Get surrounded by greenery and wilderness in Bandipur! Enjoy cottage stay in the forests here.
We’re talking about an evergreen paradise that has many firsts to its credit such as the first Biosphere Reserve of India, the chosen site for Project Tiger and the best protected areas of the country. The answer is of course Bandipur, located in Chamarajanagar district and a populaar place to holiday in Karnataka. Bandipur is world-famous for the Bandipur National Park situated near the foothills of the Western Ghats and is surrounded by Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in the south, the Wayanad Sanctuary in the southwest and Nagarhole Sanctuary in the north. The Bandipur Reserve was established way back during the reign of the Maharaja of Mysore in 1931. Now Bandipur is home to several endangered mammals like the tiger, elephant, leopard, Lion-tailed Macaque, Four-horned antelope and many more.
The best thing you can do on a trip to Bandipur is switch off all your electronic gadgets, throw away your worries and immerse yourself in the splendorous serenity and beauty of the forests, the breath-taking varieties of fauna and the gentle pitter-patter of the Kabini, Nayur and Moyar rivers. You can go on safari trips around the entire Reserve on day one at Bandipur, admiring the diverse vegetation and sylvan forests. Apart from big mammals, the National Park is home to several endemic as well as exotic birds, reptiles and insects. We recommend you to spend a full two days sight-seeing and relaxing around the Bandipur National Park.
Himavad Gopalaswamy BettaThe next spot you must head to is the famous Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta which is about 15km from Bandipur. Rising to a height of 1454m above mean sea level, the peak is so called because it is mostly covered in dense swathes of mist as ‘Himavad’ means fog in Kannada. The peak is an ideal getaway for city dwellers who wish to spend some time amidst tranquility and solitude. There is a temple of Lord Venugopala Swamy which is almost 700 years old. The hill is almost deserted and there are no restaurants and eateries available in the vicinity. A trip around the peak and adjoining valleys can be leisurely on the final day of your Bandipur tours in South India and finally head homewards.
Best Time to Visit
Bandipur enjoys moderate climate throughout the year due to the dense
forest cover. The best times to visit Bandipur are during the months of
October to March when temperatures lie between 25°C and 11°C. It is
advisable to avoid monsoon months due to torrential rains and the summer
months due to threat of forest fires.
Bandipur lies in close proximity to Kerala and Tamil Nadu and is
well-connected by roads. It is 80km from Mysore and 215 km from
Bangalore tours. The nearest railway station is located in Mysore and the
nearest airport is located in Bangalore.
The government of Karnataka has taken great efforts to provide quality
and comfortable accommodation to tourists and visitors. There are
affordable forest cottages which range between 1000-3000 INR. To have a
fulfilling holiday experience, you can opt for luxury resorts like
Country Club, Tusker Trails, Jungle lodges etc. to name a few.
Planning Your Trip
A trip to Bandipur can be ideally completed in 2 nights and 3 days with the cost summing upto 4,200 to 6,000 INR per day depending on the accommodation facility availed. You can also opt for short Bandipur tourist packages or extend your holidays in Ooty which offer discounts for travel and accommodation. Do we need to tell more? Just pack up your bags and cameras and get set to enjoy the wilderness of Bandipur – The Tiger Paradise!
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