SOUTH INDIA NATURE HERITAGE Kabini, Nagarhole & Bandipur

Tour Category: Birding & Wildlife Photography Tour

Main Attractions: Tiger, Black Panther, Ruddy Mongoose, Giant Malabar Squirrel, Four Horned Antelope, and Bird species

Location: South Indian state of Karnataka – Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks

Nagarhole National Park, also a tiger reserve soon to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in India (under consideration), is located in the two districts of Karnataka, namely Mysuru & Kodagu. This national park is also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, covering the forest area of approx. 645 sq. km. This wildlife reserve is the part of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve and ranges the foothill of Western Ghat, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and spreading down the Brahmagiri Mountains and south towards the Indian state of Kerala. The river Kabini revolves around the reserve and separates Nagarhole from Bandipur National park. Nagarhole is not only the home to Bengal Tigers and Asiatic Elephant but also to Sloth Bear, Leopards, Black Panther, Wild Dogs, Four Horned Antelope, and over 250 species of birds like Woodland birds, Blue Bearded bee-eater, Scarlet Minivet, Malabar Whistling Thrush to more common Kingfisher, ducks, and herons.

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary: Nestled on the edge of the Kabini River, this wildlife Sanctuary nurtures rare and endangered species of fauna and offers wonderful opportunities to sight Leopard, Black Panther, Asiatic Elephant, Spotted Deer, Sambhar, and many bird species.

While situating inside the territory of Nagarhole National Park, this sanctuary covers over 55 acres of forest area. Evening jeep safari near the sanctuary could get us the best opportunity to sight a leopard and sometimes a Black Panther. Other than jeep safaris, we have the option for a motorboat ride on the lake that offers a different and unique experience. You might see some freshwater crocodiles (mugger) and over 300 species of birds in the morning time.

Bandipur National Park: Earlier, the hunting reserve for the Maharaja of Mysore state, now located in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka. Bandipur National park has a covering of 875 sq. Kms. of forest area in total. This park is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is sharing its boundaries with three other national parks, namely Nagarhole, Mudumalai (Tamil Nadu), Wayanad Sanctuary (Kerala), makes it the largest protected area and habitat for Wild Asiatic Elephant in the world. The tiger reserve is home to Bengal Tigers, Wild Elephant, Gaur, Bison, Sloth Bear, Dhole, Four Horned Antelope, Indian Giant Squirrel, and more than 200 species of birds like the Red-headed Vulture, Honey Buzzards, Drongos, Flowerpeckers, Crested Serpent Eagle, Ospreys, etc. There is a total of 05 safari zones inside the park, East zone, Central zone, North zone, northwest zone, South zone. And the vehicle used for the safaris is of 03 types – Jeep safari, Canter safari, and Elephant safari.

Tentative Itinerary:

Day 1 – Arrive Delhi – Meet & Greet by Vimal/ Aditya personally – Stay at Delhi

Day 2 – Early morning fly to Mysore/ Bangalore – Reached and then drive to Nagarhole – Stay at Nagarhole

Day 3 – Morning & Evening game drive into the Nagarhole – Stay at Nagarhole

Day 4 – Morning boat safari for birding at Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary and Evening game drive into the Nagarhole – Stay at Kabini/ Nagarhole.

Day 5 – Morning drive Bandipur – Reached & Evening game drive into the Bandipur – Stay at Bandipur

Day 6 – Morning Elephant safari & evening game drive by jeep into the Bandipur – Stay at Bandipur

Day 7 –  Morning & Evening game drive into the Bandipur – Stay at Bandipur

Day 8 – Morning game drive into the park – check out – drive to Mysore/ Bangalore – Fly Delhi or onward destination.

Note: We would love to customize this itinerary as per your suggestions. You may combine other nearby national parks of India like Mudumalai national park, Wayanad Sanctuary, Chinnar wildlife sanctuary, Anamalai national park, or famous hill station visit with this itinerary. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary and other needed information at [email protected]