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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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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Asian elephant, striped hyena, Indian pangolin, brown mongoose, mouse deer
  • Where: Karnataka, India

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Jungle Trails of Southern India

Discover India’s unspoilt south: explore the backwaters of Kerala by houseboat, view elephants at Nagarhole National Park and enjoy guided walks, game drives and boat tours in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Covering six very different national parks and reserves, this trip is a complete wildlife immersion!

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Kaav Safari Lodge

Kaav Safari Lodge is a small, luxury accommodation situated on the edge of Nagarhole National Park - known for its large population of Asiatic elephant. It has just six well-appointed rooms/tents and boasts picturesque views of the jungle, where over 300 bird species have been recorded.

Kabini River Lodge

This is a typical Indian safari lodge, formerly the hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Mysore. It accommodates up to 50 guests in spacious rooms or cottages, and a wealth of wildlife can be found in nearby Nagarhole National Park, such as elephant, sambar, gaur and even sloth bear.

Orange County Resort

This upmarket eco-friendly resort gives you a magnificent wildlife experience from two sides of the Kabini river. Accommodation consists of a series of bungalows with private pools or spa baths, and facilities at the resort include an infinity pool, a restaurant offering a fine dining experience, and an Ayurvedic Spa.