Nagarahole used to be the private hunting grounds of the Maharajahs of Mysore and was converted to a 285 sq kms wildlife sanctuary in 1985. It was expanded and achieved National Park status in 1983. Today the Park spans an area of 640 sq. kms
Wildlife abounds in the national park and consists of Asiatic Elephants, Indian Gaur, the largest wild oxen in the world, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Sambar Deer, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bears, Marsh Crocodiles, Otters, Dholes (Indian wild dogs), Leopards and Tigers. Recent census finds that approximately 60 tigers and 80 leopards reside here. Malabar Squirrels, Flying Lizard, Langurs, Slender Loris, also reside here.
Nagarahole is one of the finest habitats for the Royal Bengal Tiger and boasts of having one of the highest density of the Bengal Tiger in the world.
Nearly 300 species of birds are found in Nagarahole forest and the adjoining Kabini River. Nagarahole is home to the elusive Malabar Trogon, the great black woodpecker, the Malabar Pied Hornbill, the Fishing Eagle, Spotter Dove, Indian Roller, Grey Shrike, Blackheaded Myna, Indian Tree Pie, Scarlet Minivet, Jungle Babbler, and crested serpent eagle are just a few of the birds found here.
Due to prohibitively high entry fees and maintenance charges levied by the Forest Department (eventually to be borne by our guests) we have, presently, opted not to avail the permission to take our vehicles on the mud tracks of Nagarahole tourism area.
Instead; we offer a wildlife tour through the less travelled roads through the park which provides ample opportunity for viewing wildlife. By doing this we offer our guests an exclusive ride in the resort jeeps which is done leisurely at a slow pace enabling our guests to not only observe at close range the animals and their behaviours but also take pictures at their own convenience
For guests who prefer safari by Forest Department, we take our guests till Nagarahole entry point (at a cost) from where guests can board the forest department vehicles for safari.
We wish to remind you that wildlife sighting depends on the time of the day, weather, patience, and mostly luck.
Some of the best practices while on a safari are:
1. Carry your cameras
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