Nagarhole National Park is situated at a distance of approximately 96 km from the Mysore city of Karnataka. Sharing its boundary with Bandipur National Park, the park covers an area of approximately 643 km. Kabini River flows alongside Nagarhole Tiger Reserve of Karnataka. The dam and the reservoir of Kabini River act as a kind of a natural boundary between Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary and Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary of India. The other rivers that flow through the sanctuary are those of Lakshmana, Teentha and Nagarhole.
Nagarhole Wildlife Park of Karnataka serves as home to some of the most
endangered wildlife species. The term 'Nagarhole' is a combination of
two Kannad terms, 'Naga' meaning 'snake' and 'Hole' meaning 'streams'.
This sanctuary has been so named because of the numerous streams that
pass through its rich tropical forests, like a snake. Nagarhole Wildlife
Sanctuary of Karnataka was set up in the year 1955 and in 1974; it was
extended to include the Mysore forests within its boundaries.
Nagarhole National Park, being a high rainfall region, is home to a
large number of open grassy swamps. Almost the entire landscape of the
park is covered with dry as well as the moist deciduous forests. The
trees found here mainly include Teak and Eucalyptus.
The pride of the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve of India is its tiger
population. The thrill experienced while watching this majestic animal
roaming in the wild is beyond description. Other animals worth watching
are Elephant, Leopard, Mouse Deer, Panther, Sambar, Chital, Sloth Bear,
Gaur, Slender Loris, Muntjac, Pangolin, Langurs, Macaques, Wild Boar,
Giant Squirrel, etc. The other wildlife species found within Nagarhole
Wildlife Park are Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat and Rusty Spotted Cat.
Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary of India houses a number of reptiles,
including Rock Python, Marsh Crocodile, Monitor Lizard, etc. Aquatic and
terrestrial tortoise, frogs, toads, tree frogs and countless insects are
also found here.
Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary is the natural habitat of more than 250
species of birds, which include Great Black Woodpecker, Malabar Pied
Hornbill, Malabar Trogan, Green Imperial Pigeon, Indian Pitta, etc.
How to Reach Nagarhole National Park
By Air: The airports nearest to Nagarhole are at Mysore and
By Rail: Mysore railway station falls the nearest to Nagarhole
By Road: Nagarhole is well connected by road with the cities of
Madikeri, Mysore and Bangalore.