Bandipur National Park
Details: Bandipur wildlife Sanctuary, located near Bangalore, is within the Madumalai forests and cut off from the state of Tamil Nadu by the Moyar Gorge. A natural habitat for wild animals, it is home to around 70 tigers and a huge number of Asiatic elephants. Travelling to Bandipur is easy as it is well connected to all the major cities of Karnataka, Bangalore being the nearest airport. Visitors coming from other states also have easy access.
Part of the Nilgiri Biasphere Reserve, Bandipur National Park was set up in 1973. About 80 km south of Mysore on the Mysore – Ooty Road. Elephants take the lead role in the reserve. Bandipur was once the Mysure Maharaja’s private hunting ground. Bandipur is flanked by Karnataka’s Gandhi National Park (Nagarhole) to its `northwest, Tamil Nadu’s Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary to its southwest.
Apart from elephants other worthwhile sightings include tiger, Leopard, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Asiatic Wild Dog, Striped Hyena, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Mongoose, and the Slender Loris. Over 230 species of birds have been identified. Some of the most notable once are the Heron, Stork, Egret, Kite, Eagle, Falcon, Peafowl, Lapwing, Sandpiper, Woodpecker, Drongo and the Warbler.