Bandipur: Tourism activities

There are several ways to enjoy Bandipur.

  • The Forest Department organizes tours in the mornings between 6 and 9 am, and in the evenings between 4 and 6 pm. The buses take routes along water bodies and forest clearings that allow maximum visibility of animals.
  • An elephant ride near Mysore Lodge and the Eeranamunti hills yields sightings of chital that come here for the open canopy and short grass along with abundant water.
  • Boating is a very popular activity here and there are motorboat rides twice a day on the lake till the edge of the forest for wildlife spotting. You can spot aquatic birds, crocodiles basking on the banks, sambar at the edge of the water, and even elephants feeding on tender bamboo shoots.
  • They also have bamboo rafts, pedal boats, kayaks and rowboats on the lake for you to enjoy the evening sunset.
  • The Mysore Ditch is a phenomenal 260 m deep Moyar Gorge that has been eroded by the Moyar River. The Kekkanalla waters in full flood during the monsoons cause boulders to roll down into the water giving it the name of Rolling Rocks.
  • Gopalswamy Betta is one of the highest peaks in the Bandipur National Park at 1454m and location of a 13th century fort of the Palegars of Terakanambi. It is covered in mist for most part of the year and a perpetual breeze greets visitors at the top.

Outside the Park

  • The Kabini Dam, located on the Mysore-Manathavady road was built in 1974 and is 2,284 ft long and 58 m high. Mastigudi Lake is named after the village it submerged and it became the nucleus of the reserve. The Mastigudi temple is visible when the reservoir drains out during summer.
  • Balle is noted for a government run elephant resting camp which is worth a visit.
  • The historical town of Srirangapattana, 85 km from Bandipur is where Tipu Sultan - the Tiger of Mysore, fought and was defeated in 1799. It is also famous for the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary - one of the best places in India to sight the marsh crocodile.