Introduction to Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary
Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, a combination of two Kannada words meaning snake hole is aptly named as the sanctuary is the home to many varieties of snakes. This sanctuary set up in 1955 was once the exclusive hunting grounds for the maharajas of Mysore. This wildlife sanctuary is renamed as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park. This is considered one of India’s best national parks.
Description of Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary
The Nagarhole Wildlife sanctuary has an impressive population of elephants and bison. Along with other species o animals, there are more than 200 varieties of birds found in the Nagarhole Wildlife sanctuary. The forest here comprises of Arikeri,Hatgat and Nalkeri reserve forests. The different varieties of animals found here include four horned antelope, sloth bear, flying fox, panther, gaur, pangolin. Jungle cat , wild dogs. Civet,hare and others. The reptiles at the Nagarhole Wildlife sanctuary include Cobras, Crocodiles, pythons and other lizards.Among the birds here, there are dove, bulbul. Hornbill, eagle,crested hawk, be eater, common babbler etc.
How to reach Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary
It is easy to reach the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary as it is well connected to all parts of Karnataka. There are highways that link the Nagarhole Sanctuary to towns of Madikere and Mysore, which take around 2 hours of journey. The Nearest railway junction is Mysore while Bangalore is the closest Airport to the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary.