Nagarahole (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park


Nagarahole (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park



Best time

October– February


640 sq km

Major Animals/Birds

Black Panthers ,Tiger,leopard,spotted deer,wild boar,grey mongoose,Elephant , sloth bears.

Nagarhole National Park is located in Karnataka . Area of Nagarhole National Park is 640 sq km ,best time to visit Nagarhole National Park is between October– February 

Nagarahole is called after the Nagarahole (Cobra river in Kannada), a meandering river that passes through its core. This lovely location is officially known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. In the state of Karnataka, it is divided into two districts: Mysore and Kodagu. Nagarahole was once the exclusive hunting grounds of the Maharajahs of Mysore until being transformed into a 285-square-kilometer wildlife sanctuary in 1985. It was extended and designated a National Park in 1983. The Park now covers an area of 640 square kilometres. Nagarahole National Park is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and, along with Bandipur National Park (875 square kilometres), Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary (325 square kilometres), and Wayanad (350 square kilometres), is one of the last remaining and best-protected habitats for endangered species such as the Elephant and Tiger.

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Safari Timings

 Nagarhole National Park Safari Timings
Jeep Safari 5:30 AM to 10:00 AM | 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Coracle Safari 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM | 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Boat Safari 6:30 AM to 9:15 AM | 3:30 PM to 6:15 PM
Bus Safari 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM | 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Safari Gate/Zones

The park has three main entrance gates, which also serve as the departure point for all safaris:

  • Veeranahosahalli (near Hunsur) on the northern side,
  • Nanachi (near Kutta) on the western side,
  • Antharasanthe (near Kabini) on the eastern side towards Mysore.


Major Attractions in & Around the Park
Renowned tourist destinations in Kabini to see many sides of animal and plant life types.

Kabini River: A Lovely Place to Visit

Kabini Dam: Visit Tourist Attractions

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary: Meet the Kabini Fauna

Views from Kabini Backwater Viewpoint

Rameshwara Temple: Seek Lord Shiva’s Blessings

Fauna in Nagarahole (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park



Mammals found in Nagarahole (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park

iger, Leopard, Asiatic Wild dog, Sloth bear, Hyena, Jackal, Elephant, Spotted deer, Sambar, Four-horned antelope, Gaur (Bos gaurus), Wild boar, Common langur, Bonnet macaque Jungle cat, Slender loris, Civet cat, Mongoose, Giant flying squirrel, Porcupine, Giant Squirrel etc.

Birds found in Nagarahole (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park

Common Peafowl, Grey Jungle Fowl, Racket Tailed Drongo, Stork Billed, Pied and the Common Kingfishers, variety of Woodpeckers, Malabar Trogon, Blyth’s Baza, Crested Serpent Eagles, Honey Buzzards, Peregrine, Scarlet Minivets, Black-headed Cuckoo Shrikes, various species of Barbets, Owls, Cuckoos, Flycatchers, River Terns, Ducks, Teals, Waders, Herons, Painted Stork, Ibis etc.

Reptiles found in Nagarahole (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park

Crocodiles, Monitor lizard, Snakes, Python, Common Cobra, Rat Snake, Vine Snake, Bamboo Pit Viper, Common wolf snake, Russell’s viper, Common krait, etc.