Area : 644 sq Km
State : Karnataka
Climate : During summer (March-May) the temperature does not rise above 33°C.
Winter lasts from November-January and temperature drops to 14°C.
Languages : English, Hindi and Kannada
Best Time to visit : September- May
History Of Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary
Of the numerous wonders that the southern part of India has on offer, Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Karnataka is probably one of the best that will let you experience the wonders of nature in its most refined state. The area served as a private hunting place for the rulers of Mysore until it was declared protective during the mid 1950's and since then it has harbored a flourishing population of a number of animal species, the prominent ones being the giant Asian elephant and the bison. Every morning at Nagarhole is greeted with the soothing chirps of the parks avian residents and the growls of animals that assemble to quench their thirst on the banks of river Kabini, which also acts as the park's southern boundary, seperating it from the neighbouring Bandipur National Park.
The terrain of the park is a perfect mix of lush forests, thick grasslands and a number of streams, lakes and other water bodies which also make it one of the most attractive wildlife habitats in the country. On the banks of river Kabini, which flows on the fringes of the southern boundaries of Nagarhole, one can see a variety of animals frolicking and basking in the sun. While the elephant is the major attraction at Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, other residents of the park include the sloth bear, spotted deer, wild dog, panther, tiger, sambhar, bonnet macaque and a variety of other reptiles.
Over 250 rare and colorful avians also find a place on the list of registered residents of Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, the prominent ones being the babbler, bulbul, crested serpent, alexandrine, woodpecker, great Indian reed, crested hawk and the golden back parakeet. Mini bus safaris offered by the forest department is the best way to spot these wildlife attractions. Private jeeps are also allowed inside the boundaries, however, each needs to be accompanied by a forest department guide. Elephant joy rides are another major tourist attraction.
How To Reach Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary
By Air : Bangalore is the nearest and most convenient airport, situated at a distance of just 235 Km from Nagarhole National Park. The city is connected to major Indian cities through a number of daily flights.
By Rail : Mysore, at a distance of 95 Km is the nearest railhead. Mysore is connected to Delhi and other major Indian cities through daily trains. From Mysore, the tourists can hire a taxi or board a bus to reach Nagarhole.
By Road : State transport buses connect Nagarhole with all the major neighbouring cities including Mysore and Bangalore. The charges from Mysore are approx. Rs. 50 per head. Another option is to hire a taxi from any of the nearby cities.