About -

This National Park was formed by including most of the forest areas of the then Venugopala Wildlife Park established under Govt. Notification dated 19th February 1941 and the area was enlarged in 1985 extending over an area of 874.20 Sq.Km and named as Bandipur National Park. This reserve was brought under Project Tiger in 1973. Subsequently some adjacent reserve forest areas were added to the reserve and extending to 880.02 Sq. Km. The present area under the control of Bandipur Tiger Reserve is 912.04 Sq. Km. An area of 39.80 Sq. Km of KFDC plantation area was handed over to this division during 2007-08. During 2010-11 the Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary was handed over to Wildlife Division, Mysore.

Description of the Tiger Conservation Unit/Landscape

The Bandipur, Nagarahole, Wayanad, Mudumalai and Sathyamangalam Tiger Landscape is spread across the states of Karnataka (Bandipur-Nagarahole), Tamil Nadu (Mudumalai-Sathyamangalam) and Kerala (Wayanad). Is a fine example of managing inter-state Tiger Reserves for the long term Conservation of Tiger Source Population. During 2010-11, Camera trap exercise along the Segur plateau-Moyar Gorge-Sathyamangalam region of Tamil Nadu gave evidence of resident Tiger population as well as the possible movement of individuals between this region and the BRT Tiger Reserve and onward to M.M. Hills & Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuaries. This landscape showed an overall increase in the Tiger occupancy in 2010 as compared to 2006 All India Tiger Estimation Exercise. The Tiger population on the Karnataka side (Nagarahole, Bandipur, BRT Tiger Reserves, M.M. Hills & Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary and adjoining forest) was estimated at 231 Tigers (214-249) covering an area of 4,460 Sq. Km. Since, this Tiger population is contiguous with Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu and Wayanad in Kerala, and move across the state boundaries, this Tiger number is not unique to Karnataka, but are indicative for the state. The Bandipur Tiger Reserve along with Nagarahole, Mudumalai, Sathyamangalam & Wayanad Landscape is the source population in the Western Ghats landscape complex with an estimated Tiger population of about 382 (354-411), constitutes the single largest Wild population of Tigers in the world (Jhala et al, 2011). Currently, with the occupancy of Tigers over an area of 21,435 km2, comprising 21% of the total forested area of the Western Ghats this landscape complex holds 1/8th of world’s Tiger population (1/4th of India’s Tiger population) i.e. around 534 Tigers (500-568), an increase of 29.6% over the 2006 estimates of 412 Tigers (India: Tiger Estimate 2010, Ministry of Environment and Forests).


The Bandipur Tiger Reserve forms a very important component of 5520.00 Sq. Km. landscape, the first Biosphere Reserve in the country i.e. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (Notified on 01-09-1986 vide order No. J.22010/6/86.CSC, Government of India under the Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the IUCN).  This Landscape of Bandipur, Nagarahole, Mudumalai & Wayanad complex is home to single largest Asian Elephant population in the world (Varma et al. 2005) and is part of the Mysore Elephant Reserve (MER) notified vide notification No. FEE 231 FWL 2000, Dated 25-11-2002.  The Reserve is endowed with rich floral and faunal diversity and is recognized as one of the Mega Biodiversity Areas in the country. The Tiger and the Elephants are the flagship and umbrella species for the conservation of all the Biota that this ecosystem represents.  The viable population of these two species is indicative of a healthy Ecosystem.

Biogeographically, Bandipur Tiger Reserve lies in one of the richest biodiversity areas of our country representing “5 B Western Ghats Mountains Biogeography Zone” (Rodgers & Panwar, 1988), surrounded by Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in the South, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in the South West & on the North West Side the Kabini Reservoir separates the Bandipur and Nagarahole Tiger Reserve. The Northern side of the Tiger Reserve is surrounded by human dominated landscape with villages and agricultural lands.

Delineation map of TR






Landscape Map of TR



Bandipur Tiger Reserve formerly known as the Bandipur National Park since 1970’s    came into being during the year 2007.  The name is derived from a village called Bandipur where the administrative unit of the Tiger Reserve is located.



The Tiger Reserve is situated in the contiguous landscape spread in the two revenue districts of Southern Karnataka namely the Mysore (Nanjangud & H.D. Kote Taluks) and Chamarajanagar (Gundlupet Taluk).  It is a distinctive landmass located at the tri-junction area of the States of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.  Lies between the North Latitudes 110 35’ 34” and 110 55’ 02” and between the East Longitudes 760 12’ 17” and 760 51’ 32” of Karnataka State in Southern India. Is part of the Western Ghats Tiger Landscape consisting of Mudumalai, Nagarahole Tiger Reserves and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.  The South-Eastern portion of the Tiger Reserve gets connected to the adjoining Tiger landscape of BRT Tiger Reserve, M.M. Hills and Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary through the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve.


Under the Mysore Game and Forest Preservation and Regulation Act, 1931, initially an area of 90 Sq.Km. was declared as “Venugopala Wildlife Park” by the Princely State of Mysore in 1941.  The area was increased to an extent of 800.00 Sq. Km by addition of adjoining forest areas in 1942.  Of this, in the year 1973, an area of 683.52 Sq.Km., a potential Tiger habitat was brought under the ambitious “Project Tiger” and is one of the first Nine Tiger Reserves in the country.

During 1974, the initial notification of the National Park was issued. Subsequently, some more adjacent Reserve forest areas were added to the Tiger Reserve and was extended to 880.02 Sq. Km.  The final notification of the Bandipur National Park was issued vide Government Order No. FEE 211 FWL 98 dated 17-6-2001.  Of this, an area of 3.20 Sq.Km. in Begur Reserve Forest and 4.28 Sq.Km. from Katwal Reserve Forest have been excluded which were earlier released for tribal rehabilitation vide Government orders No. AFD 354 FGL 68 dated 31-10-1968 and AFD 372 FGL 69 dated
02-09-1969 respectively.  In addition, an area of 0.30 Sq.Km. of forest land was set apart for the existing Sanctum Sanctorum of Gopalaswamy Betta Temple in Kaniyanapura block – II & III Reserved Forest.  Thus, the  Core/Critical Tiger habitat of the Reserve is  872.24 Sq. Km.

Approach & Access

A very convenient and easy approach to the Tiger Reserve exists through NH 67.  Is located midway on NH 67 about 80.00 Km. from the heritage city of Mysore and the Nilgiri Hills Station Ooty. Regular State Transport buses, taxies and other modes of Road transport provide easy access.  The nearest Airports are at Mysore (80 Km), Bengaluru (230.00 Km.) & Coimbatore (200 Km. in Tamil Nadu).  In addition to the very limited staying facilities provided by the forest department, some additional facilities are available for the general public in the Buffer zone of the Tiger Reserve.  The Reserve is well connected by the Wireless Network, Telephone and the Postal Services.  The nearest townships are Gundlupet in Karnataka, Masinagudi and Gudalur in Tamil Nadu and Sulthan Bathery in Kerala with adequate availability of civic amenities.

Google Map

Geology, Rock and Soil

The foot hill plains of Nilgiri hills abutting smaller hill ranges along with the main chain of Nilgiri Mountain range bordering Bandipur Tiger Reserve comprises of Achaean metamorphic rock which include Charnockite, Biotitic, Magnetite, Quartzite, Hornblende, Granulite, Pegmatite, and Dolerite and Quartz veins. Intensive bands of Charnockite forms bulk of the rock units in bordering Mudumalai Tiger Reserve area, extending in to the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. This hypersthenes-bearing bluish grey rock forms the basement in high-grade metamorphic terrain. The Charnockite has granolithic texture and contains quartz, feldspar, hypersthenes garnet and hornblende, Biotite, apatite and zircon as accessory minerals. Hornblende Granulite is found along the areas bordering Wayanad, extending into the Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

The underlying rocks belong mainly to the metamorphic formations of which Gneiss, Quartzite, Mica, Hornblende and Schists are found generally all over. The Igneous rocks, Granite and Charnockite are found intruding through the metamorphic rocks appear as out crops at higher levels and in the beds of water course. Quartz is a major component of the rock formations in the south east extreme of the Reserve in Kaniyanapura Block-II and III, Moyar Area and the fissile character of the Granite near Yelchatti is largely due to the banding of Quartz veins. A variety of Pinkish Grey Granite is seen in the beds of Heballa, Honnurhatti and Arekadu halla (Dr. Kadambi).

Two Principal types of Soil are –

  • Clay soil, generally deep, mixed with nodular lime stone on undulating ground.
  • Grey or Red Sandy loam on slopes and other well drained areas.

The soils are shallow on the hill tops and deep in valleys.
The substratum of clayey soils is generally a variety of white, soft, easily disintegrating rock in which feldspar predominates. The clayey soils are confined to low lying localities in patches. The substratum of loamy soils consists generally of metamorphic formations which are highly ferruginous. The reddish loam soils are the product of the process of weathering of these underlying ferruginous rocks. The best forest growth is found on deep well drained loamy soils.
There are patches of shale mixed with powdered quartz containing some minerals and salts which form the Natural Salt Licks for the Wild Animals. The one at Upneerhalla and some on Chammanalla road are good examples of this type.

Hydrology and Water Sources

The Reserve is located in Wayanad plateau, characterized by the presence of several Swamps and Vayals of varying size. These Vayals and Swamps serve as wallowing grounds for the herbivores like Sambar and Wild Boar and Tiger. The central part of the Reserve is slightly elevated with intermittent hills of moderate height, interspersed with several seasonal streams and a few perennial water sources, the prominent ones being the Moyar River originating from the Nilgiri Mountain Range near Pykara, meandering through the Reserve over a length of more than 20 Km.  Moyar River is the major water source for the wildlife and people living in and around the Reserve. On the western part of the Reserve bordering Wayanad of Kerala, a river by name Noolpuza enters Karnataka State, known as Nugu hole.  This traverses through the Reserve for more than 30 Km, ends up in the backwaters of Nugu dam. There are several other seasonal streams and rivulets viz. Mavinahalla, Shikkatihalla, Bidarahalla, Hebballa, Kekkanahalla, Vaddattihole, Waranchihole and Mukkattihole.   However, water is available in the form of puddles to the wildlife throughout the year.


Three seasons are markedly noticed in the Reserve, the dry, the wet and the cold.  The cold season starts in November and lasts up to mid February; later on the hot season commences and lasts up to middle of June.  The coldest months are December and January and the hottest are March and April.  The wet season starts in the middle of June with heavy pre-monsoon showers in April and May.  The wet season lasts up to September.  The North-East Monsoon starts from the mid of October lasting up to the mid November.

The climate is generally hot and dry in summer; with occasional pre-monsoon showers.  The climate, on the whole, is generally healthy except in the South-Western portions of Beerambadi, Ainurmarigudi and Begur area.

Vegetation Types

Principal Forest Types- The forests of the Tiger Reserve are varied and rich. To the eastern most portions lie the scrub forests of Moyar. While the vegetation in the central portion of the Tiger Reserve viz., Kaniyanapura, Bandipur part of Beerambadi is dry deciduous, the vegetation in the western part of the reserve viz., Ainurmarigudi, Begur and Beerambadi is moist deciduous. The vegetation, therefore, changes from scrub type to moist deciduous type from east to west. These forests are classified as under:

  1. The Scrub type – (Group 5 – Sub-Group 5B- DSF-I-Dry deciduous scrub of Champion and Seth classification).
  2. Southern Tropical Dry and Deciduous type – (Group 5 – Sub-Group 5A Ci of Champion and Seth classification).
  3. South Tropical Moist Deciduous type – (Group-3-Sub-Group-3-B-Ci of Champion and Seth classification).

Vegetation Map

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Buffer Zone

The State Government under Section 38V of the Wildlife (Protection) Amendment Act, 2006 vide its order No. FEE 136 FWL 2008 dated 31-08-2010, notified an area of 584.06 Sq.Km. to be the Buffer Zone of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve.  This consists of 118 villages in the taluks of Nanjangud, H.D. Kote and Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar of Mysore and Chamarajanagar District respectively spread over an area of 465.79 Sq.Km, 118.27 Sq.Km. of notified Reserved Forests and about 7850 Acres of revenue lands notified under Section 4 of Karnataka Forest Act, 1963 during February 2012.

The Buffer Zone of the Reserve starts from the North West corner of Keravadi village of H.D. Kote Taluk traversing along the Northern boundary of various villages in H.D. Kote Taluk ending in tri-junction point of Mullur, Chennegowdanahalli villages of H.D. Kote Taluk and Hediyala of Nanjangud taluk.  From there on, traversing along the village boundaries of Gundlupet Taluk such as Hundipura, Shivapura, Belavadi, Kebbepura finally reaching Vaddaralli of Chamarajanagar Taluk and finally ends in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka State boundary.

The buffer zone chiefly consists of the forest areas spread over 118.27 Sq.Km.

Notified Forest Areas – 118.27 Sq. Kms.


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Eco-Sensitive Zone

The Central Government vide notification SO 2364(E) dated 4th October, 2012 under the provisions of the Environmental (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986) subsection (1) read with clause (v) and clause (xiv) of sub-section (2) of section (3) and sub-rule (3) of rule 5 of the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986 have notified the Eco-Sensitive Zone of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve covering a geographical area of 597.45 Sq.Km. which includes 123 villages.


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Strategy for Protection and Communication

Based on the analyses of the crime data of a last decade or so, the recent phenomena of Tigers straying into Human dominated Landscape and the accumulated experiences of the front-line staff in dealing with the threats of Poaching of Tigers, localized threats posed by the tribal hadies and the villages abutting the Reserve mainly targeting the herbivores, the Wild boars and accidental deaths of the Tiger/Leopard due to snaring; the forest offences involving the smuggling of Timber, Illegal collection of NTFP, Illegal Grazing, Fuel wood collection and the accidental deaths on the two National Highways, the strategies to deal with these threats are

Anti-Poaching & Human Wildlife Conflict

Specifically targeting the protection of Tiger in particular and to address effectively the Human-Wildlife Conflict, the entire length of the Reserve over a stretch of 220.00 Kms abutting the human dominated landscape on the North and North Western side of the Reserve covering the border areas of Gundre, N. Begur, Moliyur, Hediyala, Omkara, Maddur, G.S. Betta, Bandipur and Kundukere Ranges has been secured by the formation and maintenance of border service road network, Establishment of 20 Solar Sheds and fairly effective barriers in the form of Elephant Proof Trenches and the Solar Powered Fencing.   Further, strengthening and intensifying the protection efforts, the following measures are in place.

Border Patrolling

The entire 220 Km stretch is divided into highly vulnerable area i.e. the stretch from the Northern side starting from Gundre Range to Hediyala Range.  In order to effectively patrol this area, two teams each consisting of 10-15 personnel of the Special Tiger Protection Force are stationed at N. Begur and Chikkabargi.  The team stationed at N.Begur range conduct the foot patrolling/Jeep patrolling at least four days in a week in association and co-ordination with the beat guards, forest watchers and the Anti-poaching camp staff covering the border areas of Gundre and N. Begur.  Similarly, the team stationed at Chikkabargi along with the frontline staff will carry out this operation over the stretch in the Ranges of Moliyur and Hediyala. On weekly basis, the observations such as sighting of a Tiger, Sign of Tiger presence like Pugmark, Scat, Presence of Snares, illegal movement of suspected persons, illegal collection of NTFP etc. will be collated and analysed.  Accordingly, suitable modifications in the patrolling be effected.

Monsoon Patrolling

During the Monsoon, in addition to the regular patrolling by the Anti-poaching Camp staff, the Elephant back patrolling in the vulnerable areas along the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala will be carried out.  Temporary Elephant camps will be stationed at Chammanahalla in Moolehole Range, Kadubinakatte Anti-poaching camp in N. Begur Range, Nayihalla Anti-Poaching camp in Gundre Range and the permanent Elephant Camp at Ramapur in A.M. Gudi Range.  The patrolling on the Elephant back will be organised and co-ordinated by the Assistant Conservator of Forests, Hediyala Sub-division.  The observations and the effectiveness of this effort will be analysed on a weekly basis and suitable timely modification/changes to be put in place.

Night Patrolling

The Assistant Conservator of Forests of the Sub-division based on the information available and the critical period between November to April overlapping with the fire season will organise and supervise the night patrolling in the border areas.  Suitable timely modifications be worked out at the field level by the managers involving the Deputy Director/Assistant Director/Range Forest Officers and the Assistant Conservator of Forests of the Special Tiger Protection Force.

Boat Patrolling

All round the year, patrolling by boat though is in place in the backwater areas of Kabini & Nugu Reservoir, the same is to be strengthened by increasing the number of boat patrolling parties at least by two more.  Vulnerable spots are to be identified based on the past crime/offence data and suitable measures to be put in place.

The State has been more than proactive and seized this opportunity provided by the National Tiger Conservation Authority and has fully put in place the Special Tiger Protection Force.  The State vide its order No. FEE 387 FFS 2009, Bangalore Dated 10-05-2010 & letter No. FEE 382 FFS 2010, Dated 24/25-06-2011 have sanctioned 112 posts under Option – II comprising of Assistant Conservator of Forests, Range Forest Officers, Deputy Range Forest Officers, Forest Guards & Forest Watchers.  All the recruited personnel of this elite Force have undergone the induction Forestry training and in addition about 54 personnel have also undergone the 13 weeks Training Module at the Armed Police Training School, Yelahanka as prescribed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, New Delhi.  Further, as mandated by the National Tiger Conservation Authority and the provisions made under the Cadre & Recruitment Rules, all the 27 Forest Watchers have been recruited from the Scheduled tribe community dwelling in and around the Tiger Reserve.

The structure of this elite force is as follows – A company headed by an Assistant Conservator of Forests, reporting directly to the Field Director of the Tiger Reserve is headquartered at Hand Post of H.D. Kote Taluk which is strategically located between the two Tiger Reserves of Bandipur and Nagarahole.  The three platoons of the company each headed by a Range Forest officer are deployed at Melukamanahalli (Bandipur Tiger Reserve),

Man Animal Conflict


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/-

  • 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.

New Campus Location

  • 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 I2500
2Gajendra II2000
3Gajendra III1600
4Gajendra IV1600
6Vanashree I1600
7Vanashree II1600
8Vanashree III1600
9Vanashree IV1600
10Vanashree V3200
11Chital I1600
12Chital II1600
13Harini I1600
14Harini II1600
15Kokila I1600
16Kokila II1600
17Papeeha I1600
18Papeeha II1600
19Mayura I1600
20Mayura II1600
21Dormitory (20 bed)4000
22Dormitory (10 bed)2000
23Dormitory (9 bed)1800
24Dormitory (6 bed)1200
25Vanaranjini I1600
26Vanaranjini II1600
Check in time

*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 FeeJungle SafariWalk-in Safari in Bus
AdultRs. 250/-Rs. 100/-Rs. 350/-
ChildrenRs. 125/-Rs. 50/-Rs. 175/-

Guest are required to adhere to the following timings

b. Safari Timings#

For Buses

Session1st Trip Start Time1st Trip Ends Time2nd Trip Start Time2nd Trip End Time3rd Trip Start Time3rd Trip End Time
Morning06:15 AM07:45 AM07:45 AM09:30 AM--
Afternoon02:30 PM04:00 PM04:00 PM05:30 PM05:30 PM06:45 PM

For Gypsy

Session1st Trip Start Time1st Trip Ends Time2nd Trip Start Time2nd Trip End Time
Morning06:15 AM08:00 AM08:00 AM09:45 AM
Afternoon02:30 PM04:30 PM04:30 PM06:30 PM

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


Day Parking

VehicleParking FeeGST(18%)Total
Car / JeepRs. 50/-Rs. 9/-Rs. 59/-
LCVRs. 100/-Rs. 18/-Rs. 118/-
Bus / TruckRs. 150/-Rs. 27/-Rs. 177/-

Over Night Parking

VehicleParking FeeGST(18%)Total
Car / JeepRs. 100/-Rs. 18/-Rs. 118/-
LCVRs. 200/-Rs. 36/-Rs. 236/-
Bus / TruckRs. 300/-Rs. 54/-Rs. 354/-

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 programmes 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

Ban on Night Traffic  Two National Highways 181 and 766 are passing through Bandipur Tiger Reserve, movement of vehicles in these National Highways are being closed from 21.00 Hrs to 06.00 Hrs.

Room Enquiry

Ph: 08229-236051

Safari Enquiry

Ph: 08229-295004


Mr. Muniraju V

Range Forest Officer +91 948-080-7726

Mr. Narasihma Murthy

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

Mr. Jagadish

Dy. Range Forest Officer, +91 944-836-1201

Mr. Mallikarjun

Forest Guard, +91 900-820-5663

Donations -


Dear kind hearted donors, Bandipur Tiger Reserve has been very fortunate in receiving aid and assistance from civil society at large whenever the need has arisen, you have raised to the occasion many a times and have generously donated whatever was asked for in the interest of forest and wildlife. In order to bring transparency and build trust between donors and the Bandipur Tiger Reserve management, the process of making donation has been streamlined and from 15th February 2018 onwards all donors who wish to donate anything to Bandipur Tiger Reserve and forest department are requested to follow the guidelines.


(T. Balachandra, IFS.,)

Conservator of Forests & Field Director,

Project Tiger, Bandipur

The Foundation can receive donations from individuals, Institutions at home and abroad.

Donation can be in the form of Kind or Cash

  • Cash can be donate in the form of Cheque or DD by drawing in favour of Bandipur Tiger Conservation Foundation or
  • Through RTGS, NEFT to the following account

Current Account No. 64027987216

Name: Bandipur Tiger Conservation Foundation,

Bank: State Bank of Mysore

Branch: Gundlupet Branch

MICR Code: 571006652

IFSC Code: SBIN0040063

  • All donations are to be made at Bandipur- Director’s office only
  • A donation monitoring book will be kept at the office and the donors are requested make sure that the donation made is recorded in that book with due signature and details of donated items
  • Depending on the availability either Conservator of Forests & Director, Assistant Conservator of Forests or Range Forest Officer will issue a Certificate of having the donation received with a photograph.
  • Details of donations received will be uploaded with photographs once in 15 days.
  • No donations will be acknowledged which is made directly to any individuals, RFO office or any other place and donors are discouraged from the practice of making direct donations.


coming soon….

List of Organisations and Individuals working in Bandipur Tiger Reserve

SlName of the orgainzation /Individual Area of Activity*AddressContact personPhone & Email IdActive from
1Voice for Wildlife TrustLegal# 1466/1,
1st floor, 3rd cross,
Thyagaraja Road, Mysore 24
Mr. Sudheer.K.S0821-2442776, voiceforwildlife@gmail.com2009
2Wildlife Trust of IndiaLaw enforcement Assistance
Veternary Assistance
APC strenghtning
Staff welfare
Wildlife Trust of India,
F-13, Sector 8,
Noida (NCR), UP, 201301
Mr. Nagaraj Bhat9008178083 nagaraj@wti.org.in2011
3Wildlife Conservation Foundation Training
Staff welfare
EDC, VFC activity
# 398/1, Shivayan Mutt Road,
Devaraja Mohalla
(Next to Jaganmohan Palace),
Mysore - 570 024
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Conservator of Forests and Director

Sri. T Balachandra, IFS.,

Conservator of Forests & Field Director,
Project Tiger, Bandipur, Gundlupet Taluk,
Chamarajanagar District,
Karnataka – 571126
Ph: 08229-236043/60;

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Assistant Conservator of Forests

Sri. Sumithkumar Subhashrao Patil, IFS.,

Assistant Conservator of Forests
Bandipur Sub Division,

Sri. Paramesha K

Assistant Conservator of Forests,
Gundlupet Sub Division,
Gundlupet Taluk – 571111

Sri. M S Ravikumar

Assistant Conservator of Forests
Hediyala Sub Division,
Hediyala, Nanjangud Taluk – 571315

Sri. M S Ravikumar (Incharge)

Assistant Conservator of Forests
Special Tiger Protection Force,

Handpost, H.D Kote Taluk – 571114

Range Forest Officers

Sri. V Muniraju

Range Forest Officer,
Bandipur Range, Bandipur, Gundlupet Taluk – 571126

Sri. Naveenkumar N P

Range Forest Officer,
G.S Betta Range, Melukamanahalli, Gundlupet – 571126

Sri. Mahadeva N C

Range Forest Officer,
Moolehole Range, Maddur Post, Gundlupet Taluk – 571111

Sri.  D Srinivasa

Range Forest Officer,
Kundukere Range, Gundlupet Taluk – 571111

Dr. Lokesh S L

Range Forest Officer ,
Gundlupet Buffer Range, Gundlupet Taluk – 571111

Sri. Nagendra Naika H N

Range Forest Officer,
Omkar Wildlife Range, Gundlupet Taluk – 571109

Sri. J. Sudhakar

Range Forest Officer,
Maddur Range, Gundlupet Taluk – 571111

Sri. Manjunath H M

Range Forest Officer,
Hediyala Range, Nanjangud Taluk – 571315

Sri. Puttaraju G

Range Forest Officer,
Moliyur Range, Shigevadi, H. D. Kote Taluk – 571121

Sri. Shanmukha

Range Forest Officer,
A.M Gudi Range, H. D. Kote Taluk

Sri. Shashidhar V

Range Forest Officer,
Gundre Range, H. D. Kote Taluk – 571116

Sri. Chethan H P

Range Forest Officer,
N Begur Range, H. D. Kote Taluk – 571116

Kum. Geetha Naik

Range Forest Officer,
Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary, Hosabeerwalu
H.D. Kote Taluk – 571121

Room Enquiry

Ph: 08229-236051

Safari Enquiry

Ph: 08229-295004

Mr. Naveenkumar N P

Range Forest Officer

+91 9480-080-7728

Mr. Muniraju V

Range Forest Officer

+91 948-080-7726

Mr. Narasihma Murthy

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

Mr. Jagadish

Dy. Range Forest Officer,
+91 944-836-1201

Mr. Mallikarjun

Forest Guard,
+91 900-820-5663