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Nagarhole National Park, a beautiful wildlife sanctuary near Coorg, in Karnataka, South India

State: Karnataka
Location: Koodogu (Coorg) and Mysore districts of Karnataka
Area: 572.90 sq.km.
Altitude: 800-850 metres.
Best time to visit: September to May
Languages: Kannada, Hindi, English
Prime Attractions : Elephant, Bengal Tiger, leopard, Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur.
Important Distances : Bangalore – 220 kms, Mysore – 90 kms, Madikeri 93 kms.
Established : Nagarhole, 1955 as sanctuary, 1975 as national park.

How to reach there

You can take a flight from metro cities of India to Mysore or Bangalore, which are two nearest airports from Nagarhole. You can also reach Mysore and Bangalore by a train.
More details:
– From Bangalore : Bangalore-Ramnagara-Mandya-Srirangapatna-Take a right to Hunsur after Srirangapatna-Hunsur Town-Take the first left after Bus Stand. The sign board will guide you from there to your friendly resort. (19 Kms from Hunsur Town).
– From Mysore : Mysore – Mysore Hunsur Road – Hunsur Town – Take the first left after Bus Stand. Our sign board will guide you from there to your friendly resort. (19 Kms from Hunsur Town).
– From Ooty/Coonor : Coonor-Ooty-Bandipur-Gundelpet-Nanjangud-Mysore-Follow the route from Mysore.
– From Cochin : Cochin-Trichur-Calicut-Wayanad-Mananthavadi-Kutta-Nagarhole-Take the Nagarholoe-Murkkal-Hunsur Road and cross the forest to reach the resort. (The park is closed for traffic from 1800 Hrs to 0600 Hrs). Alternatively from Wayanad Go to Sultan Battery-Muthanga-Gundelpet-Nanjangud-Mysore-Follow the route from Mysore.
– From Coorg (Madikere) : Madekere-Madikere-Hunsur road- Hunsur town- Take the first right before Bus Stand. Our sign board will guide you from there to your friendly resort. (19 Kms from Hunsur Town).

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It is a tiny hamlet located in the middle of a large conjoining forest range in southwest India known as Nilgiri Biosphere. There are many designated wildlife parks within the Nilgiri Biosphere. Nagarhole National Park is one of them. The Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka shares its boundaries with the famous Bandipur National Park in Karanataka, which together form a part of the Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and the Wayanad Reserve in Kerala.
Nagarhole National park derives its name from the combination of two Kannada words-‘Nagar,’ meaning snake, and ‘hole,’ meaning streams. The original forest was once an exclusive hunting ground for the erstwhile Maharajas of Mysore.The park has been recently renamed as Rajiv Gandhi National Park after the late Prime Minister of India.
The largest river draining the area in the south is the Kabini, which was dammed in 1974. Other important rivers include Lakshmana, Teentha and Nagarhole. There are several perennial and seasonal streams and tanks, all of which drain into the four major rivers.

Nagarhole National Park is counted among India’s best wildlife parks. It has a large elephant and bison population. It also hosts a variety of animal species along with approximately 250 species of birds. Nagarhole is best visited at the height of the dry season, when its muddy river banks and grassy swamps, or hadlus, offer better chances of sighting its flora & fauna.

Safaris in the Nagarhole National Park

Jeeps can be rented to take a drive through the park. To have a more intricate view of the park, you can opt to go for an elephant ride. Tou can go for trekking also but it is restricted to a small area.

Flora in the Nagarhole National Park

It is home to a large number of open grassy swamps. Plantations of teak, Rosewood, Bamboo, Sandal, Silver Oak Trees and Species of Eucalyptus are the main flora found in Nagarhole national park. The moist and deciduous forest of the park constitutes several tree species including teak, eucalyptus, rose wood, sandal and oak trees that provides food and shelter to a large number of birds and animals.

Fauna in the Nagarhole National Park

The forest is home to animals like the four-horned antelope, sloth bear, jungle cat, civet, spotted deer, elephant, wild dog, flying fox, tiger, panther, gaur (Indian bison), sambhar, wild boar, black-naped hare, bonnet macaque, and pangolin.
Nagarhole is one of the finest habitats for the Royal Bengal Tiger and some experts also believe that it is the best place in India to see the leopard. Leopard sightings are reported on a fairly regular basis.
The herbivores include spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, four-horned antelope, gaur, wild boar and elephant.

Birds in the Nagarhole National Park

There are more than 250 species of birds in the Nagarhole National Park. Bird population ranges from blue-bearded bee-eater, scarlet minivet and Malabar whistling thrush to the more common ospreys, herons and ducks.

Reptiles in the Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary of India houses a number of reptiles, including Rock Python, Marsh Crocodile, Monitor Lizard, etc. Aquatic and terrestrial tortoise, frogs, toads, tree frogs and countless insects are also found here.

Places to stay in Nagarhole National Park

State-owned forest resthouses, private lodges and cottages are among the accommodation options in Nagarhole.
– Kings Sanctuary: A Luxury Wildlife Resort on the periphery of the Nagarhole National Park near Mysore, Kings Sanctuary is spread over 33 acres of land with its own private lake in the middle. It offers luxury cottage accommodation with all modern amenities.
– Bheemeshwari Fishing and Nature Camps: The camp overlooks the Cauvery River and consists of just eight luxurious ethnic log-huts on stilts, which blend beautifully with the jungle behind.
– Kabini River Lodge: Built in colonial style architecture; Kabini River Lodge offers a host of facilities, which include a well-equipped bar, a large, charming room for seminars, meetings with multimedia projector and other conferencing facilities. The lodge also has a dining area called the Ghol Ghar, which overlooks River Kabini.
– Cicada Kabini: Cicada is located in a village called Karapura, 220 km away from Bangalore, near the Rajiv Gandhi National Park and is adjacent to the Kabini River Lodge property.
– Water Woods: A wildlife resort easily accessible from Bangalore, Water Woods is owned and run by a family who love wildlife.
– Orange County, Kabini: Orange County is situated in the heart land of the Kadukuruba tribe of Nagarhole forest and surrounded on three sides by the Kabini river, Orange County, Kabini is built in authentic Kuruba village style.
– The Jungle Inn: The Jungle Inn is situated at Veeranahosahalli which is right at the main entrance to Nagarhole National Park. Jungle Inn is 200 km from Bangalore, 68 km from Mysore and 20 km from Hunsur which is the nearest town.

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