Bandipur, which once used to be the private hunting area of the Maharaja has now been transformed into the well known Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Nestled at the foothills of the Nilgiris, this wild terrain has always been a land of tigers and elephants; their natural habitat.
Situated in the state of Karnataka, this reserve was brought under Project Tiger in the year 1973. Several adjacent reserve forest areas were subsequently added to its territory over time. The Bandipur Tiger reserve provides shelter to several tigers and the endangered Asiatic wild elephants. You can also find gaurs, chitals, jackals, wild dogs, four horned antelopes, wild boars, sloth bear, panthers, porcupines and peafowl in this ecological haven.
The Bandipur Tiger Reserve holds to be one of the most beautiful and well managed reserves in the country. Also, it is one of the very few sanctuaries in the country that have not been haunted with urbanization projects by humans. Set amidst the picturesque surroundings of the mountains belonging to the Western Ghats, it has a diverse variety of vegetation around exotic wildlife and an enticing bird population.
Though the climate of Bandipur remains pleasant all through the year, it is most recommended to grace the reserve from November to June for pleasant climate. However, you have the most chances of wildlife sightings in March or April. The sun seems glaring during the summer that makes the forests dry and the nights are cool in winter.
The reserve has large affordable bungalows and cottages that allow you good accommodation options. These offer you with hot running water in the bathrooms and nicely prepared meals. The cottages also host a private verandah.
So, plan a trip here and unwind yourself amidst the natural surroundings and exotic wildlife of Bandipur.