Bandipur National Park

For this holiday season, we have debated on traveling to several destinations (around the country & the world), but finally decided to check out places in our own backyard within India, and chose to explore incredible south India covering Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Wayanad (which is covered in Phase 2), and Coorg. It took just a few hours to realize that it wouldn’t be easy for all four of us to be together in a common vehicle without getting on to each other’s nerves, though it was an Innova, and was spacious for a family of four :-). So we started our Day 1, with a quick rendezvous at Sri Ranganathan Temple in Mysore, where the deity appears as if he chills out in a pretty relaxed reclining mode, and thanked him for the awesome year 2015 and prayed for sanity around.   Then we did an ‘ode’ to our stomach, by stopping at a ‘hole in a wall’ foodie place called “Malari” which was recommended on trip advisor, for a Mysore Masala Dosa. There was just one item on the menu of this place (no water, no coffee, just a single type of Dosa).  The rest of the details are in part 1 of the tri-series blog.  The first one is all about Bandipur National Reserve and what we found here.

It took us about two hours from Mysore, to get into Bandipur National Park.  As soon as we entered the park premises, we have found 100s of deer freely roaming around, langoors hopping around, peacocks wandering, and wild boars boaring around.  We knew we have finally arrived in almost a ‘real’ forest. This place is located amidst the picturesque surroundings of the towering Western Ghats Mountains. Bandipur National Park is regarded as one of the most beautiful and better-managed national parks in India.

Bandipur was once a private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore but has now been upgraded to Bandipur Tiger Reserve Bandipur National Park covers an area of over 850 SQ KM. Wiki Says, together with Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, and Nagarhole National Park in the North, it creates India’s biggest biosphere reserve popularly known as the ‘Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

We took the safari on an 18-seater cantor vehicle which was arranged by jungle lodge, and spent about a few hours driving around the forest.  We spotted a leopard at the end of the safari, but it ran away before we can take a clear pic, thanks to loud shrieks from the kids and adults, for which it ran away.  On Day 1 we stayed at Windflower Tusker Trails Resorts & Spa which is amidst forest terrain.  We saw deer coming in and out of the resort.  We were advised not to venture out after 10:30PM as the resort does not have a fence. On Day 2 we stayed at “The Serai” (thanks to an upgrade). “The Serai’ is the 5-star category and must be recommended for anyone who wants to indulge on a vacation.  There are just 25 rooms in an 18-acre resort, surrounded by grasslands.  Service was impeccable, and the food was lavish.  Rooms are done quite elegantly while retaining a rustic look for the scenery

A few pics can be viewed below and also an 80-sec video capsule.


It was as if, elephant chased us, by leaping out of the poster



Our villa @ The Serai, Bandipur
Our room @ Windflower Tusker Trails

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Somewhere on the road to Bandipur


In Meditative mood on the hills of Bandipur near a Gopalswamy Temple
Western Ghats


Right of the way for the big guy !!
Captured by Aniketh

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Walk with Naturalist @ The Serai
Walk with Naturalist @ The Serai
Outside Villa @ The Serai
Exiting Bandipur
Serpentine Eagle – PC : Aniketh
malari dosa
Mysore Masala Dosa @ Hotel Malari, in Mysore

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