Nagarahole National Park also called as ‘Rajiv Gandhi National Park’ is located on the edge of Coorg District which borders to Mysore district and Kerala State and also shares half part of Mysore district. The National Park covers an area of around 643 sq kms which established in 1988, the park home for many rare animals such as elephants, peacocks, deer, panthers, tigers, bison’s, etc. The ratio of the animals such as Tigers and Elephants are good comparing to other sanctuaries. The Park is part of the Western Ghats with other three adjoining parks are Bandipura National Park (separated by the Kabini river), Madurai National Park and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary makes it largest forest protected area and one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in south India.
This Park consist of many water sources includes Rivers, Lakes, Dams, Seasonal Streams, Perennial Streams and Artificial Tanks. Forest department conducts Safari for tourists in summer and other pleasant seasons and usually safari closed in the time of animals mating and the road which leading to Hunsur restricted or closed from 6 pm to 6 am every day in the year. There is forest cottages present inside the sanctuary maintained by the forest department, apart from that you can get Homestays and Resorts within coffee estates in the surrounding of the Forest.
- Rosewood, Teak, Sandalwood, Silver oak, crocodile bark, Lagerstroemia lanceolata (Crepe myrtle), Indian Kino Tree, Grewia tilaefolia, Axlewood, Kadam, Cotton tree, Schleichera trijuga, Beechwood, golden shower tree, and clumping bamboo.
- Animals: Elephants, tiger, leopard, wild dogs, jackals, Grey mongoose, Sloth bears, Spotted deer, Chital, Sambar, Barking deer, Wild boar, Indian porcupine, Indian giant flying squirrel, Indian giant flying squirrel, brown mongoose and other common wild animals.
- Birds: There are 270 species of birds including Oriental white-backed vulture, Greater Spotted eagle, Nilgiri wood pigeon, Oriental white ibis, Grey-headed fish eagle, Red-headed vulture, Blue-winged Parakeet, Malabar Grey Hornbill, White bellied tree pie, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Sirkeer Malkhoa, Ashy Prinia, Indian Robin, Indian Peafowl, Yellow Legged Green Pigeon.
- Reptiles: Vine Snakes, Common Wolf Snake, Rat Snake, Bamboo pit viper, Russell’s viper, Common Krait, Indian Rock Python, Indian Monitor Lizard, Toad
This National Park also accessible from Wayanad District of Kerala State, and it is easy to visit Bandipura National Park, Madumalai National Park and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary from Nagarahole National Park.