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Location : Coorg and Mysore district of Karnataka
Famous For : Asiatic Elephants, Tigers, Panthers
Distance : 94 kms from Mysore
Best Time to Visit : March to May and November to January
Tiger in Nagarhole National Park
Tiger in Nagarhole National Park

Park Timings : 6 am to 6 pm.
Fauna Attractions : Tigers, Panthers, Sambars, Leopards, Chitals, Jungle Cat, Jackals, Elephants, Liontail Macaque, Golden Jackal, Sloth Bear, Indian Grey Mongoose.
Flora Delight : Plantations of teak, Rosewood, Bamboo, Sandal, Silver Oak Trees and Species of Eucalyptus.
Avian Population : Malabar Trogon, Crested Hawk-Eagle, Crested Serpent-Eagle and Malabar Pied-Hornbill.
Safari Options : Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari.
Trekking Adventure : Brahmagiri Mountains near Nagarhole.
Do not Miss : Visiting the Rural Town of Madikere (93 kms) from Nagarhole Ntaional sanctuary, famous for orange and coffee plantation.
Staying Options : Kabini River Lodge, Jungle Inn, Forest Department Cottages.
Important Distance : Bangalore – 220 kms, Mysore – 90 kms, Madikeri 93 kms.
Getting There : Air – The Nearest airport to the park is Mysore (96 km) and Bangalore (236 km around 5hrs from the park). Bangalore airport is linked to all parts of the country.
Rail – The major railhead closest to Nagarhole is Mysore, 80 km. Tourists can get a taxi or auto rickshaw to reach the wildlife park from Mysore.
Road – The nearest town is Kutta 7 km way. And other major towns that are accessible by road are are Madikeri (93 km), Mysore (80 km) and Bangalore (236 km). The state transport buses and taxis are available for road transport. The bus stand is a 1-km walk from the Kabini river lodge.

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Nagarhole National Park – Karnataka's Most Preserved Wildlife Hub

Nagarhole National Park ,that is also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, is situated at a distance of 94 kms from Mysore. This famous wildlife park is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, and has a great tiger population. Lying in the Coorg and Mysore district of Karnataka, Nagarhole sanctuary is 644 sq km in size.

This park is counted as one of the best preserved national parks in India and also provides excellent trekking routes for the adventure savvy Accommodation is also provided by the Forest Department, that manages two rest houses, but reservation has to be made well in advance through the Forest Department offices in Mysore or Bangalore.

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Jeep Safari at Nagarhole National Park
Jeep Safari at Nagarhole National Park

Attractions of Nagarhole Wildlife Park – Flora and Fauna

Look for some spotted deers behind the swampy bushes (have grown due to heavy rainfall) and brush past the floral species of teak and eucalyptus to find monkeys and birds communicating in their own language. The most commonly sighted animals is the sanctuary includes tiger, leopard, panther, sloth bear, gaur, elephant, sambhar, chital and other mammals like muntjac, the tiny mouse deer, giant squirrel, slender loris, langurs, wild boar, pangolin and macaques.
An interesting mix of 250 species of birds also home Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary.

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Tips and Precaution to Abide By

The best time to visit Nagarhole National park is during the months of October to April. Though its open all round the year one should avoid going in the month of June to September (monsoons), as during this time leeches and dense undergrowth proliferate in the forest. Tourists are advised to reach the park before dusk, as the roads are blocked after 6 pm.

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Chital at Nagarhole National Park
Chital at Nagarhole National Park

Getting There to Nagarhole – Reaching the Wild Arena

The nearest airports are Mysore(90 kms) and Bangalore (236 kms). From these two airports, the tourists can board a flight to their desired destination. The Bangalore airport is well connected with all the major cities in India as well as the world, through Indian and Jet Airways. Mysore railhead is the nearest railway station. From here tourists have to hire state transport buses and taxis, that are freely available for road transport.
Nagarhole National Park is well connected by road with the major towns like Madikeri (93 km), Mysore (96 km) and Bangalore (236 km). The tourists can board a flight or catch a train from these towns and cities.

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Elephants in Nagarhole National Park

Plan a wildlife trip to the most well preserved wildlife sanctuary of Karnataka, Nagarhole National Park. At a distance of 80 kms from Mysore and bordering with Bandipur National Park, this wildlife hub is famous for its Asiatic elephants.

To see tigers and panthers along with various species of animals, tourists are advised to take up tours of Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary.

The avian population of the park comprise of the elusive Malabar Trogon and Crested Serpent-Eagle. Options of jeep safari as well as elephant safari are also available in the jungles of Karnataka. Please book yourself in advance with the forest tourism department.

Trekking adventure is an added attraction in the Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary. The most important trekking route is the climb on Brahmagiri Mountains near Nagarhole.

Just small excursion from Nagarhole national park will take you to the rural destinations of Kutta (9 kms) and Madikeri, that are famous for their coffee and orange plantation.

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