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COVID-19 : BANDIPUR is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 06 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to BANDIPUR?

Entry is open from all domestic states.

  • Face masks to be worn when in public
  • No e-passes, test certificates or accommodation proof are required by travellers before entering Bandipur.
  • There is no requirement of a COVID-19 test or thermal screening upon entry in Bandipur.
  • There is no lockdown, except in containment zones.
  • Bandipur has done away with all forms of night curfew and weekend lockdowns
  • Supermarkets, malls, parks and other attractions, others can cinema halls, pools, theatres and open-air theatres have opened up.
  • Social distancing norms are to be followed when out in public or using public transports.
  • Restaurants, pubs and clubs are to function with 50% of seating capacity.
  • Inter-state and Intra-state travelers shall NOT have to undergo any form or institutional or home quarantine upon arrival in Bandipur.
  • Asymptomatic travelers are advised to self-monitor their health status for the next 14 days after arrival. In case of symptom appearance, they are to call the Apthamitra helpline number 14410.
  • Symptomatic inter-state passengers must immediately self-isolate and seek medical attention by calling on the Apthamitra helpline number 14410.
Flights

Coimbatore Airport is the nearest airport receiving flights from Delhi, Mumbai and 5+ other destinations.

Local Transport

Gypsies, Safari Buses as well as Elephant Safaris are some of the local options to explore Bandipur National Park

The state government of Karnataka has taken several steps to curb the spread of Covid-19 while tourists to visit Bandipur. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

All Travel Restrictions Lifted in Bandipur in Hopes to Bring Back Pre-Pandemic Days Updated: 06 Sep 2020

Public and vehicular movement in Bandipur has been restored back to normal. There is no need of any e-pass or permissions for travelling within the districts or outside the district borders through public and private transport.Read more

Bandipur Tiger Reserve Open for Tourists Updated: 06 Sep 2020

The famous Bandipur Toger Reserve has been re-opened and started functioning with strict precautions to curb COVID-19 spread. Temperature checks, wearing of masks and face shields, sanitization of vehicles are some of the guidelines being followed by the Tiger Reserve administration. Read more.

Jungle Resorts and Homestays in Bandipur Ready to Welcome Tourists Updated: 06 Sep 2020

Karnataka State Government has issued new guidelines for the opening of resorts and hotels for tourists in Bandipur. Functioning at 50% capacity, hotels and resorts must follow all the norms of social distancing as well as all the SOPs laid out by the state government.Read more.

No restrictions for inter-state or intra-state entry in Bandipur Updated: 06 Sep 2020

People travelling to Bandipur, either inter-state or intra-state do not need any e-pass or permission to enter the borders. Hand stamping for inter-state travelers has also been removed.Read more.

Bandipur is National Reserve in the Karnataka. Wild animals and birds are conserved in this reserve. A few kilometres away from the capital city, Bangalore, this reserve is one of the popular tourist places visited as a weekend getaway. The place is surrounded by unruffled atmosphere and is eco-friendly. Surrounded by foliage and lush greenery, you can find elephants grazing, and spot other birds and wild animals.

This reserve also has animal care centre which takes take of their health and breeding problems. Injured animals are treated at this centre. This reserve has natural waters coming from Moyar, Nugu, and Kabini rivers.You can go on bird watching tours and take wildlife safaris at this reserve. You can use guided safaris, which are either on foot or jeep.

You can also take elephant safaris. Since this reserve is located at the foothills of Nilgiris, you have abundant spots adventure activities like trekking, camping, and mountaineering. You can take a guided camping activity and listen to the camping stories that can give you an adrenalin rush.

You can also find a forest of well-preserved sandalwood trees in this reserve. August to November is the best time to visit the reserve as the climate is cool. The safaris ride is only for duration of 45 minutes, strictly. There are very few places to see at this reserve.

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People Also Ask About Bandipur

  1. What are the best places to visit in Bandipur?

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Bandipur:

    1. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary: 
    Located in the northern corner of Kerala Border and spreading over an area of about 344 square meters, this sanctuary is home to more than 45 species of mammals, 45 species of reptiles, 203 species of birds and much more. 
    2. Mudumalai National Park: It is yet another national park located on the south of Bandipur city that is home to Deer, Gaur, Indian Elephant, Striped Hyena, Bengal Tiger, Golden Jackal, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Bonnet Macaque, and others. Come over to this place from the month of February to the month of June and experience a whole new world. 
    3. Bandipur Tiger Reserve And National Park: Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park were recognized as a Tiger Reserve by the government of India in the year 1974. If you wish to relish the best tiger safari in India, then this is the place that has got about 120 tigers. 
    4. Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta: It is one of the best places to visit in Bandipur that is covered by mist all through the year and it happens to be the highest peak in the Bandipur National Park. You can take part in various elephant safaris. 
  2. Travel advice

    • You can get to Bandipur in a bus or by road from Mysore or Bangalore.

    • Carry trekking gear, mosquito repellent, torches, energy bars, water bottles, and cameras.

    • Wear full sleeved clothes; avoid wearing colourful or vibrant clothes. Wear colours that blend with the foliage of the forest.

    • Avoid wearing perfumes or deodorants.

    • Maintain silence, do not catcall animals, or make any noise.

    • Respect the animal habitats. Make way for animals when trekking or taking safaris on foot.

    • Maintain schedule and be there on the safari spot on time.

    • Do not make other tourists wait for you.

    • Do not smoke or litter the place during safaris or treks.

    • Enter the reserve only after taking permission.

    • Do not take anything away from the forest or leave anything behind in the forest or reserve during safaris or treks.

    • Take only guided tours, treks, and camping.

    • You can stay at cottages, hotels, resorts close to the reserve.

    • Monkey menace is common outside reserve; do not feed monkeys or any wild animals inside or outside the reserve.

    • Observe wildlife only from a safe distance.

    • No private vehicles are allowed inside the reserve.

    • Only park approved vehicles are allowed inside the reserve and accompanied by a guard.

  3. What are the best things to do in Bandipur?

    Here are some of the best things to do in Bandipur:

    1. Head out on a mini bu safari tour: 
    Bandipur is one of the best places to go for jungle safari. You can head out on a jungle safari tour with your other travel mates to sight the wild animals in their natural habitat. 
    2. Take elephant rides: Bandipur is widely popular as a spot that caters to the tourists looking out for trying out elephant rides. In the course of your stay, you can book elephant rides and head out to explore the nearby jungles. 
    3. Take Nature tours: Bandipur has got bountiful natural beauty to its name and surroundings. This is one of the best places where you can try an offbeat activity to head out on a nature tour to explore the quaint and tranquilizing environment. 
    4. Go on a pilgrimage tour: In the course of the stay at Bandipur, you can head out for a pilgrimage tour to visit some of the important places of worship and heritage sites that hold historical importance. 
  4. Drinking Law

    Do not carry alcohol inside the reserve, or during treks, safari, or camping in these areas. Do not drink in public or religious places.


  5. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss

    Wildlife safaris on jeep, elephants, or on foot

    Bandipur is popular for its tiger reserve and wildlife safaris. This is not a place for partying, clubbing, or night-life. There are not many places for sightseeing either. This is a weekend getaway for those staying in and around Bangalore or Mysore. For those who want to explore nature and get a glimpse of wildlife and species of birds inside the reserve can visit this place. There are many locations for trekking and camping in the Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve. Trekking inside the jungle is banned and you need permission from the forest department to trek inside the forest. You can only take guided treks in the nearby areas.

    You are likely to spot wild animals like, wild boar, bison, panther, jackal, many species of deer, and wild elephants. Birds like peacocks, peahens, fowls, robins, partridges, pigeon, and many other migratory birds can also be spotted. King cobras, vipers, and rat snakes can be found in this region.

    Trekking, camping, and boating

    Three types of treks are available at Bandipur. You can take a guided trek in the forest area, where your chance of finding tigers in their natural habitat is higher. Boat rides at the Kabini River are tranquil. Spot elephants near Kabini Dam. Take a bike ride to Gopalswamy Betta, which is the highest peak of this national park and has a scenic view.

    Nearby places

    You can travel to Ooty, Mysore, Madikeri, and Nagarhole National Park, which are close to this reserve. There are many places for sightseeing at these hill stations and nearby towns. These locations are only a few hundred kilometres away from the Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve.


  6. What you will like there?

    Wildlife, camping and trekking

    This is one of the popular weekend getaways near Mysore and Bangalore. You can camp at the Nilgiris. You can trek and camp inside the forest with permission from the forest department. These are guided and paid camps and treks. You can spot many wild animals and birds during treks, camps, and safaris in this area.

    Shopping and sightseeing

    There are shops inside the resorts and outside the reserve and national park. You can shop for souvenirs made from terracotta and wood. Shopping is available for decorative items, hats, t-shirts, and stationery at these stores. The riverside and nearby locations for sightseeing provide a scenic view. There are not much water sports activities available in this area except for boat rides in the Kabini River.

    Eating out and walking trails

    The hotel Serai that is present just on the outer limits of the reserve and sanctuary provides international and South Indian cuisine. This is the only hotel within the limits of the national park and sanctuary that is an option for eating out. Eat at the guesthouses and hotels which are located outside the reserve. Take guided walking trails within the reserve and in the prescribed time.


  7. Recommended reads for destination

    Website :

    Bandipur National Park


    Forum :

    Thrillophilia Bandipur Travel Website


    Books :

    Karnataka Tiger Conservation Project- Nagarahole , Bhadra, Bandipur, Kudremukh (Centre for Wildlife Studies Final Report 1998-2001) by K. Ullas Karanth, N. Samba Kumar, and Praveen Bhargav