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Bandipur National Park is one of India 's best known sanctuaries, and is an important Project Tiger reserve. It is located in the Chamarajanagar district of southern Karnataka in south India , and is contiguous with the Mudumalai National Park in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu , the Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala , and the Nagarhole National Park to the northwest. It is home to around seventy tigers and over three thousand Asian elephants (as per the 1997 census ), along with leopards , dholes , gaur and sloth bears . Bandipur is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve .

The Western Ghats , Nilgiri Sub-Cluster (6,000 + km²), including all of Bandipur National Park , is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site .

History :-

A sanctuary of 90 km² was created at this site in the Bandipur Reserve Forest in 1931. As it was realised that this was too small for effective wildlife conservation, leading to the instituting of the Venugopala Wildlife Park at this site, extending over 800 km². The Bandipur Tiger Reserve was constituted in 1973 by carving out 880 km² from the Wildlife Park. Recognised under Project Tiger in 1973 this park has boasted constant rise in Tiger population. Also famous for Sandalwood trees and rare species of Flora .

Major flora

Teak (Tectona grandis) , Dalbergia latifolia , Pterocarpus marsupium , Adina cordifolia , Grewia tiliaefolia , Emblica officinalis , Lagerstroemia lanceolata , Terminalia tomentosa , Anogeissus latifolia , Terminalia chebula , Schleichera trijuga , Odina wodiar , Butea monosperma , Cassia fistula , Dendrocalamus strictus , Bambusa arundinacea , Chloroxylon swetenia , Acacia catechu , Shorea talura , Randia uliginosa

CENSUS FIGURES FOR BANDIPUR:-

1991 1993 1995 1997
Tiger 58 66 74 75
Leopard 51 81 86 88
Elephant 1107 2214 2214 3471
Gaur 1097 1373 1373 2427
Dhole 148 181 181
Chital 3333 5858 5858 8204
Sambar 706 1196 1196 2386
Slothbear 51 66 66
Chousingha 14
Langur 1468 1751 1751
Pig 148 181 181
Muntjac 72 131 131

Major fauna

Tiger , Leopard , Elephant , Gaur , Sambar (deer) , Chital , Sloth bear, Mouse deer, Wild dog, Wild boar, Barking deer, Four horned Antelope, Hyena.

Endangered species : Tiger, Four horned Antelope, Gaur, Elephant, Panther, Sloth bear, Crocodiles, Mouse deer, Python, Osprey, Indian Peafowl .

Birds: Grey Junglefowl , Pompadour Green Pigeon , Honey Buzzard , Red-headed Vulture , Grey-headed Fish Eagle , Brown Hawk Owl , Bay Owl , Malabar Trogon , Nilgiri Flycatcher , Malabar Pied Hornbill , Little Spiderhunter , Plain Flowerpecker .

Reptiles: King Cobra, Common Cobra, Python, Adder, Viper, Rat Snake, Water Snake, Marsh Crocodile, Lizard, Chameleon, Monitor Lizard, Frog, Tree frog, Toad and Tortoise.

Geography

Bandipur National Park's altitude between 680-1454 metres and is situated south of the Kabini river at the foothills of the Western Ghats .The rivers of Kabini, Nagur and Moyar flow through the reserve. Climate - Winter minimum 10, Summer maximum 28 degrees, Monsoon from June to September and best time to visit is open throughout the year but preferably in monsoon when wildlife is plenty and forest is green. Greenery is quite lean when viewed from road but gets thicker as we proceed into the forest.

Around Bandipur

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta in the core zone can be accessed by a small road through the village of Hangala north of the national park. Gopalaswamy Betta ( betta is hill in Kannada ) located inside the forest is a popular trekking spot. There is also a motorable road to the summit of the hill. The area is also frequented by herds of wild elephants. The hill gets its name Himavad ( fog in Kannada) due to the fog during most parts of the year. Atop the hill is a temple of Lord Venugopala Swamy built centuries ago and a travellers' bungalow which remains locked now and belonged to the Ruler of Mysore. Nobody is allowed to stay beyond 5:30 PM. These hills are covered with grass and classified as shola forests.

Distance:- 215 km South West of Bangalore
By Road: - 5 Hours
Route:- SH17 to Bandipur via Maddur, Mysore, Nanjangud, Begur and Gundlepet.
When to go:- July to October. Bandipur is closed in March and April for fear of forest fires.
Tourist offices:- Deputy Conservator of forests Hunsur Wildlife Division, Hunsur, Tel: 0822-2652041.

KSTDC(bookings and info) Badami House, NR Square, Bangalore Tel: 080-2275869, Fax: 2352626 Email: kstdc@vsnl.in
Where to stay :- The government of Karnataka provides spacious and comfortable accommodation at Bandipur National Park. The rates charged are quite reasonable, but frequently all rooms are booked well in advance. There are many resorts near Bandipur including the Country Club, Tusker trials, and Jungle Lodges etc. These are luxurious resorts with relatively high prices. Mudumalai is the Tamilnadu part of the forest where accommodation is available at lower prices. Mudumalai is 20 km from Bandipur, and there are many resorts at Mudumalai. To name a few; Jungle Hut, Green Park, Jungle Retreat, Bear Mountain, Casa Deepwoods etc. Jungle home is near Bandipur on Mudumalai to Gudalur road in the crucial elephant habitat zone. It is a cottage near the forest which offers comfortable, clean accomdation at low rates. Elephant spottings are very common in this area. Leopards are also seen frequently; almost once a week. Jungle home also has a river attached campus surrounded by forest on three sides, making it especially suited for activities such as fishing and bird watching.

Bandipur Safari Lodge
Bandipur National Park, Mysore-Ooty Road, Melukamanahalli, Angala Post,
Gundlupet Tq., Chamrajanagar-571126
Tel: 91 08229-299990 / 233001
Tariff Range: Indian Citizens: Rs. 1900/-
Foreign Nationals: USD 65/-
Per person per day

Tusker Trails
Mangala Village, Gundlupet Taluk,
Chamarajanagar - 571 126
Tel: 08229- 236055
Email: rajsafaris@hotmail.com
Tariff Range: Indian Citizens: Rs.2000/-
Foreign Nationals: USD 75

Bush Betta Holiday
Wildlife Adventure Resort
Mangala Village, Gundlupet Taluk,
Chamarajanagar - 571 126
Tel: 08229-236098- Enquiry
Email: bushbetta@vsnl.com
Web site: www.bushbetta.com
Tariff: Rs. 1990/-
6-Bed Dormitory - Rs. 250/-
10-Bed Dormitory - Rs. 400/-
20-Bed Dormitory - Rs. 700/-

KSTDC Mayura Prakruti
Hangala Post, Melkamanahalli,
Near Bandipur, Gundlupet Taluk,
Chamarajanagar - 571 126
Tel: 08229-233001
Tariff Range: Rs. 300/- to Rs. 400/-
Forest Department Cottages
Bandipur National Park,
Tiger Division, Bandipur,
Gundlupet Taluk,
Chamarajanagar - 571 111
Tel: 08229-236098

For reservations contact:
The Field Director,
Project Tiger, Aranya Bhavan,
Ashokapuram, Mysore - 570 008
Telefax: 0821-2480901
 
 
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