Nagarhole National Park
This 247 square-mile park in Karnataka has an astonishing abundance of wildlife including large mammals such as tiger, leopard, wild elephant, dhole (Indian wild dog), and gaur (Indian bison). Other species present are chital spotted deer, muntjac (barking deer), mouse deer, four-horned antelope, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, mongoose, civet, otter, and more. The landscape is one of gentle slopes and shallow valleys. Dry deciduous forest trees are leafless in the summer rather than in the winter. There are grassy swamps where the soil is clayey, perennially moist, and which support a luxuriant growth of green grass all year. The change in terrain throughout the park in refreshing and the river system provides a unique wildlife viewing experience.

Located in Coorg and Mysore Districts, Nagarhole National Park is rated as one of the best sanctuaries in the world. You can explore the wild on elephant back or in jeeps and vans. 'Naga' means snake and 'hole' means stream, Nagarhole is a delightful spot with some of the world's most magnificent creatures. Four horned antelope, panther, warblers, hornbills, spotted deer, mouse deer, pangolin, gaur and the giant flying squirrel inhabit these parts. There are also some friendly and colourful tribes like Jenu Kurubas( honey gatheres), betta kurubas ( hill tribes), and the hakki pikki ( bird trappers) living in these forests. If you ever get lost, you need not worry, the inhabitants are always there to show you the way.

Best time to visit: June - October

Accomodation: There are fabulous jungle lodges and cottages right in the middle of the sanctuary.

For reservations and details contact:

Karnataka Forest Department
Ph. 3341993

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