Reckoned as one of the best national park sanctuaries in India, Bandipur is a precious gem in the wildlife map of the country. Surrounded by lust greeneries of Western Ghats, this national park protects the wildlife treasure of a vast area.
Bandipur National Park located in Karnataka, covers an approximate area of 874 sq. km together with Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. This national park is the habitat of a significant number of Tigers, Gaur (a bull species), Elephants, Sambhar, Four-horned Antelope, Chital Deer, Wild Bore, Jackal, Sloth Bear, Panther, Porcupines, Malabar Squirrel and Black-knapped Hare. This national park is a popular destination to ornithologists because of its rich avian population.
During 1970's, in an effort to protect the Indian biodiversity, Government of India started to take initiative to protect the species from immediate extinction. ‘Project Tiger' was implemented to save the biodiversity along with maintaining the ecological balance in nature. This Bandipur National Park was established in 1974 as a tiger reserve forest under “Project Tiger”.
Back in 1931, the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore built a sanctuary sprawling over an area of 90 sq. km. as his personal hunting ground. It was then named as Venugopala Wildlife Park. In 1973, by adding another 800 sq. km. area with this park, the Government of India upgraded this park to a national tiger reserve forest.
Bandipur showcases a very rich wildlife along with thick Dry Deciduous Forest. It's not just the abundance of wildlife animals that makes Bandipur irresistible. Strategic location of the park and its scenic beauty, attract more and more people in this part of Karnataka.
The place is well connected to other major cities of nearby region and it is easy to reach Bandipur without any glitch. Come to Bandipur National Park to see wild animals in the lap of wild nature to make your trip exclusive and enriched.