Honeymoon in Bandipur Forest Reserve
Your honeymoon that almost immediately follows your wedding offers you the perfect occasion to get away from the humdrum and drudgery of daily existence. If you want to commemorate your first trip together as newlyweds under verdant panoply amidst a rich diversity of flora and fauna, then schedule a post wedding trip to Bandipur National Park. The undulating terrain of the Bandipur National Park characterised by rugged hills and vales and replete with beautiful cascades and lush green meadows will surely enthral you no end. The forest reserve teeming with wild life and extensive variety of flora will make for a very romantic honeymoon.
The Bandipur National Park is part of a huge forest that lies at the junction of Nilgiri Hills and Western Ghats. The national park actually falls within Chamarajanagar in the state of Karnataka. The forest reserve area once used to be the hunting grounds of the Mysore Maharajas. The Bandipur National Park abounds in a variety of wild animals and has more than 200 species of birds.
While taking a safari through the park you’ll be able to spot tigers (in case you’re lucky), elephants, wild boar, leopard, Indian civet, wild dogs, sloth bear, monitor lizards, crocodiles, sambars, chitals, striped neck mongoose, mouse deer, muntjacs, barasinghas, hyenas, porcupine, and jackals. You’ll also be able to spot a colourful array of exotic species of birds like the green pigeon, laughing jackass, honey buzzard, king vulture, bay owl, Malabar trogan, Nilgiri flowerpecker, and so on.
The forest also swarms with insects and different species of snakes. To be in the midst of such a swarming diversity of wild life offers you a refreshing break from the sea of human faces that you’re accustomed to seeing.
Mysore is the railhead lying closest to this national park. One can get to Mysore railway station from Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, and Chennai and many other important towns and cities. You can head to Bandipur by taxi from Mysore. The airport closest to Bandipur is Bangalore International Airport. Almost all the major Indian airports have flights to Bangalore. You can also reach Bandipur by KSRTC bus from Bangalore, Ooty, and Mysore.
Best Time to Be in Bandipur
The ideal time to visit the Bandipur National Park is between May and October when the weather is pleasant and sunny. You’ll also be able to spot the tiger or leopards that remain elusive at other times of the year.
What to Carry
Apart from your travel documents, travel insurance papers, and other necessary papers you should not miss packing:-
- Knee length leather or gum boots
- Sunscreen and antimicrobial lotions and creams
- Insect repellents
- Debit/credit cards
- Antibacterial wipes
- Travel pouches with zip lockers
- Note books
This list is not exhaustive as there might be many other items and knickknacks that you may have to carry. Consult your tour operator or travel agent regarding the items you need to carry.
There are 12 hotels and resorts that are located within the national park. These accommodation options can be grouped under the categories of luxury hotels, medium range hotels, and budget hotels. As a honeymoon couple, you can book a suite or room in Country Club Wildlife Resort or the Windflower Resort and Spa.
Activities for Honeymooners
Wild life Safari is undoubtedly, the most sought after tourist activity. You can cover the entire forest by taking a bus ride arranged by forest officials. You can opt to tour in a Maruti Gypsy or Jeep for a more comfortable and convenient. However, nothing comes close to an elephant safari. Most honeymoon couples choose this option. But you won’t be able to cover a large area if you opt for an elephant ride. Trekking and bird watching are two other popular activities for newlyweds.
After having your fill of the Bandipur National Park, you can tour the nearby wildlife sanctuaries of Wynaad, Nagarhole, and Mudumalai. If you have an adventurous spirit, you can take a hike on the Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta-one of the loftiest mountain peaks in the region. Do step inside the hallowed precincts of the temple by the same name and seek blessings for a happy married life. Visit the Kabini dam and soak your feet in the cool waters of Nugu and Moyar-the rivers that water the region perennially. Plan for an extended program so that you can tour the cities of Bangalore, Mysore and Ooty.
Before you can conclude your tour, do not forget to buy items made of sandalwood. South Indian handicraft items, Kanjeevaram and Mysore silk sarees are also top picks.