South Indian states Karnataka and Tamilnadu border with famous historic town Mysore and Ooty hill station highway where the Deccan Plateau rises to meet the wrinkled folds of the Western Ghat Mountains and the Nilgiri Mountains. Between these two lies
the famous and thrilling forest, Bandipur National Park.
Located 80km south of Mysore, it is the home to tigers (supposedly twenty-five), elephants, gaurs, sambars, spotted deer, black-faced monkeys, and sloth bears. Tigers are rarely seen.
Spreading across three states is the largest contiguous stretch of wilderness in South India – Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve - where elephants roam free and tigers hunt for their prey. Bandipur National Part constitutes a section of this vast forest land in Karnataka. Once known as the region where notorious sandal wood smuggler Veerappan terrified people and governments alike, today Bandipur National Park attracts tourists looking for a weekened break to naturalists intending to study the teeming wildlife in these jungles. Most common sightings in the forest includes peacocks, chitals, wild boars and gaur. Other inhabitants include elephants, dholes(wild dogs) and even tigers. Recent years have seen an increase in premium accommodations around the park, permitting tourists to see the park in style and luxury. But budget options remain, with forest department guest houses in the park and a few small hotels located at the edge of the park.
Coverage Area - 865 sq kms
How to Reach
By Air : Bangalore (215km) is the nearest airport to Bandipur National Park. All major domestic airlines connect Bangalore with other major cities in India.
By Train: The nearest train station is in Mysore(80km). Trains from all major destinations in the country ply to Bangalore(215km). Daily trains connect Mysore and Bangalore.
By Road: KSRTC buses plying to Ooty from Bangalore(215km) and Mysore(80km) pass through Bandipur National Park.