Gundlupete is a town on the way to Ooty and Sulthan bathery from Mysuru ( Mysore ) city in Karnataka state. There are petrol filling stations popularly known as petrol pump or petrol bunk available here. Also acomodation and food for travellers going to various wild life sanctuaries in and around Gundlupete like Bandipur,Mudumalai, Nagarahole and Wynad.
Gundlupete is surrounded by Western ghats which are part of Niligiri Biosphere. Two famous national parks of India ( Bharath ) namely Bandipur National Park and Nagarehole National park are near by to this town.
The region is warm and comfortable for most parts of the year with temperatures ranging from 24 to 28°C, except for the brief winter that lasts from October to January when the temperature hovers around the 19°C mark. Monsoon is erratic, but it generally rains from the month of June to September. The roads during monsoon or rainy seasons can be slippery and slushy , but forest around will be lush green which is treat to see and enjoy.
The nearest city is Mysore which is at distance of 89 km by national highway 212( old number ). Bengaluru or Bangalore the capital of Karnataka state is at distance of 230 kilometre which can be covered in approximately five hours subject to road and traffic conditions. It can be accesed from Ooty through NH-67 which is at 71 kilometre distant. There is road from Sulthan bathery, Kerala by national highway 212 to Gundlupet. It must be noted that vehicles are prohibited from evening 6 P.M to 6.A.M morning through these two highways as they pass through Bandipur and Nagarahole national parks.
The authorised safari rides on vehicles and elephants at Bandipur national park conducted by the forest department of Karnataka state.
If you want to buy local products and require cash then there is automated teller machines ( ATM ) of Karnataka Bank Limited and SBI at Gundlupete.
Dose (Dosa), Idli and Wada which are local favourites along with chutney or sambar.
Coffee and tea at road side stalls.
There are few lodges to sleep in Gundlupete town. There are many resorts in and around Gundlupete which provide acomodation and food.
Camping and trekking at national parks of Banndipur and Nagarahole is restricted and will require permission from the Range officer or Forest conservator.
Jungle lodges at Bandipur, Kabini and other places also provides tenting facilities for accommodation. Campfire is organized by Jungle lodges.
While travelling through national park jungles by automobiles, Please follow guidelines issued by forest department of Karnataka state. Do not stop vehicles in the road as there is possibility of attack by wild animals like Elephants, Gaurs, Tigers, Wild boars or even monkeys. Do not feed wild animals or throw plastic bags or plastic items on the road. Do not venture into national park or reserved forests without valid permission from forest department as it is illegal and also dangerous because of wild animals.