When you visit any Club Mahindra resort in Ooty, the Bandipur Forest Safari needs to feature prominently on your list of things to do in Ooty. This park covers 874 square kilometres of pristine jungle and is home to many endangered animals, rare trees and plants. Bandipur National Park is part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve along with Mudumalai National Park, Wayanad National Park and Nagarhole National Park. This reserve is the largest protected area in South India and the region with highest number of wild elephants in South Asia.

In the Bandipur Forest Safari you might spot the elegant elephant or the majestic tiger as you make your way through the wilderness. Apart from the rare denizens of Bandipur, the more commonly spotted ones are the Bonnet Macaque, the Dhole, Civet Cats, the Giant Flying Squirrel, Striped Hyenas, Leopards, Langurs and others. The fact that you are getting up, close and personal with these wild animals in their own backyard, makes the Bandipur Forest Safari even more special.

Adding to the ambience of the Bandipur Forest Safari is a cacophony of bird calls brought to you by Peafowl, Junglefowl, Drongos, Red Headed Vultures, Flowerpeckers, Indian Rollers, Crested Serpent Eagles, and others. There are estimated to be more than 200 species of birds in the park. The breeding season starts right before the monsoon sets in, so doing a safari during this time means witnessing majestic displays of courtship such as dances and fights among the birds.

If you’ve wanted to see the wilds of Africa and the jungles of South America, why not start in your own backyard. The Bandipur Forest Safari promises to be an experience like none other. Nature is calling, all you need to do is put down your phone and answer the call of the wild.

With Club Mahindra, you can witness many such magnificent experiences across 100+ resorts in India and abroad! To know more about the Bandipur Forest Safari experience, read the Club Mahindra member reviews.

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