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Bandipur National Park

About Bandipur National Park in Karnataka

Overview

Bandipur National Park, home to over 200 species of birds, besides an equally impressive number of mammals & reptiles, is located in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka. It was once a private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore, but was established as a Tiger Reserve in 1973.

Bandipur is one of the most famous tiger reserves in the country, and naturally, the main attraction here is the Royal Bengal Tiger. But, there are other rare and endangered animals besides the tiger like Indian Elephants, leopards, sambar and sloth bear.

You can enjoy both morning & afternoon wildlife safaris inside the park. The flora inside Bandipur National Park is as rich as its fauna, with a number of trees found inside its dense forest like teak, sandalwood, Indian Kino Tree & giant clumping bamboo.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bandipur National Park

Q. What is the flora & fauna found inside Bandipur National Park?

Fauna in Bandipur National Park: The Royal Bengal Tiger is one of the main attractions inside the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, and spotting one is quite a thrilling experience. Other mammals found inside the park are Indian Elephants, gaur, leopards, sloth, chital, wild boar, dhole, striped hyena, nilgiri tahr, Indian Giant Squirrel & Indian Muntjac.

Some of the reptiles commonly spotted inside the park are Indian Rock Python, monitor lizards, Indian Chameleon & flying lizards.

Bandipur National Park boasts a significant bird population, as it’s home to more than 200 species of birds. The birds which are most commonly spotted inside the park are peafowl, drongos, Indian Vultures, crested serpent eagles, bee eaters & kingfishers. 

Flora in Bandipur National Park: The flora of Bandipur National Park is as rich as its fauna. Other than sandalwood trees that are present in significant numbers inside the forest, other timber trees that are present in large numbers are teak, rosewood, Indian Kino Tree & giant clumping bamboo.

Q. What is the best time to visit Bandipur National Park?

The best time to visit Bandipur National Park is from October to March during the winters, and from March to June during the summers. During the winters, the weather is pleasant, and great for enjoying photography while enjoying a wildlife safari. During the summers, the chances of spotting a variety of animals are quite high, as most of them visit the water bodies to quench their thirst. 

Q. What are the safari timings inside Bandipur National Park?

There are two types of safaris conducted inside Bandipur Tiger Reserve: jeep and bus safaris. The bus safaris are conducted from 6:30 to 9 AM in the morning & 3:30 to 5:30 PM in the evening. Jeep safaris are conducted from 6.00 AM to 9.00 AM in the morning and 4.00 PM to 6.00 PM in the evening. 

Q. How to reach Bandipur National Park?

  • By Air: Mysore Airport is the nearest to Bandipur National Park. Taxis can be hired from the airport itself. 
  • By Rail: Mysore Junction Railway Station, situated almost 75 kilometers from Bandipur, is the nearest railway station. You can hire cabs from the railway station itself.
  • By Road: Several state run buses are operated by KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) from Mysore Bus Stand. 
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