A Nilgiri tiger reserve, the Bandipur National Park is located in Karnataka. This forest region is one of the famous tourist attractions in South India among the nature lovers.
The Western Ghats give the scenic beauty and fertility to this land. Bandipur shares it boundary with three other parks namely, the Wayanad, Nagarhole, and Mudumalai parks. Home to numerous wildlife and floral species, this place is a verdant beauty for those who are looking to savor a nature vacation.
The prolific and deep jungle of Bandipur was once a game ground for hunting for the royal families of Mysore. The king of Mysore created a small sanctuary that covered just 90 square km, in 1931. He named it, the Venugopala wildlife park. The name was derived from the deity of a famous temple in this park, Venugopala. The areas around the sanctuary were added to the Venugopala wildlife park in 1974, making it about 874 sq km. It was taken under the Project Tiger and was named as Bandipur National Park.
The Bandipur National Park covers more the 874 sq km of sandalwood and teak forests, woodlands, and much more. This lush and thick forested landscape allows a good balance between prey and predator. You can find small herbivorous and predatory mammals in good population.
The common wildlife to spot here apart from Indian elephants and royal Bengal tiger are muggers, jackals, gaurs, sloth bear, dholes, antelopes, and others. When it comes to the colorful birds, the park is home to more than 200 species. The park is also home to numerous species of butterflies and other insects.
Interestingly, Bandipur is not just about wildlife. The cuisine of Bandipur is quite similar to the rest of Karnataka. The palate favors sweets and delicacies. Top items to enjoy in Bandipur are Kesaribath, Jolada roti, Mysore pak, bisi bele bath, and others. The culture of Bandipur is very closely linked with the indigenous tribes. This is why the souvenirs of the land are quite unique. If you wish to enjoy and explore the lifestyle of these aboriginal people of Bandipur, you ought to take a village safari.
In the past, the kings of Mysore used to visit Bandipur to enjoy the beauty of the nature and also for hunting. After independence, it became a land of nature and wildlife, before turning into a tiger reserve under the Project Tiger initiative.
Are you looking for a quick getaway to spend time with nature and wildlife?
Are you planning a simple weekend getaway to Bandipur? Do you want to take back to back safari to explore the region? Or, do you want your vacation to combine both wildlife and cultural aspects of Bandipur? Below is the list of Bandipur tour packages of varying themes and time frame. Check out the most recommended and highly chosen trip to enjoy regret-less vacation in Bandipur.