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Elephants in Bandipur National Park The mountain breeze flowing down the vales of the picturesque Nilgiris invites you to this perfect backdrop for a wildlife safari. Nestling in the foothills of the Nilgiris, the Bandipur National Park was formed by extending the Venugopal Wildlife Park, set up in 1931 by the Mysore Maharajas. It is now one of the tiger reserves in the country. It also forms a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which is the one of the last refuges of endangered Asiatic wild elephants.

Bandipur Safari Lodge is built along the lines of contemporary architectural style with a maximum capacity of 24 persons at a time. There are twelve well-furnished, elegant rooms with modern amenities and spacious bath to relax your senses. (But there is no A/c or T.V. in any of the accommodation). The campus is dotted with medicinal and ornamental plants and the panoramic view of the surrounding hillocks instills the naturalist in you.

Facilities
The exclusive banquet area called the Gol Ghar (circular, open-to sides marquee) is a specialty of Jungle Lodges and offers a platform for interaction with other guests. Our open-top jeeps take you on a safari into the Tiger Reserve every evening. To enjoy the wilder side of life, sit around the campfire area and unwind yourself in the barbeque and the background humming of a guitar. There is also a restaurant and bar facility provided for the day visitors and highway commuters.

The trips are slated for the best periods of wildlife sighting, i.e. at the daybreak and in the evening. One of them will be a ride in an open-top jeep and in the other guests are taken for a trek guided by a conversant and experienced naturalist who will initiate you to the mysterious landscapes of nature.

For those who want an arduous workout, there is no greater challenge than hiking the heights of Gopalswamy Betta or down the slopes of the Moyar Gorge. Bird watching, wildlife viewing and photography can have no better opportunity than a walk on this treasure trove of natural features.

Bandipur National Park Bandipur opens before you a plethora of wildlife, which fascinates your imagination and educates about the need for biological conservation. Bandipur forests with its deciduous habitat is the ideal spot for viewing animals like elephant, gaur, wild boar, sambhar, spotted deer or wild dogs and there is always the bonus of sighting the elusive predators like tiger or leopard.

Birders will not go back disappointed with the opportunity to spot birds such as Peafowl, Grey Jungle Fowl, Partridge, Quail, Paradise Fly-Catcher, Hornbill, Woodpecker, Thrush, Crested Hawk Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Drongo, Cuckoo, Oriole, Minivet, Wagtail, Myna, Blue Jay, Kingfisher etc.

Our naturalists are always at hand to help you with interpretation and identification, which help towards the greater cause of understanding and protecting the forests.

Even though Bandipur is a preferred tourist destination the year round, the summer season from March to May is most appropriate for wildlife sighting as the forest is dry and visibility is high. During these months, the animals usually congregate near the limited waterholes and the heat forces even the rare animals out of their concealment. But for bird watchers, the winter months of November to January is also important, as the southern states receive a large number of migratory birds from the North, especially Himalayas. For trekking, the post-monsoon months before the hard summer are most suitable.

How to get there
Air :The nearest airport is Mysore (80 km). Very limited flights land there presently.

Road:Motorable roads connect Bandipur to Bangalore 220 km via Mysore, which is 80 km away. It is 170 km away from Coimbatore and 80 km from Ooty