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Nagarhole National Park

Location: Districts of Kodagu and Mysore in Southern Karnataka.
Coverage area: 644 sq km
Main attraction: Snakes, Four-Horned Antelope, Sloth Bear
Best time to visit: September to May
Accommodation : Rest houses
Arrival information :
-- By rail : Mysore 80 kms away is the nearest railhead.
-- By air : Bangalore (220 kms) is the nearest airport
-- By road : 
Nearby excursions : 
Nearby cities : Madikere (90 km) and Mysore (96 km)  

The Nagarahole National Park was first set up in 1955. In 1975 its area was increased to include a greater expanse of forest reserve. Nagarahole (check spelling please) is derived from the combination of two Kannada words-'nagar' meaning snake and 'hole' meaning streams and true to its name a number of streams snake through its rich tropical forests.

Fauna :
The forest is home to animals like the four-horned antelope, sloth bear, jungle cat, civet, spotted deer, elephant, wild dog, flying fox, tiger, panther, gaur (Indian bison), sambhar, wild boar, black-naped hare, bonnet macaque, and pangolin.
Cobras, crocodiles, pythons, vipers, and several species of lizards are also found here. Among the 250 bird species found here, the prominent ones are the common babbler, bee-eater, bulbul, dove, crested serpent, hornbill, Malabar pied, alexandrine, peacock, woodpecker, warbler, great Indian reed, eagle, crested hawk, golden-back parakeet, and the southern tree pie.


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