Location : Near Mysore,
Nearest Access : Mysore &
Main Wildlife Found : Asian
Elephants and Gaurs
Coverage Area :
About Bandipur National Park
Halfway down the
Mysore-Ooty highway, the Deccan Plateau
rises to meet the wrinkled folds of the
Western Ghat mountains. Here lies one of
India's best-known wildlife reserves -
Bandipur National Park. It is situated
within Chamarajanagar district in the
southern Indian state of Karnataka, and
abuts the states of Tamil Nadu & Kerala.
Endowed with a moderate climate and
diverse geographical features, the park
supports a remarkable variety of flora
and fauna, making it a veritable
paradise for wildlife.
In 1973, Bandipur
became one of the first of India's Tiger
Reserves and the southernmost of the
nine reserves specially established
under Project Tiger. In 1974, intention
was declared under the Wildlife
Protection Act to notify it as a
Flora & Fauna in Bandipur National Park
The scrub jungles towards the
eastern limits of the park consist of
stunted trees, interspersed with bushes
and open grassy patches. Towards its
northwestern fringes, there is a gradual
shift in the vegetation from open dry
deciduous forests to tropical mixed
deciduous forests. These diverse
habitats support an enormous diversity
of animal life.
With the onset of pre-monsoon showers in
April, Bandipur begins to unfold in all
its glory. The resident birds commence
their breeding activities. The air is
filled with their melodious calls.
Sprouting grass in the meadows and view
lines attract elephants and the majestic
gaur in large numbers. For the tourist
who comes to watch the larger mammals in
their natural surroundings, Bandipur is
a paradise from April to October. Even
before this, during summer, when dryness
prevails over most parts of Bandipur,
the backwaters of the Kabini Reservoir
in the northwestern portion of the park
host huge congregations of large
mammals, especially the elephant and the
gaur. This unique feature makes a
breathtaking spectacle, and is almost
the only one of its kind in Asia.
Best Time to Visit Bandipur
The ideal time to visit the Bandipur
National Park is between the months of
April and October.
How to Get there
Air : The nearest airport is at
Bangalore which is 220 kms. from
Rail : Mysore is nearest railhead, at a
distance of 80 kms.
Road : 220 kms. from Bangalore; 80 kms.
from Mysore; 80 kms. from Ooty.