5 Best National Parks in Karnataka with Safari Timings & Cost
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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

Suggested Read: 55 Breathtaking Places to Visit Near Bangalore

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

You may also like: 100 Unique Things to Do in Bangalore

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

Must Read: 25 Best Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

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

Must Read: 25 Places to Visit near Bangalore within 100 Kms

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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24 October 2015
Agnimitra Banerjee Trekking in Nishani Motte
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Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly exploring more of South India now and to get the best of South I prefer reading thrillophilia reviews .
"One hell of a crazy trek this one. The views were just splendid, and the organisers had it all charted out, and were extremely helpful. \n\nAn initial route through the forest is what we go through which is not that tiring, but after this stretch we move on to the most difficult part of the trek, where we come across the Hidlumane falls and we need to trek in quite a difficult terrain. Post all this stressful climbing, whatever the view you get is unmatched, all that pain, even though there physically, would have vanished mentally.\n\nBest to trek during monsoon or after the monsoon has receded to an extent as the hills are completely covered in green until the eyes can see. It's a treat for the eyes to feast on watching the western ghats in full glory."
23 October 2015
Excellent
This was a really nice trip. Firstly, this place is close by Bangalore and very much in driving distance. Secondly, the adventure activities are well-organized. They are safe too. This way it is very easy and convenient for us to blindly trust and do this. Also, most of the adventurous activities didn’t require much background skills like swimming or gym training. It was meant for everyone and before heading out at this place I also saw some thrillophilia reviews to know more about it.
It was a very well organised trek by friendly and courteous hosts. Shahid, Danny, Habib and Avinash were great and were fun to trek with. Homestay near Shuntikoppa was beautiful with coffee plantations close-by and it was raining the whole time. Trek is an easy to medium range one. Except for the rain and leeches (which we were informed earlier) there is absolutely nothing to point out in the trek. We met many new people and it felt like college days all over again. Loved this trek and would definitely recommend it to everyone.
04 September 2019
Excellent
My first ever trekking experience and I could not have asked for a better one. Booked for this trek just 2 days before, solely based on other trekkers' thrillophilia reviews and amazing pics they have posted on Thrillophilia website. Moreover, it was going to be a solo trek for me and quite obviously, I had so many questions and apprehensions but after experiencing one hell of an trekking expedition, what I could say is 'If you want to go for a trek, just go for it, don't think too much and you won't regret later and experience it as done by so many folks who have shared about their amazing adventures at thrillophilia reviews. Firstly, the tempo traveller which picked us up from Bangalore was quite comfortable and clean. Colin, who was our host for the trek initiated some ice breaking sessions at the beginning of the travel itself so that we all become familiar to our co-trekkers. Once we reached homestay at the destination point, I would say the arrangements were quite decent. Of course, we could not expect lavish facilities in an economical trip but must say, it had all that we truly required, good food, hot water shower, spacious balcony for all fun activities and amazing view outside. We were literally in the middle of the forest. Only thing that was a little turn-off for me was that the bedsheets were giving foul smell and 8 of us were sharing a single room so that one had to be patient to allow fellow trekkers for the use of washroom. However, please note there were separate rooms for guys and girls. The itinerary was more or less the same as shared by people at thrillophilia reviews.Starting at around 10pm from Bangalore, we reached the homestay at around 5am on Saturday. We rested for few hours, had our breakfast at around 7.30 and kicked off our trekking at 8.00. To begin with, it was just a normal road with forest on either sides but soon comes the path literally through the dense forest and since it was the time of monsoon, it was drizzling a bit and the forest was full of leeches clinging onto us at every step and trying their level best to suck our blood. We were quite vigilant to get rid of them and once they were being difficult to be removed, we were using salt. Just sprinkle a little salt on them and they will detach from you instantly. After an intriguing forest journey battling those leeches, we found ourselves on a grassy open field. We then scanned our body and shoes for any more leeches and once we were clear, marched ahead through the paddy fields to the rocky terrains with water flowing by your side. Soon, we reached a small water fall area. We took some pictures at that spot and when I was thinking that we would probably go back and resume our journey from some other point, I felt quite adventurous when I came to know that we were actually going to cross the water canal and climb up to the top through the super slippery rocks by the side of the fall, all the way to the top where actually the main water fall lies which I always wanted to visit after reading thrillophilia reviews.My advice is not to step on the green patches on the rocks covered with mosses, those are damn slippery and since there was nothing where you can take the support or cling onto, one have to be really careful that they don't slip through these rocks. After some uphill climbing, we finally reached to the, so far the most amazing spot, right at the main waterfall area. Without thinking twice, we rushed under the fall and trust me it felt so damn good and relaxing. It became even more thrilling when our host guided us to the small cave formed right behind the fall. It was definitely not easier to get inside with the water hitting you so hard that you could not see or breathe properly for few seconds but I felt victorious when I reached inside the cave finally and to witness the waterfall from inside the cave was a different experience altogether. Once we were done with the waterfall, came the part of journey which involves a lot of steep climbing through the forest and mostly the trails were on the edge of the hills, where we had to be careful not to slip not unless if you want to experience a free fall :-) And soon we were out on the open area again but this time it was on the steep slope of the hill and it was quite tiring to reach to the peak of the hill fighting with the muscle cramps. Nonetheless, each part of journey was fun and even more pleasing when we got to see diverse landscapes. Once we reached the peak, rested for a while, had our lunch and then started our descent downwards. The lunch box which included tomato rice was provided at the homestay in the morning itself. Soon, we were again under the attack of leeches but must say we fought bravely one more time. We then resumed our trek through a much easier lane to reach to a tea point and had a tea break. Then, came the last part of our trek, which was 1.5 kms uphill climbing to reach to Sarvajna Peetha, a small shrine dedicated to Adi Shankara about which many people have recommended visiting it at thrillophilia reviews. This part was even more fun as it rained heavily and the entire area was covered with fog that we could hardly see few yards ahead. Moreover, the wind was blowing so strong that sometimes I felt that it would carry me away with it. Since that spot was where our itinerary ended, we all felt so jubilant, took some pictures and then again descended back to the tea point, where a jeep took us all the way down, back to our homestay. Not to forget, the jeep ride was so damn fun that it sure would give you some chills and adrenaline rush, the reason being there's no proper road and the way the jeep's driven through the rocky, muddy and bumpy surface, it would be a memorable ride. Once we reached homestay, took bath in hot water shower and got rid of our wet clothes. We then played no. of group games like Mafia and Uno, had the dinner and called it a day. Woke up next day (Sunday) with few body aches, cramps and leech bite marks but eh! nothing could ever beat the amazing experience we had the earlier day. Wounds and pain will heal but the memories will last forever. We then had a breakfast at around 7.30 and departed back to Bangalore at 8.00. We stopped at Nagara Fort at around 30 kms from homestay, took some pics and resumed our journey. So all in all, it was a great experience getting close to the mother nature and far from these modern gadgets for a day. Besides the amazing trek we had, I would always cherish the camaraderie I shared with my co-trekkers in such a short span of time and I would really like to thank Colin, our host about whom many people have mentioned at thrillophilia reviews for organising such a wonderful trek and making us so comfortable throughout the entire trip. Colin was associated with the vendor team and as a satisfied customer, I will definitely look forward to more of such trips with the same vendor for sure. With all this, I would happily recommend my all trekking enthusiasts to go for this trek and I can vouch that you will come back with nothing but all smiles and tons of fascinating memories with you.
We had 3 days trip and had good time in all the two different places. Good tour opted, nice & well hygenic hotels given, all places covered in sight seeing, hassle-free transfers.
I thank Thrillophilia for making the plan and it's beautiful execution. Would to travel with you again.
The trip to Mysore from Bangalore was an amazing experience, I went for this trip with my family and they all really enjoyed a lot. It was fun exploring the beautiful city. The facilities provided for the trip was great. The accommodation was cozy and comfortable, the food provided was delicious, The driver was a really nice man, he was quite helpful and had good knowledge of the routes and places. Thanks for the memorable trip.
The trip to Mysore, Ooty, Kodaikanal was an amazing experience. We enjoyed a lot on the trip. The weather was so amazing and greenery everywhere made it more mesmerizing. The accommodation, meals, activities included in the package were really nice. Thanks for the great experience!!
Excellent
Recently I went on a trip from Bangalore to Mysore, Coorg, Ooty and it was an amazing experience. We explored so many places. We went to the Mysore palace it is so beautiful and the Chamundi hills was so beautiful with greenery everywhere. The weather was so pleasant. The botanical garden and Ooty lake all was amazing to visit. The accommodation and other facilities included in the trip were really nice. The transport facility was also good. We had a nice time on the trip.

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