Bandipur National Park
The park is located in the south Indian state of Karnataka and adjacent to Nagarhole. It was once a private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore but has now been upgraded to Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Bandipur is known for its wildlife and has many types of biomes, but dry deciduous forest is dominant. Together with the adjoining Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary,it forms the largest protected area in Southern India, totalling 2,183 km2 (843 sq mi).
The important predators and carnivores in Bandipur National Park are the Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, dhole and the sloth bear. The herbivores are chital, sambar deer, barking deer, four-horned antelope, gaur, wild boar and Indian elephant.. Other mammals includes the gray langur, bonnet macaque, jungle cat, mongoose, Over 200 species of birds are found at the park.
Scenery and vegetation:
The main trees found here are rosewood, teak, sandalwood and silver oak, Indian kino tree, Grewia tilaefolia, rosewoodbamboo and axlewood.
In the winter the area can be very dry so the foliage on the trees is limited and dry. The park has created numerous waterholes to sustain animals during the dry season. When the rains come the whole park springs to life with green foliage throughout.