Bandipur Tourism, India 2020 ( Tours & Activities)

Bandipur is National Reserve in the Karnataka. Wild animals and birds are conserved in this reserve. A few kilometres away from the capital city, Bangalore, this reserve is one of the popular tourist places visited as a weekend getaway. The place is surrounded by unruffled atmosphere and is eco-friendly. Surrounded by foliage and lush greenery, you can find elephants grazing, and spot other birds and wild animals.

This reserve also has animal care centre which takes take of their health and breeding problems. Injured animals are treated at this centre. This reserve has natural waters coming from Moyar, Nugu, and Kabini rivers.You can go on bird watching tours and take wildlife safaris at this reserve. You can use guided safaris, which are either on foot or jeep.

You can also take elephant safaris. Since this reserve is located at the foothills of Nilgiris, you have abundant spots adventure activities like trekking, camping, and mountaineering. You can take a guided camping activity and listen to the camping stories that can give you an adrenalin rush.

You can also find a forest of well-preserved sandalwood trees in this reserve. August to November is the best time to visit the reserve as the climate is cool. The safaris ride is only for duration of 45 minutes, strictly. There are very few places to see at this reserve.

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06 October 2015
Excellent
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.
18 September 2015
Excellent
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.
20 June 2015
Excellent
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!
04 January 2016
Superb
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.
04 January 2016
Superb
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.
20 November 2016
Very Good
The lodge was nice. The room was tidy and clean. Also the food served was good. However the booking I did of superior room had been converted in the administration to a standard and I had to spend quite som time convincing the staff. The safari was well organized and the drivers and guides did a good job. There was very little animals to see.
11 January 2016
Superb
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.
11 January 2016
Superb
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.
11 January 2016
Superb
The traffic is very less with lots of bikers. Safari is available at scheduled timing and there is a resort in the centre where one an stay and enjoy the forest. it was an awesome experience
11 January 2016
Very Good
The sanctuary offers variety of animals and birds, ideal for nature lovers. I would recommend taking government jungle safari (which can be booked online as well) and for morning trail during which spotting wild is probable.

People Also Ask About Bandipur

  1. What are the best places to visit in Bandipur?

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Bandipur:

    1. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary: 
    Located in the northern corner of Kerala Border and spreading over an area of about 344 square meters, this sanctuary is home to more than 45 species of mammals, 45 species of reptiles, 203 species of birds and much more. 
    2. Mudumalai National Park: It is yet another national park located on the south of Bandipur city that is home to Deer, Gaur, Indian Elephant, Striped Hyena, Bengal Tiger, Golden Jackal, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Bonnet Macaque, and others. Come over to this place from the month of February to the month of June and experience a whole new world. 
    3. Bandipur Tiger Reserve And National Park: Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park were recognized as a Tiger Reserve by the government of India in the year 1974. If you wish to relish the best tiger safari in India, then this is the place that has got about 120 tigers. 
    4. Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta: It is one of the best places to visit in Bandipur that is covered by mist all through the year and it happens to be the highest peak in the Bandipur National Park. You can take part in various elephant safaris. 
  2. 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.

  3. What are the best things to do in Bandipur?

    Here are some of the best things to do in Bandipur:

    1. Head out on a mini bu safari tour: 
    Bandipur is one of the best places to go for jungle safari. You can head out on a jungle safari tour with your other travel mates to sight the wild animals in their natural habitat. 
    2. Take elephant rides: Bandipur is widely popular as a spot that caters to the tourists looking out for trying out elephant rides. In the course of your stay, you can book elephant rides and head out to explore the nearby jungles. 
    3. Take Nature tours: Bandipur has got bountiful natural beauty to its name and surroundings. This is one of the best places where you can try an offbeat activity to head out on a nature tour to explore the quaint and tranquilizing environment. 
    4. Go on a pilgrimage tour: In the course of the stay at Bandipur, you can head out for a pilgrimage tour to visit some of the important places of worship and heritage sites that hold historical importance. 
  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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