If you are looking for a place to spend your time which is different from mountains or sea, then how about spending time watching the wild. Isn’t it thrilling? Jungle safari is one of the best ways to spend a fantastic time. Nagarhole National Park or the Rajiv Gandhi Nation Park in Karnataka is one of the known tourist places. This is located in the Kodagu district which attracts a range of tourists across the year.
This jungle is a part of the Nilgiri biosphere which is now considered as the heritage site. Not only it is rich in wild species, but also the park is filled with hills, valleys, waterfalls, forests, and streams. The rich population of birds and animals invites tourists from different parts of the world. You will be mesmerized to watch such a huge variety of fauna.
This park is along the northwestern side of Karnataka. The two parks located in this location are separated by the Kabini reservoir. Because of the streams in the park, this park is given the name of Nagarhole national park. Naga means a snake and hole means the streams. As the park treasures many twisting streams hence the name.
In research it has been found that this park has a total of 41 artificial tanks, four lakes that holds water throughout the year and 47 streams. Apart from this, this park also contains a reservoir, 4 perennial streams and also a dam. You will also find several swamps here as well. Such a diverse landscape provides an ideal environment for birds and animals with an ideal environment to live.
This national park holds the largest density of herbivores throughout Asia. Walking along the park will help you to witness bear, tiger, guar, and elephants.
This park is situated in an area where Deccan Plateau combined with the Western Ghats. Hence not only the flora and fauna but is located at an altitude of 680 to 1454m, you can obtain a picturesque view of nature. This is the reason why this national park attracts animal lovers, wildlife photographers, nature lovers and a lot more people who want to get an adrenalin rush.
So let us have a look at the different corners of this park:
- South East: This portion of the park is completely dry and hence you will find the predators. Moreover, it is an excellent spot for bird watching. Therefore most of the photographers who are into clicking bird photography accumulate here to capture pictures of birds in different positions especially when they are in the verge of flying.
- North: The entire north of this national park is being bordered by the Kabini River. This water source is the prime source of the park. Here you can spot several mammals alongside the bank. This region gets heavy rainfall along with is covered by forest. One of the most common things that can be found in this forest is the moist deciduous forest. You can soot a huge number of herbivores in this aide of the park.
- West: This region is mainly covered with streams, waterfalls, mountains, and valleys. You can find a huge number of sandalwoods and bamboos in this region. You can find several tree-dwelling animals which are great to watch. Never forget to take your camera to capture this amazing natural habitat of the animals.
- Central: This part of the forest is famous for Kabini backwaters. You can spot different types of wildlife and elephants in this region. Moreover, dears and gaurs are very common in this part of the forest.
Flora: The northern part of the Western Ghats is the prime portion of this park. The entire region is covered with moist deciduous forests. Teakwood and rosewood are some of the common things in the southern parks. Dry deciduous forests are found in the central portion of this park. Pala Indigo is common along with Eugenia trees in the swamp regions as well.
Other trees include sandalwood, teak, silver oak, crocodile nark, Kadam, axle wood, Indian Kino trees, ficus, beechwood, cotton tree, Indian gooseberry along with others. Other conspicuous tress is also found here.
Fauna: You can find some of the top animals in this park which include leopard, Bengal tiger, antelope, ussuri dhole, sloth bear, sambar beer, barking beer and elephant. Jungle bison is also common here, Place around bamboo trees are filled with elephants. Other common animals include mongoose, Bonner macaque, jungle cat, gray, and a lot more.
Other than this, bird watching is also a common activity in this forest. You can find red-headed vulture, nilgiri wood pigeon, greater spotted eagle, blue-winged parakeet, white-backed vulture, Malabar grey hornbill and much more. If you are a photographer, this is a great spot for you to capture some of the amazing pictures.
When it comes to reptiles, you can also find mugger, bamboo pit viper, common vine snake, Indian rock python, common wood snake, Indian monitor lizard. One of the most interesting ant species includes jumping any which has the ability to jump one meter.
So now that you have known about the Nagarhole National Park, you can choose to visit this park. It has some of the amazing species of flora and fauna. If you are a nature lover or a photographer, book your tickets for the Nagarhole National Park today.
Your trip to this national park will certainly offer lifetime memories.