Set in the thick of the critical Nilgiri Biosphere, Bandipur National Park 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.
- Best time to visit:
Throughout the year
- Recommended min. duration:
2 nights/3 days
There are three different ways to explore this spectacular destination. Depending on the kind of traveller you are, we welcome you to choose the right one.
Toehold Photo Travel
Our team of ace photographers will guide you on exciting journeys across the planet to ensure you come back with not only great travel memories but also some stunning photographs.
- Photography Tours led by award-winning professional photographers.
- Designed specifically for photography enthusiasts.
- Real-time photography guidance and off-field photography sessions during the Tour.
- Non-photographers are recommended to explore the other two travel options.
Exploring the world with like-minded nature-lovers is surely an exciting human experience. Our fixed departures are a safe and fun way to travel for individuals.
- Group Tours led by ace naturalists.
- Optimum group sizes to balance efficiency and budget.
- A wealth of wildlife learning.
- Fun and safe group travel.
For families and individuals who want a tailor-made holiday to suit their personal needs, we invite you to explore our vast array of Vacations destinations across the world.
- Completely customised vacations to suit all your needs.
- Flexibility of dates, class of travel and lodging based on your requirement.
- Exclusively planned for you and your family.
- Leveraging the knowledge and experience of our team of travel experts.
Does this sound like what you need? Allow us to serve your wanderlust now!
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.
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.
At Toehold, we are passionate about travel and photography just as you are, which lets us understand your needs and travails perfectly. And we use our insight and experience to plan your vacation to perfection, so all you have to do is enjoy yourself and make memories for a lifetime.
Here are just some reasons you should leave your next holiday to us:
How different are your Personalised Vacations from other holidays?
Unlike travel agents who plan your vacation from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, our Personalised Vacations offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the knowledge of experts who know the places first-hand. Besides, your holiday will be meticulously planned by making use of the best local contacts we have at every destination.
For whom is this destination suitable?
Anybody with an interest in wildlife and all the myriad marvels of the forests, and is over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian) can go on a personal vacation to this destination.
Can I take my children to Bandipur?
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.
How do I reach Bandipur?
You may take a flight to Bengaluru (from where Bandipur is around 4.5 hours by road) or a train to Mysuru (around 2 hours to Bandipur by road). Talk to us for further advice.
How is the accommodation in Bandipur?
There is a fair variety of accommodation options available, from comfortable non-air-conditioned cottages in a simple resort, to air-conditioned suites in luxury properties.
Will you book my flight tickets if needed?
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too.
What is the scope of services you offer as a part of a Personalised Vacation package?
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.
Do you rent camera equipment?
Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer. What’s better, you can enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired on Toehold Personalised Vacations!