Best Time to Visit Bandipur

Located in the serene landscape of Karnataka, Bandipur National Park is a wildlife enthusiast's dream. With lush forests, diverse flora and fauna and a sense of tranquillity found right in the lap of nature, Bandipur is a year-round destination, but when is the best time to visit this haven of biodiversity? In this guide, we’ll take you through the seasons of Bandipur, explaining why each is unique and ideal for different travellers.

view of lush plantations in wayanad
a jeep during a safari
elephants playing near a pool of water

Summer in Bandipur

Summer in Bandipur National Park offers a unique experience. The days are sweltering and humid, but the nights bring a welcome coolness. This season is optimal for wildlife enthusiasts, as this is the time when safaris run with full force. The heightened activity of animals, driven by the heat, leads them to frequent water bodies, enhancing the chances of spotting tigers, leopards, elephants, sloth bears, deer and other animals. Additionally, summer is ideal for birdwatching, with over 200 bird species in the park. While summer provides an excellent opportunity to be in the lap of nature, it's essential to be prepared for the hot weather, staying hydrated and preventing sunstroke.

deers roaming around in the jungle
a forest with fog covering the bushes

Monsoon in Bandipur

The monsoon season in Bandipur National Park, Karnataka, India, typically spans from June to September, bringing an average of 1,000 mm of rainfall and transforming the arid landscape into a thriving green paradise. The abundant rain fuels cascading waterfalls, swells rivers and fills the lakes. While it can pose challenges for safaris due to slippery roads and wet conditions, it offers a unique opportunity to experience Bandipur's exceptional beauty. This period is prime for birdwatching, with over 200 bird species attracted to the lush foliage and heightened activity during the rain. Notable species include peacocks, hornbills, kingfishers and woodpeckers. The season also highlights Bandipur's stunning waterfalls, such as Moyar Gorge, Gundre and Nugu, as they cascade dramatically down the hillsides. Nature walks in the fresh, green surroundings provide opportunities to spot diverse flora, fauna and birdlife. Overall, the monsoon season presents a special chance to witness the extraordinary beauty of Bandipur National Park and immerse oneself in its wildlife and nature.

Winter in Bandipur

Winter in Bandipur National Park is a captivating season, characterised by pleasant weather, typically hovering between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius. The skies remain clear, offering a crisp and invigorating atmosphere. The park's lush greenery is even more vibrant after the monsoon rains and the animals are more active in the cooler weather. Notably, this season is marked by the arrival of migratory birds from different regions, such as painted storks, spot-billed pelicans and grey hornbills, adding to the park's avian diversity. Bandipur's resident wildlife, including tigers, elephants, leopards, sloth bears and gaur, can be observed in their natural habitat, with the best times being the early morning and late evening. Exploring the park is best done via jeep safaris guided by experts, providing an opportunity for wildlife encounters. Additionally, nature walks offer insights into the park's flora and fauna, while Bandipur Museum delves into its history and ecology. Moyar Gorge, situated on the park's border, provides a scenic locale for hiking. Indeed, all of these factors combine to make winter the best season to visit Bandipur National Park, offering a pleasant climate, the chance to witness migratory birds and the opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural environment.

lush green mountain top with white clouds in backdrop

While planning your visit to Bandipur, choosing the right accommodation is crucial. The Serai Bandipur stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of luxury and comfort, with a range of accommodations to choose from, including Mountain View Courtyard and log huts, each space has been thoughtfully crafted to offer the utmost in comfort. Indulge in the resort's spa to refresh yourself after a day of exploration. Plan your journey, savour the magic of Bandipur and let The Serai elevate your experience to the next level.