A Refreshing Wildlife Sanctuary near Bangalore
exhaustive list of all the national parks in India is not complete
without the inclusion of the much celebrated Nagarhole national park.
Alternatively known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it is situated
very cozily in the Mysore district of Karnataka. The Nagarhole National
Park is just 643 kms away from the Bandipur national park. Be it the
amazingly refreshing wildlife sanctuary or the amazingly picturesque
landscape of Nagarhole, there is no way out than going "green".
The amazing climatic pleasantness makes Nagarhole a very desirous
place for those seeking tranquility and peace of mind. The exploration
of the park involves walking through the nooks and crannies and getting
to know the feel of the place. But visitors of any age group too can
find something of interest here.
attractions of the Nagarhole national park
Park safari or jungle safari is the best way to enjoy the whole of
the Nagarhole national park. One can even get a pre customized safari
in the wildlife sanctuary park. There is a nominal charge that is
the fee for the safari experience, which is easily affordable by one
and all. Even though the entry fee to the Nagarhole National park
is free, one can not camp inside the park. This is majorly due to
the presence of a fairly good number of wild animals in the area who
roam about freely. The safaris are however closed during monsoons
and the mating season of the animals. However, regular educational
camps for children, school, etc are regularly conducted here.
Some of the activities to indulge in Nagarhole
Other than the most obvious indulgence of visiting and exploring the
wildlife of the Nagarhole national park, some other activities that
can be enjoyed in the wilderness of Nagarhole are:
The forest department in Nagarhole offers grand minibus safari for
all its visitors. Jeep safaris are also very popular for groups of
visitors who have their own jeeps. Requisite permission of the officials
is however needed. The overall time for the safaris is about 30 minutes,
but it is totally worth it. There are even elephant rides which one
can enjoy in the park. " BoatingBoating is a very exciting fun
activity that can be indulged in the Nagarhole National Reserve. The
Kabini River's backwater is very ideal for some crocodile sighting.
The waters are pleasant and enjoyable in the company of friends and
family." Animal and Bird WatchingNagarhole National Park has
a lot of animal and bird wealth. Watching, observing and seeing them
at close quarters are a pleasure. The many types of animals, birds
and reptiles found in Nagarhole are summarized in detail in the next
section. The wildlife
If we say that the Nagarhole national park houses or helps protect
the wildlife of Karnataka, we are not majorly off the mark. One can
find scores of animals in the park that are protected very well, just
out of human reach. Let us categorically understand the various animal
and bird species that the national park houses.
Animal species include:
Nilgiri Langur, Tigers
The rare four-horned Antelopes elephants
Rare Birds like:
common wolf snakes
bamboo pit vipers
Indian rock python
Indian monitor lizard
The common toad.
more than 96 varied species of dung beetles
more than 60 species of ants
common dung beetle
India's largest beetle, the Heliocopris dominus
Come away to explore lots more. The landscape is beautifully dotted
with these animals and birds roaming freely, just out of the onlookers
and visitors reach.
How to reach from Bangalore?
The nearest railway station is in Mysore, which is just 80 kms away.
However, the Mysore station is well connected to Bangalore and thus
one can choose either mode or route of transport. Bangalore is also
well connected to the other major airports of India and abroad and
thus the tourists can find it easy to reach the Nagarhole national
park via Bangalore.
Best time to visit
The months from June to September are very good to indulge in short
trips and explore the national park nicely. In the months from June
to September, however, the climate would be cool but the heavy rains
could impend the visits. Thus, come away on a suitable time and explore