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Nagarhole National (Wildlife) Park lies near the Mysore city of Karnataka. Read about Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary/ Tiger Reserve of India.

Nagarhole National Park

Location: Karnataka, India
Area: 643 sq km
Established In: 1955
Extended In: 1974
Main Attractions: Tigers, Leopard, Panther, Sloth Bear, Chital, etc
Best Time: October to April

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 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.

Bird Species
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 Bangalore.

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.