Bandipur Safari Lodge is an eco-friendly establishment, owned by the Government of Karnataka. It is an ideal place to stay if you are planning to visit and explore Bandipur National Park, located on the outskirts of which the property is located. The lodge with its 12 cottages and 10 special cottages provides accommodation to travellers. These cottages have attached bathrooms with basic amenities, but are bereft of televisions and air-conditioners. A natural cool breeze blows past the region more than compensating for the unavailability of artificial air conditioning. Some cottages have pure white walls and ceilings, and the walls behind the twin beds are decorated with large 3D paintings of animals in their natural surroundings. Such unique interiors will give you the feeling of being on a wildlife safari at Bandipur, even though you will be in your rooms.
The other cottages have brick walls, tiled floors and slanting wooden ceilings. Additionally, all cottages have comfortable chairs, set in front of large windows of clear glass to look at the scenery all around the lodge. You could even sit out on the balconies of all rooms to bask in the sun and enjoy the calming cool breeze. All cottages are built on gently sloping hills and they are kept apart from each other, so you get complete privacy while staying here. As is the case with all properties, owned by Jungle Lodges and Resorts, the large circular gazebo here is named Gol Ghar. This is where you will dine along with other guests of Bandipur Safari Lodge while beholding the Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta Peak. You may also relish your meals at the proper multi-cuisine restaurant within the premises of the lodge.
The food served here includes South Indian delicacies and also popular Chinese and Thai preparations for diners with varied tastes. Evenings here are a time for fun and frolic, and you could sing, dance or share stories around a bright and warm bonfire. You will find a good selection of liquors and other alcoholic beverages at the exclusive full-fledged bar of the establishment. Another mode of entertainment here is a comfortable lounge, where videos about wildlife and also books on the same topic can be found. A trip to the lodge and the region is perhaps incomplete without embarking on a wildlife safari Bandipur. You could take such expeditions on a Jeep or foot, combining the joys of wildlife spotting and trekking through thick jungles. To be really close to nature, you may opt for elephant rides through the national park.
Duration: 1 Night / 2 Days
Location: Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
Best Time to go: October to June
The city of Mysore, which is an important tourist destination in itself, is about 77 km from the national park. Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka, and the city with among the best road, rail and air connectivity to the rest of India is located around 218 km from here. Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru can be easily reached from Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Middle East, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo and Singapore. Trains to the city can be taken from all significant places within India. You may also come by trains and flights first to Coimbatore, which is approximately 133 km from the wildlife reserve. The famous hill station of Ooty in Tamil Nadu is just about 50 km from this protected area.
A wildlife safari Bandipur, nature walks and birdwatching tours can all be enjoyed in the region with learned naturalists. The national park has 28 species of mammals, 250 of birds, 115 of butterflies, 23 of reptiles, 16 of fish, 13 of amphibians and 50 of plants and trees. Situated at the junction of the Deccan Plateau and Western Ghats, and located between altitudes of 2230 feet and 4770 feet, it comprises dry and moist deciduous forests and shrubs.
Though the region can be visited any time of the year, animals are best sighted in the summer season. As the weather from March to May is dry and warm, most of the animals here are drawn to the water bodies to quench their thirst and to cool down. The time between the months of November and January is perfect for birdwatchers to throng the area as during this time, hordes of birds migrate here from the Himalayas. Trekkers will find the months, following the rainy season, as being ideal for them.
1). Stay in cottage for 01 night on twin sharing basis
2). Lunch, dinner and breakfast
3). Safari into Bandipur Tiger reserve
4). Guided nature walk
1). GST @ 5.0%
2). Air/Train fare
3). Anything not mentioned under the head inclusions.
4). Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road blocks and / or any factors beyond control.
5). The tariff does not include barbeque and activities.