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“Greenery with wildlife”

Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve
bangalore
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Greenery with wildlife”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Our ooty trip was great on the way to Ooty and back spotted deers , peacocks, wild boars, fowl and the greenery is just nature at its best.

Visited July 2014
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“Good only if you want to stay within the forest”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

This is a forest department property run and managed under Conservator of Forests & Director,
Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Rooms are big enough but the facilities are not enough against the room rents. We stayed in a room which is a kind of British Bunglow and has 1 or 2 more accomodation space. Each accomodation space has 2 rooms with 2 single cots/per room.

Bathroom is again quite big but we faced some issues in the lighting. No, toiletries or towel are provided and if there is no sun then you have to take your bath in cold water.

Food: The food is served fresh inside a dining area as there are no room service. You will get meals and needs to be ordered in advance but food quality is homely and okay. Breakfast is complimentary but is typical South Indian style. Being a forest guest house don't expect any pakodas or snacks too.

The advantage is that you can see deers and boars outside your room and can walk to safari centre being at the same campus.

Note:

1) Stay away from monkeys:
2) Being inside the national park please don't loiter at night even inside the campus as there are no fences to keep the animals away.

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Bengaluru, India
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Nice place to go”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

It was a memorable trip for us, I have given a rating of 4 and you will understand why I gave 4 if you read through my review.

We went to Bandipur from Sathyamangalam forests. It was really a wonderful off-road driving all the way from Thalavadi to Bandipur via Madahalli and Heggavadi. I would really recommend a vehicle with good ground clearance, but necessarily need not be an SUV.

Once we reach Bandipur National Park, Even though there was a huge queue, we got passes for the first ride in the evening slot since we already booked the tickets through online. So I highly recommend to book the tickets through online to avoid the queue. But you dont get the same seats as you reserve online.

The safari is good, they take you somewhat deep inside the forest, but sighting a tiger is really a matter of luck. We didn't had that luck. But we saw Gaurs, Elephants, Mongoose and ofcourse deers too. The safari was not that long as mentioned, instead it was very quick. One more thing is, during the safari, the driver didn't said anything about the ride or the animals. He just drove us into the jungle and brought us back in a regular route. But this was not the case with Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. In Mudumalai there is a dedicated person who comes along with the driver to explain about the animals and the route that too at less than half the price of Bandipur's safari price. (Bandipur safari price = Rs.300, Mudumalai safari price = Rs.135)

There is elephant safari also available. But since the number of domesticated elephants are very limited, not all people can get this.

One major thing is you dont get any food near the National park, you have to travel atleast 5 kms up in the Mysore road side. There is a small wildlife souvenir store in the same road. You can buy some souvenirs if you wish.

Overall, its a nice place to go if you love the nature. But please dont always expect to spot a tiger. Just enjoy the nature as much as you can, as you will not be able to see such nature in 50 years from now.

Visited June 2014
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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“Tiger sighting at Bandipur Tiger Reserve”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

1) I visited Bandipur Tiger Reserve (BTR) on a 2 Nights / 3 Days package between 23rd and 25th November 2013.
2) I stayed at Bandipur Safari Lodge
3) Jeep safari at BTR is conducted by JLR even for tourists staying in private resorts. The jeep starts from Bandipur Safari Lodge. The tourists from other resorts board the jeep at the entrance to the BTR. Bus safari is conducted by Forest department and starts from the entrance of the BTR.
4) The duration of the jeep safari is around 2.5 ~ 4 hours depending on the season. The duration of the bus safari is 1.5 ~ 2 hours only.
5) During the winter months, the forest is lush green and water is also available in abundance making it a haven for Elephants, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Indian Gaur and predators like Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog and Jackals. BTR is also home to Stripe Necked Mongoose, Common Mongoose and Rudy Mongoose.
6) However during the hot & dry summer months of April & May, Elephants and Deer migrate to Kabini (Nagarhole National Park) where water is available in plenty. Very few elephants and Indian Gaur prefer to stay back at BTR and hence tourists do not get to see the elephant and the Gaur.
7) I did 4 safari’s (2 each of morning & evening safari) and was lucky to spot 2 Tigers, 1 Leopard walking on the jungle road besides the Indian Gaur, Elephants, Spotted Deer, Barking deer, Stripe Necked Mongoose, Common Mongoose.
8) I also managed see a variety of the birds like Changeable Hawk Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Grey Horn Bill, Indian Roller, three varieties of Woodpecker, Kingfisher.
9) Overall a very good experience. One of the best national parks in India for tiger sighting and definitely a national park worth visiting in South India.
Regards
Venkat

Visited November 2013
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Mounds View, Minnesota
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“No tigers :(”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

there were hardly anything that we spotted. infact we spotted more animals on the road than in the park!! we spotted many deer, some elephants, few monkeys (!!), one mongoose, mmm.. i think thats about it!!

Visited June 2014
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