Bandipur National Park Tourism

Bandipur National Park Tourism

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Bandipur National Park Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
  • District: Chamrajnagar

History of Bandipur National Park

The Bandipur National Park is located in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka, South India. One of the oldest national parks, the Bandipur National park was established in 1931 by the Maharaja of Mysore. It was built to protect the tigers under the wildlife conservation project named Project Tiger. The park aims to protect the tigers under the natural habitat. The park is spread over an area of 874 square kilometres. The park was formerly named Venugopala Wildlife Park after the Lord of the shrine located at Gopalswamy Betta. 

People and Culture of Bandipur National Park

Since the tourism in Bandipur is a major source of their income, people lend a warm and hearty welcome to their guests. The culture of this tourist spot is reflected in the festivals, events and attractions of Bandipur. The artwork and artefacts of Bandipur are a reflection of their rich culture.

Things to do in Bandipur National Park

A great picnic spot and a camping site, there are many exciting things to do in Bandipur. Nature and adventure lovers can keep themselves occupied with various interesting things like boating, fishing, bird watching and trekking in Bandipur. Some of the places for sightseeing in Bandipur are the Himvad Gopalswamy temple, Billigiri Rangaswamy temple, and the Sanctuary. You can find a hotel in Bandipur that is in the vicinity of these places to visit in Bandipur.

The Bandipur national Park is a connecting link to the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamilnadu and the Wayanad Wildlife in Kerala. One can go on safari as a part of Bandipur sightseeing to witness the wildlife at the national park. Bandipur tourist places along this beautiful stretch are being considered to be named a World Heritage Site. Various holiday packages are available for planning a vacation in Bandipur National Park. There are many places to see in Bandipur and it has close proximity with Bangalore, making it a perfect getaway from the city.

Food and shopping in Bandipur National Park

Food and beverages are available only in the Hotels, lodges and resorts near Bandipur. Freshly prepared authentic south Indian food is their speciality. Since Bandipur is located in a forest area, you will not find open food stalls and restaurants. However, street food is available on the stretch between Bandipur National Park and Masinagudi.

For your shopping experience in Bandipur, you can visit the Wildlife Souvenir shop that is located just half a kilometre before the Bandipur Tiger Reserve opposite to the Jungle lodges in Bandipur. You can shop for coffee mugs, coasters, t-shirts, pen stands, key holders, trays, book bins, tea tables made out of wood. Taking these unique souvenirs while heading back can make your trip to Bandipur a memorable one. Bandipur attractions include shopping and can be experienced while on a Bandipur tour.

Accommodation in Bandipur National Park

If you are wondering how to reach Bandipur, you can consider reaching Bandipur by bus, car or taxi, easily available from Mysore and Bangalore. You can reach Bangalore by air, which is the nearest airport to Bandipur. The accommodation options available in Bandipur are best suited for every budget and are located close to Bandipur places to visit.

Book your stay in Bandipur at budget hotels like the Vana vihar, Dhole’s den, and resorts like the windflower resort and spa and jungle lodges like the Bandipur safari lodge where you can unwind in luxury. You can consider visiting Bandipur during summers as it is the best time to observe the wildlife.

Bandipur National Park is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Mudumalai (Masinagudi) and Ooty.

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Bandipur National Park Traveller Reviews

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Bibhuti  Panigrahy

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  • Bibhuti Panigrahy
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 168 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1171 readers

"Divided by 3 states one Jungle"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 24, 2017
The jungle divided by 3 states as in Karnataka we use to call the jungle as Bandipur, in Tamilnadu Mudumalai and Kerala Nagarhole. Bandipur National Park, an 874-sq. -Km forested reserve in the southern Indian state of Karnataka is known for its small population of tigers. Once the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Mysore, the park also harbors Indian elephants, spotted deer, gaurs (bison), antelopes and numerous other native species. The 14th-century Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple offers views from the park's highest peak.

It was started by the king of Mysore in 1931 and named as Venugopala wildlife park. In 1973 Indian government redesigned and added some more area to the park. In this sanctuary, you must see Indian Tiger, Chital, Sambar, Gaur, Gray Langur, Tigers, and Leopard.

The best time to enter if you are travelling from Mysore just enter 45 minutes before of sunset and maintain your speed, not above 40 you can click superb shots of animals nearby road.
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Rashmin Joshi

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  • Rashmin Joshi
  • Lives in Morvi
  • 149 photos
  • 84 Reviews
  •  300 helpful votes
  •  80542 readers

"Wonderful park, place for wildlife experience and camping."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2016
The beauty of nature is just exuberant. It is on the travel route from Ooty to Mysore. We went on a Safari trip and we could see group of elephants, lots of deer and monkeys. A Very nice place to visit. Safaris start in the morning at 6 to 9 and in the afternoon from 3 to 5. Famous for Tiger safari. Most of Karnataka's tigers and elephants are spread into Bandipur and Nagarahole forests.
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  • Neeraj
  • Lives in Surat
  • 5 photos
  • 33 Reviews
  •  45 helpful votes
  •  12914 readers

"What a relaxation ..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2016
Situated on Mysore Ooty highway. Just at base from where Ooty mountains stays. Only 35-40 km from Ooty. Dense forest. Deers & Tuskers can see on roads& highway passing through first. Some good resorts are also available for comfortable stay at night. Roads to the destination are good with speed breakers at every village. Karnataka govt forest trip can be planned at reasonable rates. Open Gypsy trip also available if you have enough Daring. It is costly service.
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Azzu Khan

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  • Azzu Khan
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 2 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  8747 readers

"Is my"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016
Hi! Sorry to say some reviews are not sufficient. Its tell lie. Some people write in there reviews I see white tiger in front of the camera ha, one knows no white tiger in the bandipur. Actually we get luck to see a tiger. Lions are also not there. Elephant herd, deer's, gaurs, peacocks, some birds are seen common. If you have luck tiger and leopard also see. The jungle is greenish through the raining season. If you have more enjoyment and stay in the jungle you could book a darmentery. Totally good to one day picnic.
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Neenu Romana

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  • Neenu Romana
  • 2 Reviews
  •  949 readers

"Bandipur tiger reserve"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 28, 2016
Bandipur national park is a good destnatin fr people who love nature in its both forms flora and fauna. The sanctuary itself is spread in hundreds of acres with lush green forest full of many types of trees and plants sandalwood and rosewood trees dominate it. Varieties of birds, monkeys, deer, reptiles and insects are the main attractions. Elephants and deer are in plenty and a sight to behold. Loved watching the wild life on jungle safari provided by the national park. Saw the peacocks dancing. Sighting a tiger is rare as the safari tour does not go into deep jungle. Must see the museum at the check post before you go on safari it is very informative about the varieties you get to see around and can relate to while on the trip. Plenty of termite hills on the way to jungle are visible. Children will love to do photpgraphy and make vedioes. A nice enjoyble and informative trip.
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Abhijeeth Naik

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  • Abhijeeth Naik
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  994 readers

"Royal enfield ride"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 9, 2016
An amazing ride all the way from Bangalore. Say some 220kms approx, the ride was really amazing.
We started off by 4:00am in the morning from Bangalore and reached by 9;00am ...
Spent an hour or so there and back to blore.
If you guys are planning for a bike trip it's highly advisable as the roads are butter smooth, no much heavy vehicles to scare the god out of you, people around are friendly (off course, Karnataka), and plenty of pit stops for fuel, food, tea, garam coffee, and snacks ..
Happy ride
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Anand Kmr

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  • Anand Kmr
  • Lives in Kakinada
  • 1 Review
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 20, 2016
Very nice to visit this kind of of place. I was surprised when I saw it first time. I never visit the place before. Awesome and I am so happy. The place and also some guys over there and the people over there received me in a respectable manner.
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Navin raj kumar Ap

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  • Navin raj kumar Ap
  • Lives in Erode
  • 12 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  17495 readers

"Wildlife and adventure Trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 13, 2016
Best tour route if you are interested in wildlife and bird watch. Best time to visit is by November and December. There are good Resorts and home stays available where if you want to have a peaceful stay in the cool climate. Ooty is just 50 kms from here, on the way you can visit pykara lake and falls. The route offers a good photographic view and scenery.
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Chintan Patel

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  • Chintan Patel
  • Lives in Nadiad
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1802 readers

"Best place to see the wild"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2016
Bandipur National Park helps protect several species of India's endangered wildlife and also provides refuge to other threatened and vulnerable species of flora and fauna. Bandipur supports a good population of endangered and vulnerable species like Indian elephants, gaurs, tigers, sloth bears, muggers, Indian rock pythons, four-horned antelopes, jackals and dholes.
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Pooja Gothankar

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  • Pooja Gothankar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1850 readers

"Awesome safari, best place to go!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 24, 2016
I have visited this park with family and naughty nephews. This is very good national park which is located in Bandipur Karnataka. My family members are very enthusiastic for national park visit. However, for this place we have heard a lot so all people set to have fun at this place. We went by private transportation and during journey only we have seen peacock coming in front and we have somehow managed to take photographs in digital camera though we could not step in, as it was private transportation. Then we reached to the park and paid entrance fees and entered in. We were taken in safari to see animals like Elephant, Lions, and white tigers are the tourist attraction. I have taken videos of Lions from very near point and tigers too. Safari driver was very cooperative so he used to stop safari for some more time at each place as we have requested. We also saw deer, rabbits and many other. Natural beauty at its best. We also had visited butterfly park, which was nearby and seen many types of butterflies with given description of each butterfly. We took crazy photographs of family and individual people. Just had too much fun at this place. Must visit this place at Bandipur, Karnataka! Best day with family at Bandipur National Park
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