Best Tourist Places in Bandipur to Visit

Bandipur, a paradise for those passionate about wildlife and nature, invites you with its lush scenery, rich biodiversity and the excitement of encountering magnificent animals in their native environment. Whether you're a keen photographer, a thrill-seeker, or someone in need of a refreshing getaway, our guide to tourist places in Bandipur guarantees an unforgettable adventure.

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Himavad Gopalaswamy Hills Road Photo Point

Whether you're journeying to Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta or descending from the hill viewpoint, make a pit stop at this scenic spot. Surrounded by a variety of blooming flowers, it offers a picturesque sight. Stand amidst golden sunflowers at sunset or amidst orange dandelions matching your attire, capturing perfect snapshots. Hop on the local bus or a taxi from here to reach the Himavad Gopalaswamy temple, where more stunning scenery awaits your exploration.

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Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta


One of the best places to visit in Bandipur National Park is Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta. Situated on the highest peak in the park this temple offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. A trek to the summit rewards you with breathtaking vistas of mist-covered hills and verdant valleys stretching as far as the eye can see. Be sure to visit the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Krishna at the peak, adding a touch of spirituality to your scenic journey.

Needle Rock View Point

If you're up for a short leg stretch, don't miss the Needle Rock View Point near the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border. Enveloped in thick fog amidst the mountains, it offers a picturesque scene. Operating from 7 am to 5 pm, reaching the peak requires a trek, but the rewarding panoramic view of fog-covered mountains makes it worthwhile. Enhanced by the chirping of birds and the refreshing mountain air, this spot is a serene escape perfect for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts alike.

A view point on top of a hill

Moyar Gorge

This impressive and rugged gorge, sculpted by the flowing waters of the Moyar River, is a haven for enthusiasts of the natural world. Traverse the picturesque paths, admire the stunning waterfalls and indulge in the invigorating sensation of dipping your feet into the crisp, revitalising streams. Stay alert for sightings of langurs gracefully navigating the treetops and vibrant butterflies fluttering among the blossoming wildflowers.

Sonapura Katte

Embark on a journey to the secluded Sonapura Katte lake tucked away in Bandipur. Surrounded by panoramic views of mountains and lush greenery, its pristine waters offer a serene retreat. As you travel by cab, delight in the symphony of bird calls echoing through the surroundings. Cherish a tranquil evening picnic by the lakeside, creating unforgettable moments with your loved ones amidst nature's embrace. Relax, unwind and immerse yourself in the beauty of this hidden gem.

A serene view of a lake near a mountain
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Mudumalai National Park

Neighbouring Bandipur, this wildlife haven offers another opportunity to spot tigers, elephants and a mesmerising array of birds. Jeep safaris and nature walks provide diverse ways to experience the park's rich ecosystem. Remember, respect the animals and their habitat for a truly enriching experience.

Additional Tips to Keep in Mind While Visiting Bandipur

  1. The ideal time for Bandipur sightseeing is October through March for pleasant weather and active wildlife.
  2. Reserve your safari and lodging ahead, especially during peak times.
  3. Show respect to wildlife by keeping a safe distance.
  4. Prepare suitable clothing and footwear for the conditions.
  5. Mind the environment and refrain from littering.

Do not litter sign

Imagine experiencing these wonders while nestled in the lap of luxury at The Serai Bandipur. Situated within 15 km from Bandipur National Park and BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, this sanctuary ensures your travel is hassle-free while seamlessly providing an eco-sensitive haven that blends modern comfort with rustic charm. Embark on nature walks, birdwatching tours and cultural immersions led by expert naturalists. We're here to make this journey as beautiful as Bandipur itself is for you. The Serai family awaits your arrival!