The Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka shares its boundaries with the famous Bandipur National Park in Karnataka, which together form a part of the Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and the Wayanad Reserve in Kerala. About 643 kms in area, Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the tiger along with the other wild life species and around 250 bird species. Located aside the river Kabini, the dam and the Reserveoir of this mighty Kabini river acts as a natural barrier separating the two wildlife sanctuaries - Bandipur and Nagarhole - in Karnataka.
The Nagarhole national park lies at a distance of 96 kms from Mysore . This protected territory is the habitat of several endangered species. Nagarhole derives its name from the root word `Naga' from Kannada language, which means `snake' and `Hole' that means `streams'. Thus the term as a whole point towards the numerous streams that leaps through the rich tropical forests of Nagarhole like a snake.
Also bordering the state of Kerala, the Nagarhole National Park was designated as a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1974, it was extended to its present size combining the Mysore forests within the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary.
Flora : This National Park holds of numerous open grassy swamps known as the 'hadlus' in the local language, which remain green permanently owing to high rain fall in the area . The dry as well as the moist deciduous forests cover the whole area mainly consisting of the floral species like teak.
Mammals : Asiatic Elephant, Tiger, Leopard,Jungle Cat, Leopar Cat, Rusty spotted Cat, Small Indian Civet and Palm civet, Asiatic Wild Dog , Dhole, Striped Hyena , Jackal.Gaur, Sambar, Chital, Barking Deer , Muntja( Small Size Deer like Goat), Four horned antelope, Wild Pig , Black napped hare, Indian Porcupine, Pangolin. Flying squirrel, Giant squirrel, Giantfruit Bat, Slender Loris. Hanuman Langur , Bonnet macaque. Sloth Bear.
Birds Life : Above 200 bird species. Cormorlants, teal, ducks, herons, waders, Grey headed filling eagles, Crested Hawk eagle, serpent eagle, honey buzzard, Shaheen falcon, King vulture, peafowl, gray jungle fowl, red spurfowl, Gray Partridge, Malabar Trogon, Blue bearded bee eater, Malabar pied hornbill, great black woodpacker. Alexandrine parakeet. Lesser coucal, Indian pitta, Fairy blue bird.
Reptiles : March Crocodile, Monitor Lizard, Rockpython, ratsnake, cobra, rat snake wold snake vine snake, common krait, Russel's viper, green keelblack, bamboo pit viper.
Safari : jeep safari or via elephant rides.