The Bandipur National Park is most interesting wild-life center. Established in 1931 by the Maharajha of Mysore , this park lies in the foothills of Nilgiris.
This stretches along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border and lies on the Mysore-Ooty highway. It has an excellent internal network of roads through its hilly, forested landscape. The 874.20 sq. km. Bandipur National Park , which is also a Tiger Reserve, with its open grassy woodland, lies to the south of the Kabini River . A dam on the Kabini and its picturesque Reserveoir separate the two parks (Bandipur and Nagarhole).
Flora in the forest comprises of teak, rosewood, honne, mathi, bamboo and sandal trees
Mammals : It Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Indian Bison, Sambar, Spotted deer, Sloth bear, Wild Dog, Four horned Antelope.
Birds Life : The Bandipur region is also rich in avian population. Peafowl and the game birds like the gray jungle fowl, red spur fowl etc. are the most common avian found in the national park. The Kabini backwaters and the larger tanks attract cormorants, ducks, herons, teals, and waders. Among the woodland birds the hawk eagle, serpent eagle, the collared scops owl, the yellow-legged green pigeon, parakeets, woodpeckers and barbets, hornbills, drongos, scarlet minivets, and diverse warblers can be easily seen in the national park.
Mode of Safaris: The Bandipur National Park runs jeep and min bus safaris into the forest.