Things to Do in Bandipur

Bandipur, a tiger reserve and national park, is part of the broader Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has been recognised for its practical tiger conservation efforts and is home to various flora and animals. Exploring the tranquillity of its surroundings, walking or camping through the forest paths, and observing birds and animals that will make your jaw drop are all activities that make Bandipur unique.

a tiger resting
elephants playing near a pool of water
peafowl in Bandipur National Park

Safari Adventure and Wildlife Encounters

Start your Bandipur adventure with an exhilarating wildlife safari that will bring you face-to-face with the region's diverse wildlife. Hop on a jeep or a Canter and venture into the heart of the sanctuary. Watch for spectacular wildlife like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian elephants, elusive leopards, and different colourful bird species as you travel through the rugged landscape. The safari trip is an incredible thrill and is among the best things to do at Bandipur to observe the untouched majesty of nature up close.

a jeep during a safari
Ttemple bells with red sacred thread surrounding them

Tranquil Temple Visits

Visit the ancient temples that dot the countryside and immerse yourself in Bandipur's spiritual ambience. Begin your day with a visit to the renowned Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple, located on the region's tallest mountain. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Once you climb atop, get ready to witness the beautiful hills and valleys around! Next, proceed to the charming Bandipur National Park to see the Dodda Sampige Mara. The area is perfect for a quiet stroll.

Bird Watching and Camping

Bandipur is a paradise for bird lovers, boasting over 200 species of birds. One of the most serene things to do in Bandipur National Park is to engage in birdwatching as you observe these feathered wonders in their natural habitat. The vibrant colours and chirping sounds will bring your mind a sense of calm and leave you in awe. To truly absorb every ounce of the beauty of Bandipur, opt for a camping experience under the starlit sky and listen to the sounds of nature as you enjoy a bonfire and share stories with your friends or family. The camping experience is a chance to appreciate nature and make lovely memories back home from your trip!

a Golden Oriole at Bandipur National Park
A person trekking through a forest

Nature Walks and Trekking

If you thought a walk amidst serene nature was impossible, worry no more! For the safety of visitors and government-enforced guidelines, a safari around the park is recommended, however, you can sign up for morning walks organised by Bandipur Safari Lodge for approximately 2-3 hours. You can cover beautiful tracks and immerse yourself in nature, listening to early birds chirping and the sound of insects which is seemingly calm and composed to hear. A guide is assigned to take you through the property. You can also spot vibrant flora, a treat to the eyes!

The Serai Bandipur has exquisite dining options, including special dinners that can be arranged for guests. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, say anniversaries or birthdays, or simply want to indulge in a unique culinary experience, the resort's team can curate a private dining setup in a beautiful outdoor setting. Imagine dining under the starlit sky, surrounded by the serene ambience of nature, as a dedicated team caters to your every need. From personalised menus to impeccable service, these special dinners are designed to create unforgettable moments that will be etched in your memory.

In addition to the special dining experiences, enjoy luxurious accommodations seamlessly blending with nature views and modern amenities you'll wake up to. For those seeking holistic wellness, The Serai Bandipur offers a rejuvenating spa experience. To explore the natural wonders of Bandipur, the resort also organises guided safaris and nature walks.