Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National park is one of India’s best known wildlife reserves and is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve also popularly known as 'Rajiv Gandhi National Park'. Nagarhole literally means ‘Snake River’ winding course of the river like a snake that flows through the forests in Kannada which is actually a small town in Karnataka. Being a place related to Indian mythology and places of cultural importance it gives a picture perfect tourist spot with lush green forests, mind taking waterfalls, temples. Bird watching is one of the spectacular activity that can be done here.

This place attracts tourists from all over the world to have a rendezvous and enjoy with nature and wildlife. Set up in 1955 this national park is enriched with softy valleys, greenish forest cover, little streams, and spectacular waterfalls, is one of the best-managed parks in the country. Surrounded everywhere by the greens the experience close to mother nature is thrilling. Among the nearby places Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and the Bandipur National Park are the two destinations that one must not miss. The smell of scented fresh and pure air rejuvenates the spirit of any tourist reaching at Nagarhole and the beauty of the sun tried to bathe the forest with its rays at dawn is enchanting. The backdrop of the distant misty blue Brahmagiri mountains, the gurgling of streams and rivers, the natural sounds of the jungle and the twittering of the birds make Nagarhole a cherish able experience for any tourist visiting this place. Another interesting fact is that this area was an exclusive hunting reserve of the former rulers of Mysore and the two biggest animals that still roam the Indian wildlife are the Indian bison and the elephant.

Amidst the numerous teak saplings and trees surrounded by cardamom plants there is a watchtower also. area consists of plain land as well as sloping hills with varied flora from dry deciduous to semi-evergreen forests.

The park has in account a healthy Tiger-Predator ratio. This is a natural territory of many mammalian species, and rare species of animals. Tribes like Jenu Kurubas (honey-gatherers), the Betta Kurubas (hill tribes) and the Hakki-Pikki (bird trappers) inhabit in this area. Some of the animals that can be spotted here include four-horned antelope, sloth bear, civet, spotted deer, elephant, flying fox, tiger, panther, gaur (Indian bison), sambhar, wild boar, black-naped hare, bonnet macaque, and pangolin. Reptiles freely inhabit in this park. The crawlers include cobras, crocodiles, kraits, pythons, vipers and various species of lizards.

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