Sprawling over a vast area of 572.90 sq
km, Nagarhole National Park
is an important part of South Asia's largest
forest-the Niligiri Biosphere Reserve. Pleasant climate, crisscrossed by
serpentine rivers and streams, beautiful valleys and dense forests- all are
sufficient reason to make Nagarhole national park
India's one of the most
celebrated paradise of wildlife. Tiger and elephant and India's best
adventure site are quick attraction bringing thousands of tourists from all
over the world every year to the Nagarhole national park
Best Time : March to August
Wildlife Species in Nagarhole
Entry Fee : Rs 50 (Indian) & Rs 150 (foreigner)
National Park is a part of the Niligiri Biosphere Reserve which consists of
2400 sq km of forest and include other parks like Bandipur National Park,
Mudhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The northern
part of the park consists of moist deciduous forest while south-eastern part
is dominated by dry deciduous forest. The park is drained by several rivers
and tanks forwarding an ideal base for wildlife.
Nagarhole National Park is worldwide known for harboring a very diverse
kind of animal species. Elephants and tiger are the main attractions of
Nagarhole national park. Other animals are panther, chital, sambar, sloth
bear, dhole, Nilgiri langur, smooth-coated otter, common palm civet,
stripe-necked mongoose, jungle cat, wild boar, golden jackal, Indian grey
mongoose, striped hyaena, rusty-spotted cat, ratel and Indian spotted
chevrotain. Some commonly seen reptiles in the park are lizards, Cobras,
crocodiles, kraits, pythons and vipers.
There are around 250 bird species found in the park. Some prominent bird
species include babbler, bee-eater, bulbul, dove, moorhens, Brahmini kites,
crested hoopoe and serpant, Malabar pied Hornbills, alexandrine, peacock,
paradise fly catcher, minivets, woodpecker, warbler, great Indian reed,
eagle, crested hawk, golden-back parakeet, the southern tree pie etc.
What else to see and do?
Travel (Air/Rail/Road) Information
- Jeep safari is the prime medium to explore the flora and fauna
wealth in the Park. Forest Department provides jeeps and guide who will
help you to truly enjoy the forest.
- There are some towers built inside the forests. Necessity climb the
tower. It will offer you a panoramic views of the whole forests and
hideouts of the forests.
- Mysore-the city of palaces- is the nearest city having many
historical and religious attraction.
Nagarhole National Park is well connected by road to the prominent cities
of Karnataka state like Madikere (90 km), Mysore (96 km) and Bangalore (220
km) and can be accessed by frequent buses plying between these cities.
Mysore is the nearest railhead offering rail services to all major south
Indian cities. Bangalore is the nearest international airport with efficient
domestic and international services.
Wildlife Lodges/Resorts in
Nagarhole National Park
There are 2 rest houses managed by the Forest Department. Some private
wildlife resorts and lodges also available near the park offering quality
accommodation and hospitality. You need to book it in advanced.
- The Kabini River Lodge
- The Jungle Inn