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Practicalities

Nagarhole is open year-round, but avoid the monsoons, when floods wash out most of its dirt tracks and leeches make hiking impossible. To get here from Mysore, catch one of the two daily buses from the Central stand to Hunsur (3hr), 10km from the park’s north gate, where you can find transport to the Forest Department’s two resthouses (Rs301–1200). The resthouses have to be booked well in advance through the Forest Department offices in Mysore (t 0821/248 0901) or Bengaluru (t 080/2334 1993). It is also essential to arrive at the park gates well before dusk, as the road through the reserve to the lodges closes at 6pm, and is prone to “elephant blocks”. The Nagarhole visitor centre organizes elephant rides (Rs50) and schedules bus tours round the sanctuary (6–9am & 3.30–6pm; Rs50).

Other accommodation around Nagarhole includes the highly acclaimed and luxurious Kabini River Lodge (book through Jungle Lodges & Resorts; w http://www.junglelodges.com, t 080/2559 7021; Rs3001–7000), approached via the village of Karapura, 3km from the park’s south entrance. Set in its own leafy compound on the lakeside, this former maharaja’s hunting lodge offers all-in deals that include meals and transport around the park with expert guides. It’s impossible to reach by public transport, so you’ll need to rent a car to get here and you will also have to book well in advance. Another upmarket option, though not quite in the same league, is the Jungle Inn at Veerana Hosahalli (t 08222/246022, w http://www.jungleinn.in; Rs2001–4500), which is close to the park entrance and arranges wildlife safaris.

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