Aug 17, 2017
Bandipur National Park is one of the stunning National Park and Tiger Reserve in India. It is located on the Mysore-Ooty highway in Karnataka. The park was established in 1974 and covers an area of about 874 sq km. Earlier it was the private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the kingdom of Mysore. Now it has been upgraded to Bandipur Tiger Reserve.
Together with the Nagarhole National Park, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Mudumalai National Park, it was the part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It was separated and attains a special place in India’s efforts towards Eco- conservation.
The park is home to the elephants, tigers, bears, muggers, Dholes, sambhar, wild dogs, panthor and pythons. Variety of birds like jungle fowl and green pigeon are also found in this park. The population of tigers in this park is constantly increasing day by day.
The National Park has a wide range of timber trees like rosewood, teak, sandalwood, bamboo. Flowering and fruiting trees and shrubs like Kadma tree, Indian gooseberry, axlewood and golden shower tree also present there.
The best way to appreciate the park is through jungle safari preferably at dawn. Accommodation is not the problem staying there as government provides cottages and dormitories for the one who wish to stay there. The safari timings of the park are 8:30 AM to 15:15 PM and 4 PM to 7 PM and the best time to visit if from june to october. Private vehicles are not allowed inside the park as one has to hire the safari jeeps from the jungle safari organisers.