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Nagarhole National Park

  • Location : Districts of Kodagu and Mysore in Southern Karnataka

  • Coverage area : 644 sq km

  • Main attraction : Snakes, Four-Horned Antelope, Sloth Bear

  • Best time to visit : September to May

  • Nearby excursions : Mudumalai National Park, and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Nearby cities : Madikere (90 km) and Mysore (96 km) 

Unveiling the secrets of the mesmeric nagarhole national park, karnataka

nagarhole National Park and Tiger Reserve or Rajiv Gandhi National Park is placed in two districts -Kodagudistrict and Mysore district in Karnataka andit forms a part of the biosphere of Nilgiri Reserve.The Park is currently under the contemplation for acknowledgment as a legacy site. Nagarhole National Park is loaded with waterfalls, slopes, valleys, streams, and backwoods. It is renowned for its rich populace of birds andother different creatures.


The scenic setting of the park

There are many twisting streams that flow through this park and along these lies the name of this place. This park hasnumerous water-bodies - about forty-seven streams, forty-one artificialtanks, four lakes with consistent water-flow all year, four enduring streams, and a dam with a reservoir, and it is a significant reason fora number of inhabitants of different types of creatures and avian species that inhabit this area.


The coverage area of the national park

The National Park is situated in a spot, where the Deccan Plateau and the Western Ghats join together. The entire park is spread over at a coverage area of 642.4 square kilometers. You will find many marshes in the land area of the park.


The weather at nagarhole tiger reserve

The season of summer begins in March and finishes in May. The temperature here often rises above thirty degrees. In this national park, the tourists often suffer from hydration while trekking and doing different exercises during this time due to the dearth of water as amid the late summer, the lakesdry out into pools of water. However, this draws-in several birds, those which feed on fishes in the pools. Hence, it is an astounding time to watch those birds.

The duration of the rainy season extends from June to September. The spot gets a substantial downpour and this results in the appearance of the bloodsucking leeches, whichare mostly foundin the area during this time. Hence, one must be extremely alert while going out for a safari in the park during the monsoons. The areaends up being soft and sticky duringthe monsoon making transportation harder for the tourists. Jungle safaris at times get incidentally halted inthis season and the tourists are not allowed to enter some specific areas in the forest.

The winter season begins in November and finishes in January. The temperature can lower down to fourteen-degree celsius.


The ideal visiting time in the national park

The ideal visitingtime in this park is in the months from October to May as in this time, the possibility of locating different birds and creatures increases. However, it is smart to keep away from the destinationduring the rainy season as it is unfavorable for the tourists.Due to overwhelming rainfall, the National Parkremains shut for guests during the monsoons.


The other sanctuaries present at the nearby location

There are three other wildlife sanctuaries along with the National Park. The other reserves that adjoin this Park are Bandipur National Park, Mudumalai National Park, and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.


Things to look for in the National Park

The flora

The North of the Western Ghats structure a prevail district in the National Park. This district is loaded up with soggy deciduous backwoods. The most available woods at the National Park are Rosewood and Teakwood. It is found at the southern region of the Park. Inside the park’s central region dry deciduous woods are found. Pala Indigo is mostly available in this area as well. In the bog districts, Eugenia trees are also frequently found.

Different other varieties of trees that can be located here areSandalwood, Silver Oak, Teak, Indian Kino Tree, Crocodile Bark, Kadam, Beechwood, Indian Gooseberry, Ficus, Cotton Tree, and others. Other varieties of tree species areForest Flames, the Golden Shower Tree, and amassing Bamboo.

The fauna

  • Beasts:Nagarhole National Park has the most astounding mass of herbivores in Asia. This park is an ideal place to locate tigers, elephants, bears, and guar, etc. The main creatures that one may be able to locate here are Bengal tigers, panthers, sloth bears, the barking deer,sambar deer, antelopes, andelephants. You can discover numerous wilderness buffalos here. You can sight many elephants in the spots, where bamboo trees are located. Many other creatures to spot are panther cat, grey langur, backwoodsfeline, civet, bonnet macaque, mongoose, rabbit, pangolin, Indian monster flying squirrel, and many others.

  • Birds:There are in excess of two hundred and fifty types of birds here, found close to the Kabini River. The most common types of birds here areMalabar Whistling Thrush, Common Osprey, Blue Hairy Honey Bee-Eater, Herons, and Ducks.The National Park is an essential fowl watching spot amid summer season.The dried-up lakes pull in numerous winged creatures. Birds like theGreater Spotted Eagle, White-Beaked Vulture, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Blue-Winged Parakeet, Oriental White Ibis, Red-Headed Vulture, Malabar Dim Hornbill, etc. can be spotted.Other winged animals to spot are Painted Bramble Quail, Indian Robin, Indian Peafowl, Ashy Prinia, Yellow-Legged Green Pigeon, etc.

  • Reptiles:There are several endangered species of reptiles found here. They are -Bamboo Pit Snake, Indian Shake Python, Indian Monitor Reptile, Muggers, Indian Rock Python, Common Wolf Snake, and others.

  • Insects: There are ninety-six types of insects and oversixty types of ants found in this reserve forest. An amazing subterranean insect species found here is the bouncing subterranean ants, which can hop up as high as one meter.

The way towards the national park

There are all possible ways of communication available for reaching the Nagarhole National Park. The following is a brief description of the different routes :

The closest air terminals are situated in the cities Mysore and Bengaluru. Bengaluru is the closest global airplane terminal to theNagarhole NationalPark. Mysore airplane terminal is also extremely close to the park. You can reach Bengaluru airplane terminal and take a corresponding flight to Mysore. Once you reach the Mysore air terminal, you will get several taxis, buses, and different means of transportfor reaching the park.

The closest railroad station is situated in Mysore and it is abouteighty-nine kilometers far from the NagarholeNational Park. Many trains are available from different parts of India to Mysore. One can get a taxi or a public transport direct from the station for reaching the park conveniently.

The roadway trip to the National Park is also available. Several buses to NagarholeNational Park are accessible from the locales like Mysore, Bangalore, Madikere, etc. Taxi administrations can be also found here.

Some places to stay in and around the national park

A beautiful timberland guesthouse is locatedinside the NagarholeNational Park, where travelers can lodge if they like. Reserving the guesthouses beforehand is suggested for your convenience. To get lodgingamid pinnacle season can become difficult because of heavy demands. Apart from these,there are a number of resorts and homestays you can find-KabiniRiver Lodge, MachaanResort, Jungle Hotel,all at NagarholeNational Park.Some other accommodations available are – Waterwoods in Kabini, Orange Region Resortin Kabini, Wildlife Resort inKalpetta, Spice Glade Homestay in Kutta, Bison Estate Resort in Coorg,Coorg Guest House in Coorg, and many more.


Distance from major cities

  • Bangalore , 220.5 km

  • Coimbatore ,270.9 km

  • Mysore , 89.9 km

  • Coorg , 72.8 km

  • Madikere ,91.7 km

  • Chennai ,558.6 km

  • Hyderabad ,796 km

  • Mumbaiand ,1061.3 km

  • Delhi ,2401.5 km


Interesting things to do

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A few exciting activities to do at the park involve water rafting, jungle safaris, etc.

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What are the different zones of the park ?

The different zones present in the park can be divided into four locations. TheNorthside is surrounded by the KabiniRiver and gets heavy downpours. The South-East part is dry and hence, ideal to find carnivore creatures and different birds. The central part isan ideal grazing land for deer and gaurs. The Western region has waterfalls, valleys, and mountains. Different tree-living creatures,sandalwoods,and bamboos are found here.

The way to enjoy the wildlife safaris

Various safaris are available here depending upon what you desire to choose. Jeep Safari is ideal for witnessing predators like Tigers, Leopards, and big animals like elephants, etc. You can also enjoy boat safari at the KabiniRiver, where you can enjoy watching water birds, crocodiles, etc. Apart from all these, you can access the bus safari too. It can accommodate as many as 20 people on an average. All these safaris are available all throughout the day, from morning to afternoon. (From about 5.30 am till 6.00 pm with intervals in between).

It can be quite a delightful prospect to visit the nagarhole National Park and Tiger Reserve, especially after going through this article. So, put your travel boots on and get set to go!


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