Friday, 18 January 2013

Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka Wildlife ( 220 kms SH 17 )

Nagarhole National Park,  Karnataka Wildlife  Wildlife Getaways l Weekend Getaways.


Nagarhole National Park  – Overview

Place
Nagarhole National Park
State
Karnataka
District
Kodagu district
Distance
220 kms from Bangalore
Drive time
6 hours
Route 
SH 17 via Srirangapatana & Hunsur
Things to do / see
Wildlife,  Jeep Safari, Bird watching & Elephant rides
Best Season 
All year around, March to May
Nearby
Mysore is 90 kms Bandipur is 130 kms, Ooty is 180 kms,  Coimbatore is 270 kms                  


Nagarhole National Park located in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, this tiger reserve is a dense tropical forest and deciduous forest area of 640 sq kms is home to the elusive and stealthy Royal Bengal Tiger, Nagarhole National Park is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve Bandipur, Madhumalai & Wayanad sanctuaries. The Kabini river lies to its south the main waterways for the park.

Home to over 60 Tigers which is one of the best in the world, also a stronghold of the Asiatic elephants about 1500 to 2000 elephants  inhabit the Nagarhole National Park and Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary which is in Kodagu, the area is home to Bende tree whose bark is a favorite for elephants. The park has an abundance of wildlife leopards, deer, dhol (wild dog), flying foxes, jackals, flying squirrels common langurs and over 250 species of bird life.



when to go:

The best time to visit Nagarahole is between February and May. Monsoon time is between June to September and  Winter months are from November to February, when minimum temperatures drop


getting there :

by air
Bangalore is the closest Airport 265 kms away from Nagarhole. Mysore city is 90 kms,

by rail
Mysore is the nearest railway station 90 kms from Nagarhole.  

by road

220 kms from Bangalore to Nagarhole and it takes 6 hours by car. Nagarhole is well connected by KSRTC buses to all neighboring cities including Bangalore.  

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where to Stay

Most of the Resorts are in Kabini to stay. Kabini River Lodge run by Jungle Lodges & Resorts is one of the star properties a heritage building now converted into a lodge. It has colonial-style rooms, riverside cottages and tents with good amenities.  


  • Kabini River Lodge
  • Kings sanctuary
  • Orange County
  • The Bison
  • Jungle Inn



what to Pack

Cool cotton clothing in earthy tones (remember you are visiting the jungle) Camera to capture the wildlife and the amazing sights of the jungle. Binoculars, Mosquito repellent and prescription medicines are recommended.


things to do

Jeep safaris are organized by the Resort you are staying with or you can hire a jeep which costs around Rs. 1000 for 3 hours from the Forest Department. You can see lots of elephants near the river. The Tiger and leopard are much more elusive, while Sloth Bear, Gaur (Indian bison), Antelope, Sambar,  and a number of monkeys live here. Nagarhole has over 250 species of birdlife commonly sighted are Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle,  Shikra, Black Kite and Brahminy Kite

The best time to see wildlife is take the early morning Jeep Safari, all safaris are conducted by trained naturalist and experienced drivers who know the terrain and the biodiversity of the parks, morning your chances of wildlife sightings are more as the jungle wakes up you can see a wide variety of bird life, Elephants, barking deer a chance sighting of a leopard or tiger is possible more in the summer months.



things you need to know

  • Entry fee Rs. 200 for Adults & Child Rs. 150 for foreigners Rs. 1000 US $ 18 video cameras are charged Rs. 1000
  • NO Traffic is allowed from 6pm to 6am everyday and the gates are closed and traffic is restricted
  • Nagarhole is a popular wildlife destination in Karnataka an ideal wildlife getaway, plan for a minimum stay of 2 nights &  3 days  or longer.
  • morning jeep safaris do get cold make sure you have a jacket, shawl or warm clothing
·         not much mobile connectivity so don’t expect mobile network and internet facilities
·         carry cash as there are no ATM facilities close by and phone lines are invariably down to so few places accept credit cards
·         watch out for the mosquitoes, carry plenty of repellent and make sure you apply it before sunset.