Gajapayana, the traditional march of the caparisoned elephants from the jungle
camps to the City of Palaces ahead of Dasara festival, was flagged off at Veeranahosahalli, on
the outskirts of the Nagarahole National Park.
About Nagarhole National Park:
- Nagarhole National Park (also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park), is a national park located in Kodagu district and Mysore district in Karnataka state in South India.
- It is one of India’s premier Tiger Reserves along with the adjoining Bandipur Tiger Reserve.
- This park was declared the thirty seventh Project Tiger, Tiger reserves of India in 1999. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
- The park ranges the foothills of the Western Ghats spreading down the Brahmagiri hills and south towards Kerala state.
- The park covers 643 km2 (248 sq mi) located to the north-west of Bandipur National Park.
- The vegetation here consists mainly of North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests with teak and rosewood predominating in the southern parts.
- The important predators and carnivores in Nagarhole National Park are the Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, Ussuri dhole, sloth bear and the striped hyena.
- The herbivores are chital, sambar deer, barking deer, four-horned antelope, gaur, wild boar and Indian elephant.