Windflower Bandipur (Tusker Trails)
Tusker Trails is a private resort owned by Maharajakumari Vishalakshi Devi(daughter of Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar) and her husband Kanwar Gajendra Singh. It is a resort with 24 A/C Suites, tastefully done with a swimming pool, indoor games and their own jeeps to take you to the safari.
Windflower has taken the management of this resort.
Bandipur is interconnected with nagarhole national park, mudumalai and waynad in kerala.
Activities: Morning and evening open jeep safari, trekking with help of guides at cost, conference arrangements, campfire, wildlife filmshow and barbecue on request.
Food: Serves both indian and continental for breakfast. Lunch and dinner will be predominently indian with veg and nonveg spread.
Conference facilities for 30 pax
Wildlife audio visuals shows
Doctor on call
Bangalore - Mysore - Gundlupet - Bandipur. Total distance 220 kms ( 5 hours).
Once you reach Bandipur Forest Gate, you will find a road with signboard of windflower, just travel about 2 kms to Windflower Tusker Trails.
You can also reach from Coimbatore - Ooty - Gudalur - Bandipur
3rd route would be Calicut - Waynad - Sultan bathery - Gundlupet- Bandipur. At Gundlupet, take deviation towards ooty. Those who wish to reach by bus, can go by private/ government buses to bandipur and get down at forest department reception office. Resort would send their jeeps and pick you up complimentary provided informed well in advance.
Halfway down the Mysore-Ooty highway, the Deccan Plateau rises to meet the wrinkled folds of the Western Ghat mountains. Here lies one of India's best-known wildlife reserves - Bandipur National Park. It is situated within Chamarajanagar district in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, and abuts the states of Tamil Nadu & Kerala. Endowed with a moderate climate and diverse geographical features, the park supports a remarkable variety of flora and fauna, making it a veritable paradise for wildlife. In 1973, Bandipur became one of the first of India's Tiger Reserves and the southern most of the nine reserves specially established under Project Tiger. In 1974, it was declared under the Wildlife Protection Act to notify it as a National Park.
Flora & Fauna in Bandipur National Park
The scrub jungles towards the eastern limits of the park consist of stunted trees, interspersed with bushes and open grassy patches. Towards its northwestern fringes, there is a gradual shift in the vegetation from open dry deciduous forests to tropical mixed deciduous forests. These diverse habitats support an enormous diversity of animal life. With the onset of pre-monsoon showers in April, Bandipur begins to unfold in all its glory. The resident birds commence their breeding activities. The air is filled with their melodious calls. Sprouting grass in the meadows and view lines attract elephants and the majestic gaur in large numbers. For the tourist who comes to watch the larger mammals in their natural surroundings, Bandipur is a paradise from April to October. Even before this, during summer, when dryness prevails over most parts of Bandipur, the backwaters of the Kabini Reservoir in the northwestern portion of the park host huge congregations of large mammals, especially the elephant and the gaur. This unique feature makes a breathtaking spectacle, and is almost the only one of its kind in Asia.
Best Time to Visit Bandipur National Park The ideal time to visit the Bandipur National Park is between the months of April and October.