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 sq.km 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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Flanking the Kabini river, Nagarhole is a blend of dense jungle and open grounds along the river banks, which makes it a perfect for wildlife watching. The park is home to tiger, leopard, elephant, gaur, barking deer, the horned antelope, sloth bear, dhole, bonnet macaque and common langur, plus 270 species of birds. The wildlife safari experience is something that you'll cherish forever owing to the number of rare animal sightings this park is known for. Make the effort and get up early to watch some of the most colourful and beautiful birds while boating across the river. The mist combined with the chill in the air and the streaks of morning light dancing across the horizon is a sight to behold. Go wild in Nagarhole.
I have been to Nagarhole for the first time in 2016 and we love this national park. We stayed at Waterwoods and it nicely located on the banks of the Kabini Back waters. The park is rich in flora and fauna with plenty of tigers, leopards and wild dogs as predators.
We visited this park in Dec 2015 and recommend to take afternoon safari during this season when most of the animals are spotted. We were lucky to spot Tiger, Elephants, Bison, Peacock, Crocodile, hundreds of Deers, etc.
A wonderful experience which we could not see so many wild animals in Bandipur or Corbett or Dandeli. Don't miss to visit Nagarahole Forest if you are a Wild life enthusiastic.
It was a paisa vasool experience, although we didn't see any Tigers or Lions still it was a memorable experience for me. The jungle is clean, green, and the best part is River Kabini flowing in the middle. Safari timings are 2 times a day for couple of hours each time.
National Park is considered to be the biggest and density of tiger population per km is considered to be the highest.
In my experience it is not worth visiting at all because of the following reasons:- 1. There are no proper sightseeing arrangements while visiting park; 2. You are provided one government bus which is shabby and with no guide and they drive around in the park with any explanations at all; 3. Sighting of animal is by luck but they don't put any efforts to ensure sighting of any animals at all; 4. It is sheer waste of money.
This is a very special tiger park in South India which borders the Kabini River on one end and the coffee plantations of Coorg on the other. It merges into the evergreen forests of Wayanad once you cross in Kerala. The Elephant, Leopard and Tiger populations are very healthy which signifies the strength of the ecosystem. This park is truly a gem of South India.
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's 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, moisturizer, 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. 16. THE FOREST IS VERY BEAUTIFUL FROM OCTOBER till MARCH. THE ANIMAL SIGHTINGS ARE GOOD THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. HOWEVER THE SIGHTING OF THE PREDATORS ARE VERY GOOD FROM FEBRUARY till Mid MAY. 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.