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“the Gov. run safari is a disgrace”

Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve
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54 reviews
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“the Gov. run safari is a disgrace”
Reviewed 2 November 2011

we were booked into a very nice resort,the Windflower,and had booked 2 safaris in a 4x4 jeep in advance at an extra cost but were loaded into a rickety,cramped and unsafe ex=school bus along with 30 other tourists. I was told by the resort manager that the govt. had taken over all safaris into the park and there was nothing they could do about it even though they had a purpose built vehicle of their own. The 2 hour ride was the most uncomfortable I have ever had in my life, there appeared to be no suspension, the vehicle was not built to go off-road, the seating was cramped and it was so noisy I'm surprised we saw any animals at all.
Someone,somewhere is obviously getting a huge rake-off out of this and it is a disgrace that the govt. should be ashamed of.

Visited October 2011
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Mumbai, India
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“Excellent Flora and Fauna”
Reviewed 29 October 2011

All of you might be aware of the Mudumalai Wildlife Park.
Bandipura National Park is adjacent to this park,only that the border between the states seperates the two. It has excellent spots for nature lovers and photography freaks.If you want to spend some valuable time do visit this National Park as well. You can find lots of deers and Elephants stray as you drive through the woods of these state highway.

Visited November 2010
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USA
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“excellent area - but avoid the govt run safari”
Reviewed 4 October 2011

Beautiful forests - great flora and fauna - but look for some other options for safari ride. Don't ever take the government run safari ride - it is a rip off ! They have now hiked it to Rs 300 per person (same price of kids) for a 45 min ride. Our ride lasted only for 35 mins of which it was 10 mins on a tar road. The safari vans are very poorly maintained - the staff don't even attempt to make it a pleasurable experience for visitors. Forest office staff are extremely rude and they don't even answer your questions. Don't waste money here. Stay in a resort and try their safari ride instead. Avoid Karnataka Govt stuff !

Visited October 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Safari Option - Lots of Dhole!”
Reviewed 23 November 2010

Travelling around South India is not always easy. I tried a few years back and found the bad roads and lack of infrastructure a nightmare. This time I went on a dedicated safari holiday with an excellent company based in the UK. Royle Safaris opened the doors to many of the parks including this very underrated park. In fact at times we had the whole place to our self and because of that we saw a record 24 different dhole! Amazing and going with a zoologist guide really helped in spotting and understanding the animals!
Although the tour is more expensive than booking locally (in India) the lack of hassle and expertise of local guides and a zoologist makes the extra cost more than worth it.

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Delhi
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“The woods are indeed lovely, dark and deep!”
Reviewed 21 November 2009

A trip to the Bandipur National Park (about 225 km/5 hours drive from Bangalore) in November 2009 was rewarding, even if marred by persistent unseasonal rains. One of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in India, it is situated at the foot of the Blue mountains/Nilgiris and spread over 880 km. A part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve, it was the first of the seven parks under "Project Tiger" to save the species.

My son and I stayed at the Bandipur Safari Lodge which has safaris to the forest in open jeeps or a closed van, (according to preference) in the evening and early morning. Mr.Gangaswamy and Nataraj do a good job of organizing the groups. We chose the open jeep, and were lucky to have an extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic naturalist/guide called Basavanna who drove us around. While we waited for him to register at the forest department office (all vehicles have to register each time before entering the forest) it was a treat watching the langurs swinging from the trees all around! One gets the first feel of the jungle here!

The dirt roads through the forest are winding, very rocky and narrow, and one can only admire the skill of those who have to drive for a couple of hours each time, (how they find the way is amazing!) and even without lights in the evening when it is pitch dark. Despite the rain, we were lucky enough to see herds of chital, gaur, a couple of sloth bear, dhole (wild dogs) and finally, a majestic leopard! The gaur was massive, but it moved with amazing speed. On the way back, we passed four elephants standing quietly by the side, black silhouettes in the darkness. We returned to the resort a bit drenched, but happy!

Next morning, we opted for another jeep safari instead of a nature walk, and it proved to be a wise choice! The drizzle and fine mist lent a magical touch to the forest, though the chital were the only animals around. Morning is really the time for birds, so we saw some beautiful specimens like the jungle fowl, flycatcher, black winged stilt, a lone cormorant in the middle of the dam, and a magnificent peacock perched on a tree. The water bodies in the park are good sites to spot birds. We were fortunate to be in Basavanna’s jeep again, and he took great pains to cover as much as possible, alert all the time for anything that could be seen. Luck and the weather are obviously major factors in animal sightings, but the interest and initiative of the accompanying person also play a major role, as does the kind of co-passengers in the vehicle--we were lucky to have avid bird watchers/photographers for company.

Jeep/van loads of tourists from all the resorts around throng the forest, and one marvels at the animals allowing us to intrude freely (and sometimes rather noisily) into their natural habitat! The only unfortunate aspect of the trip was the rain which kept the animals away, and contributed to the dark and blurred photographs of the ones we saw (though I must admit my "basic" camera was equally responsible)! I hope we’re luckier on the next trip, which will be soon! The beauty and magic of the forest have to be experienced to be believed!

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