Nagarahole National Park in Karnataka State | Wildlife Spotting in Nagarahole National Park

Nagarahole National Park situated at Kodagu and Mysore borders, is one of the best place to visit for nature lovers, environmentalists, as it houses rare kind of species in its dense atmosphere.

Nagarhole National Park Tourist Information

Nagarhole National Park is located at Kodagu and Mysore districts border, literally Nagara means snake and Hole means streams. This sanctuary was formed in the year 1955, which has a dense forest area and found many natural habitats here and due to the increase in such habitats this sanctuary was expanded in the year 1975, this sanctuary was a wild animals park for earlier rulers of Mysore, the green vegetation is large, abundant water resources and one can see many swamps and hence this sanctuary was declared as a reserve forest.


Nagarhole National Park - Wildlife population

The Nagarhole National Park, can find wide varieties of wild animals here like four horned antelope, jungle cat, sloth bear, elephant, spotted deer, civet, wild dog, tiger, flying fox, gaur, wild boar, sambhar, bonnet macaque, black napped hare and also pangolin and many more which also includes other species like kraits, crocodiles, cobras vipers and large sized lizards.

Around 250 species of birds are found here at Nagarhole National Park, among them common babbler, bee eater, dove, bulbul, hornbill, crested serpent, Malabar pied, alexandrine, woodpecker, peacock, warbler, eagles, great Indian reed, golden back parakeet, crested hawk and southern tree pie etc.

Nagarhole National Park – Wildlife Safari

The state forest department has maintained this sanctuary really in a good manner by providing all types of facilities like fully secured vehicles for wild safaris with ably knowledgeable and professional guides, all these facilities will make this Nagarhole National Park a memorable one.


After visiting this place another place called Brahmagiri mountains which is a beautiful trekking place can also be visited, but for trekking the advance permission is required.

The Nagarhole National Park is about 5 journey from Bangalore, one can visit another wildlife sanctuary Bandipur National Park which is adjacent to this park another place to visit near Nagarhole National Park is Karapur Lodge which can be seen at the backwaters of the river Kabini which is maintained and owned by the Jungle Lodges and Resorts.

The Nagarhole National Park has been considered as an paradise of migratory birds hence it is an apt place for nature lovers and also for bird watchers, a separate safari is also arranged here in the evenings, it is the most ideal place for environmentalists.


Nagarhole National Park - Flora

The predominant vegetation at the Nagarhole National Park is tropical, moist and majority of portion is dry type few rare species of trees can also be seen here like Tectonia grandis, Terminalia tomentosa, Dalbergia latifolia, Pterocarpus marsupium, Adina cordifolia, Anogeissus latifolia, Lagerstroemia lanceolata, Schleichera trijuga, Boambax malabaricum and others. It also contains some canopies.


The vegetation is predominant here at this park and it is tropical, moist and most of the portion is dry type, few trees and plants can be seen here are Kydia calycina, Gmelina arborea Emblica officinalis etc other types of shrubs like Solanum, Desmodium and Helicteres are found in large quantities and mainly like Eupatorium and Lantana are in large.

Nagarhole National Park - How to reach

As this sanctuary is around 68 kms from Virajpet in Kodagu, 94 km from Mysore, one has to travel through Hunsur and after one will find Murkal, it is 236 km from Bangalore, nearest town available for lodging facilities is Kushalnagar and the nearest railway station is at Mysore.

Route Map

Nagarhole National Park- Ideal time to visit

It is in the summer one may like to visit as with dry weather and most of the wild and other animals can be spotted in large quantities near water pools and also at river as they will be in relaxing mood along with their infants as they enjoy the water in either drinking or taking baths, October to May is most suitable time to visit this Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park - Accommodation

Abundant quantity of arrangements one may find here for accommodation, as the average price for per day for cottages may start from Rs.750/- per day to Rs.1,500/- per member, large quantities of dormitories are also available here, the reservation of rooms well in advance has to be made as in this season the inflow of visitors are more.


Nagarhole National Park – Whom to contact advance bookings and other details

Office of the Field Director,
Project Tiger,
Aranya Bhavana, Ashokpuram,
Telefax: 0821-2480901

Even accommodation can also be made in advance by reservation at

Office of the deputy conservator of forests,
Wildlife Division,
Hunsur, Mysore district.
Telefax: 08222-2652041

Karnataka Tourism
No. 49, Khanija Bhavana,
Race Course Road,
Phone : 080-22352525

Booking details available also at
Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation
Badami House,
NR Square, Bangalore
Phone : 080-22275869 / 22275883 / 22212098


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