Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Eco-Tourism – Bandipur being one of the first Nine Tiger Reserves in the country is in the forefront of Eco-tourism for the last more than three decades. Extending over an area of 82.00 Sq. km. constituting about 9.40% of the total area of the Reserve, the Eco-tourism activity is operated in the two Ranges of bandipur(54 sq km) and GS Betta( 28sq km).  Of this, an area of about a Sq.Km. abutting the National Highway 67 bisecting the Eco-tourism area, there exists the administrative facilities, the halting facilities etc.  In addition, the Eco-tourism area in Kundukere Range abuts the villages viz., Mangala, Chikkayelachetti and the areas where some of the Private Tourist Resorts are located.  The Reserve has an advantage in having practically round the year Eco-tourism activities catering to every class of visitors, seeking recreation and a change to an authentically wild environment.  The serious students of the plant and animal life and wildlife photographers of all hues visit this pristine Reserve.  One has excellent opportunity of viewing the diverse Wildlife and the flora.

Cancellation and Refund policies

  1. Cancellation before 48 hours before check in time 20% will be deducted.
  2. Cancellation before 24 hours before check in time 60% will be deducted.
  3. Any other cancellations no refunds.
  4. No cancellation for safari tickets.

Dont’s in Tiger Reserve.

  1. Don’t Feed Animals.
  2. Don’t Tease Animals.
  3. Don’t Smoke.
  4. Alcohol Not Allowed.
  5. Don’t Stop Vehicles.
  6. Don’t Horn.
  7. Don’t Overtake.
  8. Don’t Violate Speed Limit.
  9. Don’t Take Pictures.
  10. Don’t Litter.

Note: * In case of any violations FINE will be Rs.1000/-

* Guests are requested to not to come with their pets during the stay and safari.

  • To avoid double park entry fee payment please book accommodation and safari together. Separate safari and accommodation booking is liable to pay the entry fee twice.
  • No provision for any modification (postpone/ prepone) of dates/ trip (time slot) once the booking made.
  • Checkin time is 13.00 Hrs.
  • Usage of Mobile phones during safari is not allowed
  • Please bring the Xerox copy of identity card( only for people staying in room)

The Safari Activity has been shifted to the STPF Campus of Melukamanahalli (Near Anjaneyaswamy Temple). Tourists are requested to utilise the safari services at New Safari Campus.

Dear Visitors,
As per the orders of Deputy Commissioner, Chamarajanagar the safari activities in weekend are restricted and all guests are requested to present the negative RT-PCR reports (maximum 72 hours prior to visit) to avail the eco-tourism services in Bandipur. Refund shall be made to the weekend bookings.

  • To avoid double park entry fee payment please book accommodation and safari together. Separate safari and accommodation booking is liable to pay the entry fee twice.
  • No provision for any modification (postpone/ prepone) of dates/ trip (time slot) once the booking made.
  • Checkin time is 13.00 Hrs.
  • Usage of Mobile phones during safari is not allowed
  • Please bring the xerox copy of identity card( only for people staying in room)

Presently the following accommodation facilities are available to visitors at Bandipur Campus.

a) VIP Guest Houses
There is 01 VIP guest houses having 4 suits

b) Cottages
There are 09 cottages having 19 suits

c) Dormitories
There are 04 dormitories having 45 beds

d) Accommodation _ Tariff

Sl.Cottage NameRates
1Gajendra I3000
2Gajendra II2500
3Gajendra III2000
4Gajendra IV2000
6Vanashree I2000
7Vanashree II2000
8Vanashree III2000
9Vanashree IV2000
10Vanashree V4000
11Chital I2000
12Chital II2000
13Harini I2000
14Harini II2000
15Kokila I2000
16Kokila II2000
17Papeeha I2000
18Papeeha II2000
19Mayura I2000
20Mayura II2000
21Dormitory (20 bed)5000
22Dormitory (10 bed)2500
23Dormitory (9 bed)2500
24Dormitory (6 bed)1500
25Vanaranjini I2000
26Vanaranjini II2000

*Check in Time 13.00 Hrs to 19.30  Hrs. – if you arrive between 19.30 Hrs and 13.00 Hrs. you will not be entertained to check in.

Wildlife Safari

Presently the safari activates are taking place in the entire designated tourism area by treating it as on unit. There are 08 department safari buses & 05 Gypsys (are being charged Rs. 3000.00/ Trip with Park Entry Fee) to carry the visitors in to the Eco-tourism area of Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

a. Safari Tariff

  Park Entry Fee Jungle Safari Walk-in Safari in Bus
Adult Rs. 300/- Rs. 300/- Rs. 600/-
Children Rs. 150/- Rs. 150/- Rs. 300/-


b. Safari Timings

For Buses

For Gypsy

# Visitors are requested to be at ticket counter before 20-30 Mins to get their tickets.

Day Parking

Over Night Parking

Canteen timings

Breakfast 8.30 am to 09.30 am, Lunch 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm , Dinner 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Reception Centre

The Eco-Tourism Activities presently at Bandipur Reception Centre is managed by an Assistant Conservator of Forests, who is assisted by Eco-tourism team which comprises One RFO, One Dy. RFO, Three Forest Guards & Drivers etc.,

Park Interprétation Programme

Interprétation Centre

The Park has an Interpretation Centre and   all tourists, visiting the Park should first be made to go through this Centre before entering the Park. This would not only introduce the Park to the tourists, but would also create in the tourist an awareness and appreciation in respect of conservation needs and also increase public support for Wildlife conservation. This is better done through use of visual objects or visual display.

Keeping in view the objectives of eco-tourism, the education and interpretation of park resources is a part of Overall Eco-Tourism Management effort. The Interpretation-Cum-Visitor Centre must be self-contained, attractive and educative and must act as an important hub of information. Publication and Publicity material need to be carefully designed keeping in view the target groups and made available in sufficient quantities. The holdings and way side signage has to be designed keeping in view the ecology of the area and should not be an eyesore.

Realising that National Parks and Reserves have no future unless people who live around such areas cooperate with the management and actively participate in the programmes. Education and Interpretation of Park resource is part of the overall tourism management effort with an emphasis on increasing public support.  Interpretation according to Freeman Tilden is ‘An educational activity which aims to reveal meaning and relationships through the use of original objects, by firsthand experience, and by illustrative media, rather than simply to communicate factual information.  It informs the tourists about:

The Educational and training program’s planned.

  1. Visit of School Children to the Park: Rural school children living in the villages and towns around the park are brought to Bandipur by park vehicles and taken round the tourism zone.  They are told of our rich heritage of fauna and flora and their role in the maintenance of balance of nature and how this is necessary for the very survival of man.
  2. Nature Education and Workshop to Rural Teachers: Realising the impossibility of reaching all the school children as indicated above and also the fact that only properly oriented and knowledgeable teacher will be able to convey the information to a number of children, nature education workshops of 3 to 4 days are conducted periodically at Bandipur. It is programmed to call these teachers again after a few months to participate in advanced workshops.
  3. Environment Education Camps to School Students: Nature orientation camps to both rural and urban students are conducted in collaboration with voluntary organization like Wildlife First, Life Environment Awareness Fund, etc.
  4. People’s Awareness Programme: Rural youth and members of village communities are invited to take part in the workshops that are conducted periodically. These persons after their training in nature education workshops are appointed by park authorities as ‘Honorary Park Wardens’ with a view to enlist their support and cooperation in conservation and protection programmes.  They also function as coordinates between Rural Communities and Park Authorities in planning protection works like prevention of fire, poaching, smuggling and control of grazing.

Wildlife Film
Wildlife film show at 7pm

Souvenir shop
There is a souvenir shop having with the equipments & tourism articles and handicraft articles will be sold to the tourists.

How to Reach 

Get directions using Google Maps

Room Enquiry

Ph: 08229-236051

Safari Enquiry

Ph: 08229-295004

Mr. Naveenkumar N P (Incharge)

Range Forest Officer +91 948-080-7726

Mr. Narasihma Murthy

Dy. Range Forest Officer, +91 897-152-7101

Mr. Bipin

Dy. Range Forest Officer, +91 944-963-7056

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