Just three hours away from Mysore lies one of India’s best-kept secrets – Bandipur, a 870 sq km dense jungle. Bandipur is an extremely successful Project Tiger reserve that has seen an increase in the population of these endangered cats. Bandipur is also home to elephants, leopards, antelopes and crested serpent eagles. Windflower Bandipur is truly off the grid.
Deep in the forests lies the perfect escape from the city. Rise with the sun, and a steaming cup of chai. Then hop aboard a jeep for an amazing safari through the national park. On return have a wholesome buffet at the open air restaurant.
Later take a dip in the infinity pool, or sit by the water’s edge at the Mangala reservoir.
Gaze, through the windows, at the wilderness from the comfort of out bed. Glass skylights make you feel as though you are showering under a canopy of trees. Spend hours with a pair of binoculars peering at the sights of the forest.
Every meal is a delight at the Windflower Bandipur. Fresh, wholesome, and delicious, you can sample local delights like ragi muddle and avarakkai sambhar. as well as sizzling barbecue and tandoori kebabs. The chefs are equally adept at Indian delicacies as well as fine Continental cuisine.
The resort offers a variety of adventures including safaris, treks, walks and more.
Safari: The safari takes you through the National Park in an open 4×4 jeep, with knowledgeable guides at the wheel. The park has abundant wildlife such as elephants, spotted deers, bisons, and peacocks. And if you are lucky, you can even spot the elusive tiger.
Treks: Trek to the tribal colony near Mangala village and get a glimpse into life of the locals. Watch deer gather at the reservoir at sundown. You could also trek up the hill for a panoramic view of the sanctuary/
Spa: Emerge, the Windflower’s award winning spa, invokes Ayurvedic, Balinese, and European schools of therapeutic healing and massage. It offers more than 30 different types of treatments. The choices range from chocolate facials to hydrotherapy to Balinese pampering rituals.
By road : Bandipur is about 220 Kms from Bangalore, 80 Kms from Mysore and 170 Kms from Coimbatore.
By air : The closest airports are Mysore and Bangalore.
By rail : The closest railway station is Mysore.
By bus : Mysore-Ooty buses pass through the National Park. You can get off at the Bandipur Police Check Post and arrange to have you picked up from there.