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Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

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Bandipur National Park is one of India’s most beautiful and professionally managed national parks. The park, which spans roughly 874 square kilometres in Karnataka state, is situated along the Mysore-Ooty highway. It is considered among the leaders in enabling India’s efforts towards eco-conservation. Along with a sizable population of tigers, Bandipur is also home to a variety of other animals, including the black-knapped hare, the Malabar squirrel, the sambhar, the chital, the mouse deer, the four-horned antelope, the wild dogs, the wild boar, the jackal, the sloth bear, and the wild boar. Birds like jungle fowl and green pigeons can also be found here. The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is the collective name for these forests, and it offers excellent protection against poaching and deforestation activities. In addition to the flora, the park is home to a wide variety of flowering and fruiting trees, including kadam, Indian gooseberry, satinwood, golden shower tree, black clutch, and flame of the forest. Timber trees in the park include teak, rosewood, sandalwood, clumping bamboo, and Indian kino trees.

Nearby Places

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta
This picturesque spot is only 16 kilometres from the Bandipur National Park entrance and gets its name from the nearby Gopalaswamy Temple. The Hoysala dynasty, which ruled Karnataka in the 14th century, constructed this north-facing temple. Because of its proximity to the national park, this area is frequently visited by wildlife, most notably elephants. The beauty of nature and the presence of God are both palpable here, making it an ideal spot to unwind.
Biligiri Rangana Hills
It is located 90 kilometres from the entrance to Bandipur National Park and is commonly referred to as B R Hills. The hill’s appearance as a white cliff led to the name “Biligiri,” where “bili” means “white.” The hill is surrounded by dense forests that are home to a variety of flora and fauna and are a protected area. In addition to animals, there are more than 200 species of birds listed here. The nearby Kaveri River is used for rafting activities, drawing rafting enthusiasts to this location. As a bridge connecting the western and eastern ghats, this wildlife sanctuary is special and vital to the movement of wildlife. Devotees visit the Ranganatha temple on the summit all year long.
Male Mahadeshwara Temple
This is a revered temple that is perched atop the hill that shares its name. It was constructed about 600 years ago in honour of a nearby divine saint. More than two hundred kilometres separate the temple and the national park. A Shivalinga has formed naturally inside the temple’s sanctum.