A wonderful Wildlife center, Bandipur National Park is a located in the Chamrajanagar district of Karnataka. The Nilgiris add a scenic beauty to this place and the Kabini, Moyar and Nugu rivers drain this area. One can visit the two wildlife sanctuaries including the Waynad Sanctuary and the Mudumalai Sanctuary when here. Animals like Sambhar, Wild Dog, Mouse Deer, Hornbill, Elephants, Panther, Antelope, Pea Fowl and many more can be witnessed here. It is a perfect getaway for the adventure junkies and nature lovers. The lush green natural beauty of Bandipur National Park is always the main factor behind people visiting this place. One can also elope to Ooty, which lies in close proximity to Bandipur, and one of those places which attracts all tourists.
Places To SeeBandipur National Park
The park sprawls across the area of 800 sq km. It encompasses a beautiful, deep and dense forest. The national park was founded by the Maharaja of Mysore in 1931. The park is also known as Venugopala Wildlife Park after the main deity of the region. Encircled by the Nagur, Kabini and Moyar Rivers, the park is the natural habitat of several animals such as tigers, four horned antelopes, giant squirrels, elephants, hornbills, wild dogs, panthers, sloth bears and gaurs. A diverse range of rare bird species including migrant and resident birds such as brown hawk owl, trogons, grey jungle fowls, Drongo Bay owls, weaver birds, woodpeckers, kingfishers, common warblers and fly catches can be seen at the park.
Bandipur National Park also houses some rare flora species such as tectona grandis, emblica officinalis, bambusa arundinacea and dalbergia latifolia. Tip
: You can visit the park between 10 am and 6 pm at nominal charges of Rs. 25 for Indians and Rs. 150 for foreigners.
Things To DoJungle Safari
You can enjoy a land safari in the tourism zone of the national park. These safaris are conducted twice a day. You are accompanied by a qualified guide who helps you identify the exotic flora and fauna of the region. Nature Walk
Accompanied by a naturalist you can venture into the national park and learn to identify the rare flora and also gain a sense of the environs. Bird Watching
The national park is home to over 300 species of birds. Be sure to take your binoculars along to catch a glimpse of the rare birds. Backwaters of Bandipur
Though the national park is dominated by deciduous forests you can also find patches of scrubs around the periphery as well as a lot of cultivation around the area. The backwaters of Bandipur act as a huge water body that attracts a wide variety of water birds. Even when the river recedes, it leaves isolated pools of water that attract a range of birds.