The Bandipur National Park is one of India's best known sanctuaries located in
the Chamarajanagar district of southern Karnataka at the confluence of the
Western Ghats and Nilgiri Hills. The reserve is part of the famous Nilgiri
Biosphere Reserve along with Nagarhole National Park to the northwest, and the
Mudumalai National Park of Tamil Nadu and the Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary of
Kerala. The highest point of the park is at Gopalswamy Betta peak at 1,454
meters. It is home to around seventy tigers and over three thousand Asian
elephants, as well as other animals like leopards, dhole (wild dog), gaur, sloth
bears, and a variety of birdlife. The Bandipur forests used to be the private
game reserve of the Maharajas of Mysore.
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As you penetrate deep into the forest through the well
laid-out roads, you can almost hear the mute conversations between the animals
and the trees. They say that the flora and fauna here exist in perfect harmony.
And it is because of this that the spot here was chosen as the center for the
Project Tiger. And since then the Tiger population has almost doubled.
Flora and Fauna
The Bandipur National Park is covered with a mix of
deciduous forests, evergreen forests and scrub, which is provided by the waters
of the Moyar River. The major types of fauna in this reserve are the Asian
elephant, gaur, sambhar, chital, mouse deer, four horned antelope, wild pig,
black naped hare and the Indian porcupine. Apart from being home to the Asiatic
elephant, Bandipur also has a large number of tigers, which count around 66 in
number. The scrub jungles consist of stunted trees, bushes and open grassy
patches. In the northwestern area, the vegetation contains the open dry
deciduous forests to tropical mixed deciduous forests.
The Bandipur region is also rich in avian population.
Peafowl and the game birds like the grey jungle fowl, red spur fowl etc. are the
most common avians found in the national park. The Kabini backwaters and the
larger tanks attract cormorants, ducks, herons, teals, and waders. Among the
woodland birds the hawk eagle, serpent eagle, the collared scops owl, the
yellow-legged green pigeon, parakeets, woodpeckers and barbets, hornbills,
drongos, scarlet minivets, and diverse warblers can be easily seen in the
Bandipur national park is the only place where tourists can enjoy elephant as
well as jeep safaris. This is the best way to get one on one with the most
ferocious beings among all the wildlife of Karnataka. Tourists can also avail
open vans with guides. Though jeep safaris are convenient and time effective,
but the joy of riding in the jungle like a king can only be enjoyed on the back
of an elephant. Elephant safari in Bandipur National park is much sought after.