Besides its natural splendor, Karnataka is also bountiful of its wildlife habitat, housing some of the rare and endangered species. Most of the national parks in Karnataka are situated of the foot of Western Ghats, making the sanctuaries splendidly picturesque as well. These parks were once the hunting ground of the kings but with the help of government, they are now protected areas. Parks like Nagarhole National Park and Bandipur National park have seen a regular increase in the number of animals here. Even some endangered species also have prospered and their population too is out of the red zone. Be it birds, animals or plantation, Wildlife sanctuaries are nothing less than a treasure of nature to Karnataka.
Bangaloreorbit.com provides greater details of information of national Parks of Karnataka and India.
Karnataka has many National Parks…
Anshi National Park
Anshi National Park is Karnataka In the district of Uttar Kannada Anshi National Park is located. The scenic beauty of this park is non-parallel. An animal lover will definitely fall in love with Anshi National Park. The flora of this place has been blessed with plants like eucalyptus, bamboo, teak, xylia xylocarpa, silver oak, bauhinia and others. This 340 square kilometer park is located in the Western Ghats. The mountain forms the beautiful backdrop of the park. The altitude of the place varies from 27-927 meters. Although the rainfall is heavy but the laterite soil fails to retain water. To fight this problem the park has set up bore well pumps.
Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National Park is one of India’s best known sanctuaries, and is an important Project Tiger reserve. It is located in the Chamarajanagar district of southern Karnataka in south India, and is contiguous with the Mudumalai National Park in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, the Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, and the Nagarhole National Park to the northwest. It is home to around seventy tigers and over three thousand Asian elephants (as per the 1997 census , along with leopards, dholes, gaur and sloth bears. Bandipur is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
Bannerghatta National Park
Bannerghatta National Park is about 25 km from Bangalore. The National Park boasts of Tiger or Lion safari which takes you on tour of the section where the big cats roam free. You ride inside a poorly designed diesel bus while the animals peer at you quite close by. This park spread over a 100 square kilometer has thick thorny undergrowth and dry deciduous forest teeming with animals. You can take an elephant ride into the less dense part of the forest too. Don’t miss the Indian peacock – Pavo cristatus which is in dark blue color. This peacock is magnificent to behold when it is in the mood to display its full plumage. Peacock is the National bird of India and is considered as the vehicle for Murugan – a deity from south India.
Kudremukh National Park
Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka is one of the most popular national parks in India. Located in Mangalore, it is surrounded by Kudremukh or the Horse Face range overlooking the Arabian Sea. The topography of Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka is marked by deep ravines and steep cliffs. It is the ideal home for hundreds of wild animals and birds. This national park houses different species of wild lives. Covering a total area of 600.32 square kilometers, Kudremukh National Park offers a beautiful landscape.Three major rivers flow through this forest region, namely Tunga, Bhadra and Nethravathi. If you love nature and wants adventurous thrills, then you can definitely visit this forest. This Kudremukh National Park nurtures a diverse range of flora and fauna.
Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park also known as ‘Rajiv Gandhi National Park’ is located 94 km away from Mysore. It is spread between Kodagu and Mysore districts. The national park has rich forest cover, little streams, valleys and waterfalls.
The place derives its name from Kannada – Naga meaning snake and hole referring to streams.
The area was an exclusive hunting reserve of the former rulers of Mysore.
Rajiv Gandhi National Park
Nagarhole National Park, also known as ‘Rajiv Gandhi National Park,’ is located 94 km from Mysore in Karnataka in Southern India. It is spread between Kodagu and Mysore districts. Located to the northwest of Bandipur National Park, Kabini reservoir separates the two. The exclusive hunting reserve of the former rulers of Mysore, the park has rich forest cover, small streams, valleys, and waterfalls. It streches over 640 km², protecting the wildlife of Karnataka. Together with the adjoining Bandipur National Park (870 km²) and Mudumalai National Park (320 km²), it forms the largest protected area in southern India.