Nagarhole National Park extends north of the Kabini River, which was dammed in 1974 to form a picturesque artificial lake. This perennial water source attracts large numbers of animals.

The park has elephants, gaur, dhole, wild cats, four-horned antelopes, flying squirrels, sloth bears, monkeys, sambhar deer, panthers and many varieties of birds.

What to see

The Forest Department arranges for wildlife viewing around the park by Minibus, Vans and Jeeps. All tours are accompanied by trained forest guides. (Timings: 0600 hrs to 0800 hrs and 1500 hrs to 1700 hrs).

Forest Types: Southern tropical semi-evergreen forests, Southern tropical dry deciduous forests, Southern tropical oist mixed deciduous forests, Shrub forests. Fauna Animals: Four horned antelope, Sloth bear, Civet cat, Barking deer, Mouse deer. Birds: Spotted dove, Crested hawk eagle, Crested serpant eagle, Malabar pied hornbill, Malabar grey hornbill, Loriekeet, minivet, Blyth’s myna, Alexandrine parakeet., Blue winged parakeet, Blossom headed and rose ringed parakeet, Southern treepie. Green imperial pegion, adjutant stork, Great indian warbler, Reed warbler and wood peckers. Reptiles: Common cobra, Marsh crocodile, Kraite, Monitor lizard, Rock python, Bamboo viper, Pet viper, Russll’s viper, Gecko, Skink and Agamid lizards.

Getting There

Air: The convenient airport , bangalore 236 Km is connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with major cities of India.

Rail: The nearest rialhead is Mysore 96 Km connected with Mumbai, arsikere, Bangalore and Hassan.

Road: Motorable roads connect Nagarhole with Bangalore 236 km via Mysore, Madikeri 93 Km via Virajpet and Kutta and Mysore 96 km via Hunsur.

General information

Area: 572.9 Sq.Km Temperature: Max: 33 Deg.C Min: 14 Deg.C Rainfall: 130 to 180 cm (June to September) The Park remains closed during the monsoon months. Altitude: 850 meters Season: September to May. STD Code: 08228

Excursions

  1. Madikeri (93 Km): Perched at an altitude of 1170 meters, Madikeri is the headquarters of the Kodagu district which is famous for it’s coffee and Orange plantations and it’s enchanting natural beauty.
  2. Mysore (96 Km): Mysore has been an important centre of religion, education and culture for centuries. The lavish ways of the Maharajas find reflection in the numerous palaces and parks.
  3. Bandipur National Park (100 Km): The Bandipur National Park is one of the fifteen Tiger Reserves in the country. It is situated on the border of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.