About Bandipur

Bandipur - Royal Bengal Tigers

Bandipur National Park was once the hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore. Established in the year 1974 as a forest tiger reserve under the Project Tiger, Bandipur is the most prominent national park located in the south Indian state of Karnataka and is best known for its varied wildlife boasting different biomes in the dry deciduous forest. It is considered as one of the best managed parks of India.
The park stretches across an area of 874 sq km with a great objective of protecting the endangered species like tigers and elephants in this region along with protecting and restricting the over-usages of the sandalwood trees in the reserve area. Around 80 kms of distance from the city of Mysore on the way towards Ooty, one of the major hotspots of the area, Bandipur National Park brings a warm and comfortable climate throughout the year with a normal temperature range of 24 to 28°C to enjoy the tourists for a marvelous wildlife tour. Monsoon is erratic here but it generally rains from June to September to bring more lushly varieties around the reserve areas.

History of Bandipur National Park

The Bandipur Sanctuary was created by the Maharaja of the kingdom of Mysore in the year 1931. It was during that period when only 90 sq km of the area was being used and was named as Venugopala Wildlife Park. In the year 1973 around 800 sq kms of area was introduced to the Venugopala Wildlife Park and was established as Bandipur Tiger Reserve under the tiger project.

Wildlife in Bandipur

The Bandipur National Park is the region always accosted with tremendous counts of wildlife species including varied mammals and vulnerable kinds of species like:

  • Bonner Macaque Nilgiri Langur (adjoining areas)
  • Civet, Smooth-coated Otter
  • Jungle Cat
  • Wild Boar
  • Grizzled Indian Squirrel
  • Indian Palm
  • Golden Jackal
  • Indian Grey Mongoose
  • Ratel
  • Rusty-spotted Cat
  • Nilgiri Tahr (adjoining areas)
  • Hanuman Langur
  • Eurasian
  • Ruddy
  • Cat Leopard
  • Four-horned Antelope
  • Indian Pangolin
  • Indian Hare Red
  • Dhole, Common Palm
  • Stripe-necked Mongoose
  • Tiger
  • Chital, Gaur
  • Liontail Macaque
  • Giant Flying squirrel
  • Sloth Bear
  • Striped Hyaena
  • Indian Spotted Chevrotain
  • Sambar
  • Indian Porcupine
  • Bengal Fox
  • Otter Small Indian Civet
  • Leopard
  • Indian Elephant
  • Indian Muntjac
  • Mongoose
  • Indian Giant Squirrel