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Nagarahole Tiger Reserve

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Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, formerly known as Rajiv Gandhi (Nagarahole) National Park, was given its name after the serpentine river “Nagarahole,” which in Kannada literally translates to “Serpent River.” It is one of the premier tiger reserves, along with the adjoining Bandipur Tiger Reserve, and is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The park supports a diverse population of large mammals, including tigers, leopards, chitals, sambars, gaurs, and Asiatic elephants, indicating a healthy predator-prey balance. The park, which covers a staggering 571 square kilometres, is home to 250 different species of birds, including the heron, stork, egret, duck, kite, eagle, falcon, partridge, peafowl, lapwing, wagtail, sandpiper, woodpecker, sunbird, warbler, babbler, owl, and others. It is also home to some reptiles, including the marsh crocodile, star tortoise, rat snake, Russell’s viper, and Indian python.

Nearby Places to See

Kakanakote Safari
Kakanakote Safari is situated about 28 kilometres from the Murkhal Forest Quarters and 79 kilometres from Mysuru. It is a part of the Nagarahole Reserve Forest. Since elephants are frequently seen here, a lot of tourists come here to go on safari.
Taraka Dam
It is a small earthen dam that was constructed to hold the waters of a small catchment area. The dam is located near the Kakanakote safari point, and entry is restricted. However, because it is a small dam, it can be seen up close, and the backwater area is accessible from the road leading to the dam. Animal sightings are common along this route.
Kabini Dam
The Kabini dam is located about 10 kilometres down the road from Kakanakote in Beechanahalli village. This 696-metre-long dam was built across the Kabini River in 1974, with a catchment area of 2142 square kilometres.