5 Best National Parks in Karnataka with Safari Timings & Cost

National Parks in Karnataka is one of the prime tourist attractions of this picturesque state along with the state’s iconic palaces, magnificent waterfalls, ancient religious sites, and rich heritage. The Western Ghats and diverse terrain of Karnataka with its impeccable climate and countless water bodies nurture a number of dense forests that have become the home to a number of native and exotic flora and fauna. 

Karnataka boasts of 5 National Parks, 18 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 9 Bird Sanctuaries that make Karnataka state a wildlife lover’s paradise and a photographer’s delight. Be it the native elephants and deers or the exotic black panthers and white tigers, Karnataka has it all.

Get a sneak-peek into the animal kingdom through a safari ride in the national parks and sanctuaries and enjoy witnessing the abundant flora and fauna in their natural realms. Most of the national parks in Karnataka also have guided hiking and trekking tips to help you explore these biodiversity hotspots.

Here are the best national parks in Karnataka


01

Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park

Located in the foothills of the Anekal range in the outskirts of Bangalore, Bannerghatta National Park is one of the most visited National Parks in Karnataka. The innumerous fauna at this park includes Bengal Tiger, white tiger, lions, spotted deer, zebra, and many others. 

The park also encompasses an elephant corridor and the elephant sanctuary here lets you watch these huge mammals roam about freely without any human interference. Do not miss visiting the Butterfly Park that houses a butterfly conservatory, a museum, and an audiovisual room.

Safari Timings: 10 am to 4.30 pm

Safari Cost: 

  • Non AC bus safari(zoo+ safari) at INR 260 per adult
  • AC Bus safari(Zoo+Safari+Butterfly Park+Camera) at INR 500 per adult
  • Jeep safari (Zoo+Safari+Butterfly Park_Camera) starts at INR 3000 in a 6 seater non-AC jeep

Location: Bannerghatta Rd, Bannerghatta, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

Best time to visit: September to January

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02

Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park

Once the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Mysore, the 874-sq.-km forested reserve of Bandipur was declared a tiger reserve in 1974. Bandipur National Park is one of the enchanting National Parks in Karnataka and is the home to about 70 tigers, 3000 Indian elephants, spotted deer, gaurs (bison), antelopes and numerous other native animals. 

Private vehicles are not allowed inside the park and there is a ban on traffic from 9 pm to 6 am to bring down the death rate of wildlife.

Safari Timings: The bus safari is available between 6:30 am and 9:00 am and between 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Jeep safari is available from 6:00 am to 9:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Safari Cost: Jeep safari is INR 3000 and non-AC bus safari is INR 350 per person

Location: NH 67, Hangala Village, Gundlupet Taluk, Bandipur, Karnataka 571126

Best time to visit: October to March

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03

Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park

With dense forests, streams, hills, valleys, and waterfalls within its complex, Nagarhole National Park in Kodagu district of Karnataka is an animal haven. The park harbors many tigers, Gaur, elephants, Indian leopards, sloth bear, striped hyena, and deer. 

With a perfect predator-prey ratio, the sanctuary is the closest form of a natural jungle where you can actually see animals hunting and roaming around freely. If you are looking for a day trip near Bangalore to one of the premium National Parks in Karnataka, Nagarhole National Park will not disappoint you!

Safari Timings: Boat safari is from 9 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 6 pm. Jeep safari is from 5.30 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 7 pm. Bus safari is from 6 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 5 pm.

Safari Cost: INR 250 rupees per person for adults and INR 125  for children

Location: Mysore - Madikeri Road, Hunsur, Karnataka

Best time to visit: April to May and November to February

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04

Kudremukh National Park

Kudremukh National Park

Perched in the Kudremukha mountain range of the Western Ghats, Kudremukh National Park is one of the most alluring National Parks in Karnataka with lush green forests, scenic waterfalls like Kadambi and Hanumangundi, mesmerizing natural pools and rich fauna which includes lion-tailed macaque, tiger, leopard, wild dog, Malabar giant squirrel, common langur, sloth bear, and many more. 

Kudremukh literally translates to “horse’s face” and the national park has a number of thrilling trekking and hiking paths that let tourists enjoy its natural scenic beauty and witness the animals in their natural habitat. If you are looking for some dramatic outdoor picture along with trekking and wildlife spotting, the tea and coffee plantations around the Kudremukh National Park give you the perfect backdrop.

Location: Mudigere Taluk Chikmagalur district, Karnataka, India

Best time to visit: October to May and December to February

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05

Anshi National Park

Anshi National Park

Recently renamed as Kali Tiger Reserve, the Anshi National Park is a wildlife protected reserve located by the River Kali. The safari ride in the national park lets you spot a vast range of species like Indian Bison, mouse, deer, King cobra, rat snake, python, Malabar hornbills, and yellow-footed pigeon. 

The park is the only park in the whole of Asia where you can witness black panther in its natural habitat. Anshi National Park stands out from other National Parks in Karnataka with its plethora of activities like trekking, safari tours, coracle boat rides, mountain biking, eco-tourism, and cycling where tourists can breathe in crip jungle air.

Safari Timings: Monday to Sunday, 6:00 am to 8:30 am and 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Safari Cost: INR 450 per head

Location: Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka

Best time to visit: October to April

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06

Mudumalai National Park

Mudumalai National Park

Known popularly for its dense elephant and tiger population, Mudumalai National Park is one of the fascinating National Parks in Karnataka that shares its borders with Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Sprawling over  321 square kilometers, the Mudumalai National Park is the home to about 266 species of birds, including endangered Indian white-rumped vulture and the long-billed vulture and a number of species like Indian leopard, Indian, elephants, gaur, and Bengal Tiger. 

Apart from the thriving animal population, some reptiles observed within the national park are the python, flying lizard, spectacled cobra, krait, Asian pit vipers, and monitor lizard.

Safari Timings: Forest safari is from 6.30 am to 9 am and 3.30 pm to 6 pm. Elephant safari is from 7 am to 8.30 am and 3.30 pm to 5 pm.

Safari Cost: INR 135 per head for jeep safari

Location: Nilgiri, Tamil Nadu

Best time to visit: October to May

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