Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park (Kannada ನಾಗರಹೊಳೆ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಉದ್ಯಾನವನ)(also known as 'Rajiv Gandhi National Park') is located 93 km away from Mysore. It is spread between Kodagu and Mysore districts. The national park has rich forest cover, little streams, valleys and waterfalls.
The place derives its name from Kannada - Naga meaning snake and hole referring to streams.
The area was an exclusive hunting reserve of the former rulers of Mysore.
It was set up in 1955 and is one of the best-managed parks in the country. This park is located to the northwest of Bandipur National Park. In 1975 its area stretched to 575 km². Kabini reservoir separates this park from Bandipur National Park. The climate is tropical; summer is hot and winter is pleasant. The park boasts a healthy Tiger-predator ratio. Tiger, Gaur and Elephant are much denser here than in Bandipur.
The office of the Deputy Conservator of Forests is situated in Hunsur, about 47 km away from Nagarhole.
Mostly moist mixed deciduous forest (Tectona grandis, Dalbergia latifolia) in the Southern parts, Dry tropical forest (Wrightia tinctoria, Acacia) towards east, i.e. Bandipur and Sub mountain hill valley swamp forest (Eugenia).
Flora and fauna
Temperature during summer would be around 32°C. Winter is brief from November to January and has the temperature dipping to 12 °C and rains from June to October.
Entry to the National Park is free & does not require any permits. You have to enter few details such as name, vehicle registration number, and number of visitors at the gate. The road from Hunsur to Nagarahole is restricted and allowed for vehicles only from 6AM to 6PM.
By private jeeps( SUV ) or cars which can be hired from towns of Hunsur or Mysuru . Motorbikes( Motorcycles ) can also be used to travel. It is better to fill petrol or diesel for automobiles at petrol bunks in Hunsur or Heggadadevanakote (H.D.Kote ) or Handpost near H.D.Kote or Ponnampet ( Kodagu ) before entering Nagarhole as there are no petrol bunks ( fuel stations ) available in vast forest areas of the national park.There are some public transport like buses run by KSTRC from the above mentioned places to nearby villages in the vicinity of the nagarhole park, But timing and service must be confirmed with respective bus depot before the travel.
Nagarhole National Park has a large variety of wildlife species including tigers. Besides tigers, you can see an array of wildlife species such as four-horned antelope, sloth bear, jungle cat, civet, spotted deer, elephant, wild dog, flying fox, tiger, panther, gaur, sambhar, wild boar, black-napped hare, bonnet macaque and Pangolin. There are around 250 species of birds residing in this park.
The jungle safari is the best thing to do in this wildlife sanctuary. Safaris (Morning and Evening) are organized by the forest department in vans.
Ballele oota ( plantain leaf lunch ) available in local restaurants. They may be vegetarian or non vegetarian type.
Local filter coffee which is made from coffee powder concoction and milk of cow or buffalo.
You can stay in Nagarhole Forest Guest house with prior booking from Wildlife department in Mysore : Phone +91-821-2480902.
A number of private resorts & Guest houses are available at Kutta just outside the park on the way to Irrupu Falls.
You can also stay at Murkal which is situated within the Nagarhole Park.
Kabini River Lodge, Karapura (30 km after H.D. Kote), ☎ +91-8228264402 ([email protected], fax: +91-8228264405), . checkin: 12 pm; checkout: 11 am. Situated at the south of the park, between the Nagarhole Park and the Bandipur National Park, it is one of the state Lodging. One of the best place to observe wild elephant specially from Febuary to April when they converge to the lake. Rs. 3,500 and above for 24 hours and 2 safaris. edit
Camping is not allowed inside the park since it has fairly good number of tigers,elephants and other such wild animals. Also there is possibility of fire catching the reserved forests from the camp fire and other activities of the camp.
Do not stop and get out of your vehicle when your are in Nagarahole national park premises. Also do not horn, Shout,Talk loudly, Throw articles at wild animals spotted. Trekking and Camping is not allowed within Nagarahole tiger reserve forest. Stay away from wild elephants, Gaur( Indian bison ), tiger, leopards and snakes within the national park.Also there are chances of forest fire in dry or summer season. Do not litter forest with plastic bags, plastic bottles, beer cans etc. Many of the entry and exit points of national park have restricted time of allow between 6 in the morning and 6 in the evening, so plan your travel accordingly. There no medical facilities available near the vicinity of Nagarahole national park.