Nagarhole, meaning ‘Snake River’ in Kannada, is a small town in Karnataka where Nagarhole National Park is situated. It is a picture perfect tourist spot with lush green forests, mind taking water falls, temples related to Indian mythology and places of cultural importance. Nagarhole derives its name from the winding course of the river like a snake that flows through the forests. Explore the environs of Nagarhole, feel the amazing beauty of the nature and take a moment of bliss to remember.
Green is the keyword for any of the sites that you visit in and around Nagarhole. And the experience of being close to the Mother Nature is very thrilling. Though there are a number of sites to visit around Nagarhole, the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and the Bandipur National Park are the two destinations that one must not miss. The different species of birds in the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and the natural habitat of some of the rare species of flora and fauna along with the Asiatic Elephant in the Bandipur National Park make them the nature lover’s destinations.
The area was an exclusive hunting reserve of the former rulers of Mysore. The two biggest animals that still roam the Indian wild are the elephant and the Indian bison, known locally as gaur. For a guaranteed look at these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, a visit to Nagarhole is a must. The backdrop of the distant misty blue Brahmagiri mountains, the natural sounds of the jungle, the gurgling of streams and rivers, and the twittering of the birds make Nagarhole a memorable experience for any tourist visiting this place.
Amidst the numerous teak saplings and trees surrounded by cardamom plants there is a watchtower also. Its moderate climate with abundant flora and fauna make it a veritable paradise for wildlife. The area consists of plain land as well as sloping hills with varied flora from dry deciduous to semi-evergreen forests. The smell of fresh, pure air rejuvenates the spirit of any tourist reaching at Nagahole. The beauty of the sun tried to bathe the forest with its rays at dawn is enchanting.
Tribes like Jenu Kurubas (honey-gatherers), the Betta Kurubas (hill tribes) and the Hakki-Pikki (bird trappers) inhabit in this area.
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by Afia Ahmad on Feb 01, 2011
Karnataka is one of the most popular tourist destination in India. Be it heritage, culture, monuments, wildlife ro natural attractions, Karnataka is replete with all!
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The Nagarhole National Park is located around 94 km from Mysore. The nearest railway station is located in Mysore and there are cabs available from the station. The Mysore airport is also the nearest one to Nagarhole National park. Cabs charge around Rs 1500 for the trip from Mysore to Nagarhole. Since most of the Nagarhole National Park is dense forest and dirt tracks it is very difficult for normal vehicles to travel in these roads. Vehicles can travel along the roads of the park only from 6 am to 6 pm. The guest house of the forest department houses most of the travelers. The forest department vans are the only vehicles that are allowed to travel the tracks of the Nagarhole National Park. Special permits are also required from the forest department to travel these roads.
All traffic is closed during the monsoon season which is the mating season of the animals. Special tours and educational visits for children can be arranged through the forest department. These are conducted under the supervision of the officials and only in the forest department vehicles. Due to the nature of the roads only certain types of vehicles such as jeeps and other four wheel drives can traverse these roads.
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