Once the private hunting grounds of the maharaja, Bandipur is unapologetically wild terrain. Elephants roam in large herds, deer stare at you brazenly and peafowl flit in and out as they deem fit. Nestled at the foothills of the Nilgiris, Bandipur has had a long tryst with tigers. One of the thirty reserves identified across the country to save the tiger and its habitat, it’s also one of the last refuges of the endangered Asiatic wild elephant. The Bandipur Safari Lodge is your way of being a part of this ecological haven.
We all have a role to play in maintaining the ecological balance. Nothing makes you more aware of how much we take for granted than a visit to the wild. Be prepared to leave an environmental activist, as the wildlife experience is known to touch the deepest recesses of your mind.
The sheer majesty of elephants so aware of their power, the enormity of the forest and its ancient secrets, the unblinking gaur that dares you to try stare him down, and if you’re lucky, a glimpse of a tiger or leopard, arrogance clearly written on their feline features: is a resounding lesson in learning to respect nature. Our guests are taken every evening to the jungle with a trained naturalist for company.
Bird-lovers will not suffer for company. With over two hundred species of birds including peafowl, hornbills, woodpeckers, the Crested Hawk Eagle, wagtails, blue jays, partridges, etc. one can spend hours trying to spot as many of these brightly hued winged creatures as possible. The premises are filled with herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants. The garden, by itself, inspires the naturalist in you. If ever your curiosity gets ahead of your knowledge, our naturalists are at hand: they’ll clear any doubts you might have. End the day on a peaceful note, with the cicadas taking over the night shift from the birds: the perfect accompaniment to your campfire barbecue dinner.
Season Though Bandipur is around-the-year tourist destination, summers are the best time for wildlife sightings. March to May being the dry season, the animals come out of hiding and can be spotted by the watering holes. But for bird-watchers, the winter months are a better bet, for November to January, many migratory birds from the North, especially the Himalayas come down south to roost. Activities: Two jungle Safari (One Boat safari or one Road Safari by Jeep / Bus subject to availability) & One jungle safari by Jeep into Nagarahole National park, Coracle Ride.
Food: Serves both indian and continental for breakfast. Lunch and dinner will be predominently indian with veg and non-veg spread.
Wildlife audio visuals shows
Doctor on call
Amenities: Coffee Maker / Torch / Umbrella
Maharaja - Cottages:
The Maharaja rooms are spacious and elegant with their red-brick wall designs and the amenities inside. The private sit-out space of these rooms gives incredible views of the beautiful nature outside. Also, they include, a variety of room amenities like A/C, torches, umbrellas, coffee maker, etc.
Viceroy - Rooms:
The Viceroy rooms are delicate and elegant, without compromising on luxury and comfort. The spacious rooms offer multiple amenities inside them, to make the stay more comfortable. It also includes a variety of activities during the stay.
Bandipur safari Lodge is 224 kms from Bangalore, 70 kms from Mysore.
You need to take Mysore - Ooty Route, take Nanjangud - gundlupet road and proceed to Bandipur forest. There are enough signages by Jungle lodges and resorts at crucial points.
Total distance 224 kms ( 5 hours).
Alernate route would be from Coimbatore.
Bengaluru to Bandipur Safari Lodge – https://goo.gl/maps/5b3CgDZj9bXreW159 .
Bandipur is known for its wildlife and has many types of biomes, but dry deciduous forest is dominant. This is one of the finest habitats of the Asian elephant.
In past, the park was a hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Mysore. It was declared a Reserve forest in the year of 1931. Total area of the Reserve is about 90 Km2. The Venugopala Wildlife Park was instituted at this site which was extended up to an area of 800 km2.
In the year 1973, it was declared a Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger. The Reserve declared as a National park in the year of 1974. Total area of the park is about 874.2 Km2.
In the present context, the entire area constitute the vast Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which comprises the tracts of protected forest.
Bandipur Tiger Reserve is regarded as one of the most beautiful and the better-managed national parks of India. Located amidst the picturesque surroundings of the towering Western Ghat Mountains on the Mysore-Ooty highway in Karnataka, Bandipur Tiger Reserve covers an area of about 874.2 sq km. Together with Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala and Nagarhole National Park in the North, it creates the India's biggest biosphere reserve popularly known as the 'Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve'.
The Bandipur Tiger Reserve occupies a special place in India's efforts towards Eco-conservation.Bandipur also has a sizable number of Tigers.Bandipur is known for its wildlife and has many types of biomes, but dry deciduous forest is dominant. This is one of the finest habitats of the Asian elephant.
Other natural inhabitants of this lovely forest are gaur (a type of bull), sambhar, chital, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, wild dogs, wild boar, jackal, sloth bear, panther, malabar squirrel, porcupines and the black-knapped hare. Birds like jungle fowl and green pigeon are also found here.
Flora & Fauna in Bandipur Tiger Reserve
Incredibly rich with plantation and vegetation, the Park comprises of tropical and deciduous forest land. Rosewood, Teak, Sandalwood and Silver Oaks trees are found in the majority of the park. The presence of the Deccan Plateau and forests like Pala Indigo make the topography quite lush.
Teak (Tectona grandis), Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia), Sandalwood (Santalum album V), Indian-laurel (Terminalia tomentosa), Indian Kino Tree (Pterocarpus marsupium), Giant clumping bamboo (Dendrocalamus strictus), Clumping bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea) Kadam tree (Adina cordifolia), Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis), Crape-myrtle (Lagerstroemia lanceolata), Axle wood (Anogeissus latifolia), Black Myrobalan (Terminalia chebula), Schleichera trijuga, Odina wodiar, Butea monosperma, Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula), Satinwood (Chloroxylon swietenia), Black Cutch (Acacia catechu) etc.
Mammals – Tiger, Elephant, Gaur, Sambhar, Chital, Deer, Antelope, Wild boars, Jackals, Sloth bear, Malabar squirrel, Dholes, Gray langurs, Indian giant squirrel, Leopard etc.
Birds – Peafowl, Grey Jungle fowl, Green pigeon, Hawk eagle, Serpent eagle, Parakeets, Wood peckers, Barbets, Hornbills, Warblers, Ducks, Gray Patridges, Firhinges, Falcons, Honey buzzards, Bee-eaters, Kingfishers etc.
Reptiles – Marsh Crocodile, Monitor Lizards, Rock Python, Bamboo Pit Snake, Wolf Snake, Vine Snake, Common Krait, Rat snake, Muggers, Indian chameleon, Indian pond terrapin, flying lizards etc.
Butterflies – Common rose, Crimson rose, Common jay, Lime butterfly, Malabar raven, Common Mormon, Red Helen, Blue Mormon, Southern birdwing, Common wanderer, Mottled emigrant, Common grass yellow, Spotless grass yellow, Nilgiri clouded yellow, Common Jezebel, Psyche, Common gull, Common bush brown, Orange pansy, Blue pansy, Grey pansy, Blue admiral etc.
Package Includes: Stay, Food (Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast), Safari into Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Guided Nature Walk, Forest entry charges and GST 18%.