Weekend Holiday Resorts / Spots Near Bangalore

By: William Nickel
BANDIPUR
wildlife sanctuary, located in southern Karnataka is one amongst the first sanctuaries made in the country. It is accessible by road, rail and air. The nearest airport to Bandipur is at Bangalore which is about 220 kms away (you can get a taxi from Bangalore to Bandipur if you wish). Although taking a taxi is a slightly expensive proposition it would be comfortable and you can enjoy the scenic beauty all the way.  The nearest railway station is at Mysore,about 80 kms away and by road it is close to Bangalore city, Mysore and also Ooty.
About Bandipur
This Bandipur wildlife sanctuary boasts of some rare flora and fauna. According to the 1997 census there are over 70 tigers here, so keep a lookout for the tigers while on your safari. Other animals that you could look forward to seeing while at this picturesque location include elephants, four horned antelope, hyenas, sloth bear, Gaur, Sambar Chital to name a few. It is also a haven to birds such as the Grey Junglefowl, Brown Hawk Owl, Malabar, Trogon, Bay Owl and a number of other varieties. You are sure to see monkeys, deers grazing and maybe peacocks too.
There are three rivers which flow through the sanctuary they being the Kabini River, Nagur River and the Moyar River.

The temperature here is ideally suited for a great vacation,  it goes to a minimum of 10 degrees in winters and a maximum of 28 degree Celsius in summers. The National park is ideal for visit throughout the year but it is actually paradise on earth in the monsoons i.e. from June to October, when the Bandipur national park is a beauty with lush greenery all over.
ACCOMODATION
Accommodation is not a problem here in Bandipur. There are quite a few set in the wilderness which offer great man made comforts to enjoy the scenic location. It is advisable to make your bookings in advance to avoid inconvenience. Accommodation in Bandipur is available to suit all pockets and personal preferences so do check and make your bookings as per your requirements.
ACTIVITIES
There are enough and more activities you can indulge in while at Bandipur. The ideal destination for bird watchers, Bandipur offers you the opportunity to see some really exotic species of birds. There is also enough scope for the trekkers to discover nature right here at Bandipur wildlife sanctuary. Many of the resorts also provide facilities for trekking, do take their advice as they know the area and would be in a better position to guide you. Make sure to get back before dark. It is best to carry your own trekking gear or else you must confirm with your accommodation provider whether they would provide the same. For those keen on Wildlife photography the subject here is one that you would love to shoot. You could also go on one of the organized safaris and see the animals enjoy in their natural habitat.
The Bandipur wildlife sanctuary is an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is a fantastic place to unwind and relax. You can even plan weekend trips from Bangalore, Mysore or Ooty if you do not have a lot of time to spare. A weekend getaway or a long and leisurely break, Bandipur promises to be that perfect holiday for you and your family.
William Nickel traveler and nature enthusiast, experienced in arranging enchanting with knowledge on elephant safari, tiger safari, jeep safari, trekking India, economical accommodation in wildlife sanctuary, Bandipur national park and Masinagudi reserve forest in Nilgiris on the Ooty Mysore Bangalore road

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