Bandipur

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Bandipur Wildlife Tour Packages

Wildlife group tours, photography tours or customized itineraries.

In the whimsical folds of the Bandipur National Park resides many a mystery. This is a venture to plunge headlong into its treasure-chest and emerge enriched with the verdant goodness of a vivacious wilderness; to gently unveil the carpet of green to uncover the many rewarding secrets lying underneath.

If the tiger is your favourite animal, Bandipur is one of the best places in India to see one. You can also witness the beauty of multitude of animals like monitor lizard, stripe-necked mongoose, gaur, elephant and wild dog. A plethora of bird-life can also be spotted in the mystical depths of Bandipur forests.
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Quick Information

Best time to Visit:
Throughout the year

Recommended min. duration:
2/3 days

Attractions:
Wildlife
Gopalswami hills
Landscapes

Activities:
Hiking
Biking
Photography
Safari

Nearest Airport:
Bengaluru/Mysuru

Our Bandipur Tours

Reviews by Tour Participants

Pradeep K
Bengaluru
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Had a wonderful time and hope to join you all once again soon, job and time willing. Good meeting and interacting with many of you during this trip.
Saritha Dattatreya
Hyderabad
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It was a great opportunity to spend time with the most experienced and enthusiastic wildlife photographers in the field, sharing of immense knowledge about wildlife and photography skills mixed with their excellent sense of humor, there was not a single dull moment with them.
Rajiv Ramanathan
Ahmedabad
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Had a wonderful time and hope to join you all once again soon, job and time willing. Good meeting and interacting with many of you during this trip.
Ajay K
Bengaluru
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I seemed to have made the right choice to have travelled with you guys. Not just sighted great stuff but learnt so much that I will cherish for years to come. Your tours to both Kabini and Bandipur are truly fantastic for learners.

We cater to 3 different kinds of Bandipur travellers. Which one are you?

There are three different ways to explore Bandipur. Depending on the kind of traveler you are, we welcome you to choose your preferred Bandipur wildlife tour packages.

Bandipur Photography Tours

Our team of ace photographers will guide you on a exciting Bandipur Photography Tour to ensure you come back with not only great travel memories but also some stunning photographs.

Upcoming Departures

Bandipur Culture or Wildlife Group Tours

Exploring the world with like-minded nature-lovers is surely an exciting human experience. Our fixed departure Bandipur Group Tour Packages are a safe and fun way to travel for individuals or families alike.

Upcoming Departures

Bandipur Customised Vacations

For families and individuals who want a tailor-made holiday to suit their personal needs, we invite you to explore our vast array of packages.

Get in touch with us to customise your departure!

How Is It?

Mixed deciduous forest passing through Nilgiri Biosphere, home to abundant wildlife.

Set in the thick of the critical Nilgiri Biosphere, Bandipur is one of India’s first and finest Project-Tiger reserves, and also southern India’s most famous. Its priceless tiger and leopard habitat is home to three rivers and represents in part the best remaining haunt of the endangered Asiatic elephant, Indian wild dog and a plethora of life in all its sublimely understated forms and colours.

Rich in bamboo, teak, sandalwood and flame of the forest, the hallowed alleyways of the Bandipur jungle exude whimsical enchantment from every wild nook and cranny. And it’s all there to see.

What You can expect in a Bandipur wildlife tour package?

In the dominance of green environs, tigers, leopards, elephants, wild dogs, monitor lizards and numerous birds.

It is said that the sight of a southern Indian tiger is among the greatest rewards of the natural world, and Bandipur offers the best chance of earning it. Leopards too are present on the tourist map. But even if feline fortune doesn’t shine through, there is never a paucity of things to see and photograph in this park of plenty.

While a stripe-necked mongoose digs termite mounds for tidbits and an elephant strips the bark off a tree, a Bengal monitor lizard roosting in a tree can make you raise your brows higher than ever.

A big bull gaur spanning the breadth of the track will introduce you to the wilder side of cattle and once every so often, a pack of marauding wild dogs may cross your path as they seek to outrun the next lunch on legs.

Birds are aplenty and the sight of a grey jungle fowl, a changeable hawk-eagle, a shikra or a roller is almost always around the corner.

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

We ensure maximum care and protection while traveling in the post-COVID scenario. We certainly think you have to be extra-careful and follow rules and regulations. Please consult your general physician or doctor before you make this decision.
That’s quite easy. It depends on what your interest is. If you are a photography enthuisast and would like our skipper’s guidance and tutelage, then Photo Tour. Else hop on to a group tour where photography isn’t the focus of the trip. Finally, we can tailor-make a vacation for you if you need to travel on your own date and style.

Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focused.

Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too for anyone who requires assistance.

Of course! Please talk to our capable Camera Rent team or mention what gear you’d like to hire while registering for the tour. Guess what? We offer you a 10% off on camera rent while on the tour.

Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!

However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we recommend that you be familiar with photography fundamentals. If you’re not, we suggest you join an Art and Science of Photography Workshop before the Tour.

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Jungle Jaunt: Bandipur Wildlife Photography Tour

MAR 12-14, 2021

Wildlife Photography Bootcamp

Skipper: Ramakrishnan Aiyaswamy

Tour Itinerary

Please note: The Tour commences and ends at Bandipur. Participants may choose to drive from or via Bangalore and back in their own cars or hired cabs at actual cost. Assistance and coordination for car-pooling will be provided but please talk to us for additional help or special needs.

Tour participants converge at Bandipur by noon from various destinations and check in. After a brief rest, a scrumptious lunch beckons at 01:00 p.m. More rest will follow, and at 03:00 p.m., your Skipper will chair a mutual introduction session and brief you about the park’s natural history, other features and rules, set the tone for the Tour and orient you to the first ride.

At 04:00 p.m., we depart on our first safari of the Tour, acquainting ourselves with the geography of the park and enjoying the highlights on offer. Early fortune may produce the coveted sight of a cat and even otherwise, the bounteous floral and faunal riches of Bandipur should offer plenty of ‘target practice’ to prepare for more opportunities ahead.

Upon our return, tea will be served, and an hour later, we meet for the first ChaayaaChitra, ChitraTantra or CharchaaLoka session of the Tour. Following a fruitful day of exploration, learning and fun, we dine and hit the sack looking forward to more.

An early wake-up call and tea will set us up on time for the morning safari at 06:30 a.m.

Cleaving through the nippy air and the deep woods, we savour the opportunity of making atmospheric images of any wildlife we may encounter. Early mornings are a wonderful time to look for big cats, for it is then that they are on the move. In the event of a fortuitous encounter, your Skipper will leave no stone unturned to ensure that you are in the best position possible to watch and photograph the subject of adoration, without undue disturbance to it.

Returning from the ride at 09:30 a.m., we enjoy a rejuvenating breakfast forthwith and then retreat to our cottages for an hour of repose. We meet again as scheduled by the Skipper for an interactive session before lunch.

After lunch and an extended discussion, a cup of hot tea will warm us up for the afternoon safari, during which we will pursue sightings and photographic opportunities of elephants, gaur, birds and the other beautiful denizens of the jungle, and as always, the possibility of a feline encounter lurks behind the curtain of fortune. A combination of timing and appropriateness of location can yield a memorable experience that is likely to never abandon you.

Another of our highly insightful and enjoyable interactive sessions ensues in the evening before we put our heads to our pillows at the end of another sublime day spent roaming the southern Indian jungle.

Starting early, we embark on the last safari of the Tour, keeping our fingers crossed for whatever luck awaits us in the final draw. Your Skipper’s knowledge of the Bandipur jungle is next only to the locals’, which allows him to team up with the driver in chalking out the strategy, watching the signs and listening for alarm calls to track predators on the last throw of the dice.

Following hopefully a productive ride, we return to the base satiated and after breakfast and the customary group picture shoot, we return to our abodes carrying many a picture in our hard disks and a wealth of memories in our hearts.

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Cost & Terms

Individuals

INR 28,000
  • Per Person on twin Shared Accommodation

Couples

INR 55,000
  • Per Couple on Twin Shared Accommodation

Toehold Patrons

INR 27,000
  • Per Person on Twin Shared Accommodation

What’s Included?

What’s Not Included?

Payment Terms

Cancellation Fees

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Anybody with an interest in wildlife, photography or both, and is over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian) is welcome to join the Tour.

Yes! While the Tour is optimized for photography enthusiasts, nature lovers who are not into photography will enjoy the experience all the same and are most welcome.

Considering the meticulous attention to timing we pay while scheduling Tours and the local expertise we leverage, we believe that it would be extremely unfortunate if our sightings and photography were unsatisfactory. However, since we will be in an uncontrolled environment, we do not claim that sightings – especially of big cats – are guaranteed.
Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away! However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we recommend that you be familiar with photography fundamentals. If you’re not, we suggest you join an Art and Science of Photography Workshop before the Tour.
Bandipur offers equal opportunity for bird and mammal photography. For bird photography, a lens with a focal length of at least 400mm is essential. For mammals a telephoto zoom lens in the range of 70 to 300mm or 100 to 400mm works very well. A wide-angle or normal zoom to capture landscapes or creative perspectives of wildlife is recommended. And since the light conditions in southern Indian jungles can often be challenging, an image-stabilized lens and a camera body that performs well at high sensitivities are boons.
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.
If you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Visit our Rental Store to see what we offer. What’s better, you enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired for our Photo Tours!