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Bandipur National Park

Wild Life Sanctuary Bandipur National Park
Location Chamarajanagar District, Karnataka – Tamilnadu Border
Best Season October to May
Distance from Bangalore 217 KMS
Total Safari Distance 20 KMS
Safari Timings 6.30AM – 9AM or 3.30PM – 6PM
Total time required for the activity 3 Hours
What to expect? Elephant , bison, spotted deer, leopard, tiger, Wild Dogs, Common Langurs, leopard, bear and wild boar, Malabar giant Squirrel, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer

Wild Life Sanctuary

Bandipur National Park

Tread the path of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore with a visit to Bandipur, about 80 KM south of Mysore on the Mysore-Ooty Road. The reserve is a playground for wildlife, with elephants taking the lead role. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience!

You might see a tiger prowling amidst the mix of deciduous, evergreen forest and scrub land vegetation. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the enchanting mist-covered Niligiri Mountains, Bandipur once the Mysore Maharaja’s private hunting ground, was brought under project Tiger in 1973.

This is one of the best game sanctuaries in India to observe and photograph wildlife in close proximity.


Though Bandipur is around-the-year tourist destination, summers are the best time for wildlife sightings. March to May being the dry season, the animals come out of hiding and can be spotted by the watering holes. But for bird-watchers, the winter months are a better bet, for November to January, many migratory birds from the North, especially the Himalayas come down south to roost. The post-monsoon months are the best time for trekkers to visit.

Flora and Fauna

Deciduous, evergreen and scrub land vegetation.


Elephant, tiger, Leopard, wild dog, sambar, barking deer, sloth bear, wild boar, Indian bison, mouse deer, spotted deer, slender loris, black-naped hare, jackal, langur, wild pig, porcupine, Malabar squirrel, striped hyena and the four-horned antelope.


Over 230 species of birds including Herons, Storks, egrets, ducks, kites, eagles, falcons, partridges, peafowl, lapwings, sandpipers, woodpeckers, sun-birds, wagtails, warblers, babblers, shrikes, owls, warbler and kingfisher.


Common rat snake, russell’s viper, common krait, Indian python, flying snake and cobra.

Where To Stay

Distance chart : To Bandipur National Park
From Apna Sapna Recharge: 39 KMS
Tiger Paw : 18 KMS

Option 1

Location 19th Hair Pin Bend, Oory – Bandipur Highway, Nilgiris, Ooty District, Tamil Nadu.
Distance from Bangalore to Campsite 262 KMS
Travel Time 5 Hrs
Facilities Villa Cottages, Restaurant overlooking the hills and Kalahatti Waterfalls, Hot water facility
Activities Campfire, Guided Trekking and plantation walk, indoor & Outdoor games, waterfalls, running streams, Jungle safari in Bandipur
Sightseeing Ooty, coonoor, Masinagudi, Bandipur, Madumalai,Kotagiri, Mukruthi National Park, pykara lake, Avalanche, Dodda betta Peak

Option 2

Resort Name Tiger Paw
Location Masinagudi(P.O), The Nilgiris, Tamilnadu - 643223
Distance from Bangalore to Campsite 238 KMS
Travel Time from Bangalore 4Hrs
Facilities 14 Well furnished Rooms, Restaurant, swimming, intercom, internet WiFi, 24hrs hot water facility, ample parking,

Jungle Safari

The Safaris in the Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park is home to around 70 tigers and over 3000 Asian elephants, as well as other animals like leopards, dhole, gaur, sloth bears, and a variety of birdlife. Gopalaswami Betta is the highest peak in the Bandipur range.

The entry point & interpretation center of the park is located in Bandipur village on Highway after Melkamanahalli Village.

Mini Bus Safari – Rs 75 per Head

Mini Bus Safari is the simplest way to explore Bandipur National Park. The park organizes 45 minute bus safari and the price is Rs. 75 per head. Most of the common wildlife can be seen at close range. The first and last safaris offer the best possible views of wildlife. The bus safaris are crowded during weekends & holiday seasons.

Safari Timings : Between 6:30 to 9 AM & 3:30 to 5:30 PM

Private Jeep Safari –Rs 1750 per Head

Private Jeep Safaris are arranged by Jungle Lodge (in Melkamanahalli just outside the park)

The private jeep carries an experienced guide who helps tourists in spotting and identifying the wildlife. The duration of safari is 2-3 hours and its ideal for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Early morning and evening safaris offer best chances to view wildlife like Tigers. The jeep safari costs Rs. 1,750 for one trip (2 to 3 hours)

Safari Timings : Between 6:30 to 9 AM & 3:30 to 5:30 PM

Elephant Safari :Rs 50 per Head
The elephant ride offers unique experience to visitors at Bandipur. The duration of Elephant ride is 20 mins and it's not a safari. The ride takes tourists around the park on an elephant.

Timings :Between 10 – 11 AM


Entry to the park is free and does not require any permission.
The national park remains open from 6 am-9 pm.


Day 1

  • 05:45 Departure from Bangalore.
  • 08:00 Self sponsored Break-fast En-route to Home stay or Resort.
  • 11:00 Reach Home stay or Resort – Check-in and refresh
  • 13:30 Buffet Lunch (Veg & Non-Veg).
  • 14:45 Reach Bandipur National Park
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Jeep safari in B R hills Sanctuary
  • 17:15 Drive back to the Home stay or Resort.
  • 18:00 Change and refresh with a hot tea / coffee
  • 19:30 Bon-fire (of course at the mercy of rain) – a time to review & share the exciting action moments with your friends.
  • 20:30 Buffet Dinner (Veg & Non-Veg)

  • 08:00 AM: Break-fast.
  • 09:00 AM – 12 PM: Ooty Sightseeing or Hiking
  • 11: 30 AM: Back to home stay or Resort
  • 11 AM – 1 PM: Lunch and Checkout.

Route Map

Distance chart: To Bandipur National Park

From Bangalore KMS
From Mysore 217
From Mangalore 77
From Coimbatore 324
Chennapattana 133

Distance chart: To Bandipur National Park

From Apna Sapna Recharge KMS
Tiger Paw Resort 22KMS

Route 3

From Mysore KMS
T. Narsipur 30
Kollegal 60
Hanur 83
The Green Carpet 91

Directions Chart from Bangalore

From Bangalore KMS
Mysore 143
Nanjangud 167
Gundlupet 204
Bandipur 222

Where to Eat

Vaishali Restaurant
Vaishali Restaurant is one of the multi-cuisine restaurants on Bangalore-Mysore highway. In fact, Vaishali is catering traditional Andhra style food to its customers. Vaishali is a drive-in restaurant located in Mallur Hobli, Channapatna Taluk, Ramanagara District on Bangalore-Mysore highway.

Vaishali entertains vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian gourmets. It opens from 7 am to 11 pm. The ambience of the restaurant is very cozy. It provides a very good parking space and the area is fully lit with floodlights. Must Try: Nati Koli (Desi Murg), Leg soup and Neer Dosa.

Facilities : Huge parking area and neat toilets

Mc Donald :
The world famous fast food chain is around 10kms after Maddur, driving towards Bangalore. Comes on right side. Got the usual menu. Who has appetite for western fast food, its heaven. It has everything, to make it a perfect highway stop. Facilities: Huge parking area, petrol pump and neat toilets.

Shivalli Restaurant
Shivalli Restaurant is located on the 67th KM between channapatna and maddur, exactly between Bangalore and Mysore.
Cuisine: Udupi style
Speciality: kadabu, Kharabath, Masala Dosa and Hot Filter coffee.
Facilities: Huge parking area and toilets

Baburaykoppal – Jai Bhuvaneshwari Military Hotel
The staple in this area are giant ball of cooked ragi. The Mutton chops and chicken are served separately from the gravy which is very spicy. Flavoured with cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves the meat is a blend of sweet and spicy, cooked to just the right level of tenderness.

JB Hotel has a small eating room and serves only Non-vegetarian food, but if you order vegetarian food, you will be served vegetarian Thali from a hotel across the road.

Specialities: Ragi Ball and Mutton Chops

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