The Bandipur National park, situated in Chamarajanagar district, is a part of the Project Tiger Movement. It is under consideration to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The forest also comes under the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.The area of the Park is 874 square kilometres and along with many other National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, it forms the biggest protected area in Southern India. The Bandipur National Park offers a shelter to the Bengal Tigers and a large number of elephants.
There is great diversity in the flora and fauna in this Park. Many valuable timber trees are found in the jungle. Some of them are Teak, Sandalwood, Rosewood, Giant Climbing Bamboo and Clumping Bamboo. Flower-bearing as well as fruit-bearing trees are also found in the forest. Some of these trees are Indian Gooseberry, Kadam tree, Golden Shower tree, and Indigo berry, Crape-myrtle, Satinwood and Flame of the Forest.
The carnivores which live in the jungle are Tigers, Sloth Bear, Leopard and Hyena. The herbivores found here are Elephants, Wild Boars, Chital, Barking Deer, Gaur, Deer and Four-horned Antelope. It has been seen that the population of animals found in the Bandipur National Park has increased in number over the period of years. This steady increase in the fauna is the result of sincere efforts put in by the authorities of the Park.
There are open jeeps, vans and elephants on which one can go on a safari in the Park. The van has a registered guide who makes the whole experience of observing the wildlife and birdlife, very interesting. Bandipur National Park is a fun place which one should not miss.