Bandipur National Park male tiger crossing road in evening safari
Bandipur National Park tiger yawning

Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka, India, is a vibrant sanctuary celebrated for its dense deciduous forests and significant tiger population. This reserve forms a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is a crucial habitat for various species of flora and fauna, contributing greatly to biodiversity conservation.

Park Size

912 km2

Forest Type

Dry Deciduous Forest to Tropical Mixed Deciduous

Mammal Focus

Bengal Tiger, Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, Spotted Deer, Sloth Bear

Common Birds

Indian Peafowl, Indian Roller, Grey Francolin, Painted Stork, Indian Pond Heron

Welcome to Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Bandipur National Park Map

Bandipur Tiger Reserve, nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats of Karnataka, India, is a premier wildlife sanctuary known for its thriving tiger population and rich biodiversity. Established in 1974 under Project Tiger, Bandipur spans an impressive 874 square kilometers, making it one of the largest protected areas in southern India. The reserve’s diverse landscape features dry deciduous forests, moist deciduous forests, and shrublands, creating a unique habitat that supports a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Bandipur’s geographical location in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, alongside neighboring reserves such as Nagarhole, Mudumalai, and Wayanad, forms one of the largest contiguous tiger habitats in the world. This connectivity is crucial for the free movement of wildlife, enhancing genetic diversity and population stability.

The reserve is home to an estimated 120 tigers, alongside other significant species such as Indian elephants, leopards, gaurs, and a plethora of bird species. Bandipur’s conservation efforts have not only increased the tiger population but also contributed to the overall ecological balance of the region.

A popular ecotourism destination, Bandipur offers visitors a chance to experience the wild beauty of the Western Ghats, while supporting conservation initiatives and promoting awareness about the importance of preserving natural habitats.

Tour Package Inclusions & Exclusions
What is included in our tour packages?

When you book with Into The Wild, our packages usually include the following (can vary based on individual client requirements):

  • Luxury accommodation in a premium, hand-picked property
  • All meals, including a welcome drink, breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening tea/coffee (might vary depending on hotel and package opted for)
  • Safari permit bookings for the number of safaris our guests wish to do
  • Private safari jeep on a non-sharing basis
  • Experienced, hand-picked guide and/or driver (the arrangement might vary depending on the park)
  • Airport/railway station transfers
  • Basic first aid and medical assistance, as available at the hotel
  • Contact information for local representatives
  • All applicable taxes
What is not included in our tour packages?

Our packages do not include the following, unless separately requested for:

  • Tips for drivers and guides, which need to be paid after each safari
  • Tips for hotel staff
  • DSLR Camera and lens charges at park entry, wherever applicable (eg. Tadoba)
  • Any additional expenses incurred at the hotel that are not part of the pre-decided package
  • Special arrangements and experiences such as walking tours, picnics, excursions, bush dinners, etc.
  • Access to photography equipment and workshops
  • Travel insurance for the duration of the trip
  • Cost of flight/train tickets
  • Naturalists provided by the hotel, which will be charged separately as per actuals

By Air

By air, the nearest airport is Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, approximately 220 kilometers away. From the airport, an air-conditioned vehicle can be arranged to transport you to the reserve. Alternatively, Mysore Airport, around 80 kilometers from Bandipur, serves as a closer but smaller airport with limited flights.

By Train

By train, the nearest railway station is in Mysore, about 80 kilometers from Bandipur. Mysore Junction is well-connected to major cities like Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai. Upon arriving at Mysore, our air-conditioned vehicle can transport you to Bandipur Tiger Reserve, ensuring a convenient journey through picturesque landscapes.

This is an indicative itinerary of your wildlife adventure and can be personalized as per your requirements. Reach out to us for a customized tour package.

  1. Day 1 Arrival at Bandipur

    Arrive at the airport or station in Mysore/Bengaluru and our air-conditioned vehicle will be waiting to pick you up and drop you to your luxurious accommodation

    Afternoon: Savor a refreshing welcome drink upon your arrival at your accommodation near Bandipur Tiger Reserve. After checking in, enjoy a satisfying lunch and settle comfortably into your room
    Evening: Attend a brief orientation session about Bandipur Tiger Reserve, learning about its rich history, biodiversity and the tigers
    Dinner: Savor a delicious dinner at the resort, featuring local and international cuisine and retire early for the night

  2. Day 2 Exploring Bandipur Tiger Reserve

    Early Morning Safari: Wake up early and embark on your first safari. The morning safari offers the best chance to spot tigers and other wildlife such as leopards, deer and various bird species

    Breakfast: Enjoy your pre-packed breakfast at the heart of the forest, surrounded by nature or return for breakfast at the resort
    Relaxation Time: Spend the late morning relaxing by the pool, visiting the spa or exploring the resort’s nature trails
    Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the resort

    Afternoon Safari: Head out for your second safari in the afternoon. This time of day is perfect for capturing stunning photographs as the wildlife becomes more active
    Evening: Return to the resort and unwind with a wildlife documentary screening over a cup of coffee/tea and some evening snacks
    Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the resort, sharing stories and experiences from the day’s adventures

  3. Day 3 In-Depth Wildlife Exploration

    Early Morning Safari: Another early start for your third safari. Explore a different zone of the park, increasing your chances of diverse sightings.
    Breakfast: Enjoy your pre-packed breakfast at the heart of the forest, surrounded by nature or return for breakfast at the resort
    Lunch: Lunch at the resort

    Afternoon Safari: Your fourth safari will take you deeper into the reserve. Keep your cameras ready for those perfect wildlife shots.
    Evening: Sip on a cup of coffee/tea along with some local snacks as you unwind after a long day of safaris
    Dinner: Indulge in a special dinner with a vast local and international spread

  4. Day 4 Departure

    Early Morning Safari (Optional): If you’re an early riser and full of enthusiasm, opt for one last safari before your departure
    Breakfast: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the resort
    Packing and Check-Out: Pack your belongings and check out of the resort
    Departure: Depart for your onward journey, taking with you unforgettable memories of your time at Bandipur. Our air-conditioned vehicles will transport you to the airport or station.

  5. Customization Options Varies Depending on Destination & Resort

    Guests can tailor their experience with additional activities such as:

    Guided Nature Walks: Explore the flora and fauna on foot with an experienced naturalist
    Photography Workshops: Learn wildlife photography techniques from professional photographers
    Bird Watching Tours: Special tours focusing on the rich birdlife of Bandipur
    Bonfire Dinner: Enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by warm ambience, crackling sounds and starry skies

    Customizations may incur additional fees based on the type, dates and destination. Please inform us of any desired customizations to make your trip memorable.

  6. Customize A Trip Get in Touch!

    For a customized itinerary and bookings, please contact us on +91 81043 78074 or via our WhatsApp bot. We will assist you in creating a personalized adventure that fits your preferences and interests.

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Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

Part of India's Largest Biosphere Reserve:

Bandipur Tiger Reserve is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the largest protected area in southern India. This biosphere reserve also includes Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, and Nagarhole National Park, forming a contiguous stretch of protected forests.

The Into The Wild Touch

At Into The Wild, we believe in providing our guests with only the finest luxury accommodations. To ensure this, our dedicated team personally visits each property, staying there to experience every detail firsthand. This commitment to quality guarantees that the accommodations we recommend meet our stringent standards for comfort, luxury, and service.

Our founder, Akshay Gurnani, alongside a robust network of seasoned professionals, meticulously evaluates each location, from its amenities to the surrounding natural beauty. This hands-on approach reassures our customers that they will enjoy an unparalleled stay, immersing themselves in the tranquility and splendor of nature without sacrificing any comfort.

We take pride in offering a curated selection of properties that promise not only a luxurious retreat but also an unforgettable journey into the wild.

We are also constantly seeking to expand our list of accommodation partners, ensuring that our customers have a diverse array of options to choose from. By continually adding new hotels & resorts, we can offer fresh and unique experiences tailored to the preferences and desires of our guests.

The SeraiMountain View Courtyard

The Serai Bandipur Mountain view Courtyard

The best time to visit Bandipur Tiger Reserve is from October to March. During this period, the weather is pleasant and conducive for wildlife viewing. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the seasons:

Winter (October to February): This is the most favorable time to visit Bandipur. The temperatures are cool, ranging from 10°C to 25°C (50°F to 77°F), making it comfortable for safaris. The dry weather also makes it easier to spot animals, as they gather around water sources.

Summer (March to June): Although the temperatures can rise up to 35°C (95°F), summer is also a good time for wildlife sightings. The dry conditions force animals to frequent water holes, increasing the chances of spotting tigers, elephants, and other wildlife.

Monsoon (July to September): Bandipur receives moderate to heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. While the forest becomes lush and green, the rains can make safaris challenging, and some areas may be less accessible. However, this season is ideal for those who enjoy the vibrant greenery and are less focused on wildlife sightings.

For the best experience, plan your visit to Bandipur Tiger Reserve between October and March, when the weather is at its best and wildlife sightings are more likely.

Bandipur Tiger Reserve is divided into several zones, each accessible through specific gates. The main zones and their respective gates are:

1. Moyar Zone:
Moyar Gate: Provides access to a zone known for its diverse wildlife and scenic landscapes, including sightings of tigers, elephants, and a variety of bird species.

2. Noolpuzha Zone:
Noolpuzha Gate: Another prime area for wildlife viewing, offering rich biodiversity and a tranquil environment.

3. Gundre Zone:
Gundre Gate: Known for its dense forests and abundant wildlife, this zone offers good chances of spotting predators and herbivores alike.

4. Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta Zone:
Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta Gate: Famous for its mist-covered hills and panoramic views, this zone is ideal for those looking to combine wildlife sightings with breathtaking scenery.

Each zone in Bandipur Tiger Reserve offers a distinct experience, and it is advisable to book safaris in advance to ensure access to your preferred zone and gate.

For Indian citizens, any of the following identity proofs is acceptable:
i. Voter Photo identity card issued by Election Commission of India
ii. Passport PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
iii. Driving License issued by RTO
iv. Photo identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government
v. Aadhaar Card

For foreigners, only passport is accepted as ID Proof.

When preparing for a trip to Bandipur Tiger Reserve, it’s essential to pack the following items for a comfortable and enjoyable experience:

Summer Months:
– Lightweight, long-sleeved t-shirts/shirts and pants for protection against insects, sunburn and thorny vegetation.
– Cap/Floppy Hat with a brim to shield your face from the sun

Winter Months:
– Warm, layered clothing (thermal innerwear, fleece jackets, sweaters) to combat chilly mornings and evenings
– Thermal socks
– Gloves, scarf and beanie to protect against cold winds
– Face buff for protection from dust
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Personal Gear:
– Sunscreen with a high SPF
– Sunglasses with UV protection
– Neutral-coloured clothing (grey, brown, green). Avoid bright colours such as red, orange, blue, white, etc.
– Sports shoes or any comfortable, closed footwear for safaris
– Insect repellent
– Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit
– A lightweight, comfortable backpack to carry essentials during safaris
– Binoculars for wildlife viewing
– DSLR Camera, a telephoto lens along with extra batteries
– Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries (incase of night safari)

Additionally for winter months:
– Hand warmers for added comfort during early morning safaris.
– Lip balm and moisturiser to prevent dryness due to cold weather

Documents and Essentials:
– Valid identification such as PAN, Aadhar or  Driver’s licence
– Cash (Rs. 100/200/500 denominations) for souvenirs, tips, and contingencies

Snacks and Water:
– The hotel will provide water bottles in insulated boxes. Consider carrying effervescent tablets such as Fast&Up for additional hydration.
– Energy bars, nuts, dried fruits or other non-perishable snacks for quick energy during safaris

Personal Hygiene Items:
– Hand sanitizer or wet wipes for cleaning hands
– Tissues or toilet paper
– Biodegradable soap

Optional Items:
– Portable charger or power bank for recharging electronics
– Travel pillow for comfort during long drives
– Travel umbrella for sun or rain protection
– Portable or collapsible water bottle

Bandipur Tiger Reserve is located in the state of Karnataka, India. It is part of the larger Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is known for its rich biodiversity and significant population of tigers.

Bandipur Tiger Reserve does not have lions. The reserve is primarily home to tigers, leopards, elephants, and a wide variety of other wildlife. Lions are not found in this region; they are primarily located in Gir National Park in Gujarat, which is the last refuge of the Asiatic lion.

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