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Situated between the Mysuru plateau in Karnataka and the Nilgiri Mountains of Tamil Nadu, Nagarahole is a 640 sq. km. the sanctuary that is home to an abundant variety of wildlife. Rajiv Gandhi National Park is an important Tiger Reserve in Karnataka and is a major hub of conservation under Project Tiger and Project Elephant, the sanctuary is host to the largest herd of Asiatic elephants in the world and innumerable species of birds, flora and fauna including large predators, reptiles, gaurs, deer, bears and smaller animals.
Wildlife: Being an important Tiger Reserve in Karnataka, Nagarahole is a must-visit national park for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers as the forest safari offers a very high probability of being able to spot Bengal Tigers and Asiatic Elephants in their natural habitat. Nagarahole National Park is also home to a large number of Wild Dogs, Leopards and Bears. Commonly spotted herbivores animals are Wild Gaurs, Wild Boar, Sambar Deer, Antelope, Spotted Deers as well as several species of birds. Nagarahole National Park also has a rich collection of Teak Trees and Rosewood.
Nagarahole Forest Safari: Wildlife Safari is conducted by the Forest Department twice daily, from 6 AM to 8 AM and 3 PM to 5 PM from 2 different locations – Nanchhi Gate (Kutta) and Veeranahosalli Gate. Slots are often limited and advance booking is recommended. For more information on Nagarahole Forest Safari visit the official page at Junglelodges.com for tariff and contact information.
How to reach Nagarhole:
By Road: Nagarahole National Park is 220 km from Bengaluru. From Mysuru, taxis can be hired to reach Nagarahole.
By Air: The Nearest Airport is Mysuru.
By Train: Mysuru city is the nearest airport and railway station (90 km from Nagarahole). Given the early morning wildlife safari timings and limited slots, it is recommended to spend a night near Nagarahole instead of a day trip.
Where to stay in and around Nagarhole: The best place for accommodation is the state-run Jungle Lodges & Resort’s Kabini River Lodge, built around the hunting bungalows of the Maharajas that also organizes wildlife safaris into the forest. For more information, log on to www.junglelodges.com or call 080-4055 4055
When to go: Throughout the year, but animals flock to the watering holes in the dry summer season, so chances of sightings increase significantly.