Nagarhole is a National Park also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. It is recreational area situated in Kodagu and Mysore province in Karnataka state. Nuzzled on the foothills of the Western Ghats, this park widens southwards to state of Kerala covering an area of 643 km. Nagarhole National Park is distinguished for its affluent biodiversity, thick foliage, small rivulets, valleys and cascades.

The park houses Flagship species like tiger (Panthera tigris), Indian bison or gaur and Asian elephants in large numbers and is recognized as a significant Bird Area giving shelter to more than 270 species of birds including the ‘Critically endangered’ Oriental white-backed vulture, ‘Vulnerable’ lesser adjutant, greater spotted eagle and the Nilgiri wood-pigeon. Safaris are organized twice daily in the Forest department vans. Owing to the natural beauty and wild life diversity of Nagarhole, a large number of tourists get attracted to the place and come to visit it throughout the year from different corners of the world.


March to April presents temperate weather conditions with an average temperature of 33°C. This time period is ideal for experience the close view of wildlife.

June to September is accompanied by intermediate to profound rainfall. This recreational area is usually closed for trips during mating season of animals and during monsoon.

November to January has enjoyable and chilly environment with a minimum temperature plunging down to 14°C and declining up to 10°C.

As such, the Nagarhole National Park is open for public through the year but the best time to visit the Nagarhole National Park is from April to May, when the waterholes are dry and the animals come out to visit the lake. Nevertheless, the weather conditions are more pleasing from November to February.

How to Reach

The bordering international airport is Bangalore (220 km). Various airlines connect Bangalore to the rest of the nation.

The adjoining railhead is in Mysore, approximately four hours away from Nagarhole by road.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Rameshwara Temple: A prominent shrine of Lord Shiva, recognized as the Rameshwara Temple, is located on the reservoirs of Lakshman Tirtha tributary. There is another shrine devoted to Sri Ram.

The Irpu Falls: Also well-known as the Lakshmana-tirtha Falls, it is to be found in the Bhramagiri Range and is almost 60 m tall. Irupu falls is a foremost tourist draw as well as a pilgrimage location because of the Lakshmana-tirtha Falls.

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