State : Karnataka
Best time to visit :October-May, Especially April-May
Wildlife Attractions: Tiger, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Woodland Birds, Marsh Crocodile
Famous For : Temples, Falls, Coracle Ride, River
Climate :Summer 33°C, Winter 14°C
The Nagarhole National Park gets its name with the combination of two Kannada words, ‘Nagar’ and ‘Hole’, meaning ‘Snake’ and ‘Streams’ respectively. The park was established in 1955 and in the year 1975 the area was expanded to be included in the forest reserve. Earlier, the forest was an exclusive hunting spot for the maharajas of Mysore. The National Park has been renamed after the name of the late Prime Minister of India as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. The national park is surrounded by the Kabini River in the north and Bandipur National Park in the south. A Dam on the Kabini River is also a picturesque site for the visitors.
Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary is open all round the year. Between October-May, especially April-May, the guests could enjoy the best of the Nagarhole National Park.
There are two rest houses managed by the Forest Department. For accommodation in these rest houses, it is advisable to make bookings well in advance. Apart from this, the Kabini River Lodge, near Karapur, also offered great accommodation. The guests could also choose from accommodation facilities available on the Manathavadi highway.