Kabini Nagarhole Tiger Reserve is a truly astonishing place with its curving and swerving rivulets and streams, visitors can be assured that a trip to Nagarhole would be like no other. Nagarhole forms a critical link for tigers and elephants between Western and Eastern Ghats and is said to have one of the highest density populations of the aforementioned animals.
With its vast landscapes and meandering water bodies, travellers can enjoy some amazing views on their visit. Not only that, but the park also contains two large water reservoirs, Kabini and Taraka. All these special features of the woodland not only differentiates it from the other parks but also makes for a joyous drenching trip to the Jungle!
Good To Know
Kodagu and Mysore district in the state of Karnataka
Wildlife Sighting Index
9/10 for Tiger sighting
Beauty of Forest Index
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Flora of Kabini National Park
Nagarhole is rich in every way, boasting tall hills, sweeping valleys, cliffs, lush greenery, small rivulets, stunning streams and even wildlife housing. The main forest of Nagarhole is moist deciduous with a dominance of teak and rosewood in the southern regions. However, the scenery dulates gently from
west to east, centrally you can see delightful plateaus with Pala indigo and dry deciduous forests with thorny wattle towards the east. Due to abundance of water, a wide variety of flora thrives in the Nagarhole landscape, however, some extraordinarily beautiful species include flame of the forest, golden shower tree and clumping bamboo.
- silver oak
- crocodile bark
- Lagerstroemia lanceolata
- Indian kino tree “Pterocarpus marsupium
- Grewia tiliaefolia
- Anogeissus latifolia
- Kydia calycina
- Indian gooseberry
- Emblica officinalis
- horse nettles Solanum
- tick clover
- Helicteres species
Fauna of Kabini National Park
Flora and fauna go hand in hand, rich flora promotes diverse fauna and such is also true for Nagarhole. It’s true that the probability of spotting a Royal Bengal Tiger or an Asiatic Elephant becomes significantly higher as you enter the bounds of this national park. However, visiting Nagarhole, also significantly increases your chances of having a great time and spotting multitudes of
other herbivores, carnivores, reptiles and much more. The park is home to a large number of Wild dogs, leopards and Sloth bears. Herbivores include Gaurs, Wild boar, Sambar deer, Antelope and Spotted deer. Adding on, the park has almost 250 species of woodland birds flapping about happily from blue bearded bee eaters to common ospreys. The Kabini river also sees numerous congregations of waterfowl.
- gray langur (Presbytes entellus)
- bonnet macaque (Macaca radiata)
- jungle cat (Felis chaus)
- leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis)
- slender loris (Loris tadigradus)
- small Indian civet (Viverricula indica)
- Indian grey mongoose (Herpestes edwardsi)
- indian brown mongoose (Herpestes fuscus)
- stripe-necked mongoose (Herpestes vitticollis)
- Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus)
- golden jackal (Canis aureus)
- European otter (Lutra lutra)
- Indian giant flying squirrel (Petaurista petaurista)
- Indian giant squirrel (Ratufa indica)
- golden jackal
- chevrotain (Tragulus meminna)
Explore The Known and Unknown of Kabini National Park
Exciting places call for exciting activities. You can indulge in tons of different activities at Nagarhole to add to your experience. Starting from Elephant Safari! In the vast jungles with ample Elephants, you can ride on these tame animals to truly enjoy being a part of surroundings as your elephant guides make you observe the natural wonders around you without disrupting their day.
Apart from this, Jungle Safari lets you cruise through the greenland and into the dense foliage where you can observe the maximum number of wildlife closely. The riotous green foliage grows unchecked in these parts of the forest and offers a pleasant contrast to the city life. There are also a number of streams that pass through the wilderness, not only attracting more animals but also creating ideal photo opportunities. Presence of rivers means that you can also opt for a boat ride at Kabini River. The speeding boat first brings you closer to the rural habitat surrounding the area, a relaxing moment to observe villagers go about their day and as you move forward, soon the rural areas are morphed into dense foliage and vegetation, a perfect afternoon in the jungle.
In order to maximise your experience of the wildlife, you can also choose to tweak your accommodations by staying at one of the many wildlife resorts available at Nagarhole. From here on, let me mention a few unique experiences one can only enjoy at Nagarhole, for example a picnic at Kabini Dam. The water collected in the dam offers some dramatic views that can be enjoyed along with the birdlife around the dam as you enjoy a peaceful day out. You can also set out to the Kabini backwater view point to view some lavish panoramas of the sun setting or rising. The clear water reflects the shifting hues of the sky as small and big animals alike sometimes end up at the shores to relieve the heat of their days. Some binoculars or a camera would be a perfect companion on this escapade. Tourists can also enjoy common activities at set points like trekking, bike riding and shopping around the city to complete the trip in its full essence.
Kabini National Park Safari Booking
Nagarahole Wildlife Safari is conducted by the Forest Department twice daily,
from 6 AM to 8 AM and 3 PM to 5 PM from 2 different locations – Nanchhi Gate (Kutta) and Veeranahosalli Gate. Slots are often limited and advance booking is recommended.
How to reach Kabini National Park
Nagarhole is situated in popular districts and is thus easily reached by airport, railway stations and road. Mysore Domestic Airport ( MYQ ) is the nearest airport (94 km) and flights can be booked accordingly. The nearest railway head is Mysore Railway Station at about 89 km distance from the park. Train tickets can be booked and cabs can be hailed till the park. For road travel the best option is to drive from Bengaluru to Nagarhole National Park directly (220 km).
Resorts at Kabini National Park
Like mentioned earlier, resorts are part of the overall experience at Nagarhole. Here, you can choose to stay at wildlife resorts, enjoying peaceful nature during the day and exciting adventures at night. Moreover, options aren’t limited in terms of budgets, and best of all you can be assured to have a pleasant stay at the large variety of luxurious, adventurous, thematic and unique resorts offered at Nagarhole.
Popular options include Kabini River Lodge, a joint venture of Jungle Lodges and Forest department with an optimum location with tranquil backwaters, The Bison – Nagarhole, a boutique tented camp for the first time in India garnished with comfort during the day as adventure in the night. Last but not the least Kabini Springs is also a popular resort choice for most tourists as different activities are organised by the management from trekking to swimming, boating, safaris and more.