Tourists on a trip to Nagarhole town must visit the Nagarhole National Park that forms a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. This national park, otherwise known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, is considered as one of the best wildlife reserves in the country.
Established in the year 1955, it offers splendid views of spectacular waterfalls, beautiful valleys and little streams. Nagarhole National Park is home to various species of flora and fauna and is known for a respectable tiger-predator ratio.
Upon visiting the national park, tourists can spot sloth bears, elephants, panthers, four-horned antelopes, wild boars, pangolins, gaurs (Indian bison), bonnet macaques, flying foxes and tigers, among other animals.
The population of reptiles includes pythons, cobras, kraits, crocodiles and vipers, to mention a few. Tourists who are interested in ornithology can see different species of birds at Nagarhole National Park.
If time permits, tourists should stop by Rameshwara Temple that lies on banks of the Lakshmana Tirtha River in close proximity to Nagarhole. It is enveloped by paddy fields and meets the nearby waterfall through a forest. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is thronged by thousands of devotees during the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.
As per the local beliefs, devotees offer prayers at Rameshwara Temple as the prime deity is believed to free people from the sins they had committed in the past. The Lakshmana Tirtha is considered sacred as it is said that Lord Rama's brother Lakshmana shot an arrow in the Brahmagiri Range in order to quench the Lord's thirst. The point where the arrow hit the ranges gave birth to the eponymous river.