Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is a “Project tiger’ reserve to save Bangal tigers. Maximum number of Bangal Tigers are there in this Tiger reserve.

Bandhavgarh National Park
A Tiger inside Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger reserve has an area of area of 105 square kilometers. The buffer zone of the national park is spread over an area of 820 square kilometers. Bandhavgarh means Brother’s Fort. The name is derived from the great epic of Ramanaya. The hillock named Bandhavgarh was given by Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana, to keep a watch on Sri Lanka , where Lord Rama’s consort Goddess Sita was abducted and kept.

The Park is rich in Flora and Fauna. This park is home to white tigers. The first White Tiger, Mohan, was captured by Maharaja Martand Singh in 1951 from this area, There is a white tiger safari, the only one of its kind in the world, at this national park. Elephant Safari is also there in the park. Leopards and various species of deer are seen in large numbers.

Bandhavgarh fort is a very ancient fort inside the park, believed to be 2000 years old. There are 39 caves inside the Bandhavgarh fort. Oldest cave belong to the first century. The largest cave with several pillars and none small rooms is dated back to 10th century. There are embossed figures and inscriptions on the caves.

The second most photographed tigress, Sita which appeared on the covers of National Geographic, is in Bandhavgarh tiger reserve. Charger, who has the habit of charging at elephants (and tourists also; but did not harm) is also seen in Bandhavgarh tiger reserve. There are 22 Tigers in the 105 square kilometers core area of Bandhavgarh tiger reserve . Unlike other parks, you have a better chance to see a Tiger at Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve.

How Do I Go to Bandhavgarh National Park?

Umaria at 35 kilometers distance and Katni at 100 kilometers distance are the nearest railway stations to Bandhavgarh national park India. Jabalpur city is has the nearest airport to the National park. at 200 kilometers away. Khajuraho temples are at 250 kilometers away.

Is There Any Hotels Around Bandhavgarh National Park?

There are many high-end and Luxury resorts along with standard resorts near the National park. Some of the resorts provides luxury safari. Some of the Bandhavgarh hotels provides safari trips to the tourists.

Mudumalai National Park

Mudumalai tiger reserve entrance

On the northwestern side of the Nilgriri hills in Nilgiri district of Tamilnadu, India, lies the Mudumalai National Park. It was declared as a Tiger Reserve in 2007 by Government of Tamilnadu after giving 1 million Indian Rupees as compensation to 350 families who lived there in the core area of the tiger reserve. Come and see Incredible India at Mudumalai and surrounding states.

Mudumalai wild life sanctuary is home to many wild animals. Several vulnerable species and endangered species are found in Indian wild Life Sanctuaries. Those endangered birds of India found at Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary includes critically endangered species Indian White-Rumped Vulture and long-billed vulture.

Mudumalai National Park
Forest elephant at Mudumalai National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mudumalai National Park is surrounded by many other Indian wild life sanctuaries in nearby states. There are around 48 tigers in the reserve as per last data available. 50 species of fishes and 55 species of mammals which is 39 per cent of Indian mammal population are found in the area.

Mudumalai National Park is rich is flora and fauna and these areas have tropical climatic conditions.

Where is Mudumalai National Park situated?

Mudumalai National Park or Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is on the Otty – Mysore road, on National Highway NH 67, on border  areas of Karnataka.

There are two routes to select while going to Mysore from Ooty.  One goes through Gudallur town which is around 45 kilometers longer than the Masinagudi route. This route starts at around 7 kilometers from Ooty and is safer than the other route. This route is through Pykara lake (near Ooty) and Gudallur town and this road joins the other route at Theppakkadu on NH 67

The second route which starts at around 7 kilometers from Ooty. It  goes through very steep Ghat sections with 36 hairpin bends. This road passes through Masinagudi and joins the first route at Theppakkadu. Then it is NH 67. Only expert drivers should take this route.

Once you cross the bridge on the border of Tamilnadu, the same forests are part of  Bandipur Wildlife sanctuary which is also called Bandipur National Park. Around 8 km from the border is the safari point where you can go for an Elephant Safari in Bandipur National Park.

Where can I stay on a Visit to Mudumalai National Park?

Mudumalai wild life sanctuary and nearby Bandipur Wild Life Sanctuaries are famous weekend getaways for the nearby residents of Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala states. This has resulted in many leading hotels and resorts establishing their properties at both of these wild life sanctuaries. Nijaguna Residency is 3 star hotel at Chamarajanagar near Bandipur. There are many cheap motels and cheap hotels offering rooms for the budget conscious tourists. Many hotels and resorts give discounted hotel rooms in off-peak season.

Konni Elephant training center

Konni Elephant training center
The Konni Elephant Training Center near Pathanamthitta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The lush green forests in and around Konni, Kerala, India, is a heaven for wild elephants. An elephant training center is there to take care of training of the this wild beast of the forest.

There are huge wooden cages made of Hopea paliflora woods (Kambakam woods) to house elephants. Each cage can accommodate 3-4 elephants. Baby elephants which roam in the forests, or those which are wounded or those separated from their herd are brought here and tamed. Visitors are allowed to go near those tamed elephants and observe them closely. Mischievous Baby elephants are popular among the tourists to Konnai Elephant training center. In the past, Konni elephant training center was used to house wild elephants from forests, to be tamed and trained for work.

Konni has became a center for trekking and elephant safari as Konni is the gateway to the forests.

Adavi Eco Tourisum at around 7 kilometers from here offers boat ride facilities in coracles(‘Kutta Vanchi’ in local language of Malayalam) for tourists. The most scenic route to Gavi is from Pathanamthiitta.

How Do I Go to Konni Elephant Training Center?

District headquarters, Pathanamthiitta, is just 10 kilometers away from Konni. Tourists can come to Konni Bus station (situated on the maid road) and then hire a Taxi or auto to go to the elephant training center.

Konni is well connected by roads. Kerala State Highway 8 or Main Eastern Highway, i.e. Punalur-Pathanamthitta-Muvattupuzha Road, passes through Konni.

The scenic road, Konni – Achankovil – Tenkasi Road, is a new road, which connects Konnai to Tamilnadu.

Punalur is the nearest railway station at around 25 kilometers distance on the Kollam – Punalur line, part of the Kollam -Shengoottai line (Punalur- Shengotai line is closed now for Gauge conversion works). Chenganoor is the nearest major railway station which is 34 kilometers away.

The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport at 100 kilometers distance. Cochin International airport at Nedumbrassery is at around 125 kilometers away.

Hotels at Konni and Nearby Cities

There are a few medium ranged hotels at Konni, Pathanamthitta and Punalur. 5 star, 4 star or 3 Star rated hotels are not there at these cities. Home-stay at Pathanamthitta is available for tourists visiting Konni. Star rated hotels are there at Thriuvanathapuram, Allapuzha, Kumarakom and Kochi. These cities are around 2 hours drive from Konni.