Karnataka is one of the most visited states in India, with many destinations to explore. The state has a rich history, culture, and diversity. This state is home to some of India’s most beautiful national parks. Here are the national parks in Karnataka that one must visit, which offer wildlife paradise and are a photographer’s delight.
The Western Ghats mountain range and diverse terrain of Karnataka have created a habitat for dense forests. These forests have become the home to many native and exotic plants and animals.
On one trip to these national parks in Namma Karnataka, there’s a chance to encounter wild elephants and deer and more exotic species like black panthers and white tigers.
Most of the national parks in Karnataka also have trips for guided hiking and trekking to help you explore these biodiversity hotspots and the highest peaks.
5 National Parks in Karnataka to visit – Make Sure to Add This Plan to Your Checklist
1. Bandipur National Park – Largest National Park in Karnataka
Bandipur National Park, located near Gundlupet town in Chamarajanagar district, covers 874 square kilometers and has the second-highest Tiger population in India. It is known as Karnataka’s largest national park.
This national park in Karnataka is home to roughly 70 tigers and 3000 Indian elephants; the park is also home to spotted deer and gaur (bison). There are also about a dozen antelope species. There is an overnight ban on traffic to reduce the number of deaths.
Interestingly, this national park in Karnataka shares its boundaries with 3 other National Parks – Nagarhole, Wayanad and Mudumalai.
Safari Timings: Morning – 6 am to 8 am. Evening – 3pm to 5pm.
Cost: Bus Safari is 350/- and Jeep Safari is 3000/- per adult
2. Bannerghatta National Park – Most Visited National Park in Karnataka
Bannerghatta National Park is a popular destination to visit in Bengaluru, Karnataka. It’s located in the foothills of the Anekal range and has plenty of wildlife. It is located on the outskirts of Bengaluru.
If it’s a lucky day, you can spot Bengal tigers, lions, white tigers. Other than this, common sightings are deers, zebra, elephants and more. The butterfly park is a must-visit here.
Timings: 10 am to 4.30 pm
Cost: Non-AC Bus Safari(Zoo+Safari) = 380/- per adult
AC Bus Safari(Zoo+Safari+Butterfly Park+Camera Charges)= 700/- per adult
There is an option for Jeep Safari as well. Check the official website for more information.
3. Nagarahole National Park
Nagarahole National Park in Karnataka is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is surrounded by the Brahmagiri Mountains and filled with sandalwood and teak trees. The Kabini River winds through jungles, home to tigers, Asian elephants and various birds.
Timings: Boat Safari is available from 9 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 6 pm.
They offer Jeep Safari from 5:30 am to 10 am and from 3 pm to 7 pm.
Bus safari runs between 6 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 5 pm.
Best time to visit: April to May and November to February.
4. Anshi National Park
You can spot a vast range of species on the safari ride in this national park. They include Indian Bison, moose, deer, King cobra, rat snake, python, Malabar hornbills, and yellow-footed pigeon. This national park in Karnataka is the only park in Asia to see black panthers in its natural habitat. It offers many activities for one to enjoy on the banks of river Kali.
Best time to visit: October to April
5. Kudremukh National Park
Kudremukh National Park in Karnataka has several thrilling hiking trails. Tourists enjoy the park’s natural scenic beauty and witness the animals in their natural habitats. This national park is Karnataka’s most scenic National Parks with lush green forests and beautiful waterfalls.
Kudremukh is the second highest peak in Karnataka. One of the best places to visit in Karnataka is Kudremukh because of its tropical biological richness. It is one of the 34 biological hotspots of the world.
Best time to visit: October to May.
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