Information: Trekking in Bandipura Be aware that this is not for everyone. It requires lot of walking in hot sun and often involves danger of encountering elephants(which can charge at you) and sometimes even tigers. There is no question of taking alcohol in the trek, making campfires in the night or making loud noise or playing music, or any such activity which can be disturbing the ecology. Usual trekkers in Bandipur are keen naturalists who love to study and understand wildlife and ecology. Travelers with no earlier experience of deep jungle are advised to take the better option of safaris to visit the jungle. Forest department has opened a few trails where they allow trekking. You need to pay the necessary fees and a guide will accompany you. There are a few places where you can stay overnight in watching camps built by forest department. The most popular trails are Kullanabetta camp and Moyar gorge.That ended our first trek in Bandipur but I returned here again a year later. We trekked to Kullanbetta again. We did not see more mammals this time but with us was a birder because of whom we managed to spot and identify many birds. There were rose ringed parakeet, plum headed parakeet, shrike, red wattled lapwing, brahminy starling, black drango and many more. On another occasion when I was in Bandipur, I visited Gopalaswamy Betta(Betta is hill in Kannada). Its one of the taller hills located just outside the national park boundary. You really get to see and appreciate the vast expanse of the forest in the national park from here. It is surrounded with many more hills around and the green hills(in the monsoon) and their wavy formations make a beautiful sight.
Bandipur Information Bandipur National Park is around 250km from Bangalore and around 100km from Mysore. To reach Bandipur from Bangalore, drive to Mysore; from Mysore take the Ooty road and drive via Nanjangud and Gundlupet. The national park is on the Ooty road around 30 minutes drive from Gundlupet. If you have time and interest, you can stop by the well known Nanjundeshwara temple in Nanjangud. If you are taking the bus, ksrtc buses are available from Bangalore; buses going to Ooty stop at Bandipur on request. Taking an early morning bus(5am) to Mysore and changing to an Ooty bus would be the best option for people who intend to trek. It takes around 5 hours by car and 6 hours by bus from Bangalore. If you are staying the forest department accommodation in Bandipur, it is better to take a bus since you would not find much use of your car once you reach the place. Fortunately on unfortunately, many resorts have come up on the premise of Bandipur National Park. It is difficult to find accommodation on weekends without a booking. Some of the places to stay inc lude MC Re sorts, Jungle Lodges, Tusker Trails and Bush Betta. Forest department has some guest houses and dormitories in Bandipur village. If you are not very keen to stay close to Bandipur, cross the border to Tamilnadu and you can find plenty of resorts in and around Masinagudi. Bandipur is close to its adjoining wildlife sanctuaries – Mudumalai in Tamilnadu and Muthanga in Kerala. Other near by places which can be visited include Ooty – the famous hill station.