Gundlupet or Gundlupete in Kannada is a town in the Chamarajanagar district of the Indian state of Karnataka. This small town is about 56 km from the Mysore-Ooty / Mysore-Calicut NH 212 highway and about 200 km from Bangalore, the state capital. Gundlupet is the last town in Karnataka en route to Ooty, Wayanad, Kozhikode, situated very close to Tamil Nadu and Kerala state borders. National Highway - 67 ( NH-67 ) starts from Gundlupet and ends in Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu via Ooty and Coimbatore.
Previously this town was known as "Vijayapura" which got its name due presence of historical Vijayanarayana temple, there are also a number of tourist attractions surrounding this region. Some of these attractions are the Bandipur National Park which is 24 km from Gundlupet, Himavad Gopalaswamy Hills, Huluganamuradi Venkataramana Betta, Paarvati Betta, Narasamangala Shiva Temple, Terakanabi and Triyumbakpura Temples, Padaguru Lingayath Math and Manchalli Cave Temple.
It is a fairly dry region on the rain-shadow side of the Western Ghats with an average annual rainfall of about 600 mm (almost all of it falling during the monsoon months of July through October. The natural vegetation of the area is Dry Thorn Forest, as can be seen in the nearby reserve forests on the boundary of Bandipur National Park.