Bandipur National Park

Located Between The Deccan Plateau and The Western Ghats

About Park

Bandipur National Park, established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger, is a national park located in the Indian state of Karnataka, which is the state with the second-highest tiger population in India. Along with adjacent. Nagarhole National Park is one of the Premier Tiger Reserves in the country. It was once a private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore but has now been upgraded to Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Once a private Hunting Reserve for the Maharajas of Mysore, this landscape is now part of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve – one of India’s conservation success stories. Bandipur has a variety of biomes, including dry deciduous forests, moist deciduous forests, and shrublands. The wide range of habitats helps support a diverse range of organisms. The park is flanked by the Kabini River in the north and the Moyar River in the south. The open-ness of the Bandipur park provides for huge Elephant herds and one of the last strongholds of the Indian Wild Dogs – the knowledgeable pack hunters of the Indian Forest. The Kabini River separates Bandipur from Nagarhole, yet the residents can traverse freely between the two parks when the water levels recede.

Types of Safaries

  • Jeep Safari

  • Canter Safari

Places to Visit


The Queen of Hill Stations

Sulthan Bathery

The ancient Bathery Jain Temple

Biligirirangan Hills

The BR Hills

Visitor Tips


The roads that run through Nagarhole National Park are open daily from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., year-round.


If you're embarking on a safari, expect to pay a DSLR camera fee with rates indicative of the size of your lens.


The best time to spot animals is during the summer, in March and April when the waterholes are dry and the animals congregate near the lake. However, the temperature outside is more pleasant from November through February.


During the monsoon season (July through October) safaris may not operate due to muddy, impassable roads, and wildlife sightings are minimal.


You can find a lot of monkeys in this park. It is better to keep your windows closed while travelling to avoid any hazardous action from monkeys. These monkeys just attack you for food. So, keep your distance from them and avoid eating during the safari.


You can camp inside the park with permission from the department. There are traveller bungalows inside the park but, check the water facility inside the house before renting it.

Frequently Asked Questions

The summers at Bandipur starts in March and the temperature rises up to 38-degree celsius. The monsoon season starts in July with high humidity. Due to pouring, safari in a few regions is restricted. Winters here are pleasant with temperatures dropping as low as 15 degrees celsius. The best season to visit the park is from October to May. However, summers are ideal for wildlife spotting and winters are ideal for birders.


Bandipur is connected to major cities via road, rail and air. 

Nearest Airport: Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru

Nearest Railway Station: Mysore Railway Station

Road: The park has good connectivity through roads from the major nearby cities such as Mysore, Bangalore, Coorg, Ooty, Calicut and more. One can take private or government buses to reach the park or can book a taxi. Commuting through a private vehicle is also a good option to reach the park.

Flora: The major flora at Bandipur includes teak, rosewood, sandalwood, Indian kino tree, Indian laurel, clumping bamboo and giant clumping bamboo. The flowering and fruit-bearing trees include axle wood, black cutch, indigo berry, golden shower tree, black myrobalan, the flame of the forest, Kadam tree and others. 

Fauna: The popularity of the park is the Elephants and Tigers population. However, one can also spot bonnet macaque, dhole, civet, jungle cat, Indian palm, giant flying squirrel, striped hyena, leopards and more. The Bandipur National Park is not just famous for its big species but birds as well. Birds that can be spotted here are junglefowl, drongos, red-headed vultures, flowerpeckers, Indian rollers, crested serpent eagles, kingfishers and more.

The breeding season starts before the monsoon. Apart from animal and bird species, one can also find reptile species such as Indian rock python, Indian pond terrapin, flying lizard, mugger, monitor lizard and more such species here. A wide range of butterflies can also be spotted here. 


*Information Last Modified On: 26-Jul-2021

Contact the Park


082292 36043