Bandipur National Park, one of the 'must visit' attractions of Bandipur, is the ideal spot for nature as well as adventure lovers. Sprawled across the area of 800 sq km, this park has abundant beautiful, deep and dense forest. In 1931, Maharaja of Mysore founded this national park, which measured 90 sq km at that time. This park was named Venugopala Wildlife Park in 1941 which was based on the main deity of the region.
Tourists can enjoy beautiful views from all corners of the park as it is encircled by Nagur, Kabini and Moyar Rivers. The park is the habitat of several animals, such as tigers, four horned antelopes, giant squirrels, elephants, hornbills, wild dogs, panthers, sloth bears and gaurs.
Along with animals, some rare bird species can also be found here, including migrant and resident birds. Brown hawk owl, trogons, grey jungle fowls, Drongo Bay owls, weaver birds, woodpeckers, kingfishers, common warblers and fly catches can be seen at the park. This park also has some rare flora species, such as Tectona grandis, Emblica officinalis, Bambusa arundinacea, and Dalbergia latifolia. Tourists can visit the park between 10 am and 6 pm at nominal charges of Rs. 25 for Indians and Rs. 150 for foreigners.