Bandipur National Park at a glance
Established as a tiger reserve in the year 1974 Bandipur National Park is well known for its breathtaking natural beauty. Located amidst the picturesque surroundings of the towering Western Ghat Mountains on the Mysore-Ooty highway in Karnataka, Bandipur National Park covers an area of about 874.2 sq km. It is a part of India’s biggest biosphere reserve popularly known as the ‘Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve’. A trip to this reserve over a weekend is sure to fill you with memories of a lifetime.
Things to do in Bandipur National Park
Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary
Once a private hunting ground to the Maharaja of Mysore, this one travelled a bit through irony, only to be transformed into a tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Apart from tigers, other natural inhabitants of this lovely forest are gaur (a type of bull), sambhar, chital, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, wild dogs, wild boar, jackal, sloth bear, panther, malabar squirrel, porcupines and the black-knapped hare. Birds like jungle fowl and green pigeon are also found here.
GS Betta is a hill which is famous for the temple situated at its peak. It is the highest hill (1454m) in Bandipur National Park and provides a breathtaking view of the valley.
Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve An international biosphere reserve with origins tied with UNESCO, this region located in the Nilgiris is blessed with an abundance of flora and fauna like few others, and has been declared a World Heritage Sight.
What to Eat in Bandipur National Park : Local Food and Cuisine
Being a national park, the area does not house too many restaurants and your options for food and cuisine can get limited to the hotels, resorts and lodges that serve food across popular cuisines. You might find local delicacies here like Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Rasaasam, Kesari Bath, Mysore pak etc to relish.