Long drive from Kollegal to Bandipur (NH 766)

Tripoto
22nd Sep 2017

Karnataka, a state in southern part of India, known for its mesmerising Wildlife and Royal Heritage.

I live in a countryside at our farmhouse in Kollegal town, Karnataka, India

One morning - Myself and my father decided to hop on a long drive to Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park (A part of Niligiri Biosphere) via NH 766.

100km approx. from our place (one way).

Route :

Kollegal - Chamrajnagar - Gundlupet - Bandipur

Places of attractions on the way to Bandipur -

*Himavad Gopalaswamy Hills or Betta, an ancient temple with incredible scenic beauty

Photo of Long drive from Kollegal to Bandipur (NH 766) 1/7 by Vyshalini S Kakarla

The moment you cross the reserve's check post, western ghats welcomes with the amazing forest view with the trees like bamboos, teak, rosewood and many common flowering trees.

Photo of Long drive from Kollegal to Bandipur (NH 766) 2/7 by Vyshalini S Kakarla

The most commonly found animals in this region are Monkeys and Spotted Deers. We also spotted an Elephant, Bison and Wild Boar on our way.

Photo of Long drive from Kollegal to Bandipur (NH 766) 3/7 by Vyshalini S Kakarla
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Photo of Long drive from Kollegal to Bandipur (NH 766) 5/7 by Vyshalini S Kakarla
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Day 1
Photo of Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Vyshalini S Kakarla
Photo of Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Vyshalini S Kakarla

Food - There is a canteen named "Nisarga" inside Bandipur Tiger Reserve's premises, I did not taste the food though, looked neat. Also, there are some resorts and restaurants near by.

However, if you are planning a day trip, I would suggest to take the home food and enjoy having it at the green space.

*Please do not litter

October to May is the ideal time to visit Bandipur.

We could not make it to the safari this time, since we had to return home the same evening.

Safari by Jeep would be more adventurous than by bus.

Safari Timing -

The bus safari is available between 6:30 am and 9:00 am and between 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Elephant safari will be available between 10 am and 11 am

Jeep safari is available from 6:00 am to 9:00am and from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

On our way back, we bought some fresh and locally grown watermelons and vegetables which is sold on the roadside.

Photo of Long drive from Kollegal to Bandipur (NH 766) by Vyshalini S Kakarla
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