The state of Karnataka, with 5 National Parks, numerous wild life and bird sanctuaries is an ideal wildlife destination in India that reflects a pleasant face of Indian bio-diversity. The state is a popular destination for wild life aficionados from all parts of the world, and provides excellent facilities to go out and enjoy all that the state has to offer.
The proximity of these parks and sanctuaries to the Western Ghats and the South Vindyan Mountains, gives wild life enthusiast the opportunity to explore some of the best trekking trails in the country and enjoy the splendour of nature up close.
The state is also a good place for those interested in exploring marine life as well. Whether it is dolphin spotting, scuba diving or a spot of sport fishing, the state has it all.
Here is a list of parks and sanctuaries for all those people looking for a place to appreciate the beauty of nature up close and personal.
Location: At a distance of 80 kilometres from Mysore, 70 kilometres from Ooty and 215 kilometres from Bangalore, Bandipur National Park is one of the well preserved National Parks in India. It is located in Chamarajanagar district on the Karnataka – Tamil Nadu border between Mysore and Ooty.
Attractions: The main attraction of the national park is its sizable number of elephants, tigers and butterflies. If bird watching intrigues you then this wildlife reserve is the perfect place to be at; there are about 350 species of birds that one can spot here. Other natural inhabitants of this lovely forest are gaur, sambhar, chital, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, wild dogs, wild boar, jackal, sloth bear, panther, Malabar squirrel, porcupines and the black-knapped hare. Birds like jungle fowl and green pigeon are also found here. The Nugu River that snakes through the park is home to many aquatic animals. The highest point of the park is Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta from where the view is splendid.
Best Time to Visit: September to March
Things to do: Jeep, Bus and Elephant safaris, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Bicycle Trails and Star Gazing.