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General Information about Nagarhole

Nagarhole National Park, popularly referred as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, in Karnataka is a popular tiger and elephant reserve of India. The forest area was given the designation of National Park in the year 1988. The total area of the protected Park is estimated to be 643 sq. km.
The park currently houses more than 270 species of birds including the critically endangered Oriental White Backed Vulture, the Greater Spotted Eagle and the Nilgiri Wood-Pigeon. Reptiles including the crocodiles, vine snakes, wolf snakes, rat snakes, bamboo bat viper, Russell's Viper and Indian Rock Python are also found here. With increasing popularity of Nagarhole National Park each day, UNESCO is considering to include it in World Heritage Sites.

With its rich flora and fauna, the Nagarhole National Park is one of the best known wildlife reserves in India. It houses not just multiple species of plants and shrubbery but also mammals, reptiles, crawlers and rare birds and celebrated as one of the best wildlife parks as well as the Bandipur bird sanctuary.Tiger, Indian bison and Asian elephants are found in large numbers inside the park. Other species include leopards, wild dogs, jackals, grey mongoose, sloth bears, striped hyena, spotted dear (Chital), sambhar, four-horned antelopes, wild boars, Indian porcupine.


Nagarhole means 'snake river' and derives its name from the unforgiving wild nature of the river that flows through the forests. Nagarhole is perfect for Wildlife enthusiasts. It can be visited by people in search of having a soulful experience away from the hustle and bustle of metro life. Ideal for adventure seekers, nature lovers, photo fanatics, and wanderers.

Connectivity :

By Air : Bangalore International Airport is the closest airport to the National Park at a distance of 220 km.

By Rail : Mysore Railway Station which is 96 km away from the National Park is the closest one to it.

By Road : Tourists can avail car or bus services from major cities like Mysore (96 km), Bangalore (236 km), Madikere (93 km) and Hunsur (47

Authentic local cuisine made from the Coorgi crops has a completely different flavour which would not have been encountered by most tourists before and is a must try. One might also find the many delicacies of the state's cuisine such as Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Obbattu, Dharwad Peda, Chiroti etc .


An Ideal Itinerary :

Day 1- Arrive at Nagarhole National Park, before 6 in the evening. Rest for the night, enjoy a campfire and start early the next morning.
Day 2- Start early, go for a safari around the sanctuary. The safari timings by authorities of Rajiv Gandhi National Park are usually 5:30 AM to 10:00 AM (Evening Safari 3:00 to 7:00 PM). Hover around the park and experience the wild side of this natural heritage. Later you can head off to Valmeekam Clay Art Gallery, located at an hour distance from Nagarhole to observe the tribal history nicely carved in the rocks and in form of clay art.
Day 3- Start early. Embark yourself on a trekking trail in the Brahmagiri Mountains located near Nagarhole. Head to places around the Nagarhole locales like Irrpu falls, Ishwara Temple, Kutta, and nearby reserves.

 

Few Places of Interest :

Kutta
Kutta is a small town in Karnataka that connects the several tourist attractions surrounding it. Serving as a gateway, it is easily accessible by road. Kutta is a small border town in Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka serving as an entryway to few other popular tourist attractions. Kutta is mainly known for serving as a gateway to the Nagarhole National Park, especially for tourists coming from the Kerala side.
Another wildlife sanctuary that lies in Kutta is Tholpetty (shortly after you cross Kerala). Apart from that, you can also visit Iruppu Falls, a short drive into the jungle and to Kabini backwaters.


Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary covers an area of 181 square km. The sanctuary has got its name from the Brahmagiri Park which is the highest peak with a height of 1608 m. The primary vegetation of the sanctuary includes evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, shoal forest patches in grasslands and bamboos. It is a beautiful site to enjoy the natural beauty and take a relaxing walk away from all the hustle.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to many animals including macaques, gaurs, elephants, tigers, leopard, cats, wild pigs, Nilgiri langurs and sloth bears. It is a famous attraction visited by tourists almost throughout the year. It is also famous among the trekkers. It is said by the locals residing there that seven sages meditated on the top of the hill.

The sanctuary was established in the year 1974 and is surrounded by plantations of coffee and cardamom. Some interesting birds one can spot in the place include black bulbul, Malabar trogon, and emerald dove. Cobra, python and king cobra are some reptiles which can be easily spotted.

 

Iruppu Falls
Originating from the Lakshmana Tirtha River, a tributary of Cauvery, these waterfalls have mythological significance. Monsoons are ideal to visit Iruppu Falls as it provides a great view of the gushing waters. The Rameshwara Temple is located near these falls

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