Designed to provide a real life experience of Indian bio diversity and to promote a feeling of oneness with nature, the field trip to Nagarhole National Park (also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park) allowed students to reconcile classroom activities and lessons with those in the real world. It provided the necessary exposure to observe nature’s roots and inspired in one and all a desire to preserve it so.
- Situated in Kodagu district, Karnataka – 50 miles from Mysuru, with the river Kabini cutting clear across it, the national park was enticing with its lush banks and dense foliage – untouched by human development. Students got the opportunity to view Indian gaur (bison), langurs, peacocks, several deer and birds like the crested serpent neck eagle, cowcal and muniels in their natural habitats. The forest is also home to several other species of animals like tigers, leopards and panthers of which we unfortunately only saw evidences of existence like pug marks ( paw prints ) and deep claw marks gouged on tree trunks. Alarm and mating calls of several animals had the students sitting at the edge of their seats during the two safaris.
Viewing heritage sites such as the Chamundeshwari Temple and the Mysuru palace made the trip all the more memorable. Students went home carrying several fond memories, photographs and souvenirs. Three days in the lap of nature was enough to grant a new perspective on socio-environmental problems such as pollution and improper garbage disposal that sully our clean and green Earth. It is undoubted that these students won’t hesitate to do their small but valuable part in preserving and restoring today’s world to it’s former glory and even beyond.