Location : Karnataka
Area : 874.20 Sq.Km
Major Variety of Animals found here : Asian Elephants and Gaurs
Karnataka, the two attractive wildlife parks of Nagarhole and
Bandipur, though separate entities, are part of a larger
contiguous wildlife reserve that includes the Mudumalai
Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and the Wynad Reserve in Kerala . Both
the parks are easily accessible from Mysore .
874.20 sq. km. Bandipur National Park, which is. km. in area, to
the north of the river, has taller and denser forests.
dam on the Kabini and its picturesque reservoir separate the two
parks. In the dense moist deciduous forests of this area the
upper canopy reaches heights of 30m and valuable hardwoods like
teak and rosewood are also to be found here.
Bandipur, lying in the shadow of the Western Ghats, is one of
the finest habitats of the Asian elephant. Drained by the Moyar
River, its open forest makes it easy for visitors to see the
elephant and gaur in natural surroundings.
Main Attractions : Tigers, Elephants
Best Season : Throughout The Year
Nestled amidst the Karapur forest in the southern part of
Nagarhole lies a pristine piece of land that abounds with nature
beckoning you to explore it for a wild exciting holiday. Kabini,
a scenic delight, was once the hunting lodge of the erstwhile
Mysore Maharajas. The steep valleys with rich forests,
spectacular pools and rapid provide an ideal opportunity to
revive your adventurous spirits.
The Wild Population
A walk through the forest affords one the view of the ferocious
tiger, the graceful elephant and the jumping antelopes. Deer,
Bison, Tiger, Egret, Cormorant, Stork, Python, Cobra, Tortoise
and Crocodile are some of the wild inhabitants of the region.
Shooting The Wild
A view from the Kabini River Lodge proves to be absolutely
breathtaking. Patches of bright blue pools hidden between the
trees, the sun peeping through the thick forest and animals
roaming free are just some of the visual delights of this
If you can brave the ferocious beauty, you could even take a
walk through the forest. Breathe in the refreshing air, whistle
with the wind and carry home timeless memories. Elephant playing
in the water, leopards on the prowl, antelopes jumping across
the bushes or may be tigress with her cubs are indeed pictures
that you will treasure for a lifetime. And no other park can
offer it better than Kabini.
Nagarhole National Park
Location : Mysore District, Karnataka
Main species : Flying fox, Egrets, Whistling Teal
Best Season : June to October
Straddling the states of Kerala and Karnaaka Nagarahole
(pronounced Naagra-holay) and Bandipur National Parks cover some
of the best-preserved tracts of forests in South India. Together
covering more than 1,500 km2of visually vibrant vistas all
around, Nagarahole and Bandipur are visitor's delight.
Nagarahole: Nagarahole, pronounced Naagra-holay, is
spread over 640 km2 and was the private hunting preserve of the
princely state of Mysore. The forests are tropical mixed
deciduous and semi-evergreen with scrub and grassy swamplands (haldus).
The teak forests of Nagarahole include some of the oldest
plantations of the country dating back to 1800s. In 1974 an
irrigation dam was built across Kabini river creating a
water-body that forms a natural boundary between Nagarahole and
Bandipur: While the jungles of Nagarahole are taller and
denser, Bandipur has superb scenery of mountains, gorges and
tropical mixed deciduous forest. The forests of Bandipur have
been protected for over a hundred years and a small area was
declared a sanctuary as long ago as 1898. Today the National
Park defends 875 kms of lush countryside at the junction of the
Deccan Plateau and the outer spurs of the Western Ghats.
Birds: The Nagarahole-Bandipur region is rich territory
for birdwatchers and provides ample opportunity for new
discoveries and adding to the current list. The Kabini river,
the grasslands and the tropical forests offer unlimited hours of
birdwatching, which include ospreys, vultures, falcons, eagles,
buzzards, ducks, geese, partridges, fowl, bee-eaters, minivets,
thrushes and trogons among others.
Mammals: Southern National Parks are ruled by the "jolly
jumbos" but other animals include Barking Deer, Mouse Deer,
Spotted Deer, Sambar, Wild Boar, Blacknaped Hare, Indian
Porcupine, Pangolin, Giant Squirrel, Large Brown Flying
Squirrel, Giant Fruit Bat, Slender Loris, Hanuman Langur, Bonnet
Macaque, Sloth Bear, Wild Dog, Leopard and the Tiger. Some other
animals are Striped Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat,
Rusty spotted Cat and the Common Otter.
Reptiles: Some of the reptiles found in the area the
Marsh Crocodile, Monitor Lizard, Rock Python, Rat Snake, Common
Krait, Russel's Viper and Bamboo Pit Viper.
Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary
Location : Mandya District, Karnataka
Main Attraction : Masheer Fish
Best season : December- March
Bheemeshwari in Mandya district is an ideal place not only for
the wildlife but also for people on a holiday spree.
The sparkling blue waters of Cauvery wind through rocks and
ravines and fall off the Deccan Plateau to form the Twin Falls
of Barachukki and Gananachukki.
About 35 Kms downstream is yet another set of falls called
Mekedatu (Goat's Leap). Lying between these breathtaking
cascades is Bheemeshwari.
It is a perfect picnic spot, where nature has created a natural
habitat for the Mahseer fish and variety of exciting animals.
The lush forest sheltered by steep valley and scattered by
little streams, invite large groups of animals and birds.
The Wild Population
One can see herds of elephants amongst thick trees. Deer
springing in the air, wild boars, monkeys, jackals, crocodiles,
otter and leopards and many other animals inhabit the place.
There are plenty of birds too. Heron, ibis, cormorant,
kingfishers have all made their home here.
Angling is an exiting option here as there is a fishing camp
nearby. The banks of River Cauvery provide enthusiastic anglers
a chance to try their luck at fishing.
The river Cauvery abounds with Masheer- the finest game fish
(weighing 100 lbs) that can fight like a tiger! So do not forget
to take your fishing rods. Because, it may be catch of your
The Fishing Camp
The Fishing Camp here has comfortable log huts and tents
equipped with all basic facilities like cots, mosquito nets,
showers, toilet and even a kitchen. Food is served in the '
Gol-Ghar', the open-air dining room.