Bandipur measuring a good 900 sq km was the private hunting ground of the Wodeyars of Mysore who like every other royal clan in India were lovers of shikaar( hunting).The difference is that they soon realized the need for conservation and turned it into a game sanctuary. One of the present princesses of the Mysore royal family even runs a resort in this area. The early mornings are best for treks but again only with a local guide as the sloth bear is found in abundance in these areas with a hillock being named after it -Karadi Betta.When the forest is in bloom the juicy flowers become a haunt for the numerous varieties of birds. You can often see the myna, the weaver bird and the parrot feasting together. A jeep safari is a great idea and animals you are sure to spot include panthers, jackal, sambhar, antelope and gaur besides elephants. The pachyderms are everywhere and these forests are supposed to be home to 2,000 -3000 elephants. Besides trekking and wildlife safaris there is nothing else to do in Bandipur.You can do bird watching and take long walks and relaxing in the real wild.
It is easier to get a room in Mysore than one may think. Many hotels in the area are fairly close to Bandipur National park, and there is a wide enough variety to suite most traveler's tastes. Spending just a few moments online will show you that Mysore hotels are easy to find. Utilizing the vast resources of the internet to book a hotel in the area is quick and easy, which gives you more time to spend planning this exciting trip, and less time worrying about the minor details.
How to get there
Nearest airport is at Bangalore 204 km away
The nearest railway station is at Mysore
It is connected to Bangalore by State Highway no-17