Ideal Time: 3-4 hours
Open Time: 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM & 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM, All days open
Cost: Indian (Adult): INR 50, Foreigner: INR 150, Still Camera: INR 50
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 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.
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:-
Morning 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Evening 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Indian Nationals: INR 300 per person for one hour ride
Foreign Nationals INR 1100 per person for one hour ride
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.
The pristine natural beauty and rich wildlife of Nagarhole National Park is a major attraction for a number of tourists and is a favourite holiday destination for many. If you wish to rent a resort or accommodation near the park, a number of options are available at your disposal. Nagarhole Forest Guest House is situated in the heart of the forest and is maintained by Karnataka forest department. Rooms here have all the basic amenities at a nominal cost of INR 1000 and need to be booked in advance. Walk-ins are not allowed. Other good lodging options include The Serai Kabini, Waterwoods Lodges & Resorts, Red Earth Kabini, Orange County, Dream Land Residency, Crescent Residency and Le Villagio Holiday Apartment.
Mornings and evenings are ideal to visit the 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.
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.
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