The Bandipur Tiger Reserve was constituted in 1973 by carving out 880 kmē from the Wildlife Park. Recognised under Project Tiger in 1973 this park has boasted constant rise in Tiger population is famous for Sandalwood trees and rare species of Flora.
Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Gaur, Sambar (deer), Chital, Sloth bear, Mouse deer, Wild dog, Wild boar, Barking deer, Four horned Antelope, Hyena, Panther, Crocodiles, Tortoise, Mouse deer, etc.
Birds: Grey Junglefowl, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Honey Buzzard, Red-headed Vulture, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Brown Hawk Owl, Bay Owl, Malabar Trogon, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Little Spiderhunter, Plain Flowerpecker, etc.
Reptiles: King Cobra, Common Cobra, Python, Adder, Viper, Rat Snake, Water Snake, Marsh Crocodile, Lizard, Chameleon, Monitor Lizard, etc.
There are several places close to Bandipur National Park that are worth visiting.
The Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
The Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary located 12 kms south of the Bandipur National Park. With the best that nature has to offer the Mudumalai Wildlife sanctuary is a wonderful location worth visiting.
Ooty or Udagamandalam
Ooty or Udagamandalam referred to as the "Queen of Hill Stations" is a hill station with verdant hills, picturesque valleys and plantations. In and around Ooty too there are several picturesque locations worth visiting like the Pykara lake, the Botanical Garden, Ooty Lake, the Rose Garden, Dodabetta, Kothagiri and the plantation town Conoor. Located at a distance of approximately 80 kms from the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary it is well connected and can be accessed easily.
Mysore is located at a distance of approximately 80 kms from the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary. The city is known for it glorious historical past and is truly spectacular. Some of the major tourist destinations include the Brindavan Gardens, the Chamundi Hills, the Mysore zoo, The Jagmohan Palace (which has a lovely collection of Ravi Varma paintings) and Towering Mysore Palace.
The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is located 88 kms from Bandipur National Park and is home to several exotic species of birds.
Safari In Bandipur
One can go around the park in open jeeps or elephant back or vans.