Nagarhole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park is a beautiful national park situated at the foothills of the Western Ghats, extending towards Kerala. It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The park is bordered by Kabini River in the north and Bandipur National Park in the south. The Nagarhole River runs along the eastern boundary of the park. The Park was once a hunting ground of the Mysore rulers of the Wodeyar Dynasty.

The terrain of the National Park consists of low laying valleys interrupted with moist swamps. This kind of topography is favourable for the growth of deciduous trees interspersed with abundant growth of grass throughout the year. In the southern part of the park teak and rosewood are the predominant trees. In the eastern part dry deciduous trees like Pala Indigo are found.

The National Park is famous all over the world for wild elephant and Bison. Apart from these animals, the park is a safe haven for Tiger, Leopard, Dhole, Sambar etc., The tourists can see crocodiles basking lazily along the banks of the Kabini River. Smooth Coated otters are often spotted peeking from the muddy surface of lakes here.

The Nagarhole National Park is also considered as an important reserve for birdlife. Over 270 species of birds are recorded here, amongst which most of them have been saved from the brink of extinction. The Oriental white backed Vulture and the Malabar Grey Hill are few of many endangered species that roam freely here. In winter Ospreys are a common sight for tourists. Thus, Nagarhole National Park leaves an unforgettable impression to its visitors, with its wide range of flora and fauna.

Location Kodagu and Mysore Districts (Karnataka) 
Nearest Airport Bangalore Airport: 275 km (5.5 hrs. drive)
Mysore Airport: 90 km (02 hrs. drive)
Kozhikode Airport: 210 km (04 hrs. drive)
Nearest Railway Station Mysore Station: 90 km (02 hr. drive)
Bangalore Station: 245 km (05 hrs. drive)
Kozhikode Station: 180 km (04 hrs. drive)
Key Wildlife Attractions Leopard, Tiger, Wild Dog, Gaur, Sambar, Chital, Four-horned antelope, Wild Pig, Asian Elephant, Indian Porcupine, Bonnet Macaque.
Total Area Covered 644 sq. km.
Established in Year 1974
Vegetation Moist and dry deciduous forests.
Best Time to Visit The best time to visit Nagarahole is between September and May. During the monsoon months (June – August) the forest is lush and verdant and the park is open for visitors, but the roads are rain-soaked and muddy.
Climate Summer extends from February to May when maximum temperature touches 35 °C
Winters extend from November to February, when minimum temperature may reach to 14°C
Monsoon washes through the jungle between June and September when between 1300 mm. to 1800 mm. of rain falls.


Season Timing 
Winter / Summer Morning: 6:00 – 8:30 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:00 pm


The Nagarhole National Park has two entrance gates — Kabini (Karapura) to the south, and Veerana Hosahalli near Hunsur to the north. Tourists can take a one-hour mini-bus safari from the Veeranahosahalli side of the park. For Jeep safaris, one will have to use the gate at Kabini (Karapura), a 45 mins drive. There are two zones that jeep safaris take you into: Zone A – passing through forest area; Zone B: passing near the Kabini backwaters observing the wildlife that come close to these water bodies.


To arrange for your online safari booking at Kabini, one has to approach the Karnataka Forest Department. All safaris at Nagarhole National Park are arranged by Jungle Lodges & Resorts (JLR) (A Government of Karnataka Undertaking). If you have booked your stay at the JLR Kabini River Lodge, the tariff of the resort also includes Jeep Safari charges on per person basis. One can opt for Jeep safari / Boat safari at the Nagarhole National Park. In order to book your Nagarhole National Park accommodation stay with safaris, you may Contact Us.

Note: You do not have an option to book an exclusive Jeep Safari at Nagarhole National Park. A jeep can accommodate 6-8 people depending on the occupancy levels at the resorts in Nagarhole.

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