Places to Visit in Bandipur
Although Bandipur is famous for its wildlife biodiversity but there are many other places here to visit. Adding some of these places in your itinerary will help you to explore Bandipur in its true essence.
Mudumalai National Park: Mudumalai is basically the extended part of Bandipur National Park sharing the same flora and fauna. This park is located at the borderline of Tamil Nadu state. Mudumalai lies on the north-western side of the Nilgiri Range. Beauty of Mudumalai is never less than that of Bandipur National Park. In fact, Mudumalai is less crowded and therefore you can find yourself more close to nature here. Just like Bandipur, Mudumalai Park is also the shelter to many endangered species including Bengal Tiger, Elephant, Leopard, Gaur, Cheetal Deer and many more. There are as many as 266 avian species dwell in the park.
Malai Mahadeshwara Hills: Malai Mahadeshwara Hill is a sacred place for Hindus as it houses the famous Malai Madadeshwara Hill Temple. It is situated at eastern side of Kollegal of Chamarajanagar district. Temple of the hill was built to worship Lord Mahadeshwara who is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Nested in the heart of thick forests, this temple offers a deep sense of spirituality along with a strong inspiration from the surrounding nature. You will be amazed to see the Antaragange (Ganges arising from deep), a strange water flow that comes out from the ground throughout the year without any definite origin.
Sulthan Bathery: Sulthan Bathery is another beautiful place, situated at a short distance from Bandipur National Park. Previously known as Ganapativattom, Sulthan Bathery is now a part of Kerala. The place derives its name from Tipu Sultan who settled his artillery here while invading the Malabar region. The place offers a glimpse of a ruined fort which is believed to be built by Tipu Sultan. This place is particularly famous to tourists for its charming beauty of glittering rivers, forest stretches, lustrous green fields, waving hills and pre-historic caves. Edakkal Caves of Sulthan Bathery give an enchanting view of naturally made fissures and clefts. Carving on the walls of Edakkal Caves hints the presence of pre-historic men in this area.