A corridor of the Mysore-Ooty highway is home to one of the most beautiful and better-managed national parks of India – Bandipur. Situated at the foothills of the Nilgiris, it is marked by lush green valleys, sandalwood trees, opaque forests and rivers such as Nugu, Moyar and Kabini.
If you traverse only the highways, all you will see are the dry deciduous trees and a couple of elephants. If you want a real taste of the forest, take the alleys of the National Park. The biosphere is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, with the tiger and the elephant reserve being the most talked about. The forest department organises elephant rides and wildlife safaris. The best way to enjoy the untamed woods is the open jeep safari.
You can climb up to the Gopalaswamy Peak, one of the highest peak of Bandipur, and it can get quite adventurous. Get permission from the Range Officer and you can even camp here. From the peak, one can often spot herds of elephants who come to drink water from a waterhole situated below the peak. You can consider Inn The Wild or the Greenwoods Nature Camp if you want to stay a night in the forest arena.
Best time to visit Bandipur is from October to May