One of the country’s Project Tiger reserves, leopard sightings too at Nagarhole are a highlight of a safari in this park. It derives its name from two local Kannada words meaning ‘snake’ and ‘stream’, plenty of which are found in the rich tropical and deciduous forests of Karnataka, south India. Located on the Kabini River and lake making it possible to view wildlife from boat as well as jeep and we recommend spending a few days here to experience both.

From the number of hunting trophies that decorate the Wodeyar palaces of nearby Mysore it's almost surprising that any tiger or leopard remain. Poachers and development are now their enemy making them increasingly rare and the dense forests make them difficult to find. However, an experienced guide and some patience help to improve the odds of sightings which have been excellent in the last year or two.

Indian bison, langur and elephant are more commonly seen, the latter in large herds on the grassy river banks in the hot summer months. Other animals include wild dog, smooth-coated otter, monitor lizard and crocodile as well as an abundance of bird life such as White-bellied Woodpecker, Black-headed Ibis and Woolly-necked Stork.

Accessible from north Kerala and Mysore, Nagarole is the best place in southern India to view wildlife.

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