Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, is located in Kodagu district of Mysore district in Karnataka. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. This park was declared Project Tiger tiger reserve in 1999.The Western Ghats Nilgiri Sub-Cluster of 6,000 km, including all of Nagarhole National Park,is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.The park has rich forest cover,small streams,hills,valleys and waterfalls. The park has a healthy tiger-predator ratio, with many tigers, Indian bison and elephants. The park receives an annual rainfall of 1,440 millimetres. The vegetation here consists mainly of North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests with teak and rosewood predominating in the southern parts.
The important predators and carnivors in the Nagarhole National Park are tiger, leopard, wild dog,sloth bear etc. The herbivores are spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, four-horned antelope etc. Nagarhole National Park provides an opportunity to see some of the southern population of jungle Bison. Also, this park in Karnataka is a good place to see elephants in the forests. The park is usually closed for safaris during mating season of animals and during monsoon. Traffic restrictions are there from 6 pm to 6 am every day and the gates are closed on either sides of entry into the forest. Education camps also are conducted for school children and the forest department provides special concessions for tours organized for school children.