Bandipur Natural Sanctuary
Bandipur National Sanctuary popularly known for its tiger reserve. This biome is basically a dry deciduous forest. It was established by the King of Mysore Kabini river is at its North and Nugu river runs through it. While going from Bangalore towards Ooty, we visited this place. We started from Bangalore, early in the morning around 4 a.m. We travelled by Ola Outstation. Well let me tell you something about Ola Outstation if you havenot tried it yet. You can book an outstation ride from 1 hour to up to 7 days in advance for a one way or a round trip. Depending on your travel requirement, you can choose car category from Mini, Sedan Prime or SUV for your outstation trip. You need not pay a single penny throughout the trip. At the end, ola will drop you back to the starting point and you have to pay in cash to the driver, the amount shown in the app. Driver is reliable and the ride is normally hassle-free.We followed the usual route : Bangalore-Mandya-Mysore-Bandipur-Ooty. We carried dry food and water with us for midway breakfast. We actually slept in the beginning. But one can easily stop at Mandya, its rivers have quite a good view. For your informations, Mandya residents often fight with Tamil Nadu for sharing this river water. Mysore is famous for its historical value and palace but at so early in the morning, you get nothing is open for you. So our first stop was at Bandipur National Sanctuary popularly known for its tiger reserve. This biome is basically a dry deciduous forest. It was established by the King of Mysore Kabini river is at its North and Nugu river runs through it. It shelters important trees of bamboo, teak wood, rosewood, satinwood and axewood. It is refuge to so many endangered species like elephants, antelopes, bears, chital, jackals, pythons and langurs. Its home to hundreds of species of birds and reptiles of which Peafowl being the most popular. You cannot drive through it from 9 p.m to 6 p.m as its strictly the sleeping hours of the residents. Elephants roam in large herds, deer stare at you brazenly and peafowl flit in and out as they deem fit. Nestled at the foothills of the Nilgiris, Bandipur seems to be the ecological haven. The sheer majesty of elephants so aware of their power, the enormity of the forest and its ancient secrets, the unblinking gaur that dares you to try stare him down, and if you’re lucky, a glimpse of a tiger or leopard, arrogance clearly written on their feline features: is a resounding lesson in learning to respect nature.
There are several options for jungle safari there. It’s a kind of must-do activity in Bandipur. You can opt for bus or jeep safari and a well-trained guide will accompany you. Listen to their instructions. Don’t feed any monkey or deer or make faces at them. Wildlife feels insecure and may cause harm to you. You can show your love by donating to the funds that look after their protection through day-long patrol like boat-night-monsoon patrolling and anti-poaching actions. You can also purchase from Bandipur souvenir Shop which in turn help the local people financially. If you spend a day with Jungle Safari partners, they will take you in the evening to the jungle with a trained naturalist for company. You should visit the place from March to May for watching animals and November to January for the birds.
Come and enjoy the nature, being perfect accompaniment for your short refreshment.
His MajestySource: google images
Cottage in the moonlight
- Source: Bandipur Souvenir Shop
Evening Sunset at Bandipur