Rajiv Gandhi National Park

Nagarahole (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park

The Nagarahole National Park is the best place for you to exactly know where the wild truly reside. A visit to the park can be an amazing experience, one that you won't forget for a long time in your life. Nagarahole was an exclusive hunting reserve of the former rulers of Mysore.

An Overview of Nagarahole (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park

The Nagarahole National Park, also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, was set up as a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and later christened as a national park in the year 1988. The park stretches for over 643 sq km between the Kodagu (Coorg) district and Mysore district in the southern state of Karnataka.

Together with the Bandipur National Park (870 sq km), the Mudumalai National Park (320 sq km), and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (344 sq km), it forms one of the largest protected areas for wildlife in Southern India. The park is also a part of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve, and is being considered by the UNESCO for selection as a World Heritage Site along with the Western Ghats.

The Nagarahole National Park derives its name from two Kannada words 'Naga' meaning 'snake' and 'Hole' meaning 'stream'. The Kabini River separates the Nagarahole National Park from the Bandipur National Park. Besides the Kabini, there are other rivers flowing in the vicinity of the park and these are the Lakshmana and Teentha rivers. The park is dotted with enchanting greenery and forest cover, coupled with waterfalls and a wide array of wildlife.

Elephants in particular are seen the most, and they can be spotted enjoying their natural habitat at its best.

Other mammals present include the common langur, Bonnet macaques, jungle cats, slender Loris, leopards, civet cats, mongoose, common otters, giant flying squirrels, giant squirrels, porcupines, jackals, mouse-deer, hares and pangolins. The park also has a wide variety of birds and amphibians.

Blue-bearded bee-eaters, scarlet minivets, Malabar whistling thrushes, common ospreys, herons and ducks are some of the species of birds present in the park. Marsh crocodiles, monitor lizards, rock pythons and several other species of frogs, insects can also be spotted.

Best season to visit Rajiv Gandhi National Park is May to June and September to November

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