Nagarhole literally means snake river.' The place derives its name from the gushing river that winds its way through its dense forests in a course that resembles a slithering snake. Located at the Kodagu district of Karnataka Nagarhole is a much favored haunt of nature lovers and wild life enthusiasts.
Why Nagarhole is Popular
Nagarhole is a part of the sprawling Rajiv Gandhi National Park. The fabulous climate, the rich flora and fauna as well as the beauty of the deep, green forests ensure that the place gets visitors all year around.
Nagarhole was famous for its wildlife even in the ancient times. The local legend says that the rulers of Mysore used to hunt in its forests for wild elephants and bisons. Even now the park has a rich variety of wildlife.
A visit to Nagarhole would be incomplete without a trip to the Brahmagiri Mountains and the Irpu Falls. The falls are supplied by the Lakshman Tirtha River. The locals claim that the river owes its origin to Goddess Sita. While on exile with Ram and Laxman, the Goddess was thirsty and demanded water to drink. The obedient Laxman shot an arrow into the ground and the river gushed out.
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Nagarhole is close to Mangalore and is easily accessible too.