Nagarhole National Park is a national park situated in the Kodagu and Mysore district in Karnataka state, South India. The Park is spread over an area of 64,330 hectares of land. Nagarhole National Park is counted among India’s best wildlife parks. It has a large elephant and bison population. The park has been recently renamed as Rajiv Gandhi NationalPark after the late Prime Minister of India.
The park derives its name from naga, meaning snake and hole, referring to streams. The park was an exclusive hunting reserve of the kings of the Wodeyar dynasty, the former rulers of the Kingdom of Mysore. Nagarhole Park was set up in 1955. It was upgraded into a national park in 1988.This park was declared the thirty seventh Project Tiger tiger reserve in 1999. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
Nagarhole National Park is rich in vegetation and various different species of plants and trees can be found here including Crocodile bark, Largerstroemia lanceolata, India Kino tree, Grewia tilaefolia, rosewood and axlewood. Other tree species that are seen in the forests are Largerstroemia microcarpa, Kadam, cotton tree etc.
Wildlife of Nagarhole National Park includes tiger, leopard, wild dog (dhole or Cuon alpinus), sloth bear and the hyena (Hyaena hyaena). The herbivores are spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, four-horned antelope (Tetracerus quadricornis), gaur (Bos gaurus), wild boar (Sus scrofa) and elephant.
Regular education camps are conducted for school children and the forest department provides special concessions for tours organized for school children.
Best time to visit:
Open year round, the best period being Nagarhole National Park October-May, especially April-May. The park is usually closed for safaris during mating season of animals and during monsoon.
Visitors are advised to get in touch with officials of the sanctuary for complete information entry timings and fee. Usually the Park remains open till 06:00 PM.
There are a lot of accommodation options around Bannerghatta National Park to accommodate outsiders or tourists. Visitors are advised to get in touch with us to get know about accommodation and other facilities along with charges.
Nagarhole National park is well connected to adjoining areas of Karnataka. Motorable highways link the park to the towns of Madikere (90 km) and Mysore (96 km) . The journey from both places lasts approximately 2 hours. The nearest well-connected railway junction is Mysore, while the nearest international airport is Bangalore (220 km). Various airlines link Bangalore to the rest of the nation.