Bandipur National Park


14.1/5(11 Ratings)

Bandipur National Park Overview

Ranked 31 of 147 sightseeing in Mysore

Bandipur National Park is nestled in the foothills of the glorious and mesmerising Nilgiri Mountains and is one of the lushest forests in India in the monsoons. Bandipur is one of the most densely populated forests for wildlife in the country and has a high density of tigers thriving in its lands. It is a very popular destination for photographers, researchers and tourists from all over the world. The government safari is the only way into the sacred jungles here and you need to be there early in the a.m. or you won’t get your shot in the jungles. 

Here, you don’t always have to scurry about to see the herds of wildlife the area has to offer, it is possible to just sit and relax on the porch of your resort and read a book and watch the wildlife come to you. It is home to hundreds of birds and a good place to spot the Great Indian Hornbill which is a rare species of bird and which is bound to leave you to spell bound.

Home to many elephants, Bandipur has in store for visitors a sight of these gentle giants wandering about in the woods. A short and pleasant drive from Bangalore, Mysore and Bandipur are places of many pleasant surprises.

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What travellers are saying about Bandipur National Park

Experience scale
  • Excellent 2
  • Average 1
  • Good 1
  • Very Good 1
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
  • Below Average 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunrise
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilitiesBathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/StorageLockers/Storage

Timing, fees and more


Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
6:00 AM -5:30 PM
6:00 AM -5:30 PM
6:00 AM -5:30 PM

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Reviews and Ratings



6 reviews

Start early to spot the tiger

It is 2 hrs drive from Mysore. The only attraction there is the safari (which is of 1 hr duration). Safari ride starts from 6:00 am to 9:00 am & again at 3:30 to 6:30 PM. You need to be standing in the ticket Q for at least 1 hour in advance, because there was a heavy rush. Or you can book online if you have a perfect plan. Best time to enjoy the safari is the first trip which is 6am, else you will not be lucky enough to see a tiger.

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  • Start early to spot the tiger
  • Start early to spot the tiger
  • Start early to spot the tiger
  • Start early to spot the tiger

Iqbal Khuraishi

Iqbal Khuraishi4.6/5

12 reviews

Must visit during Feb to Apr

A great wild life place! Even if you miss the safari (6:30 to 8 AM & 8 to 9:30 AM) just driving through the place there are chances of seeing the spotted deer, elephants, black faced macaque. If luck, you may see the Indian bison (gaur) too.The road that runs though leads to Ooty from Mysore and is closed between 7 PM and 6 AM.

Hridesh singh Tomar

Hridesh singh Tomar3.6/5

21 reviews

Tiger reserve

Bandipur National Park is part of the Sandalwood forests, once ruled by Veerappan. Deer, Wild Elephants, Monkeys can be easily spotted on the way even before you reach the National Park. The government stay facility (rooms / dormitories) are well-maintained and are a good and cheap stay option inside the park. If you are in a group dormitory is the best option. The food in the canteen is good as well although fixed menu.Gypsy safari is limited so be on time for the slot booking. Bus safari is easily available though. Unfortunately, we were not able to spot Tiger during the safari. But, another guy spotted a Leopard in the evening safari.

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Vinay Gowda

Vinay Gowda4.3/5

25 reviews

Splendid safari experience

Green buds all around in & out of woods, after first glimpse of rain in mid summer lavishes your journey in that stretch of 40 km inside reserve forest with assured wildlife spotting along the stretch. Must visit for nature escapades.Caution: Please do not stop to feed or take snaps of wildlife which attracts fine.

Prashant Gupta

Prashant Gupta4.3/5

2 reviews

Good place to visit

It's a natures walk, we traveled from Mysore to Bandipur early morning at 3 AM, here you can spot the wild animals roaming in the forest. Good place to visit.

Joeboy Jose

Joeboy Jose4.6/5

5 reviews

Cool atmosphere and great location

Great location, cool atmosphere and heavenly ambiance very natural habitat for animals. Serene feeling all the time in the forest. Tigers are an endangered lot so very hard to find.

Abhijit Harne

Abhijit Harne4.3/5

16 reviews

Good safari

Good safari, we have seen lots of animals except tiger. While returning to jungle office we spotted the cub leopard, dear, peacock, etc. It is good for bird watchers and winter season is not good to visit as wild elephant has been migrated.



4 reviews

Not many animals spotted

The time of the year may be was not that great to spot wild animals. Saw few elephants, deer and wild bear. Gotta be lucky to spot wild animals during the safari. There were few spotted by visitors previous day.



2 reviews

No Tigers to be seen

This attraction is a hype, I was there in the forest for 2 days, but haven't heard from anyone that there are tigers. The trip cost 300 per person in a minibus, it doesn't worth as we wouldn't be able to see any tigers. We can see the elephants and deers.

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