Once an exclusive hunting reserve for the rulers of Mysore, Nagarhole National Park now forms an integral animal corridor with neighbouring Bandipur National Park, sharing its rich forest cover, bamboo thickets, small streams, hills and valleys. It offers some of the best wildlife viewing in southern India, and is home to a good population of tiger (although rarely spotted) but also leopard, elephant, barking deer, wild dog, and approximately 270 species of birds. It’s lush with dense forest, but open expanses surrounding Kabini Lake and along the riverbanks provide wonderful spots for wildlife viewing. Game drives can be enjoyed by boat or in a shared jeep. Arguably the best time to visit is April and May, as this is the end of the dry season so sightings are easier due to the dryer forested area. November to March is the most comfortable time however, with cooler temperatures. Nagarhole National Park is easily accessible from Mysore and Northern Kerala and we feel it’s a great addition to a South India itinerary.