Nagarhole National Park

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Timings : 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM & 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM, All days open

Time Required : 3-4 hours

Entry Fee : Indian (Adult): INR 50,
Foreigner: INR 150,
Still Camera: INR 50

Nagarhole National Park, Nagarhole Overview

Located in the Mysore district of Karnataka, Nagarhole National Park boasts of rich wildlife including both flora and fauna. Located near Bandipur National Park, this beautiful national park is packed with the bounty of raw nature in its best form. A myriad variety of animals such as Elephant, Jackal, Tiger, Panther, Gaur, Sambar, Spotted deer, Mongoose, Civet cat, Hyena, and Sloth Bear, and almost 250 varieties of birds call this place their home. Bestowed with best of wildlife and varied topography, this place offers gushing streams, lush green forests, gentle slopes and shallow valleys.The place is a paradise for nature lovers and those seeking solitude.

Nagarhole National Park is bounded by Kabini River on the north while Bandipur National park forms its southern boundaries. A dam of the Kabini River along with its reservoir demarcates the two national parks and is a sight to behold. Other than that, the park also houses stunning vegetation and plantation along with verdant tropical and deciduous forest land. Nagarhole National Park is home to a number of majestic reptiles such as King Cobra, Krait, Indian Rock Python, Russel's Viper, vine snake, Tortoise, Monitor Lizard and Toads. In addition to these, trees such as sandalwood, silver oak, rosewood and teak are found in abundance here.

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Nagarhole National Park Safari

One of the best ways to explore the landscape and wildlife of Nagarhole National Park is through its jeep safari. Racing through the heart of the Park, you can easily spot some elephants, deer, bison and lots of birds and langoors. Details for the same are as follows:-

Safari Timings:
Morning 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Evening 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Safari Charges:
Indian Nationals: INR 300 per person for one hour ride
Foreign Nationals INR 1100 per person for one hour ride

Flora and Fauna of Nagarhole National Park

There is no denying the fact that Nagarhole National Park has a wide assortment of animals, birds, insects and trees house within its bounds. Some of them include:- 

Mammals:
 Indian Elephant, Golden Jackal, Bengal Tiger, Panther, Gaur, Sambar, Spotted deer, Grey Mongoose, Civet cat, Striped Hyena, Indian bison, Indian leopard, Asiatic wild dogs, sambar, barking deer, four-horned antelopes, wild boar, palm civet, brown mongoose, striped-necked mongoose, black-naped hare, mouse deer, Indian pangolin, red giant flying squirrel, Indian porcupine, Gray Langur and Indian giant flying squirrel and Sloth Bear.

Reptiles: King Cobra, Krait, Indian Rock Python, Russel's Viper, vine snake, Tortoise, mugger, common wolf snake, rat snake (Ptyas mucosus), bamboo pit viper, Russell's viper, common krait, Indian rock python, Indian monitor lizard and common toad.

Insects: Insects here include over 96 species of dung beetles and 60 species of ants. Jumping ants such as Harpegnathos saltator, Tetraponera rufonigra ants, common dung beetle, Heliocopris dominus beetle and Onthophagus pactolus beetle are also found here. 

Flora: Vegetation such as sandalwood, silver oak, rosewood, crocodile bark, Lagerstroemia lanceolata, Indian kino tree, Grewia tilaefolia, rosewood andaxlewood, Lagerstroemia microcarpa, kadam, cotton tree, Schleichera trijuga, ficus, Kydia calycina, Indian gooseberry and beechwood,horse nettles, tick clover, Helicteres species, lantana, golden shower tree, flame of the forest, teak and clumping bamboo are found in abundance here.

Best Time To Visit Nagarhole National Park

Mornings and evenings are ideal to visit the Nagarhole National Park.

Tips For Visiting Nagarhole National Park

1. The eating options in the park are next to nothing, so it is advisable to carry your own eatables. A few small restaurants are located just outside the park serving the basic meals. 2. Also, carry your own water bottles with you. 3. Wear comfortable clothes and a good pair of shoes. 4. Camping is not allowed within the premises of the park.

History of Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park derives its name from a Kannada words "Naga" and "Hole" meaning snake and streams respectively. Once served as an exclusive hunting reserve for the rulers of Mysore, this park was set up in the year 1955 as a sanctuary and is claimed to be one of the best-managed parks in India. After stretching the area from 258 sq km to 643 sq km in the year 1974 with the inclusion of reserve forests of Arkeri, Hatgat and Nalkeri in Kodagu, it received the status of a National park in the year 1983.

Areas in Nagarhole National Park

The Nagarhole National Park is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. While this might have some benefits, it could get really confusing and difficult for people who have come to enjoy a specific scenery or photograph a specific animal. To make this easier for the visitors, the park has been divided into various different areas:

1. The North part of the Park is surrounded by the Kabini river, which is the main source of water. Due to this reason, many animals, mostly mammals such as the four-horned antelope, the Striped Hyena and the Spotted Deer can be spotted near the banks. Herbivores are spotted here as well. Deciduous trees are very common in this region as it receives heavy rainfall

2. The South East part of the forest is usually dry and is an excellent spot for birdwatching and to find predators. Over 250 species of birds can be found here, out of which, the Malabar grey hornbill, The Nilgiri wood pigeon, the greater spotted eagle and the red-headed vulture are a few of them

3. The central part of the park is most famous for the Kabini backwaters. If you want to come across elephants, Gaurs and deers, then this is the place for you!

4. The western region is mostly covered with streams, waterfalls and valleys. You can come across some tree-dwelling animals and a whole lot of bamboo and sandalwood trees.

How To Reach Nagarhole National Park

The simplest and the best way to reach Nagarhole National Park is by hiring a taxi from Mysore. Several buses also ply from Mysore till HD Kote which lies about 30 km from the park. However, if you are travelling from Kerala, you must first reach Manathavadi town, situated about some 100 km from Kozikoden through KSRTC buses available round the clock. Another 30 km and you will reach the final destination.

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