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Together with Nagarhole and Mudumalai National Parks, Bandipur is part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It supports endangered species including Asian elephant, gaur, sloth bear, striped hyena, and the endemic giant flying squirrel.

Established in 1974, Bandipur is part of the Tiger reserves' project with a decent tiger population and well known for its protected sandalwood trees and beautiful amidst vegetation and under the canopy of the Western Ghats mountains. Within the park, the Kabini reservoir provides water facility and the grazing ground for hundreds of elephants during severe and prolonged dry season.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Asian elephant, leopard, brown mongoose, nilgiri langur, sloth bear
  • Where: Karnataka, India

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Jungle Trails of Southern India

Discover India’s unspoilt south: explore the backwaters of Kerala by houseboat, view elephants at Nagarhole National Park and enjoy guided walks, game drives and boat tours in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Covering six very different national parks and reserves, this trip is a complete wildlife immersion!

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea