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Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park is located in Mysore in the Kodagu district. This project was said to be the 37th tiger reserve project in 1999. This national park is said to be a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. One can find beautiful small streams, valleys and the amazing looking waterfalls over here.


The name of this park is derived from naga which means snake. The Wodeyar Dynasty kinds used to hunt at this hunting reserve for the rulers of the Kingdom of Mysore. This wildlife sanctuary was set up in 1995 and was upgraded in 1988 into 643.39 km. It was in 1988 that this sanctuary was declared into a national park and then it went on to become a tiger reserve in 1999.


This park witnesses an annual rainfall of 14440 mm and the water source of this national park is Sarati Hole, Balle Halla, Lakshmmantirtha, Kabini River, four perennial streams, four perennial streams, 47 streams, many swapms, 41 artifical lakes, the Kabini reservoir and the Taraka Dam.



North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests are what the vegetation over here mainly consists of. One can find rosewood and teak in the southern part of this national park. One can also find many species of the Eugenia genus with some sub-montane valley swamp. Rosewood, teak, sandalwood, oak tree are some of the trees that can be found over here. Crocodile bark, Lagerstroemia lanceolata (Crepe myrtle), Grewia tilaefolia, Indian Kino Tree, andaxlewood are some of the dry deciduous trees found over here.


Tigers, leopards, wild dog, sloth bear, hyena are some of the important predators found at this national park. When we talk of herbivores, animals like barking deer, sambar, four horned antelope, elephant, etc. Also, it is rightly said that one can find the best elephants in Karnataka and also the luxuriant forests in which they roam around. The total population of these tigers is just 6500 which can be mostly found in the adjoining areas like Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka and also in the shadow of the Western Ghats.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this national park is from March to May when the temperature bar does not cross the mark of 33 degree Celsius. The winters from the month of November to January last till a brief extinct where the temperature is close to 14 degree. But the monsoon season is a little too much. The rains from the month of June to September are just amazing. The rainfall is heavy and the park is green like anything.

Visitor Information

It is best to come to this park before sunset as the road to this park is a little secluded and at times, it happens that elephants lock the route. The route closes at 6 pm in the evening. This park for trekking in monsoons should be avoided as it is not a very good idea. One can find letches over here.

How to Reach

This national park is very close to the adjoining areas of the Karnataka. Highways are nicely connected with this national park. The nearest railway is in Mysore and the nearest airport is in Bangalore. The roads are well made.

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