Off-the-beaten track in Karnataka lies Bandipur National Park, an ideal spot for bird watchers and nature lovers. Previously a private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore, the land here is beautiful, comprised of hills and forests, and is fed by four rivers. Bandipur is part of the Nilgiri biosphere that comprises four national parks along with Mudumalai, Wayanad and Nagarhole, which is the largest protected area and reserve in South India. Here, you’ll find one of the largest number of wild elephants in South Asia. Some of India’s rarest and most endangered wildlife is protected in this area, and while you’ll find tigers residing here, it is best to visit for bird and elephant sightings.
Just two hours from Mysore and one hour from Ooty, staying at The Serai, Bandipur’s best property, will allow you to immerse yourself in the park’s wildlife and experience its beauty from the moment you wake until you sleep. The accommodation is inspired by the game lodges of Africa, with rooms blending in with the wild surroundings, with a serene and peaceful atmosphere. For birders, ETG recommend either one night or a full day to explore nearby Mudumalai - ask for your India expert for more information.