Down south are the Nilgiri hills and nestled at the base of the nilgiris is the Nagarhole National Park also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park. It is part of the vast wilderness and touches Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Kerala. Nagarhole literally means snaking streams. There are a number of streams which weave through the rich tropical forests of Nagarhole. The Kabini river is the largest river here which was dammed in 1974.
Getting away from the city for a weekend at Nagarhole is probably the best rejuvenating experience you could have in a long time. The forests and rivers hold an old world charm which one sorely misses in the city.
The beautiful Kabini river winds its way through the forest. One can go for a long lazy coracle ride on this river . A coracle is an upturned iron bowl and the locals use only an oar to guide it through the waters. You can see marks on the banks of the rivers where a crocodile has slithered into the water.
The Nagarhole forest itself is a treasure trove of wild life. Its most famous and most elusive resident is the striped tiger. The 640sq km of gently undulating terrain at the foothills of Brahmagiri hills is covered with thick tropical forests, grassy swamps and numerous rivers and streams. Animals like the four horned antelope, barking deer, civet cats, elephants , jackals , langurs and neel gais, Gaurs ( Indian bisons) can be found here.
There is a lavish government maintained jungle resort known as the Kabini Jungle Resort . The lavish accommodations were actually a summer getaway for the Maharaja of Mysore .
The resort organizes safaris into the Nagarhole National Park. There are two types of Safaris . A short elephant safari and a longer jeep safari are provided.