Bandipur National park is one of the oldest national parks in India. It was established by the Maharaja of Mysore in 1930, later converted into protected area for the tiger in 1973.
Situated in the western Ghat of Deccan Plateau, it covers an area off 800 sq. km. It is located at chama rajnagar district of Karnataka, expanded to the states of Tamilnadu and Kerala.
With the moderate and diverse geographical location of the park, it is a remarkable place for exploring the natural vegetation. It is home to several dense mangrove and evergreen trees such as teak, Rosewood, sandlewood, Indian laurel, Indian kino tree, gaint clumping bamboo, clumping bamboo, Kadam tree, Indian gooseberry, Crape-myrtle, axlewood, black myrobalan, flame of the forest, golden shower tree, satinwood, black clutch, shorea tolera, indigoberry etc.
The park is ideal home to several endangered species of mammals such as Asian elephant, gaur, sambhar, chital, mouse deer, four horned antelope, wild pig, black naped hare and the Indian porcupine. Tourist usually come to the park to explore the beauty of elephant, according to data, there are more than 200 elephants found in the park. Apart from elephants, Bandipur national park is notable for its tigers. Even it is one of those nine places in India where first tiger project has been started in 1973. Right now it shelter to the more than 80 tigers.
Besides mammals it is major destination for bird watchers. The park boasts off many endangered and rare birds for instance Peafowl , grey jungle fowl, red spur fowl, cormorants, ducks, herons, teals, and waders. Hawk eagle, serpent eagle, the collared scops owl, the yellow-legged green pigeon, parakeets, woodpeckers and barbets, hornbills, drongos, scarlet minivets, and diverse warblers.