Saturday, April 9, 2011

Nagarhole National Park

The Nagarhole National Park, also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, in memory of the late Prime Minister of India, is one of four contiguous national parks (posts on national parks) in south India. These four parks are Nagarhole, Bandipur, Mudumalai, and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Per Wikipedia, the park forms an area of over 2000 sq kms.It is a part of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve (posts)

Nagarhole and adjacent National Parks on Google Maps.

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Kabini is perhaps an ideal place to stay at if you want to visit this national park. There are several mid to high-end resorts in Kabini, including Jungle Lodges, Cicada, Orange County, The Serai, and more. The National Park takes about 4 hours to get to from Bangalore, and is a relaxing, calm, soothing, refreshing weekend getaway.

The tattered condition of the board does no justice to either the national park or the memory of Rajiv Gandhi. Our national parks deserve better.

Inside the national park, along a "kuccha" (dirt) road.

Deer and sambhar can be found in abundance. Predators are more difficult to spot.

A wizened "crocodile-skin" bark of a tree.

A machaan for wildlife observers to park themselves at and observe wildlife.

There is an elephant, a wild elephant in this photo below. If you look closely you can spot it. This is not a forest department elephant, but the real deal - a true forest tusker (or maybe not a tusker, since it is difficult to tell from afar). The elephant had come for a drink on the other side of the pond while we were in a Jungle Lodges vehicle on the other side, prohibited from getting down from the vehicle - park rules.

This Swaraj truck is from another resort neaby. Probably Orange County or Cicada. Not sure.

Here is a closeup of an elephant succumbing to the itch to scratch.

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