Bandipur Tiger Reserve is a tiger reserve, located in the Chamarajnagar district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It was declared a tiger reserve in 1973 under Project Tiger and covers an area of around 868.63 kilometres square. The reserve is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve since 1986. It supports a rich diverity of flora and fauna. It lies adjacent to the Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. The ideal time to visit the place is durimg the monsoon season between the months of July and September.
The vegetation of the tiger reserve supports a wide range of timber trees that include Teak, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Indian-Laurel, Indian Kino Tree, Giant Clumping Bamboo, Clumping Bamboo and Grewia Tiliaefolia.
Mammals: Indian elephant, gaur, Bengal tiger, sloth bear, mugger crocodile, Indian rock python, four-horned antelope, golden jackal, dhole.
Birds: honey buzzards, red-headed vultures, Indian vultures, flowerpeckers, hoopoes, Indian rollers, brown fish owls, crested serpent eagles, changeable hawk-eagles, bee-eaters, kingfishers, ospreyss, Peafowl, grey junglefowl, crows, drongos.
Reptiles: cobra, Indian rock python, vipers, rat snake, muggers, monitor lizards, Indian chameleon, Indian pond terrapin, agamids, flying lizards.
The ideal time to visit the place is durimg the monsoon season between the months of July and September.
Nearest Train Station: Nanjangud is the nearest railhead, located about 55 kms away from the tiger reserve.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is Bangalore International Airport, located at a distance of 215 km.
Road Accessibility : The tiger reserve can be reached by road from Gundulpet which is only 20 km away.