The Best National Parks In Karnataka

The state boasts lush greenery and a variety of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, such as Bandipur Tiger Reserve and Nagarhole Tiger Reserve
The Best National Parks In Karnataka
The Best National Parks In Karnataka

Karnataka has a plethora of exquisite tourist destinations, such as Mysore, Hampi, Coorg, and Shivanasamudra Falls. Not only these, the state has a calm and pleasant climate and is adorned with dense green trees that provide a perfect habitat for birds and animals. As a result, the state is home to a diverse range of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, including Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park, Nagarhole Tiger Reserve, Bannerghatta National Park, Mudumalai National Park, and Kudremukh National Park. Here are the top national parks and wildlife sanctuaries you should not miss out on.

Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in India, covering over 860 sq. km. Located in Chamarajnagar, it was declared a tiger reserve under "Project Tiger" in 1973. The park is home to a variety of endangered species such as the Indian elephant, sloth bear, Royal Bengal tiger, and more. In addition, the lush green forests contain an abundance of timber trees like teak, rosewood, and Indian Kino. The park is also a paradise for bird enthusiasts, with over 200 species such as peafowl, grey jungle fowl, hawk-eagles, and serpent eagles. The Kabini river flows to the north of the park, while the Moyar river flows in the southern region.

Nagarhole National Park

Discover the wonders of Nagarhole National Park, the gateway to South India's most exciting wildlife experiences. This sprawling park covers 640 sq. km, boasting a diverse range of flora and fauna and providing a habitat for several vulnerable animal species. Located in Kodagu and Mysore district of Karnataka, Nagarhole National Park offers a picturesque landscape of winding streams, rolling hills, and valleys, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts. Visitors can marvel at over 250 species of birds and spot a variety of animals such as the Indian leopard, sambar deer, Asian palm civet, European otter, mugger crocodile, wolf snake, Russell's viper, and many more. Stay at The Serai Kabini and enjoy the enchanting sights of this natural wonder.

Mudumalai National Park

Located near Nilgiri and sharing borders with Karnataka and Kerala, Mudumalai National Park was declared a tiger reserve in 1986 and is now home to approximately 103 tigers. Covering an area of 367 sq. km., this national park boasts a diverse range of habitats, including wetlands, deciduous forests, teak forests, grasslands, and almost 500 plant species. With over 250 bird species, 38 aquatic species, and a variety of mammals, Mudumalai National Park is a must-visit destination for tourists.

Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park, situated in Bangalore, is a magnificent destination for treks and hikes. With an area of over 260 sq. km., the park is designed to welcome tourists without disturbing the natural habitats of its inhabitants. The park boasts India's inaugural butterfly park, as well as a crocodile farm, snake park, zoo, and other attractions.

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