Nagarhole National Park or Rajiv Gandhi National Park is located at 50 km from Mysore Karnataka and is a wonderful habitat for wildlife and flora. It was set up in 1955 as a wildlife sanctuary, became a national park in1988 and declared as a 37th Project Tiger reserve in 1999. Prior to that, the park area had served as a hunting ground for the kings of Wodeyar dynasty.
Nagarhole National Park is located along theWestern Ghats and stretches down the Brahmagiri hills and further southward. While Lakshmana and Teentha rivers flow close to the park, it’s the River Kabinithat separates it from the Bandipur National Park. Due to this ecology of rivers and water system, the park is rich in greenery and flora lending it a special appeal and making it an ideal habitat forwildlife animals.
Nagarhole National Park stretches over to an area of some 643 sq km and houses a rich variety of animals, including Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Chital, Muntjac, Mouse Beer, Four Horned Antelope, Bonnet Macaque, Blacknaped Hare, Three Striped Squirrel and much more. Visitors to this park can enjoy trekking, jeep safari and bus safari. A visit to the park is sure to be a delight for wildlife enthusiast and nature lovers alike.