The Bandipur National Park lies at the foothills of the Nilgiri Mountains in the southern tip of Karnataka and borders the famous Nagarhole National Park to its north, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary (Tamil Nadu) to the south and Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala) to the south west. Bandipur has the highest population of Asiatic Elephants (about 750), 74 Tigers, large herds of Gaur - the largest bovine on earth. The area is hilly and covered with dry deciduous forest.
FLORA AND FAUNA:
Deciduous, evergreen and scrubland vegetation.
They include the Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Asiatic Wild Dog, Striped Hyena, Four-horn Antelope, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Mongoose and the Slender Loris.
The common Rat Snake, Russell's Viper, Common Krait, Indian Python, Flying Snake and the Cobra can be seen.
Over 230 species of birds have been identified. Some of the most notable ones are the Heron, Stork, Egret, Kite, Eagle, Falcon, Peafowl, Lapwing, Sandpiper, Woodpecker, Drongo and the Warbler.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL:
The park is open all the year round. The seasons are well recognised. The wet season or Monsoon can be observed between June and September as well as October to November. The mornings and the evenings from November to January can be cold.