|Bandipur :Situated 80 Kms from
Mysore, the Bandipur
national Park is one of the most beautiful wide life
centers in the country. Rare species of birds and animals
can be seen in their natural habitats. Bandipur has been
chosen by the WWF for their project tiger scheme to
Nesting in the foothills of the Nilgiris, the Bandipur National Park was formed
by extending the Venugopal Wildlife Park, set up in 1931 by the Mysore
Maharajas. It is one of the tiger reserves in the country. A popular game resort of the rulers of Mysore, the flora in the forest comprises
Teak, Rosewood, Honne, Mathi, Bamboo and Sandal Trees. The important animals in the park are Tiger, Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, Chital and Sambar.Birds like the Peafowl, Partridge, Quail, Hornbill and Ibis are also found here.
Apart from these, Dhole(wild dog), Sambar, Muntjac or Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel and sometimes Sloth Bear and Nocturnal Porcupine and Blacknaped
hare may be seen in the sanctuary. Lone Deer wondering in the Forest
Well planned motorable roads close to the perennial and seasonal water points, and adequate open space in the
jungle allow visitors to observe animals closely, particularly elephant herds, by car. It is always advisable to maintain
a safe distance from these large animals even if you are in your car.Pug marks on soft earth in the permissible tourism zone attest to the presence of tigers, though they are rarely
sighted. Much less seen is the leopard, the other major carnivore. Visitors can hire elephants or a vehicle to go round the park. They can also visit the nearby Mudumalai wildlife
sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. The Moyar river forms a natural boundary between the two.
Fauna :Tiger, Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, Chital, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Barking Deer, Wild
Boar, Wild Dog, Jackal, Mouse Deer, Four-Horned antelope, common Langur,
Porcupine, Otter, Pangolin, Malabar Squirrel, Civet Cat, Leopard, Hare, Jungle
Cat, Bonnet Macaque.
Elephants in a Waterhole
:Reptiles Land monitor, Crocodile, Tortoise, Python, Cobra, Krait, Viper, Rat Snake,
Flying lizard. Crocodile basking in the sunshine
Flora :The forests consist predominantly of teak with its main associates species like Rosewood, Honne, Nandi, Mathi, Hunal, Dindal, Bamboo, Bende, Sandal, Mavu and Muthuga.
:Avifauna :Peafowl, Grey Jungle Fowl, Partridge, Quail, Paradise Fly-Catcher, Hornbill, Woodpecker, Thrush, Crested Hawk Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Drongo, Cuckoo, Oriole, Minivet, Wagtail, Myna, Blue Jay, Kingfisher.
Thoughtful Kingfisher, Bandipur
Forest Types :Southern tropical moist-mixed deciduous forests, Southern tropical dry deciduous forests & Scrub forests.
Gopalaswamy Hills :20 Kms Located at a height of 1454.5 m it is one of the most beautiful spots in the Bandipur National Park. The
famous Green Ocean Valley is a delightful view from the hill. Scenic spots in Bandipur are Bolugudda, Chandragiri, Rolling Rock Falls, Mysore Ditch and Moyar Gorge.
Area: 874 sq. km
Season :May to June September to November Clothing
Cotton throughout the year
and evening trips to the sanctuary. Safaris conducted in the resort's
own vehicles. The forest is open throughout the year (except on days
deemed unfit by park authorities for reasons like forest fires etc).