Nagarhole is adjacent to the well-known Bandipur National Park and shares the same pool of animals but is less well known and receives far fewer visitors. Together with Bandipur this park forms part of the large Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
The park has a good blend of dense jungle with streams, undulating valleys and pretty waterfalls, which, combined with open areas along the river bank and shore of Kabini Lake making for excellent wildlife viewing. The park is home to tigers, leopards and wild dogs but is perhaps best known for its large elephant population.
Despite government attempts to move them there still several villages of the traditional hunter gatherer Jenu Kuruba people located inside the park and it is possible to make a visit to their villages as part of a tour.
A pleasant climate and good variety of activities make this an interesting park to visit at any time although November to May are the best times for wildlife viewing.
Activities in Nagarhole National Park
Game drives, motor boat safaris, coracle rides, elephant-back safaris, nature walks, visits to tribal villages.
Species Found in Nagarhole National Park
Asian elephant, sloth bear, panther, tiger, leopard, gaur, fou-horned antelope, chital, mouse deer, pangolin, giant flying squirrel, wild dog (dhole), hyena, otter, jackal, porcupine, slender loris, sambar, bonnet macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, porcupine, leopard cat, Nilgiri tahr, Nilgiri langur, palm civet, and mugger crocodile.
Best Time to Visit Nagarhole
Open year round, best from November to May.
Closed on Wednesday afternoons.
Chance of seeing a tiger – fair
Location – Karnataka
Tours Visiting Nagarhole National Park
Tailor made tours only