The mixed tropical and deciduous forests of Bandipur have tigers (although spotting have become rare over the last decade), leopards, elephants and wild boars. The 180 birds species include kingfishers, jungle babblers, fishing eagles, horned owls and peacocks. This sanctuary is also good for spotting the `flying squirrel’.

The best time to visit Bandipur is during the monsoon period (June-September), unlike neighbouring parks, Bandipur’s roads are more accessible and wildlife viewing is better during these months. By November/December, however, most of the larger animals have migrated to the neighbouring parks of Mudumalai and Nagarhole.

What to see

Forest Types: 1) Southern Tropical Moist-mixed decidous forests. 2) Southern Tropical dry decidous forests 3) Scrub forests Flora: Forests consist predominantly of Teak, Rosewood, Honne, Nandi, Mathi, Hunai, Dindal or Dindiga, Bamboo, Bende, Sandal, Mavu and Muthuga. Fauna: Animals - Tiger, Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Dog, Jackle, Mouse-Deer, Four- horned Antelope, Common Langure, Porcupine, Otter, Pangolin, Civer Cat, Hare, Jungle Cat and Bonnet Macaque. Birds: Pea fowl, Grey Jungle Fowl, Paradise Fly Catcher, Flower Pecket, Crested Hawk Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Oriole, Minivet, Wagtail, Blue Jay, King Fisher. Reptiles: Land Monitor, Crocodile, Pyton, Cobra, Krait, Viper, Flying Lizard.

The Forest Department in the park arranges for wildlife viewing by jeeps or vans. elephants can also be hired for rides around the park. Timmings for Wildlife viewing & Elephant rides: 0600 hrs to 0900 hrs and 1530 hrs to 1830 hrs. Visitors vehicals are also permitted in the park only when accompanied by guides of the forest department on payment of prescribed fees.

Getting There

Air: The convenient Airports to visit Bandipur are Coimbatore 168 Km and Bangalore 220 Km which are connected with important cities.

Rail: The nearest Railheads are Ooty ( 79 Km) on the Mettupalayam- Ooty narrow guage section and Mysore (80 Km).

Road: Bandipur is connected by road with Bangalore 220 Km, Coimbatore 168 km, Mudumalai Wild Lifw Sanctuary 19 Km, Mysore 80 Km and Ooty 79 km.

General information

Area: 874 Sq. Km Temperature: Max: 29 Deg.C Min:17 Deg.C Rainfall: 1000 mm Altitude: 780 to 1454.5 meters Season: September to April STD code: 08229 (The park remains closed during the monsoon months.)

Excursions

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary (19 Km): Adjoining the Bandipur Natinal Park, the Mudumalai Sanctuary has a variety of fauna and different species of Birds. Gopalaswamy Hills (20 Km) : One of te beautiful spots in the Bandipur National Park. Ootacamund (79 Km): Known as “Queen of Hill Stations” situated amidst the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu. Mysore (80 Km): Mysore reflects the lavish ways of the Maharajas in it’s numerour Places, parks and boulevards in the city.