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Karnataka: Nagarhole National Park
Way back in 1941, the prolonged territory of Venugopal, was divided into two adjoining provinces, namely Bandipur and Nagarhole. A renowned dam, on Kabini River, had formed a well drawn out barrier between two neighboring terrains, Bindapur and Nagarhole, in 1774. As like many other instances, an absorbing and pleasing Lake, had been formed on the contiguous land in between Bandipur and Nagarhole due to the installation of the dam. The emperors of Mysore had decided to form a stunning meadow around the Lake. This fascinating paddock is popularly known as Nagarhole. In 1955, Nagarhole had got the status of a National Park.
The Nagarhole National Park, located at an altitude of 780 meters, covering 571.45 square km, is a safe haven for innumerable denizens, such as wild elephants, buffalo, panther, shambars, foxes, wild dogs, bison, boar, tigers and different species of deer.
Hidden in the dark and shadowy shades of the towering bamboo, tick and rosewood trees, on the fascinating valley of the tributary of Kaveri River namely Nagar Hole, is a stunning homeland of plenty of animated butterflies. Different species of reptiles along with mammals can be seen on the green manor. More than 200 species of known and unknown birds fly around in front of the eyes of the holiday makers and nature lovers.
The land of coffee and its inhabitants are facing the problems recently due to the irresponsible behavior of the wood cutters. Rare and atypical species of denizens are losing their safe shack due to their uncultured attempt to destroy the woodland.
Even though the charm of the forest remains the same all through the year but the best time to see the strolling dwellers of the forest is during October- March. In summers, the denizens often visit the striking banks of the Lake, to quench their thirst. This is the best time to see them and this is a treat to the eyes for each and every nature lover as well. Tigers and leopards even show their cruel faces during summers. At night the roars of Hyena and wild dogs would be an engrossing feeling for the tourists who are staying in the middle of the dark and dense forest. The pleasant weather of the National Park is another forte of this mesmerizing destination of Karnataka. The winter season is not that cold. Tourists can enjoy a pleasant temperature in winters as well. This lingering Greenland experiences plenty of rainfalls throughout the year and due to this the land is blessed with lush greeneries.
Located at a distance of 6 km from Nagarhole National Park, the Abbey waterfall is worth watching. Two adjoining water streams of the waterfall are coming down from a reasonable height and hitting the ground with brutal force.
On the way to the Abbey waterfall, Iruppu waterfall, on the Kabini River, is another enticement for the swarms of tourists. Interested tourists, who love to move around, riding on a boat, can enjoy yachting on the water surface of the Kabini River. It is not impossible to watch the ambling denizens while you are on the yacht.
How to reach: Hunsur, located at a distance of 10 km from Nagarhole, at the northern gateway of the National Park, can be accessed twice a day by bus from Mysore which is about 80 km away from Nagarhole. Cars are available from Hunsur to the Nagarhole National Park. Tourists who want to enjoy the nature closely can avail an elephant safari to move around the fascinating terrain of Nagarhole National Park.
Where to stay: Kabini River Lodge, Cauvery & Gangotri Forest Lodge, Forest Rest Houses and Jungle Lodges & Tourist Resorts Ltd.
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