Popularly known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole National Park is filled with rich wildlife and is a paradise for nature lovers and solitude seekers. Located 93 kilometres away from Mysore, it is spread between Kodagu and Mysore district. This park is bounded by Kabini River on the north while Bandipur National park forms its southern boundaries spreading rich forest cover, little streams, valleys and waterfalls all around its territory. Temperature during summer would be around 32°C but winter is brief from November to January and has the temperature dipping to 12 °C and rains from June to October. So, best time to visit is from November to May. To have an adventurous wildlife experience, just pack your bags and start your trip by booking bike rentals in Bangalore from Ziphop.in.
How to reach
This park is located to the northwest of Bandipur National Park and is separated from it by the Kabini reservoir. Entry to the National Park is free & does not require any permits. You have to enter few details such as name, vehicle registration number and number of visitors at the gate. The road from Hunsur to Nagarhole is restricted and allowed for vehicles only from 6AM to 6PM.The park is open on all days and timings are from 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Time required for the whole visit or safaris are 3-4 hours.
What to see and do
You can plan your tour as a 24 or 48 hour trip for the complete tour to nearby places of Nagarhole National Park.
The jungle safari is the best thing to do in this wildlife sanctuary. Morning and Evening safaris are organized by the forest department. Besides this other activities include Para gliding, Kayaking, White water rafting and Elephant training camp etc. A dam of the Kabini River along with its reservoir separates Bandipur and Nagarhole and is a sight to behold.
Nearby places of tourist visit include Kutta and Irrupu Falls (Lakshmana thirta). There is a Buddhist monastery at Tibetan colony near Kushalnagara.
Coorg district has some portions of Nagarhole wild life sanctuary which is famous for its coffee plantations, so you can make a visit there also.
Other nearby wildlife and parks include the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and Anshi National Park.
What to eat
Ballele oota or plantain leaf lunch and local filter coffee are available in local restaurants. There are many vegetarian and non vegetarian restaurants. Gujarat Bhawan, Ahaan restaurant and Siva Shakthi Bhojanalaya are the one where you might also find the many delicacies of the state’s cuisine.
Where to stay
You can stay in Nagarhole Forest Guest house with prior booking from Wildlife department in Mysore. Other budget friendly and luxurious hotels and suites of Nagarhole include Kabini River Lodge, Coffee valley Holiday home stay and Machaan Resorts.