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What You Should Know More About Bandipur

  • Travel advice

    • You can get to Bandipur in a bus or by road from Mysore or Bangalore.

    • Carry trekking gear, mosquito repellent, torches, energy bars, water bottles, and cameras.

    • Wear full sleeved clothes; avoid wearing colourful or vibrant clothes. Wear colours that blend with the foliage of the forest.

    • Avoid wearing perfumes or deodorants.

    • Maintain silence, do not catcall animals, or make any noise.

    • Respect the animal habitats. Make way for animals when trekking or taking safaris on foot.

    • Maintain schedule and be there on the safari spot on time.

    • Do not make other tourists wait for you.

    • Do not smoke or litter the place during safaris or treks.

    • Enter the reserve only after taking permission.

    • Do not take anything away from the forest or leave anything behind in the forest or reserve during safaris or treks.

    • Take only guided tours, treks, and camping.

    • You can stay at cottages, hotels, resorts close to the reserve.

    • Monkey menace is common outside reserve; do not feed monkeys or any wild animals inside or outside the reserve.

    • Observe wildlife only from a safe distance.

    • No private vehicles are allowed inside the reserve.

    • Only park approved vehicles are allowed inside the reserve and accompanied by a guard.

  • Drinking Law

    Do not carry alcohol inside the reserve, or during treks, safari, or camping in these areas. Do not drink in public or religious places.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss

    Wildlife safaris on jeep, elephants, or on foot

    Bandipur is popular for its tiger reserve and wildlife safaris. This is not a place for partying, clubbing, or night-life. There are not many places for sightseeing either. This is a weekend getaway for those staying in and around Bangalore or Mysore. For those who want to explore nature and get a glimpse of wildlife and species of birds inside the reserve can visit this place. There are many locations for trekking and camping in the Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve. Trekking inside the jungle is banned and you need permission from the forest department to trek inside the forest. You can only take guided treks in the nearby areas.

    You are likely to spot wild animals like, wild boar, bison, panther, jackal, many species of deer, and wild elephants. Birds like peacocks, peahens, fowls, robins, partridges, pigeon, and many other migratory birds can also be spotted. King cobras, vipers, and rat snakes can be found in this region.

    Trekking, camping, and boating

    Three types of treks are available at Bandipur. You can take a guided trek in the forest area, where your chance of finding tigers in their natural habitat is higher. Boat rides at the Kabini River are tranquil. Spot elephants near Kabini Dam. Take a bike ride to Gopalswamy Betta, which is the highest peak of this national park and has a scenic view.

    Nearby places

    You can travel to Ooty, Mysore, Madikeri, and Nagarhole National Park, which are close to this reserve. There are many places for sightseeing at these hill stations and nearby towns. These locations are only a few hundred kilometres away from the Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve.


  • What you will like there?

    Wildlife, camping and trekking

    This is one of the popular weekend getaways near Mysore and Bangalore. You can camp at the Nilgiris. You can trek and camp inside the forest with permission from the forest department. These are guided and paid camps and treks. You can spot many wild animals and birds during treks, camps, and safaris in this area.

    Shopping and sightseeing

    There are shops inside the resorts and outside the reserve and national park. You can shop for souvenirs made from terracotta and wood. Shopping is available for decorative items, hats, t-shirts, and stationery at these stores. The riverside and nearby locations for sightseeing provide a scenic view. There are not much water sports activities available in this area except for boat rides in the Kabini River.

    Eating out and walking trails

    The hotel Serai that is present just on the outer limits of the reserve and sanctuary provides international and South Indian cuisine. This is the only hotel within the limits of the national park and sanctuary that is an option for eating out. Eat at the guesthouses and hotels which are located outside the reserve. Take guided walking trails within the reserve and in the prescribed time.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website :

    Bandipur National Park


    Forum :

    Thrillophilia Bandipur Travel Website


    Books :

    Karnataka Tiger Conservation Project- Nagarahole , Bhadra, Bandipur, Kudremukh (Centre for Wildlife Studies Final Report 1998-2001) by K. Ullas Karanth, N. Samba Kumar, and Praveen Bhargav



Traveller Tales from Bandipur

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Mayoor Tandon

20 June 2015

Amazing experience. Loved the entire trip - safari was indeed worth all the money. Its was a complete family outing for us and I just couldn't believe how freely animals roam here. For once I felt as if it was a movie set-up, we were lucky enough to witness variety of wildlife species here. Accommodation was decent , Had a lovely experience!

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Aatmaj Naik

06 October 2015

Safari's is something that always gets me into my excitement mode. I loved the jungle safari - great place, descent accommodation. Explored a lot of hidden natural beauties here- Amazing experience.

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Girika Prajapat

18 September 2015

Absolutely stunning place to stay and explore. It feels really nice to see the wild life and see their natural habitat. It is a nice experience after spending such a long time in the city.

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Deepesh Verma

11 January 2016

A good tiger reserve needing lots of patience to sight a tiger. A good hillt terrain with plenty of elephants. happy to be part of this safari.

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Avani Kakkar

04 January 2016

It took us about two hours from Mysore, to get into Bandipur National Park. As soon as we entered the park premises, we have found 100s of deers freely roaming around, langoors hopping around, peacocks wandering, and wild boars boaring around. We knew we have finally arrived in almost a ‘real’ forest. i had an awesome safari experience.

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Bhargavi Dutta

04 January 2016

Bandipur is one of the best known wildlife sanctuaries in India. But the organization and the tourist promotion is quite pathetic. There are no guides, nor any kind of visitor engagement during the entire trip into the forest. So in terms of organization, Bandipur has a long way to go. We sighted a lot of deers, peacocks, birds, and bisons.

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Satyen Naik

04 January 2016

One of my favourite places for observing and photographing wildlife!! Bandipur forest has a good number of tigers, leopards and elephants which one might spot during the safaris.

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Triloki Jha

11 January 2016

Only one zone within BRT is open for safari and this zone has been overrun by wild lantana grass thereby making big wildlife sightings rare - we spotted deer (spotted and barking), mongoose, gaur (wild bison) but no elephants or tigers. However, the drive itself is great and the lush green forest gives you a great sense of calm and peace. Recommended.

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Dhanu Deshpande

11 January 2016

Its a lovely wildlife reserve, where you can get to see elephants, deers, gaurs (Indian bisons), wild boars and various species of birds in large numbers. The reserve is supposed to have the largest number of tigers. But this time we dint spot any bad luck to us.

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