The Best time to see Ranganthittu is during the Monsoon (July-August) when the water birds are nesting. We accordingly planned our visit in mid July. Sadly, excess rainfall had caused the water levels to be dangerously high and boating was closed. We did see a few birds, will be posted in my next blog.
Bandipur National Park is nearly 220 Kms from Bangalore. We made our way from Srirangapatna's (near Mysore) Ranganthithu Bird Sanctuary at around 11:30.
On the way to Bandipur, we stopped several times to take in the beauty of the Sunflower fields that can be found on either sides of the road. In some patches, the road is rather bad, so you really cant miss it. [ :) ]
We stopped for lunch at NanjanGud a tiny town with 3 restaurants. We chose the middle one (they are all next to each other) - Prasad something. We were starving, and the food was acceptable. I would suggest stick to the Masala Dosa, the vadas were tough and oil soaked.
This child was very curious to see us marvelling at, what to him must be, an everyday view from his bed room.
From ranganathitu, come back on mysore road. Around 10 km beyond srirangapatanam there is a major signal with directions - take right. Continue on this road without turning.. be on the main road - there are a few diversions ( one of which is major one to go to coorg).
After around 10 km turn right( major T junction.. you either take right to Ooty/Bandipur or take left to mysore). After around 60 km there is a Y junction.. right goes to Ooty, left to Bandipur. Take left.. after 30 km or so you reach Bandipur.
Next post will contain pictures of Ranganthithu and Bandipur.