Bandipur, Karnataka is reckoned to be one of the finest tiger reserves in India and rightly so, because the places to visit in Bandipur are nature’s gems, worth feasting your eyes on! It isn’t just known for its national park that stretches across 874 sq. km and is a national treasure, but it is the captivating beauty of the other parks and temples around that’ll leave you in awe! 

Some of the best places to visit in and around Bandipur are the Gopalaswamy Betta, which houses the Gopalaswamy Temple and is frequented for some soul-searching and inner peace. The town of Sultan Bathery that is home to the Edakkal Caves, is another major attraction. It turns back time with intricate carvings on the walls of the caves that showcase the lives of ancient locals. Mudumalai National Park, that is part of the 4000 sq kms plus Nilgiri Biosphere is a must-visit too. If you want to spend a good amount of time exploring Bandipur, make sure you stay amidst rich nature at the quaint treehouses in Masinagudi, which offer a unique experience to both kids and adults. 

Being historically significant and delightfully scenic is what makes Bandipur a gift of nature that is every bit worth exploring!

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

Bandipur National Park

Once a hunting ground, ironically, Bandipur National Park was transformed into a reserve in 1974 and has been a point of interest, ever since. Replete with endangered wildlife and rich deciduous teak and sandalwood forests, Bandipur paints a unique picture that attracts tourists from near and far. 

A safari through the vast park reveals rare species like hornbills, sloth bears, panthers, and deer, roaming freely in their natural habitat. Beholding nature’s beauty, Bandipur is an epitome of Karnataka’s ever-abundant riches!

Location: NH 67, Hangala Village, Gundlupet Taluk, Bandipur, Karnataka 571126


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 Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

Recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve encircles Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala’s various national parks and extends across a massive area of 5,520 sq. km. A trek through the reserve opens doors to splendid sights like the wildlife, the dense trees, and the incredible Western Ghats. 

The reserve boasts of elephants and tigers, primarily, since it is dedicated to the conservation of these species, but apart from that you’re sure to spot unique animals like gaurs, Indian Leopards, lion-tailed macaques, and even the Malabar giant squirrel, which is a rare sight. Prepare to set your eyes on some breathtaking beauty amidst vivid flowers, exotic plants and greenery like you’ve never seen before!

Distance from Bandipur National Park: 35 kms

Location: Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu 643223


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Masinagudi

A quaint, tranquil hill station nestled in the Nilgiris is what best describes Masinagudi. Verdant trees, trek-worthy hills and plentiful fauna is what adds to the beauty of this mesmerising forested region. Visiting Masinagudi is a must for wildlife safaris and one-of-a-kind treehouses that it offers. 

Imagine waking up to the chirping of the birds and sitting by the front porch, admiring the lush greenery from at least 20 feet above the ground! If you aren’t a fan of adventure, or treehouses, Masinagudi is still a piece of paradise with its elephant camps, sprawling farms and fragrant tea-plantations that make it Tamil Nadu’s hidden gem.

Distance from Bandipur National Park: 13 kms

Location: Tamil Nadu 643223


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Gopalaswamy Betta

Tucked away in the enormous Bandipur National Park, Gopalaswamy Betta is a majestic hill with a peak 1450 metres above sea level. The forest-clad hill is not only known for being the highest peak in the park, but for the mist that engulfs it for most of the year, giving it the name Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, as ‘Himavad’ translates to ‘fog’ in the local language. Apart from the elephant rides here, which the spot is most popular for, another attraction that tourists flock to is the Gopalaswamy Temple, situated atop the hill. 

The temple pays tribute to one of the incarnations of Lord Krishna and is a preferred spot for solitude, especially at sunrise and sunset when the view beyond the temple soothes your soul. A place of worship amidst natural beauty is a testimony to the fact that Bandipur is more than just a scenic place.

Distance from Bandipur National Park: 18 kms

Location: NH 67, Hangala Village, Bandipur National Park, Gundlupet Taluk, Bandipur, Karnataka 571126


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06 October 2015
Excellent
Safari's is something that always gets me into my excitement mode. I loved the jungle safari - great place, descent accommodation. Explored a lot of hidden natural beauties here- Amazing experience.
18 September 2015
Excellent
Absolutely stunning place to stay and explore. It feels really nice to see the wild life and see their natural habitat. It is a nice experience after spending such a long time in the city.
20 June 2015
Excellent
Amazing experience. Loved the entire trip - safari was indeed worth all the money. Its was a complete family outing for us and I just couldn't believe how freely animals roam here. For once I felt as if it was a movie set-up, we were lucky enough to witness variety of wildlife species here. Accommodation was decent , Had a lovely experience!
04 January 2016
Superb
It took us about two hours from Mysore, to get into Bandipur National Park. As soon as we entered the park premises, we have found 100s of deers freely roaming around, langoors hopping around, peacocks wandering, and wild boars boaring around. We knew we have finally arrived in almost a ‘real’ forest. i had an awesome safari experience.
04 January 2016
Superb
Bandipur is one of the best known wildlife sanctuaries in India. But the organization and the tourist promotion is quite pathetic. There are no guides, nor any kind of visitor engagement during the entire trip into the forest. So in terms of organization, Bandipur has a long way to go. We sighted a lot of deers, peacocks, birds, and bisons.
20 November 2016
Very Good
The lodge was nice. The room was tidy and clean. Also the food served was good. However the booking I did of superior room had been converted in the administration to a standard and I had to spend quite som time convincing the staff. The safari was well organized and the drivers and guides did a good job. There was very little animals to see.
11 January 2016
Superb
A good tiger reserve needing lots of patience to sight a tiger. A good hillt terrain with plenty of elephants. happy to be part of this safari.
11 January 2016
Superb
Its a lovely wildlife reserve, where you can get to see elephants, deers, gaurs (Indian bisons), wild boars and various species of birds in large numbers. The reserve is supposed to have the largest number of tigers. But this time we dint spot any bad luck to us.
11 January 2016
Superb
The traffic is very less with lots of bikers. Safari is available at scheduled timing and there is a resort in the centre where one an stay and enjoy the forest. it was an awesome experience
11 January 2016
Very Good
The sanctuary offers variety of animals and birds, ideal for nature lovers. I would recommend taking government jungle safari (which can be booked online as well) and for morning trail during which spotting wild is probable.

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