Mysore (Nanjungud and H.D.Kote taluks) and Chamarajanagar (Gundlupet taluk) districts, Bandipur 571126
This is one of the first Tiger Reserves of India which was established in the year 1931 by the Maharaja of Mysore. It was later declared a national park in 1974. This is a few kilometeres north of Mysore and shares boundaries with other sanctuaries and national parks of tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, etc. The national Park is one of the most popular in the country and the Kabini River is an added attraction here. There are about 70 tigers out here in this open area where the animals lead a free life with lots of space to roam about. The main animals here include leopards, chitahs, gaur, sloth bears, sambhars, mouse deer, wild dog, wild boar, barking deer, hyena and four horned antelope. The many species of birds include pompadour green pigeon, grey jungle fowl, honey buzzard, red headed vulture, owls and hawks.
We spotted many animals like deers, bisons, langurs, mongooses and many birds including peacocks. We could not spot the big cat or jumbo or leopard, but it is always matter of chance and there is always a next time. But overall it was a thrilling experience and we enjoyed a lot.
HighgardenWhy stay at Highgarden: At an elevation of 3000ft, Highgarden is a private property apt for a quiet getaway to the Nilgiri Hills. The property is at an hour's distance from Bandipur National Park and is visited by countless guests each year who wish to experience the best of forest and wildlife.Perfect for: The cottage has room for 6 guests and offers a quiet retreat for a family or group of friends travelling together.
After a while, the roads started to bend a lot and soon I was at the Bandipur National Park checkpost. The guard asked to carry on while he focused onto the SUV that was behind me. Just a few minutes after crossing the checkpost, it started to rain heavily. So I stopped immediately and put on the rain cover for the bag. A group of bikers passed me hooting and shouting. I wait for sometime for them to pass and then started my course through the forest roads. Their noise was marring the beautiful place that surrounded me. I saw lots of peacocks with their feathers spread open. After riding for a while I came across the bandipur resort. Lot of cars and bikes hustled about the place and I made a mental note to plan a stay there later. I rode on and a group of bullets thumped their way as they overtook me. I wondered whether I need to join a biker club, wasn't sure if I would enjoy riding as a group.