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Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park is a Tiger Reserve is located in the district of Mysore, which stands in the south Indian state of Karnataka. The national park also claims to be among the first nine reserves of tiger in the country after the commencement of the Tiger Project in 1973. The park was initially constituted as a sanctuary with an area of 90 sq km at the same place in the year 1931, then in 1941the Venugopala Wildlife Park was opened by extending the area over 800 sq km. It is believed that the park was named after the diety, Venugopala. It was in 1973 that Bandipur Tiger reserve was established, including the area of Venugopala Wildlife Park and its sanctum sanctorum at Bandipur. Thereafter, it was declared as the Bandipur Tiger Reserve and today, it stands as the best tiger reserve in the country.

The Bandipur National Park has a beautiful landscape with lush green vegetation and abundance of fauna. On the time of its establishment, the sole purpose of this national park was to conserve the nature and its resources

In its southern side, the park touches the borders of Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary which is situated in the state of Tamil Nadu state and in its south western side it touches the borders of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary of the state of Kerala. And in its north-west side the park shares its boundaries with the Nagarhole National Park. Here, Gopalaswamy hill claims to be the highest peak. The forest reserve has its main perennial rivers of main perennial rivers such as Kabini, Nugu and Moyar, which passes through the reserve, comprised of deciduous forests, the evergreen forest and grassy woodlands, especially rosewood and teak-wood.

The national park houses to many mammals such as Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Stripe-necked and Grey Mongoose, Tiger, Wild Boar, Chital, Gaur, Indian Pangolin, Grizzled Indian Squirrel, Golden Jackal, Sloth Bear, Hyaena, Indian Porcupine, Hanuman, Leopard, Indian Elephant, Four-horned Antelope, Indian Hare…just to name a few. This national park also forms a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which stands as the first Biosphere Reserve of India.

The Bandipur National Park is positioned on the highway that happens to be in the midst of the cities called Mysore and Ootacamund. The park is just at about 80 km drive from the city of Mysore. The nearest rail-head is at Mysore and airport at the Mecca of Bangalore. The best seasons to travel here is in the months of October till May as the weather is soothing and pleasant. The visiting timings here are 9:30 AM to 6 PM.

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