How To Reach Bandipur
By Air: The Bengaluru International Airport located at Devanahalli approximately 262 kilometers from Bandipur is the nearest aviation base that provides efficient air connectivity to reach this celebrated National Park and Tiger Reserve by air. The Bengaluru International Airport, one of the major airfields of the country is accessible from numerous domestic as well as international destinations via airplane. Some of the most worth mentioning destinations being; Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Visakhapatnam, Coimbatore, Madurai, Cochin, Goa, Pune, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh, Patna, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Lucknow, Sharjah, Kuala Lumpur, Mauritius, Bangkok, Singapore, Colombo, Muscat, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Paris, and numerous others. The chief airlines operational at the Bengaluru International Airport include Air India, IndiGo, GoAir, Jet Airways, JetKonnect, Kingfisher, SpiceJet, AirAsia, Air Mauritius, British Airways, Lufthansa, SilkAir, SriLankan Airlines, and so on. To reach the Bandipur National Park from Bangalore tourists can either avail the state transport buses or hire a cab which would cost around 3500 INR. Generally the vacationists prefer to rent a cab from Bangalore for a day or two that would carry them to both Mysore and Bandipur and reach them back to Bangalore. The charges differ based on the type of cab you hire.
By Rail: Mysore Junction to be found just 81 kilometers to the north of Bandipur is the nearest railway station that connects this well known nature preserve to rest of the country via rail route. Falling under the South Western Railway Zone of the Indian Railways, the Mysore Junction is linked to a number of important Indian cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Trichy, Tuticorin, Madurai, Secunderabad, Tirupati, Shimoga, Mangalore, Dharwar, Hubli, Mumbai, Pune, Ajmer, Jaipur, H Nizamuddin, Howrah, and many others. Some of the noteworthy trains stopping at the Mysore Junction include Tippu Exp, Chamundi Exp, Mangalore Exp, Shatabdi Exp, Kaveri Exp, Sharavathi Exp, Swarna Jayanthi Exp, Mysore Exp, Sharavathi Exp, Yesvantpur Exp, Mysore Pass, Tirupati Pass, etc. To reach Bandipur National Park from Mysore tourists can either commute through the state transport or private buses or hire a cab which would cost around 1500 to 2000 INR.
By Road: The two major National Highways those pass through the Bandipur National Park are; NH 181 and NH 766. NH 181 connects Bandipur to Ooty to its southeast while its meets NH 766 at Gundlupet towards its north. NH 766 (the Kozhikode – Mysore – Kollegal Highway) connects Bandipur to Gundlupet, Nanjangud and Mysore to its north and to Kozhikode towards its southwest. Bandipur National Park is located about 48 km from Ooty, 57 km from Nanjangud, 79 km from Mysore, 133 km from Coimbatore, 162 km from Kozhikode, 189 km from Thrissur and 219 km from Bangalore by road. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation as well as other state transport buses from the neighboring states are daily operated to and from the Bandipur National Park. A seat in a Bangalore bound bus costs about 150 INR while a ticket to Mysore costs about 75 INR per head. Tourists can also reach Bandipur by cabs and taxis which can be hired from Bangalore, Mysore or Ooty.