Bandipur, once the game reserve of the Maharajas of Mysore, is 190 kms from Bangalore and 65 kms from Mysore. It is one of the 15 tiger reserves under the scheme ‘Project Tiger’, which was undertaken to save tiger and its habitat in 1972. The sanctuary is known for elephants, tiger, gaur, sambar, chital, barking deer, wild dog, wild boar, jackal, sloth bear, panther, chowsingha etc. It is a very fine sanctuary, lush and green as the area receives abundant rainfall through June to mid November (the south West and North East monsoons). The fauna and flora have been well preserved.