Nagarhole National Park, Kabini
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Nagarhole National Park

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Nagarhole National Park
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About Nagarhole National Park

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Summer: 6.00 AM - 6.30 PM , Winter: 6.00 AM - 6.30 PM

Nagarhole National Park is spread between Kodagu District and Mysore District, and is separated from Bandipur National Park by Kabini. Comprising forest cover, small streams, valleys and waterfalls, the national park is home to tigers, Indian bison, elephants, snakes, four-horned antelopes, sloth bears, porcupine, jackals, mouse-deer and many other fauna. Within its 643 of area, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears, hyenas, spotted deer, sambars, barking deer, gaurs and wild boars find abode.

Rosewood, teak, sandalwood and silver oak form the flora of the national park. A part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Nagarhole National Park is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. Sub mountain hill valley swamp forest, dry tropical forest towards the east and mixed deciduous forest in the southern parts form the vegetation of the national park.  

The park is also home to more than 250 species of some of the rarest birds in India like Malabar trogans, Malabar pied hornbills and the crested hawk eagles. Vine snakes, common wolf snakes, rat snakes, bamboo pit vipers, Russell's vipers and common kraits also reside in the park. In the park, tourists can also view Indian rock pythons, Indian monitor lizards, common toads, oriental white-backed vultures, greater spotted eagles, Nilgiri wood-pigeons and striped-necked mongooses.

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What travellers are saying about this Sightseeing

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  • Excellent 9
  • Very Good 3
  • Good 3
  • Average 0
  • Below Average 0
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time:  During Sunrise
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
Facilities available
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/Storage

15 traveller reviews for Nagarhole National Park

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Shamik Kumar

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  • Shamik Kumar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 4 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  6 readers

"Good for first safari experience" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Overall it was good, first experience of safari, the Nagarhole Jungle is huge, with loads of animals including tigers although we were unlucky not to see any tigers, however we enjoyed the trip.
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Venkataramanan G

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  • Venkataramanan G
  • Forester
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 17 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  72 helpful votes
  •  13180 readers

"Go well equipped for thrilling adventure" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
1. We visited Nagarhole National Park (NNP) between 25th to 26th Jun 2015.
2. We took a early morning flight from Delhi to Bangalore, which is at a distance of about 230 kms from the Kabini entry gate of NNP. By taxi, it takes about 4. 5 hours to reach Kabini. We had to drive through Bidadi - Ramanagara Channapatna - Mandya Srirangapatna Mysore HD Kote Road Hand Post - Karapura (Kabini). We have to take the HD Kote road from Mysore to Kabini. Kabini is about 80 kms from Mysore.
3. NNP has 2 entry gates. One is Kabini (Karapura) and the other is near Veerana Hosahalli on Hunsur Nagarhole Kutta road. MAJORITY OF THE TOURISTS PREFER TO GO TO KABINI SIDE AS THE FACILITIES (Resorts, Jeep safari facilities etc) ARE MORE TOURIST FRIENDLY. (On the Veerana Hosahalli side, the safari is done mostly in a bus which is inconvenient).
4. If you are staying at JLR Kabini River Lodge, the room tariff normally includes Jeep safari charges also.
5. One can opt to go for the jeep safari or the boat safari on the Kabini river.
6. The morning safari starts at 6. 30 am (from Kabini River Lodge) and continues till about 9. 30 am. The afternoon safari starts at 3. 30 pm and continues till 6. 30 pm
7. Jeep safari as well as Boat safari are conducted by JLR (Jungle Lodges and Resorts owned by Government of Karnataka).
8. THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW FORESTS OPEN EVEN DURING THE MONSOON (unlike most National parks which remain closed from 1st June to 30th September).
9. The jeeps at NNP have a tarpaulin roof for protection from rain, sun or even a snake falling from tree top (it is believed that many years back a snake fell on top of tourists in a jeep).
10. The jeep safari is mainly divided into 2 Zones (Zone A is fully wooded area and Zone B is near to the Kabini backwaters). Trespass from one route to another is not allowed.
11. A forest guide accompanies each jeep.
12. Kabini is famous for Leopard sightings. Of course, most of the tourists get to see the Elephant, Indian Gaur, Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Serpent Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Langur, Bonnet Macaques, Red Jungle Fowl etc. The lucky ones also get to see the Tiger or Sloth Bear or Dhole the Indian Wild Dog.
13. Karnataka Forest department (along with Tourism department) has managed extremely well the balance between Wildlife and Tourism.
14. Do remember to take along your camera, sunscreen lotion, moisturiser, cap and sunglasses for protection from the sun.
15. We saw Indian Wild Dogs, Elephants, Indian Gaur, Jackals, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Serpent Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Eagle, Drongo, Indian Roller, White Breasted Kingfisher, Ibis, Green Bee Eater, Peacock, Rufous Tree pie, Yellow Footed Green Pigeon, White Cheeked Whiskered Bulbul and a host of other birds.
17. Naturalists (Afsar, Shivanand and all others are working with JLR) and are very good.
18. All the highways which run through NNP are closed to traffic between 6 pm and 6 am.
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Sourav Arya

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  • Sourav Arya
  • Lives in Howrah
  • 6 Reviews
  •  264 readers

"An awesome experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Spotted a Tigress with its cubs and a huge Python on the first day. The safari riders were quite experienced and professional. My experience was great.
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Raghav Sharma

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  • Raghav Sharma
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 5 Reviews
  •  13 helpful votes
  •  1715 readers

"Beautiful park in south India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 1, 2015
Really enjoyed the safaris at Nagarhole. We did both jeep and boat safari and we were lucky to see a tiger and a sloth bear. Plenty of bird life to check out.
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Sajith Kumar

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  • Sajith Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  1496 readers

"Nature is amazing"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 30, 2015
Went to forest in the morning in a transport organised by Karnataka forest department. Nature was beautiful to be looked at in early morning and gives your mind so relaxing effect by listening to birds. Could see various animals like dear, tiger, elephant.
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Aritro Dasgupta

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  • Aritro Dasgupta
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 27 Reviews
  •  157 helpful votes
  •  33492 readers

"Abundant Elephants & some big cats too"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2015
The number of elephants found abundant in this park is awe inspiring. They move about freely and in such numbers as if they were spotted deer or some other such small animal. Even leopard sighting is fairly common while tiger sighting depends a bit more on luck.
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  • 4 votes

Syed Azeez

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  • Syed Azeez
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  2903 readers

"Spotted Tiger and Leopard"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 2, 2015
Excellent Tiger Reserve with both Jeep and Boat safari options. We sighted both leopard and tiger in our 3 safari visits to the park. Highly recommend this park to fellow visitors. According to me best place to Stay is Waterwoods Kabini.
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Badam Vinay

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  • Badam Vinay
  • Critic
  • Lives in Kakinada
  • 26 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  6282 readers

"Not many wild animals sighted"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 28, 2014
May its my bad luck haven't seen wildcats, but national park and climate are awesome, should try the vehicle safari as well as river safari, carry water along.
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  • 5 votes

Venu Ananda

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  • Venu Ananda
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 16 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  2830 readers

"Amazing fun in the safari"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 26, 2014
We went on a morning safari to the Nagarahole National Park. The safari was for nearly an hour & it was an amazing time watching wildlife up-close. We saw Deers, fox, birds, wild hogs. Unfortunately, the big boys stayed away. Much to our disappointment, the only big boy we saw was a tame elephant.
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Rakesh Sharan

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  • Rakesh Sharan
  • Highlander
  • 6 Reviews
  •  46 helpful votes
  •  12255 readers

"Picterseque jungle with lots of deers, peacocks,tigers,elephants"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 22, 2014
Excellent option for any adventure seeker. Lots of scope to click wonderful pics with your cameras. A good guide is required for guiding one to correct locations (hideouts) for elephants and tigers.
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  • 5 votes

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