Nagarhole National Park
Located in the of Kodagu and Mysore Districts in Karnataka, Nagarahole National Park
was set up in 1955 and later extended in 1975 to include a more of forest reserve. In Kannada language, 'nagar' means snake and 'hole' means streams. Trie to its name, the Park harbours maximu7m species of water snake in their natural habitat
its rich tropical forests
. Besides, four-horned Antelope, sloth bear etc can also be spotted.
Erstwhile rulers of Mysore kept this forest area as their exclusive hunting preserve. The terrain of this Park is marked by swampy lush green vegetation and numerous water resources. So it is a natural habitat of wild life
in this Park.
The Wild Population of the Park
Animal species :
Four-horned antelope, sloth bear, jungle cat, civet, spotted deer, elephant, wild dog, flying fox, tiger, panther, gaur (Indian bison), Sāmbhar, wild boar, black-napped hare, bonnet macaque, and pangolin.
Various species of Cobra, crocodiles, kraits, pythons, vipers, and lizards Avian Species:
Around 250 bird species are found here. Prominent among them are common babbler, bee-eater, bulbul, dove, crested serpent, hornbill, Malabar pied, alexandrine, peacock, woodpecker, warbler, great Indian reed, eagle, crested hawk, golden-back parakeet, and the southern tree pie.
Nagarhole is worth visiting at the height of the dry season, when wild animals can be spotted in large numbers near sources of water.
To facilitate viewing, vehicles and guides are available. If interested in trekking, you may go to Brahmagiri Mountains
. Trekking is allowed here with the prior permission of the authorities.
Reaching There :
By Air :
Bangalore (220 kms) is the nearesrtnearest airport.
By Rail :
Mysore 80 kms away is the nearest railhead.
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