The Bandipur national park is famous for spotting elephants and tigers. Apart from these, top mammals to spot here are bonner macaque, dhole, civet, jungle cat, Indian palm, giant flying squirrel, striped hyena, rusty-spotted cat, leopard, Hanuman langur, cat leopard, four horned antelope, Indian hare red and others.
Birdwatching is an important activity here. Top birds found in this park are peafowl, junglefowl, drongos, redheaded vultures, flowerpeckers, Indian rollers, creasted serpent eagles, bee-eaters, hawk eagles, kingfishers, ospreys and others. There are more than 200 species of birds in the park. The breeding season of birds, start right before the monsoon season.
Top reptiles to spot here are Indian rock python, Indian pond terrapin, flying lizard, mugger, monitor lizard, rat snake and others. Common butterflies to spot here are common rose, common jay, lime butterfly, Malabar raven, crimson rose, blue Mormon and others. Numerous species of butterflies are spotted in the park. Numerous beetle varieties are also spotted here. Many new species of butterflies and beetles that are yet to be identified are also found here. Turtles, crocodiles and frogs are also found here.
Safari Timings: Morning 6.30 a.m to 8.30 a.m.
Evening 3.30 p.m to 5.30 p.m.
Plantation and nature walks (Scheduled activity)
Conducted by our in house naturalist the walk takes one through the jungle and the area surrounding the resort showcasing the various hidden features of the jungle. This is a chance for one to take a walk in the wild and discover a peace and tranquility unheard of in the big cities.
Tribal Village Visit:
Take a walk into a local village and meet the ever enthusiastic people and the energetic children. Listen to their version of life and experience the cultures first hand. This is something one takes back to their soul.
Just a short drive away:
Gopalaswamy Betta, Bandipur National Park (25 kms from resort)
The Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is a majestic and lofty hill lying in the core area of the Bandipur National Park. Located in the Chamarajanagar district of the state of Karnataka, at the height of 1,450 metres above the sea level; the name of the hills gets the prefix Himavad since the mountain is surrounded by mist all year round. Himavad in the native language of Kannada means fog, while Betta in the same language means mountain. This hill is home to an extensively wooded forest and is also the highest peak in the national park where it is located. The hill is located in the core area of the Bandipur National Park and is frequented by wildlife, especially elephants.
By Air: Closest airports: Bengaluru International Airport (260 km away) is the closest airport to Bandipur, and is well connected to most international and Indian cities.
By Train: Closest railway stations: Mysore Railway Station is 73 kilometers from Bandipur, and is well connected to Bangalore and other cities.
By Bus: Buses en-route from Mysore to Ooty pass through the National Park. You can get off at the Bandipur police check-post, and we can arrange for a pick-up from there.
All Windflower properties are incredibly secluded, yet easily accessible. Do call us for quick guidelines to find your way. For guests travelling by train or air, we can organise a pick-up on request. (on charge)
For the self drivers please click on the Google maps link for driving directions.