Nagarhole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park is located in the two districts of Kodagu and Mysore in the Southern State of Karnataka. It was constituted originally in the year 1955 and covered an area of 258sq.km. at that time. It over time included the nearby areas of the Mysore district and now is spread over an area of 643.39sq.km. It was then finally given the status of a national park in the year 1983.
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- The Nagarhole National Park is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and together with its two neighboring national parks
- The last couple of years have seen a vast increase in tourism along the Kabini River and the national parks on either side.
- These safaris operate in the morning and the evening complete with a tour guide who is there to assist you throughout
The Nagarhole National Park is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and together with its two neighboring national parks
It is one of the few best-protected habitats for some endangered species, specifically the tiger and the elephant. The top animals of the park are the Bengal Tiger, barking deer, leopard, Ussuri dhole, sloth bear, antelope, sambar deer, jungle bison and elephant.
Other common animals that can be spotted here are leopard cat, jungle cat, civet, gray langur, bonnet macaque, mongoose, hare, Indian giant flying squirrel, and pangolin among others. Apart from animals, it is also a haven for people who love bird watching. One can find more than 250 species of birds in the national park. Some of the top birds that can be spotted here are common osprey, Malabar whistling thrush, blue-bearded bee-eater, herons and ducks.
It is located at a height of about 600 to 900 m above the mean sea level and has vegetation that is mostly moist deciduous and dry deciduous. The main water sources for the park are the Kabini, Nagarhole and LakshmanaTeertha Rivers. This park is accessible by both road and rail from various parts of Karnataka and other nearby areas.
The last couple of years have seen a vast increase in tourism along the Kabini River and the national parks on either side.
Due to this, there has been a significant growth of resorts in the area. One of the most famous and preferred Kabini River Resort is the Discovery Village which is perfect for families, couples and friends. Its luxurious accommodation, top notch service, and delicious food make it a top choice among all the tourists visiting the area.
The main reason behind this substantial growth in tourism was due to the beautiful valleys, hills, streams, waterfalls, and forests the park has to offer. The best way to see all of this is to opt for a wildlife safari tour that the park had to offer. These safaris act as the perfect way to experience the wildlife, see the animals and be a part of the flora and fauna of the national park.
These safaris operate in the morning and the evening complete with a tour guide who is there to assist you throughout
It is a great way of seeing the tigers and other big cats that have made their home here. It is advised to wear comfortable footwear and clothing while on the safari as it puts both the animals and the individuals at ease.
There are also various swamps and tiny lakes in the area so people are advised to be careful and watch their step. The forest and national park are home for the animals and this should be respected at all times. We as visitors must not cause any harm or damage to the animals or the national park and the surrounding areas.
Apart from that, it is advisable to follow the park rules at all times because one small slip can easily put your life and of the others around you at risk.
For people who want to experience both land and aquatic animals then there is the option of even going on a Kabini Safari. This boat ride down the Kabini River gives an opportunity to see the aquatic wildlife of the area. There are even options of going on a coracle ride for the ones who want to see both land and water animals at the same time.
For families with wildlife enthusiasts or kids who love animals, this national park makes for the perfect holiday destination. From resorts to reptiles, it has just about everything to offer!
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