Bandipur National Park is regarded as one of the most beautiful and the better-managed national parks of India. Located amidst the picturesque surroundings of the towering Western Ghat Mountains on the Mysore-Ooty highway in Karnataka, Bandipur National Park covers an area of about 874.2 sq km.
In past, the park was a hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Mysore. It was declared a Reserve forest in the year of 1931.
Bandipur National Park is famous for a large variety of animals such as Tigers, Gaur, Sambhar, Chital, Mouse deer, Four-horned antelope, Wild dogs, Wild boar, Jackal, Sloth bear, Panther, Malabar squirrel, Porcupines and The black-knapped hare.
The whole area is gifted with a wide range of flora and other vegetation ranging from the open grassy woodlands to the evergreen and deciduous forests. Valued hard woods like teak and rosewood are found in abundance here. The entire region comes under the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which is one of the most wide spread territories in India protected forests.
National park is an area which is strictly reserved for the betterment of the wildlife & biodiversity, and where activities like developmental, forestry, poaching, hunting and grazing on cultivation are not permitted. The boundaries of National park are well marked and circumscribed.