Bandipur is a wonderland from April through October. Even in the summer, when dryness is prevalent over most parts of Bandipur, the backwaters of the Kabini Reservoir in the Park’s northwest support massive populations of big creatures, including elephants and gaurs. This unusual feature creates a spectacular spectacle and is nearly unique in Asia.
Though the environment in Bandipur is good all year, it is best to visit the reserve from November to June for the best weather. However, the best months to see animals are March and April. The sun seems blazing in the summer, causing the woodlands to dry out, while the nights are cold in the winter.
Bandipur Forest Safari:
Jungle Lodges and Resorts is currently the exclusive operator of jeep safaris. The Forest Department’s mini-bus safaris depart from the range office. The bus safari is conducted from 6:15 am-9 am and 2:15 pm-5 pm. The cost per individual is 350 INR. The jeep safari costs 3000 INR per person and is available from 6:15am-8am, 8am-9:45am, 2:30pm-4:30pm, and 4:30pm-6:30pm. Trekking is now legal in Bandipur. Elephant safaris are no longer available.
The booking can be done via https://www.bandipurtigerreserve.co.in
Bandipur Tiger Reserve Cancellation and Refund policies
- Cancellation before 48 hours before check in time 20% will be deducted.
- Cancellation before 24 hours before check in time 60% will be deducted.
- Any other cancellations no refunds.
- No cancellation for safari tickets.
Bandipur Tiger Reserve Dont’s
- Don’t Feed Animals.
- Don’t Tease Animals.
- Don’t Smoke.
- Alcohol Not Allowed.
- Don’t Stop Vehicles.
- Don’t Horn.
- Don’t Overtake.
- Don’t Violate Speed Limit.
- Don’t Take Pictures.
- Don’t Litter.
Violators will be fined RS. 1000/-
Best Season to Visit
March to May
Places to Stay
There are few resorts available
How To Reach
The best way to go to Bandipur is to follow the road from Mysore to Ooty that passes through Bandipur and the Madumalai forest.
Nearest Airport : Mysuru Domestic Airport (73 KM)
Nearest Railway station : Mysuru Railway Station (73 KM)
By Road: Drive from Bengaluru to Bandipur National Park (220 Kms)
Bandipur National Park may be combined with visits to Mysuru (77 kilometres), BR Hills (91 kilometres), and Kodagu (151 kilometres).
- Check In time is 13.00 Hrs.
- Usage of Mobile phones during safari is not allowed
- Please bring the Xerox copy of identity card( only for people staying in room)
- The Safari Activity has been shifted to the STPF Campus of Melukamanahalli (Near Anjaneyaswamy Temple).
- Pets are not allowed during the stay and safari.