One of South India’s most acclaimed biospheres.
Formed by advancing the Venugopal Wildlife Park, set up by the Mysore Wadiyars in 1931, Bandipur National Park is one of India’s glorious Tiger reserves, spanning an area of 217453 acres or 88000 hectares or 880 sq. kms. Bandipur Park is located in the Chamarajanagar District, sharing borders with the Nagarhole Forest of Karnataka in the North-West, Mudumalai Forset of Tamil Nadu in the South and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala in the South-West, together forms the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which is one of the last shelter of endangered Asiatic Elephants.
The park is filled with lush green hills and gorges. Rivers like Kabini, Nugu, Moyar and streams flowing through the national park. Owing to the stern protection, there has been a enormous improvement in the population of wildlife and its habitat. The Bandipur National Park is a land to the highest number of Tigers and Asiatic Elephants in India. Other endangered species in this biosphere includes Chousinghas, Bisons, Nilgiri Monkeys, Sambhars , Muntjacs and Wildpigs. Tourists can easily spot various birds like Crested Hawk Eagles, Peacocks, large racket-tailed Drongos, colourful Malabar Trogons and the sweet Malabar Whistling Thrushs. Green Pigeons also known as Trerons, Malabar Grey Hornbills, Scops Owls, Brown Dove, Black Woodpeckers, Harriers or Circinae, Falcons and King Vultures can also be spotted.
In a moderate climate the park is an another heaven containing a various varieties of flora and fauna. Bandipur comes to life when the pre-monsoon showers hit the forest, with tuneful calls of birds and burgeoning green grass which attracts huge number of wild animals. Bandipur is an utopia for the tourists from April to October. During summer, most of the Bandipur will be dry, attracting most of the wild animals poses a rare heart-stopping views in the backwaters of the Kabini Reservoir which is one of the rarest kind in Asia.
Experience the mist in face to face in the foggy mountain and lush greenery spreaded over miles. Located in the core area of the Bandipur National Park, the Himavad Gopalaswamy Hill is the highest peak, situated at 1455 meters above the sea level. The hill is covered in dense fog throughout the year, so the hill earns the name Himavad. The temple of Venugopalaswamy (Lord Krishna) makes the full name as Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta.
Trekking is quite trendy especially on these regions of Karnataka and a lot of trekking enthusiasts show up every season, and some even during the off season. If you admire wildlife photography, then there’s no better choice than this!
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, also called as Mudumalai National Park, was recently declared as a tiger reserve which was established in the year 1940. Situated on the riverside of Moyar and borders on the north-west side of the Nilgiri hills. Spanning across a massive geographical area at an average altitude ranging from 467 metres to 1,251 metres.
The sanctuary received its name Mudumalai, meaning ‘situated on a first hill’. The whole wildlife sanctuary is segmented into five specific ranges namely Kargudi, Thekkady, Masinagudi, Mudumalai and Nellakota.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary attracts a large number of nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts for its splendid variety of flora and fauna. This sanctuary consists incredibly fascinating Hyenas, Giant Flying Squirrels, Jackals, Stripe-necked Mongooses, Porcupines, Mouse Deers, Barking Deers, Bonner Macaques and Langurs. Tourists can have a breath-catching sights of various tropical forests, shrubs, swamps, moist teak forests, and dry teak forests. Apart from these, the sanctuary also houses a vast diversity of reptiles such as crocodiles, pythons, common krait, bamboo pit snakes, turtles, frogs and amphibians. The sanctuary consist of strange species of the resident as well as the migratory birds.
Ooty is acclaimed for its mesmerizing and fascinating majesty. All the roads to Ooty passes through Gundlupete and the route saddles both Karnataka and Tamilnadu over their periphery. On the Karnataka sector, the forest is called as Bandipur National Park while the forest on the Tamilnadu sector it is called the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary.