Situated in Karnataka, the Bandipur National Park is famous for its wildlife. The park houses many endangered species of animals and flora. Bandipur National Park along with Mudumalai National Park, Wayanad National Park and Nagarhole National Park forms the Nilgiri biosphere reserve. This reserve is the largest protected area in South India and is home to the highest number of wild elephants in South Asia.
Due to its location on the Mysore – Ooty highway, the park falls on the route that is covered by numerous tourists every year. Housing considerable amount of tigers and elephants, the park is controlled by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu jointly. The Tamil Nadu side of the park is called as Mudhumalai reserve. Bandipur national park is recommended for the recognition as a heritage site.


Flora of Bandipur National Park – The Park is adorned with trees like teak, rosewood, sandalwood, Indian kino tree, Indian laurel, clumping bamboo and giant clumping bamboo. The best flowering and fruit trees to spot here are axle wood, black cutch, indigo berry, golden shower tree, black myrobalan, flame of the forest, kadam tree, and Indian gooseberry among others.

Fauna of Bandipur National Park –Bandipur National Park is famous for its elephants and tigers. Top mammals to spot here are bonner macaque, dhole, civet, jungle cat, Indian palm, giant flying squirrel, striped hyena, rusty-spotted cat, Nilgiritahr, leopard, Hanuman langur, cat leopard, four horned antelope, Indian hare red and others.
Birdlovers can also relax and enjoy a bird-watching session. Housing more than 200 species of birds, the top birds found here are peafowl, junglefowl, drongos, redheaded vultures, flowerpeckers, Indian rollers, creasted serpent eagles, bee-eaters, hawk eagles, kingfishers, ospreys and others.

Indian rock python, Indian pond terrapin, flying lizard, mugger, monitor lizard, and rat snake are among the top reptiles to spot here. Many new species of butterflies and beetles that are yet to be identified are also found here along with Turtles, crocodiles and frogs.

Best Time to Visit
October to May is the best time to visit the park. The migration birds are quite common here during the peak winter season. Spotting animals during summer is very easy as animals come to water sources to quench their thirst with their little ones. Monsoon season should be avoided.


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