Nagarhole National Park Near Kabini River @ Karnatka

Nagarhole National Park of Karnataka , situated along the banks of river Kabini , is the home of many endangered wildlife species. It is a dream destination of most of the wildlife enthusiast and most preferred location for wildlife photographers across all seasons. The success factor to see a leopard or tiger 4/5. It is also known as elephant county and you can see them in herds .

Nagarhole has been derived from two words : Nagar meaning Cobra and Hole meaning River. The best place to stay when in Kabini is Jungle Lodge Resort which is owned and maintained by the Govt of Karnataka. They are doing a wonderful job by taking the ownership of the resort and jungle which also includes boat safari.

What you can expect to see: Chital, Sambar, Gaur, Wild Boar, Muntjac and Common Langur, Tiger, Leopard, Elephant and Wild Dog (pack of 4 or 5), Sloth Bear, Porcupine, Jackal, Eagles, Kingfisher, Tree pie, Green Bee Eater, White ibis, Black Ibis, Peacock, Crested Owl, etc.

About the River: Kabini :
The river Kabini originates in the Wayanad district of Kerala, flows eastward to join the river Cauvery, which empties into the Bay of Bengal. This is the largest river in the Nagarhole National Park and was dammed in 1974 for an irrigation project. This becomes the life-giving source for the park during the summer months, attracting the largest concentration of Asiatic Elephants and other herbivores. The river separates Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks.
Location: Where Western Ghats meets the Deccan Plateau

Forest Type:Tropical Dry Deciduous and Tropical Moist Deciduous

Please note not to bring small children below 5 along with you in safari.

Location: The Park is located at 220 kilometers from Bangalore and 75 kms from Mysore .

You can book a cab from the airport or railway station. Alternately you can ask the Resort guys to book a cab for you. The road is slightly bumpy as it’s a state highway.
If you are from Bombay or Pune and like to drive, you can alternately take NH4. The road is in extremely good condition. You can take a night halt at belgaum or hubli (most preferred). People staying at Bangalore can go for weekend trips. However, prior bookings are necessary.

Tip: Do not visit any Nagarhole National Park without prior booking. You might get a place to stay but you will not be able to visit the park.

Safari Timings are :
Morning Trip : 5:30 am to 9:30 am
Evening Trips: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

This might change slightly based on the season you are visiting the park.

Clothing: If visiting between October to February, don’t forget to carry warm winter clothes along with you. Clothing for summer should be cotton and light as the jeeps are open. Don’t forget your caps and sunglasses and Sunscreen Lotions. Clothes in jungle green and brown color are most preferred. Make sure you don’t wear bright clothes as Nagarhole (as the place is mostly referred) has a huge presence of wild elephants which might get excited seeing bright colors.

Note: Trips can be difficult for people having bad stomach, especially the morning trips as there are no washrooms inside jungle and the resort is about 3 kms from the jungle. You are not allowed to step out of the jeep safaris at all. Make sure to use washroom before you board the safari vehicle.

About the Place: Jungle Lodge Resort: One of the most beautiful resort of the country, river side cottages with wooden ceiling and a big washroom. The service is 10/10. Laundry is cheap (Mostly Rs 10/cloth), washed, ironed and delivered in 45 minutes. The food is healthy and still extremely tasty with a wide variety of spread available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Many options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians, both Indian and Continental . Evenings, mostly you will have chicken tandoori served straight from barbeque cooked infront of you. A small video of 30-60 minutes on Wildlife will be shown everyday after the evening trips. Ayurvedic spas to freshen yourself is also available for an extra charge, tented cottages are also available.

The check in time is 12:00 noon and check out is 11:00 am

How to Book: JLR takes care of your booking. You only book the rooms and they will take care of the rest. Extremely easy and no separate bookings needed for Jungle Safaris. If you plan to stay 2 nights, you will be given 3 jungle trips and one boat safari. Boat Safaris in the evenings are mostly preferred by tourists. Get surprised to see tigers, elephants, sambhar, deer and many different species of birds who come across the bank of the river to drink water when you are in boat safari. It’s a delight to watch.

Website to Book :

You will have to look at the website for availability and the current rates going on.

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