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From Bangalore  220 km  4 hrs 10 mins
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Bandipur National Park, established in 1974, which is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, has been marked as a world heritage site by UNESCO, and is a reserve under Project Tiger. It is home to a number of rare tree, bird, mammal and reptile species. It was once used as a private hunting reserve by the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore. The resorts also organize night camps, safaris and other group activities ensuring that their guests are entertained.
Is it catching a rare bird streaking across the sky or spotting a big cat stealthily-prowling in the woods that make your holiday an adventure? Then Bandipur is the place to head to! 
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Why Visit ? (Things to see, Things to do, Food, Notes)
  • Bandipur National Park is part of the largest protected are in South India
  • See the 1 foot 9inch sandals of Lord Rangaswamy at the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple
  • Bandipur National Park was initially the private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of Mysore
  • Experience the various Adventure or Safari tours
  • Animals are easy to spot between March and May.
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Experience wildlife from the comfort of your own lovely room at the Serai! Look out of your bedroom and you'll be presented with a perpetually changing view of the Nilgiris. Being situated very close to the Bandipur National Park, it isn't uncommon to hear the calls of animals and the trumpeting of elephants as they pass by the resort.
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Experience wildlife from the comfort of your own lovely room at the Serai! Look out of your bedroom and you'll be presented with a perpetually changing view of the Nilgiris. Being situated very close to the Bandipur National Park, it isn't uncommon to hear the calls of animals and the trumpeting of elephants as they pass by the resort.
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Spread over 5 acres of land with lush green background behind the resort, MC Resort can be traced adjacent to Bandipur forest boundary. the Luxury Resort consists Standard and Suite Rooms, accompanied with efficient and friendly employees.
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Spread over 5 acres of land with lush green background behind the resort, MC Resort can be traced adjacent to Bandipur forest boundary. the Luxury Resort consists Standard and Suite Rooms, accompanied with efficient and friendly employees.
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Escape from the ordinary into a secret space where you can watch the moon rise over your shower, bask in the glorious winter sun, snuggle up in your king-sized bed or watch elephants from your porch. Experience a generous slice of the good life at the Windflower. Unwind, relax and and let yourself be taken care of.
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Escape from the ordinary into a secret space where you can watch the moon rise over your shower, bask in the glorious winter sun, snuggle up in your king-sized bed or watch elephants from your porch. Experience a generous slice of the good life at the Windflower. Unwind, relax and and let yourself be taken care of.
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Catch an unhindered view of the entrancing beauty of the Niligiri Mountains at this eco-resort, Dhole's Den. Besides being a perfect vantage point for spotting the wildlife around, its ever changing vistas and hues ranging from misty mornings, village scenery with cowherds passing by to golden sunsets are a treat to watch.
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Catch an unhindered view of the entrancing beauty of the Niligiri Mountains at this eco-resort, Dhole's Den. Besides being a perfect vantage point for spotting the wildlife around, its ever changing vistas and hues ranging from misty mornings, village scenery with cowherds passing by to golden sunsets are a treat to watch.
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Breathe in the cool mountain breeze flowing down the picturesque Nilgiri mountains at the Bandipur Safari Lodge, bordering the Bandipur Sanctuary, be enchanted by the charming trees and wildlife as you go on safaris and treks.
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Breathe in the cool mountain breeze flowing down the picturesque Nilgiri mountains at the Bandipur Safari Lodge, bordering the Bandipur Sanctuary, be enchanted by the charming trees and wildlife as you go on safaris and treks.
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Set amidst the serene lush green surroundings, Country Club India Wildlife Resort provides various jungle holiday options, variety of leisure activities and luxurious living and dining facilities to its guests. With a Government sanctioned safari permit and its own network of safari vehicles, Country Club India Wildlife Resort offers safaris that take guests deep into the forest for a rare, existing and fascinating firsthand wildlife experience. Twice every day, accompanied by experienced guides, guests get to enjoy trekking and bird watching trails around various waterholes, hillocks and jungle tracks. In the evenings, guests get to watch wildlife movies that help enhance the true essence of jungle holiday set amidst the rustic surroundings of mighty Bandipur forest.
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Set amidst the serene lush green surroundings, Country Club India Wildlife Resort provides various jungle holiday options, variety of leisure activities and luxurious living and dining facilities to its guests. With a Government sanctioned safari permit and its own network of safari vehicles, Country Club India Wildlife Resort offers safaris that take guests deep into the forest for a rare, existing and fascinating firsthand wildlife experience. Twice every day, accompanied by experienced guides, guests get to enjoy trekking and bird watching trails around various waterholes, hillocks and jungle tracks. In the evenings, guests get to watch wildlife movies that help enhance the true essence of jungle holiday set amidst the rustic surroundings of mighty Bandipur forest.
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Although there are not many options in the region, the ones that are present do not fail to deliver. Grand options range from the wonderful abode of the Bandipur Safari Lodge, a nature lover's dream retreat where exciting jeep safaris and trekking adventures are just a call away, to the classy jungle sanctum Windflower Resorts & Spa where your connection to mother nature is at its tranquil best, without the presence of a television or even mobile networks! Fully experience the unimpeded panorama of verdant farmlands, fog-blurred dawns and orange red sunsets at the Dholes Den or get mesmerized by the picturesque hills, calm Bandipur mornings and lovely pampered service at the stylish Serai Resort. 
 
If you are looking for something relatively cheaper and worthwhile, MC Resort keeps you engaged with its myriad of activities including indoor and outdoor games and a lovely swimming pool. Also, the elegant Mangifera lets you soak in its beautiful silence, amidst the lush hills of the Western Ghats. These resorts, forest lodges, rest houses and cottages are an amazing way of experiencing the nature in your clutches.
 

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How do I get to Bandipur? 

By car: Bandipur is 230 km from Bangalore, a drive of about 5 hours and can be reached by the State Highway 75 (to be upgraded to NH 275) which connects Bangalore to Mysore, from where the reserve is just 80 km away on the Mysore-Ooty highway. An alternative route is taking the road from Kanakpura, Kollegal, Chamarajanagar and Gundlupet. The nearest town is Gundlupet which is just 31 km away. If you are approaching from Coimbatore (135 km), the route most often traversed is the Mettupalayam-Ooty-Masinagudi stretch which is by far the most picturesque, filled with steep hilly Nilgiri curves and scenic green valleys. 
By bus: KSRTC (government buses) can be taken from Mysore bus stand as they operate on a daily basis to Bandipur, via Nanjangud and Gundlupet. So, if you're planning to travel from Bangalore, first take a bus to Mysore (you'll have plenty of buses from Satellite Bus Stand, or you can book a private bus) and then head to Bandipur from Mysore. Buses also operate from major cities like Coimbatore every other day but the timings are sometimes uncertain, so make sure to do your research in advance.  
By train: The nearest functional railway station is in Nanjangud - 55 km away. The nearest major railway junction is in Mysore, 80 km away. Coimbatore is another major junction present 140 km to the south of Bandipur. 
By air: The Bangalore International Airport is the nearest major airport (265 km) from the national park. From here, state run buses can be boarded or you can hire a taxi to Bandipur.  

Best time to visit? 

You can visit Bandipur National Park anytime of the year, since the flora and fauna never cease to beautify the surroundings of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve that fascinates thousands of tourists that visit this place annually. The best time to pay a visit would be during the winter months from November-February which are perfect for going on a safari or sightseeing. Although March-June months are hot, it should not put you off your plans as the wildlife resuscitates during these summer months. Torrential rainfalls are experienced during the rainy months from June to September and the region is at its breathtaking best with lush foliages and verdant greenery.  

How do I get around in Bandipur? 

Bus and jeep safaris are quite common in the forest area around the active buffer zones and they operate daily. Bus safaris only operate from 6:30 to 9:30 A.M and only after 3:30 P.M until sunset. The NH-67 & 212 pass through the reserve and private vehicles are allowed upto some stretches. There is a traffic ban from 9PM to 6AM so as to avoid and reduce wildlife deaths and confrontations. Trekking and hiking in the jungle is deemed illegal and has been banned. Camping is allowed but only with the permission of the forest authorities and the range officer.  

What are the main attractions here?  

The National Park is the natural habitat of majestic Asian Elephants and magnificent tigers, which are the star attractions of this vast reserve. The wilderness area is home to the largest population of wild Elephants in South Asia. Patience is an extremely useful trait if you visit Bandipur because of the sporadic but remarkable sightings of wildlife. Other frequently seen animals such as gaurs, sloth bears, rock pythons, dholes, jackals, grey langurs, hawk eagles, etc. are some of the lot. The views from the highest peak in the park, Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta (1450 m), are a sight to behold. Also, the Moyar Gorge is a spectacle to be experienced.
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