|Mudumalai National Park||Positioned just 25 kilometers to the southwest of Bandipur National Park|
|Nagarhole National Park||Located in the Mysore & Kodagu Districts of the state of Karnataka approximately 122 kilometers away from the Bandipur National Park by road|
|Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary||Positioned just 53 kilometers away from the Bandipur National Park|
|Silent Valley National Park||Positioned just 95 kilometers away from the Bandipur National Park|
|Gopalaswamy Betta||23 kilometers from Bandipur within the Bandipur National Park|
|Mysore||Stationed at the footings of the celebrated Chamundi Hills approximately 78 kilometers from the Bandipur National Park|
|Ooty||Approximately 47 kilometers from Bandipur|
Mudumalai National Park
The Mudumalai National Park positioned just 25 kilometers to the southwest of Bandipur National Park is a Wildlife Sanctuary and a Tiger Reserve of the state of Tamil Nadu which happens to be one of the earliest wildlife sanctuaries constituted in India. The term ‘Mudumalai’ literally means ‘the first hills’. Divided into five principal zones namely Mudumalai, Thepakadu, Kargudi, Nellakota and Masinagudi (located in Karnataka), the Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary shelters about 55 species of mammals, 266 species of birds, 34 species of reptiles, 21 species of amphibians and 50 species of fishes within its safeguarded realm. Some of the most frequently sighted wild animals of this nature preserve are; Indian Elephants, Gaur and Chital. Other mammals dwelling in this protected haven include Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Striped Hyena, Dhole, Golden Jackal, Sloth Bear, Bonnet Macaque, Gray Langur, Sambar Deer, Indian Muntjac, Wild Boar, Indian Giant Squirrel, Red Giant Flying Squirrel, etc. The Mudumalai National Park also domiciles various reptile species such as Python, Spectacled Cobra, Asian Pit Vipers, Krait, Flying Lizard, Monitor Lizard, etc and birds like Flycatcher, Hornbill, Eagle, Hawk Owl, Minivet, Woodpecker, Parakeet, Fairy Bluebird, Golden Oriole, Peacock, Bee Eater, Green Imperial Pigeon, Indian Cuckoo, Alpine Swift, Forest Wagtail, Vulture, Sunbird, Striped Tit-Babbler, Emerald Dove, etc. Some of the must visit tourist attractions in and around the Mudumalai National Park include the Chief Minister’s Watchtower, Ombetta Lake, Moyar River & Canyon, Kallatty Falls, Pykara Lake, Wildlife Museum, Elephant Feeding Camp, Van & Elephant Safari etc.
Nagarhole National Park
The Nagarhole National Park, also reckoned by its sobriquet ‘the Rajiv Gandhi National Park’ is a wildlife sanctuary and the 37th ‘Project Tiger’ Tiger Reserve of India that is located in the Mysore & Kodagu Districts of the state of Karnataka approximately 122 kilometers away from the Bandipur National Park by road. Originally functioning as the private hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Mysore and later deemed a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1955, the Nagarhole Nature Preserve was upgraded to the rank of a National Park in 1988 AD while it was declared a Tiger Reserve in the year 1999. Presently comprising a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the geography of the Nagarhole National Park is ornamented with dense forest canopy, tiny rivulets, scintillating waterfalls and lofty hillocks. Enveloped by the moist deciduous forests woven with the exuberant sandalwood, rosewood, teakwood, silver oak, flame of the forest, golden shower tree, bamboo, cotton tree, kadam, ficus trees and other species of foliage, the Nagarhole National Park harbors numerous species of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and amphibians within its secured periphery. Some of the most worth mentioning residents of the Nagarhole Sanctuary include Tiger, Leopard, Bison, Gaur, Elephant, Wild Dogs, Jackals, Sloth Bears, Hyena, Deer, Chital, Sambar, Wild Boars, Mongoose, Giant Flying Squirrel, Porcupine, Vultures, Darters, Oriental White Ibis, Eagle, Blue Winged Parakeet, Hornbill, White Cheeked Barbet, Painted Bush Quail, Indian Robin, Indian Peafowl, Mugger, Snakes, Bamboo Pit Viper, Indian Rock Python, Common Krait, Indian Monitor Lizard, Toad and over 96 species of Dung Beetles and 60 species of Ants. Van Safari Rides are organized in the National Park twice a day by the Forest Department. The park remains closed during the mating season of the animals and also during monsoon. Moreover, no vehicles are allowed inside the park between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am.
Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary
The Wynad (Wayanad) Wildlife Sanctuary also known as the ‘Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary’ and forming the elemental part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is the second largest wildlife sanctuary of the state of Kerala that is positioned just 53 kilometers away from the Bandipur National Park. Established in the year 1973, the Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary was covered under the ‘Protect Elephant’ project in the year 1991 – 92. Spread over an extensive area of 344 square kilometers, this game refuge enveloped with the moist deciduous teak forests and pastures of the west-coast semi-evergreen trees nurtures some of the rarest and most endangered species of both flora and fauna under its unharmed shelter. Some of the most recurrently sighted wild animals of the Wynad Sanctuary are Indian Elephants, Bengal Tigers, Bisons, Deer, Peacocks, Peafowls etc. Other inhabitants of this conservation area include panthers, jungle cats, civet cats, wild dogs, bears, bison, monkeys, deer, monitor lizards, different species of reptiles, cuckoos, woodpeckers, babblers, jungle fowls, owls, and so on.
Silent Valley National Park
The Silent Valley National Park nestled amidst the rolling landscapes of the swaggering Nilgiri Hills in the state of Kerala and positioned just 95 kilometers away from the Bandipur National Park is a historic nature preserve of Southern India that constitutes the central portion of the celebrated Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Locally reckoned as the ‘Sairandhrivanam’ which means ‘the Forest of Sairandhri’, the Silent Valley National Park is believed to have been visited by the five Pandava brothers along with their wife Sairandhri (disguised Draupadi) during the period of their exile. Covering an all encompassing sweep of about 236.74 square kilometers, the Silent Valley National Park is supposed to have been explored by a proficient botanist named Robert Wight in the year 1847. Carpeted with tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf evergreen forests, South Western Ghats Montane rain forests, the sholas and open grasslands, the Silent Valley National Park provides a secured home to about 34 species of mammals, 16 species of birds, 730 species of insects, 1000 species of flowering plants, 108 species of orchids, 100 species of ferns, 200 species of liverworts, 75 species of lichens and 200 species of algae. This wildlife asylum also boasts of its largest population of an endangered specie of Primate; the Lion-tailed Macaque. Other remarkable populace of the Silent Valley National Park consists of the mammals like Tiger, Leopard, Leopard Cat, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Civet, Mongoose, Dhole, Otter, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Porcupine, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr, Bat, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, Sambar, Gaur, etc. and birds like Pigeon, Parakeet, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Bulbul, Broad-tailed Grassbird, Nilgiri Laughing Thrush, Rufous Babbler, Nilgiri Blue Robin, Flycatcher, Sunbird, Nilgiri Pipit, Great Indian Hornbill, Ceylon Frogmouth, Cuckoo, etc.
The Gopalaswamy Betta, also known as the ‘Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta’ is an alpine mountain peak fixed within the Bandipur National Park that is greatly frequented by the tourists both for its infinite natural allure and its immense religious magnitude. This towering precipice measuring 1450 meters in its total height happens to be the highest geographical spot of the entire Bandipur region. The knoll receives its name the ‘Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta’ after the Venugopalaswamy Temple sited at its pinnacle. The term ‘Himavad’ means the thick fog that blankets the hill while ‘Betta’ means a mount in the Kannada Language. This prodigiously forested hill of Lord Gopalaswamy parked right in the nuclear zone of the Bandipur National Park is regularly haunted by the wildlife of the sanctuary, particularly the wild elephants. The Gopalaswamy Temple placed at the top of this mound was built by the King Ballala of the Hoysala Dynasty in 14th century AD and it was later maintained by the Wodeyar kings of Mysore.
Dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna, this Venugopalaswamy Temple enshrines an idol of Lord Krishna in its sanctum sanctorum. Lord Krishna is depicted standing under a tree in the dancing position and holding a flute. He is flanked by His consorts; Rukmini & Satyabhama, his shepherd friends and the flocks of cows and other cattle. As the legend goes, Lord Krishna appeased by the penance of Sage Agastya agreed to reside at the Gopalaswamy Betta eternally. A motor-able road leads to the top of the Betta and entry fee is to be paid at the forest department check post installed at the footings of the hillock. The visitors are supposed to return back within 1 hour and 30 minutes. Tourists can visit the Gopalaswamy Betta between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm and staying at the top during the night is not allowable. This is a no plastic zone and even food items are not permitted here. However, the devotees can carry the pooja materials along.
The spectacular vistas of the surroundings and the sumptuous panoramas of the sun set & sun rise perceived from here leave the visitors absolutely flabbergasted.
Mysore; ‘the City of Palaces’ and ‘the Cultural Capital of Karnataka’ is one of the must visit destinations around Bandipur. Acclaimed as the second largest city of the state of Karnataka and functioning as the administrative headquarters of the Mysore District, Mysore is acknowledged in all quarters as one of the most cherished tourist hotspots of Southern India. Recognized worldwide for its Sandalwood, Mysore Silk, Mysore Pak, Mysore Masala Dosa, Mysore Peta and the Mysore Style of painting, the legendary Mysore City is particularly aggrandized on the world tourism map for its magnificent ‘Mysore Palace’ and the grandiose Dasara Festival that is celebrated here with incomparable pomp and zest. Other most frequented tourist attractions of Mysore include the Jaganmohana Palace, Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace, Lalitha Mahal, Chamundi Hills, Chamundeshwari Temple, St. Philomena’s Church, Mysore Zoo, various Museums, Krishnarajasagar Dam, Brindavan Gardens, and so on.
Ooty, the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ and the ‘Paradise on the Earth’ is cuddled up in the pulchritudinous cradle of the imposing Nilgiri Mountain Ranges of the Western Ghats approximately 47 kilometers from Bandipur. Operating as a municipal corporation and the district capital of the Nilgiri District Ooty, originally known as ‘Udhagamandalam’ and ‘Ootacamund’ is a popular hill station of Southern India that receives thousands of tourists and vacationists all round the year. The term ‘Udhagamandalam’ literally means the ‘house in the mountains’. The malachite lofty mountains, the endless stretches of the emerald green tea plantations, sparkling brooks, cascading cataracts, glimmering lakes and rejuvenating & salubrious climate of Ooty undoubtedly creates a semblance of the heaven on the earth. Famous for its Summer Flower Festival and its thriving oil & tea industries, Ooty is bequeathed with numerous fascinating tourist attractions. Some of them are; Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Emerald Lake, Avalanche Lake, Upper Bhavani, Stone House, St. Stephen’s Church, Wax World, Doddabetta Peak, Needle Hill Viewpoint, Ooty Mountain Railway, etc.