Bandipur National Park | Bandipur Tiger Sightings
Bandipur is one of the most famous biospheres in South India, formed by extending the Venugopal Wildlife Park, set up in 1931 by the Mysore Maharajas, Bandipur National Park is one of India’s most famous Tiger reserves for tiger sightings, spread over an area of 880 sq. km. Bandipur is located in the Chamarajanagar & it shares borders with the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve (Karnataka) in the North-West, Madumalai Tiger Reserve (Tamil Nadu) in the South and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in the South-West, altogether forming the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve; which is one of the last refuges of endangered Asiatic wild elephants.
The park has a variety of flora and fauna, including dry deciduous forests, moist deciduous forests and shrublands. The wide range of habitats of Bandipur supports a diverse range of organisms.
The park is surrounded by the Kabini river in the north and the Moyar river in the south. The Nugu river runs through the park. Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta hill is the highest point in the park. Bandipur has typical tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. The dry and hot period usually begins in early March and can last till the monsoon rains in June.
Enjoying the natural beauty of the Bandipur jungle mounting on the safari jeep is a truly wild experience. Proudly existed on the Mysore – Ooty road, this national park allows you to go deep into the jungle to explore the wild world around you.
How to reach Bandipur
The best way to reach Bandipur and enjoy the beauty is to take a route from Mysore to Ooty via Bandipur and Mudumalai forests. You will see a small mountain river divide the state of Karnatak and Tamil Nadu and also the forest will change its name from Bandipur in Karnataka to Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu.
Nearest Airport: Bangalore, which is 255 km away from the park. Coimbatore airport is located just 84 km away from the park.
Nearest railway station: Mysore, which is just 80 km away from the city.
Private and government buses run from all major cities in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to Bandipur. Road route via Mysore is a six-lane bypass road. It is the most opted one.
Bandipur Recent Sightings :
You can get complete session to session, day-to-day sightings info of Bandipur here and ofcourse across all national parks & tiger reserves here. We compile these data of all mammals, birds, reptiles across all these parks and calculate what we call historic and predictive sighting index numbers (eg Tiger Sighting Index) which helps you to pick your park and your zone properly.
Some animals and birds you get to see there in Bandipur:
Animals: Indian elephants, gaurs, tigers, sloth bears, muggers, leopards, four-horned antelopes, jackals, dholes, chital, gray langurs, Indian giant squirrel
Birds: grey jungle fowl, crows, drongos, honey buzzards, red-headed vultures, Indian vultures, flowerpecker, hoopoes, Indian rollers, brown fish owls, crested serpent eagles, changeable hawk-eagles, bee-eaters, kingfishers, Ospreyss
Reptiles: spectacled cobra, Indian rock python, vipers, rat snake, muggers, monitor lizards, Indian chameleon, Indian pond terrapin, agamids, flying lizards.