Tiger Trails in Bandipur

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3rd Apr 2015

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Photo of Tiger Trails in Bandipur by Soumya Kandi

The tiger walking back.....

Photo of Tiger Trails in Bandipur by Soumya Kandi

Trying to find a way into the shrubs.....

Photo of Tiger Trails in Bandipur by Soumya Kandi

The entrance right through the highway.

Photo of Tiger Trails in Bandipur by Soumya Kandi
Photo of Tiger Trails in Bandipur by Soumya Kandi

Marking territory after the kill.

Photo of Tiger Trails in Bandipur by Soumya Kandi
Photo of Tiger Trails in Bandipur by Soumya Kandi
Photo of Tiger Trails in Bandipur by Soumya Kandi
Photo of Tiger Trails in Bandipur by Soumya Kandi

The trip was planned rather haphazardly. Bandhavgarh has been on my mind for a long time and I finally decided to spend a weekend here. 

We took the bus from Bangalore that was to pass through Bandipur (Note: Not all KSRTC buses pass through the reserve as there is an additional route). While we were to reach at 6:30 - we reached the place at 8:30 PM.

We had initially booked Hotel Bandipur Plaza - but that turned out to be quite the downer - literally a place in the middle of nowhere. 

We decided to check into another hotel nearby - Hotel Vana Vihar. An extremely small property - bus has good rooms. There are cottages and standard rooms. 

The food honestly was abysmal - but food is the least of concern during a wildlife travel.The hotel does not have any arrangement for travel - so better arrange your own vehicle. It was quite a decent stay surrounded by the Nilgiri's on either side.

We had time only for one safari - the morning one - and that turned out be quite an adventure. There was a sighting after 6 days - and we sure were lucky. The amazing Prince - decided to walk with us for a good 20 minutes - leaving us enthralled every single second!

A quiet tranquil forest- a great place for bird sighting. Animals are abundant too - deer, sambhar, bisons, leopard and of course the tiger.

The tiger walking back.....

Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Bandipur, Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar, Karnataka 571126, India by Soumya Kandi

Trying to find a way into the shrubs.....

Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Bandipur, Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar, Karnataka 571126, India by Soumya Kandi

The entrance right through the highway.

Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Bandipur, Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar, Karnataka 571126, India by Soumya Kandi
Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Bandipur, Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar, Karnataka 571126, India by Soumya Kandi

Marking territory after the kill.

Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Bandipur, Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar, Karnataka 571126, India by Soumya Kandi

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Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Bandipur, Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar, Karnataka 571126, India by Soumya Kandi
Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Bandipur, Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar, Karnataka 571126, India by Soumya Kandi
Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Bandipur, Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar, Karnataka 571126, India by Soumya Kandi
Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Bandipur, Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar, Karnataka 571126, India by Soumya Kandi
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