There is a national park in Karnataka that has played a key role in India’s endeavors for the conservation of nature. It once used to be the hunting lands of local Maharaja Voodiyar. It was in 1974 that the Indian Government of India decided to use this hunting reserve as the forest tiger reserve for the Project Tiger. Presently, this is the most conspicuous national park present in Karnataka in South India.
People know this park the most for its wide-ranging wildlife. People regard it as the best managed of the parks of India.
This is the Bandipur National Park and it covers 874 sq. km in the Indian Deccan plateau region. The region is rich in vegetation and plant life that includes deciduous and evergreen woodland and open grassy woodlands.
Bandipur is among the premium and most handy territories of “Asiatic elephant.” It has massive open spaces that make it a pleasurable and suitable tourist outing for witnessing the elephants in their natural surroundings.
This park is amongst the 15 sanctuaries across India that have been selected for Project Tiger. This is a project that got underway in 1973 and was a joint effort of the WWF and the Indian Government.
The finest time for visiting the Sanctuary
This region stays warm and comfy for a major part of a year and has an average temperature of between 24 and 28°C. The temperature drops to 19°C during the winter season that starts in October and ends in January. Thoughunpredictablethe downpours usually occur between June and September.
A grand attraction of this park is its wildlife
Besides being a natural habitat of the Asiatic elephant, the Bandipur National Park has an ample number of tigers. Going by a census that was carried out in 1993, the number of tigers is 66.
The finest time for spotting elephants in great herds is during the rainy season. This is in spite of the possibility of spotting them anytime in the year. The reason for this is that the number of elephants that are in this forest approximates to a rich 1,900.
This lovely forest also is the natural habitat of several other animals. Among them are:
- Gaur (they are a sort of bull)
- Four-horned antelope
- Mouse deer
- Wild boar
- Sloth bear
- Malabar squirrel
- Black-knapped hare
You will also get to see birds that include green pigeon and jungle fowl.
Its flora is a delight for visitors
You can enjoy the greenery in the vicinity of the park. The part blooms various timber trees that include Teak, Sandalwood, Rosewood, and Indian Kino Tree, to name a few.
You can revel in a number of prominent fruiting and flowering trees and shrubs.
What more is there to enjoy
A great pleasure of being in this forest reserve is its pleasant scenery. From an elevated ridge close to the Park Forest office base you get a sight of Mysore plateau and the neighboring hills. Going down further south of this forest is the “Rolling Rocks” that offer panoramic sights of “Mysore Ditch” and the whole Mopar gorge.