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 (64.00 Sq.Km.) and Kundukere (18 Sq.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.
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
There are 09 cottages having 19 suits
There are 04 dormitories having 45 beds
d) Accommodation _ Tariff
|21||Dormitory (20 bed)||4000|
|22||Dormitory (10 bed)||2000|
|23||Dormitory (9 bed)||1800|
|24||Dormitory (6 bed)||1200|
Check in time
*Check in Time 12.00 to 7.30 pm – if you arrive between 7.30 pm and 11:00 am you will not be entertained to check in.
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.
|Park Entry Fee||Jungle Safari||Walk-in Safari in Bus|
|Adult||Rs. 250/-||Rs. 100/-||Rs. 350/-|
|Children||Rs. 250/-||Rs. 50/-||Rs. 300/-|
Guest are required to adhere to the following timings
b. Safari Timings#
|Session||1st Trip Start Time||1st Trip Ends Time||2nd Trip Start Time||2nd Trip End Time||3rd Trip Start Time||3rd Trip End Time|
|Morning||06:30 AM||07:30 AM||07:30 AM||08:30 AM||08:30 AM||09:30 AM|
|Evening||03:30 PM||04:30 PM||04:30 PM||05:30 PM||05:30 PM||06:30 PM|
|Session||1st Trip Start Time||1st Trip Ends Time||2nd Trip Start Time||2nd Trip End Time|
|Morning||06:30 AM||08:00 AM||08:00 AM||09:30 AM|
|Evening||03:30 PM||05:00 PM||05:00 PM||06:30 PM|
# Visitors are requested to be at ticket counter before 20-30 Mins to get their tickets.
Breakfast 8.30 am to 09.30 am, Lunch 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm , Dinner 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Mr. Suresh. P. C