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Karnataka Wildlife Parks - visit in July ?

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Karnataka Wildlife Parks - visit in July ?

My wife and I will be in Bangalore in late July and wanted to see elephants (and tigers?) in one of the wildlife parks. (First trip to India). The Cicada resort at Kabini near Nargarhole Natl park was recommended, and a couple of tour books mentioned the nearby Bandipur Wildlife sanctuary.

Need some advice about the effect of the rainy season.

I was told by Cicada resorts that the park is open and the "safari" trips -- jeep and boat do run, but I am a bit skeptical. Rough Guides said that Nargarhole roads were all mud, and one was better off at Bandipur, even though it is not as scenic.

Is one or the other a better bet ? Should I skip the excursion at this time of year altogether ?

Thanks for any advice in advance.

NotAccidental

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1. Re: Karnataka Wildlife Parks - visit in July ?

Yes the parks will be open, because the jungle safari is the main reason why tourists go there.You should see a variety of large mammals, although tiger sightings are not frequent, so don't get disappointed if you don't see one. Vehicles used are mostly four wheel drives which can take you anywhere, and there are clearly defined, motorable paths, which should be driveable. This year'sonsson is a bit dleayed, and one cannot predict how late July will be, rainwise, but in general terms, there is a good chance that the rains will start tapering off by then.

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2. Re: Karnataka Wildlife Parks - visit in July ?

Great choice in Nagarahole to view Elephant behaviour in the wild.

In fact, Nagarahole National Park boasts of the largest congregation of Asiatic Elephants in the World!

Fortunately, with consistent conservation efforts by GoK Forest Department over the past few decades the density of Tiger have increased to a very healtly ratio.

Thus making Nagarahole one of the best wildlife reserves in the world to view and observe both Elephants and Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bear in the wild.

Rains only add to the beauty and make the experience more enjoyable. Definitely the sighting in the tourism zone is reduced as vegetation and water is freely available across the forest, ulike in summer or late winter. Nevertheless, you are bound to see your heart's content of wildlife in a 2N 3D itenary.

Rough Guides is right about the mud roads, which are the game roads, yet metalled. Also approach to the game road, which are mud roads, is by tar roads. This keep the experience real and lesser interference to the flora and fauna.

Bandipur national parks' game roads are mud roads too. But the Elephant viewing opportunities is a little lesser as it lacks the expanse of water Nagarahole national park possess.

Finally, this is a not-to-be missed excursion if you have the opportunity to plan within your schedule. Better to visit on weekday as you will not have the mass-tourism jantha disturbing the animals and therby better viewing opportunities. The best way to observe this is by spending a whole day on the machan...if you can handle it and that enthusiastic. Very safe, contrary to popular belief, but only if you can be silent and not talk on the machan and stay silent.

Wish you a great trip in advance.........please to post your feedback of your visit for the benefit of other travellers in future.

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3. Re: Karnataka Wildlife Parks - visit in July ?

Personally, I would not go to a sanctuary in the rains if I had the choice. It's not about mud tracks, it's about good sighting.

In the rainy season, the jungle is full of water, it collects in little puddles everywhere. Elephants, and indeed, most animals don't come out to the waterholes like they do in the dry season. Sighting is therefore never as good in the rains as it is in the dry season. Add to that the difficulty of driving in open jeeps in the rain, and actually trying to spot anything in the drizzle!

You'll still manage to see some animals, of course. In the rain, somehow the greenery is greener and denser and darker, and among that dark shrubbage you'll see the big bulk of an elephant's back, like a darker shadow. Stop, watch, you'll see the ears flapping...they move like ghosts, they are amazingly silent and they fade away really easily into the greenery. It can be quite a shock, now you see the elephants, now you don't...a whole herd can disappear.

A tiger is a rare phenomenon, needs luck to spot them! If you're lucky, you'll spot them.

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4. Re: Karnataka Wildlife Parks - visit in July ?

hello dear

u can try Bannerghatta National Park which is about 21 km from Bangalore city and famous for lion and tiger safari and crocodile and snake farm.

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