Wildlife Sanctuaries


Not far from Mysore are the nature reserves of Kabini (also known as Nagarhole) and Bandipur.


The National Park at Kabini/Nagarhole is 640 sq km. The Kabini river has been dammed forming a huge reservoir close to the town of Sargur. The Kabini reservoir is very rich in wildlife, especially in summer when the water level recedes and herds of animals venture onto the open grassy meadows in search of water. The forest is moist deciduous providing thick jungle, excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife. The wildlife seen at any National Park is always a matter of luck but we have had customers who have seen tigers and leopards here.


Bandipur is immediately adjacent to Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu and Wayanad in Kerala and together they form the Nilgiri Biosphere. There is a main road running through Bandipur and Mudumalai and wildlife maybe spotted from the road as you pass through. But if you stay in the area then you will have the opportunity to leave the road and take tracks through the forest increasing your chances of seeing wildlife. Bandipur has a very large population of elephant and other mammals that live in the area include the Indian wild dog, Indian bison (gaur), Nilgiri langur, bonnet macaques, jackal, hyena and sloth bear.


Bandipur National Park

Kabini River

Nagarhole National Park

Farming Communities

 We passed through many farming communities close to the wildlife parks with the land being cultivated in traditional ways. We also saw local ladies picking cotton.


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