Nagarhole is a small and exotic town in Karnataka. The name of this town implies 'snake river' in Karnataka and the famous Nagarhole National Park is situated here. It is a highly serene and picturesque location with lush green pasture , exquisite waterfalls, magnificent temples and places of cultural significance. The nameNagarhole is derived from the winding course of the river like a snake that goes through the forests. Mother Nature has bestowed this area with celestial beautyand ethereal grace. Some of the excursions around Nagarhole include the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and the Bandipur National Park. These are ideal destinationsfor nature and animal lovers owing to rich diversity of flora and fauna. It used to be the hunting reserve for Mysore rulers. The two animals that roam aroundin this region are the elephant and the Indian bison. One must surely visit this place in order to catch a glimpse of these interesting creatures. In the backdropone may visualise the distant misty blue Brahmagiri mountains. Amidst the innumerous teak saplings and trees surrounded by cardamom plants there is a watch tower. Its amazing climate and enriched flora and fauna is most suited for wild life. The area comprises of plain land and sloping hills. The radiant beauty of Sun rays glittering in the forests is highly enchanting.
CONNECTIVITY TO NAGARHOLE:
Mysore railway station is the nearest railway station which is 96 km away from Nagarhole and mysore is connected to Bangalore which is 240 km away fromNagarhole. The nearest air terminal is Mysore which is 96km away and Bangalore is the nearest international airport which is 236 km away from Mysore. KSRTC connects Nagarhole with various cities nearby.
ATTRACTIONS IN NAGARHOLE:
-IRPU FALLS: These falls are a major pilgrim spot besides being a major tourist attraction. They are also known as 'Lakshmana Tirtha Falls'. They arelocated in the Brahmagiri range and is of 6om height. The river Lakshmana Tirtha flows nearby and joins Cauvery at a later stage. A famous temple calledRameshwara Temple is located on the banks of this river and its presiding deity is Lord Shiva. Another temple dedicated to Lord Rama surrounded bypaddy fields. A popular belief goes that River Laxmana Tirtha owes its origin to Goddess Sita. As per mythology, Goddess Sita was thirsty andLord Laxmana shot an arrow into the ground and the river gushed out.
-BRAHMAGIRI SANCTUARY: is located in the Kodagu district and is associated with Western Ghats. This sanctuary is famous for coffee plantations andagricultural fields. It derives its name from Brahmagiri Peak at a height of 1607 m from the sea level. Bamboos are well cutivated in this region. Animals in the sanctuary include jungle cat, elephant, deer, tiger, jackal, squirrel, monkeys and wild pig. Snakes include Python and King Cobra andbirds include Bulbul, Malabar trogon and emerald dove. It is an extremely fascinating spot to visit for nature lovers and animal lovers.
-NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK: also famously known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it is one of India's best wild life reserves. People from all over the world flock to this area. It was established in 1955 and comprises of gurgling streams, greenish forest cover and spectacular waterfalls. There isa wide array of wild animals and a huge variety of flora and fauna. The park has a healthy Tiger Predator ratio. The park is comprising ofjackals, grey mongoose, sloth bears, spotted deer, striped hyenas, sambhar, wild boar and barking deer.
-KUTTA: nearest town to Nagarhole in South Kodagu. It has rich variety of estates of coffee, betel, spices, bananas and paddy. Languages spoken hereare Kannada and Malayalam since Kutta is very close to Kerala border.