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The Bandipur tiger reserve was started by the Maharaja of Mysore who created a sanctuary of a small area of 90 Sq Km called the Venugopala wildlife park which later extended by an addition of another 800 Sq Km and now is the Bandipur reserve area. Among the very few tiger reserves in India and the ones which have seen a commendable progress in maintenance of the Tiger Projects, the Bandipur and Nagarhole parks are on the forefront.
Bandipur reserve is a host not just for the tigers, it also hosts several species of the country’s endangered species. The biomes include the deciduous forests, shrublands which are well fed by the monsoon rain and the Nilgiri region adding to the variety in the species that grows here. The reserve is flanked by two rivers namely Kabini and Moyar at North and South ends. The highest point in the reserve is the Gopalaswamy Betta which has a temple on the top and is a popular attraction among the local visitors.
Various types of trees grow here, namely Teak, Rosewood, Sandal, Bamboo, Gooseberry, etc. The fauna includes the endangered species like the gaurs, tigers, dholes, pythons, sloth bear, Indian giant squirrels. It is also home to various reptiles and the ant species.
Located about a 2 Hr drive from Mysore, it would be a shame not to visit this place, the lush green tree cover, the conspicuous presence of deers, elephants, peacocks amongst the other wildlife make it a brilliant drive through the forest lane.
|Distance:||Mysore - 80kms | Gundlupet - 20kms | Bangalore - 220kms | Ooty - 60kms|
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