Spread in a vast area, encompassing 874 square kilometers, Bandipur National Park is a great example of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts. This tiger reserve was utilized as a private hunting reserve by the Maharaja of Mysore in the earlier times. Along with Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary; it forms a part of the highly renowned Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is also the largest habitat of Asian Elephants in South Asia. Located in state of Karnataka which is also the Tiger state of India with maximum Tigers it is an ideal place to see lot of wildlife. It is home to Tigers, Elephants, Sloth Bears, Leopards, Crocodiles, and healthy population of wild dogs. Due to it's proximity to Deccan plateay and Western ghats, it has a variety of biome. Teak, Sandalwood and Rosewood are the primary trees here. The big challenge of this park is passing of the national highway through the forest, but the forest department is doing a commendable job in stopping the traffic in the night, thus giving protection to lot of wildlife crossing the road.