Nagarhole National Park lies 94 kilometres from the city of Mysore in Karnataka State, in South India. Besides abundant Asian elephants, about a thousand are thought to populate the park.
Other animals include: four-horned antelope, spotted deer, mouse deer, gaur, Indian wild dog, sloth bear, and the elusive leopard and tiger. Additionally, over 200 species of birds have been recorded here, and as well as large numbers of game and water birds the park is noted for its large number of ospreys.
Other birds of prey are also numerous including: grey-headed fishing eagle, crested hawk eagle, serpent eagle, honey buzzard, shaheen falcon, hobby falcon and the king vulture. More unusual birds include: Malabar trogon, blue-bearded bee-eater, Malabar pied hornbill, great black woodpecker, Alexandrine parakeet, lesser coucal, scarlet minivet, Indian pitta, fairy blue bird, scimitar babbler, paradise flycatcher, Malabar whistling thrush, green imperial pigeon, yellow-legged green pigeon and the racket-tailed drongo.
Due to the large number of elephant in the park, game-viewing and birdwatching are by jeep or early morning coracle rides. There are hides at water holes and other areas.
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