Nagarhole National Park


If you are planning an adventurous trip you may take wildlife sanctuary trip in the state of Karnataka. One of the best places is Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka. Nagarhole National Park is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. Nagarhole is a beautiful place and it’s truly a delightful spot, bubbling with the activity of some magnificent animals and trees. This palace has the rich cover small stream, hills, valley, and waterfalls. Enjoy trekking through the park surrounded by an exquisite variety of flora and fauna.

Nagarhole National Park is an important part of South Asia’s largest forest. Delight able climate, crisscrossed by serpentine rivers and streams, beautiful valleys and intensive forest, all are sufficient reason to make Nagarhole National Park India’s one of the most celebrated paradise of wildlife and a wonderful place for a trip. India’s best adventures spot are a quick attraction and bringing thousands of tourists from all over the world every year to the Nagarhole National Park.


Nagarhole National Park is a national park located in 94 km from Mysore in Karnataka, South India. It is spread between Kodages district and Mysore district in Karnataka state in South India. Its located north-west of Bandipur National Park. Kabini reservoir separates the two parks. The park ranges the foothills of the Western Ghats spreading down the Brahmagiri hills and south toward Kerala state.

The park expands over 643sq km, protecting the wild life of Karnataka. Together with the adjacent Bandipur National Park 870sq km, Mudumalai National Park 320sq km and Wayanad wildlife Sanctuary 344sq km, it forms the largest protected area in South India, totaling 2,183sq km.

Nagarhole National Park is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve, the Western Ghats Nilgiri Sub-cluster of 6,000sq km. including all of Nagarhole National Park, is under consideration by UNESCO World Heritage committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. Nagarhole National Park is a part the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which consists of 2400sq km of forest and includes other parks like Bandipur National Park, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.


The Nagarhole National Park derives its name from two words (Naga and Hole). Naga means snake and Hole mean stream, thus Nagarhole means the place with snakes or streams of snakes.

The park was a distinctive hunting reserve of the king Wodeyar dynasty, the former rulers of the kingdom of Mysore. It was set up in 1995 as a wildlife Sanctuary and later its area increased to 643.39 km. it was developed into a National Park in 1988.

The Nagarhole National park was declared the thirty-seven project, a tiger reserve in 1999. Nagarhole today is the become of conservation as it is the hub of two of India’s most reputed regard project – project Elephant and project Tiger.


Nagarhole National Park has a sub – tropical climate. Summer is hot and winter is pleasant. The temperature is usually around 33c in summer seasons and down the temperature is 14c in the winter season. From June to September are humidity and moistures become a lot of rain.

The best time to visit is March to August when the animals come out to the lake because the waterhole is dry. The park receives an annual rainfall of 1,440m. Its water sources include the Lakshmmantritha River, Sarati Hole, Nagar Hole, Balla Hole, Kabini River, four perennial streams, and 47 seasonal streams, four small perennial lakes, 41 artificial tank, several swamps, Taraka Dam and the Kabini reservoir.

A dam on the Kabini River and its graceful reservoir demarcate the two park. The Kabini River lodge has excellent facilities, as far as accommodation is concerned.

Wildlife of Nagarhole

Nagarhole National Park is a great way of understanding the wildlife. This is a home of majestic Tiger and charismatic Leopard, Nagarhole National Park is also known for its other wildlife. Nagarhole National Park is counted among India’s best wildlife parks. It has a large elephant and bison population, it also summations of a variety of animal species along with approximately 250 species of birds.

One of the finest remaining habitat of the Asiatic elephant in the luxuriant forest. The park boasts the healthiest tiger-predator ratio or one of the healthiest tiger densities in the world. Other mammalian miscellany includes the common Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Golden Jackal, Chital, Sambar, Mouse Deer, wild Boar, Striped Hyena, Palm Civet, Brown Mongoose and etc.

Among birdlife over 270 varieties of avian species including the critically endangered – oriental White Backed Vulture, Nilgiri Woodpigeon and near threatened species like Darters, Red-Headed Vulture and endemics like the blue-winged Parakeet, Malabar gray Hornbill and commonly bird like painted bush Quail, Indian Ronin, yellow Legged, green Pigeon etc.

Route For Nagarhole National Park

The Nagarhole National park has two routes – one of them is from 47 km Hunsur in north and other is very close from Kutta in the south. The office of Conservator of Forests is situated in Hunsur, about 47 km away from the north. Nagarhole National Park main entrance to the southeast of Mysore and second entrance at Kabini Lake, 3 km from Karapura village, 80 km south of Mysore.

  • By Air – Bengaluru is the nearest airport to visit Nagarhole National Park. Regular flight is available to Bengaluru.
  • By Rail – Mysore is the nearest Railhead to visit Nagarhole National Park. Trains are available by the time interval.
  • By Road – Bus services are also available to visit Nagarhole National Park. Nagarhole National Park is well connected by road 90 km from Madikeri, 96 km from Mysore and 220 km Bengaluru in Karnataka.

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