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How To Reach Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National Park is situated in the Gundlupet Taluq of Chamarajanagar, which is the southernmost point of Karnataka and borders the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Along with the neighbouring Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuaries, Bandipur becomes one of the largest protected areas for wildlife in South India, especially for elephants.
Bandipur lies about 80 km from Mysore, enroute to the tourist hill station of Ooty. The best way of getting to Bandipur would be to travel by train to Mysore and by road from Mysore to Bandipur National Park.
Book a ticket to Kempegowda International Airport at Bengaluru that serves domestic flights from all major Indian cities and International flights from London, New York, Thailand, Singapore, Dubai et al. Take a connecting flight to Mysore or book a cab from Bengaluru airport to Bandipur, which is located about 217 km away.
Chamarajanagar has a railway station with a couple of trains chugging in from Tirupathi, Bengaluru and the MYS-CMNR Passenger from Mysore. Nanjangud which is about 50 km from Bandipur also has a railway station for trains from Mysore.
Since Mysore is well connected to most major cities by rail, you could travel by train to Mysore and then book a cab or hop onto a bus from the Mysore railway station to Bandipur.
The road to Ooty from Mysore via Bandipur is a picturesque one, with the Western Ghats and rivers in sight. You can drive your car, hire a taxi or take a KSRTC Mysore to Ooty bus via Gundlupet that should drop you near Bandipur Park. If you’re driving, note that the highway to the Reserve is closed between 9.00 pm to 6.00 am.