Bhandipur National Park - India's one of the best known Tiger sanctuaries is Bhandipur National park.
Bandipur National Park lies at the heart of an extensive forest at the confluence of the Western Ghats and Nilgiri Hills. It was created at 800 kms site in the Bandipur Reserve Forest in 1931. Bandipur Tiger Reserve was constituted in 1973 by carving out 880 kms from the Wildlife Park, has boasted constant rise in Tiger population. Also famous for Sandal wood trees and rare species of Flora. The Maharajas of Mysore used the Bandipur forests as a private game reserve. The late Maharaja Jaya Chamaraja Wodeyar, the founding Chairman of the Indian Board of Wildlife was a keen wildlife enthusiast.With its location under the shadow of the Western Ghats, Bandipur is easily one of the finest habitats of the Asian Elephant and Gaurs in their natural surroundings.
Nagarhole - Sharing its boundaries with Bandipur National Park, Nagarhole National Park is situated 90km away from Mysore in Karnataka. Interestingly, these two sanctuaries for a part of Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and Wayanad Reserve in Kerala. Nagarhole is a tiger's home and some of the rare wild species of India. This national park of India gets irrigated by the waters of Kabini river, which has a dam on it that separates Nagarhole from other sanctuaries in the surrounding area.
Nagarhole was enunciated in 1955 as a game sanctuary. Realizing its importance in wildlife conservation, the area of the park was extended by combining Mysore forests with Nagarhole National Park. It was 1974, that this area took a shape of full fledged National Park. Apart from Kabini River, which drains most of the area here, there are other three rivers in the region including: Lakshmana, Teentha and Nagarhole. There are seasonal streams as well which merge into the four rivers here.