Bandipur, in Karnataka, is a forest reserve at the foothills of the Nilgiri mountain range, and spills over into the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu as Madumalai tiger reserve. This reserve is home to a lot of animals... what a weekender gets to see is plenty of spotted deer here there everywhere, gaur(and lots of them, sighted during the safari), elephants, peacocks, sambars, wild boars and monkeys. you will find a large number of 'em monkeys and langurs by the roadside, looking for a quick feed from the passers by. of course, you shouldn't feed them and you shouldn't be throwing wrappers of foodstuff around.
during my second time there, i got an opportunity to get up close with the tame elephants there, feed them their food(rice and raagi is their government-sponsored diet apart from all the greens they eat on their own)
a huge elephant peeps through the kitchen door, waiting for the rice-ball.
if you stay at the cottages there, and wake up very early in the morning, you can see hundreds of pairs of glow-in-the-dark spotted-deer eyes( they hang all around the cottages)... and get to experience the inexplicable calm only the presence of animals can bring.