Among one of the well managed national park in India, Bandipur National park is situated in Mysore. Mysore is a known city in the state of Karnataka. 874- square km stretch of park is gifted with a rich variety of flora and fauna.
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Prior to year 1974, the park used to be the hunting reserve of for the Maharaja of Mysore. Bandipur National Park has a pleasant climate throughout the year ranging from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. This area comes under the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
Endangered species of tigers, elephants and deers can easily be found here. Other species inhabited here are Tigers, Gaur, Sambhar, Chital, Mouse deer, Four-horned antelope, Wild dogs, Wild boar, Jackal, Sloth bear, Panther, Malabar squirrel, Porcupines, black-knapped hare etc.
Not only wildlife but also a wide variety of flora flourish here like Sandalwood, Rosewood, Teak, varieties of bamboo, Odina, Wodiar etc,
The Park has about 250 species of birds and Malabar trogan, the Malabar pied hornbill, the great black woodpecker, the Indian pitta and the green imperial pigeon are part of its avian variety.
Bandipur national park is surrounded by several tourist destinations inclusing Wayanad, ooTY, Kabini, Thekaddy etc.
How to Reach Bandipur national park :
By Air: The nearest airport is at Bangalore which is 220 km from Bandipur.
By Rail: Mysore is the nearest railway station, at a distance of 80-km.
By Road : 220 km from Bangalore; 80 km from Mysore and 80 km from Ooty.
Best time to visit
The park is open throughout the year, but the best time of the year to visit the Bandipur National Park is between the months of March to October.
Winter – Morning – 6.45 AM to 9.45 AM | Evening – 3.00 PM to 6.00 PM
Summer – Morning – 6.30 AM to 9.30 AM | Evening – 3.30 PM to 6.30 PM
|Entry fee:||Entry fee for Indians : 300 Rs. (including safari charges)|
Entry Fee for Foreigners : 1500 Rs. (including safari charges)
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