India has more than 400 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries containing different species of flora and fauna. These numerous wildlife parks are located in different states and considered as the heritage of wildlife in India.
Few of these national parks are still unexplored and isolated with pure wild populations and have unbelievable beautiful scenery on offer. A Wildlife safari in these places is the most thrilling experience you can ask for!
Here's a list of curated places in India for Wildlife Safaris. Enjoy!
1. Sasan-Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat
About: Located on Western India’s Gujarat Peninsula, across the Bay of Cambay from Mumbai on the Arabian Sea. The Gir wildlife sanctuary is home to the last remaining wild Asian lions on earth.
Known For: Asiatic Lions, leopards, hyenas, pythons and jackals.
Best Time To Visit :December to April; the park closes mid-June through monsoon season in mid-September.
Interesting Fact: The forest area of Gir were the hunting grounds of the Nawabs of Junagadh. However, faced with a drastic drop in the lion population in Gir, Nawab Sir Muhammad Rasul Khanji Babi declared Gir as a "protected" area in 1900.
2. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
About: Stretched across 1,334 square kilometers, the Ranthambore National Park is home to the royal predators dwelling in the royal land of Rajasthan. Here, you can spot the tigers even during the day time, while they are busy preying.
Known For: Tigers, spotted deer, wild boar, jackals, painted storks (300 bird species overall).
Best Time To Visit: May is the best time to see these majestic cats; the park closes from June to October.
3. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
About: The grass literally grows as high as an elephant’s eye at this 106,000-acre park in Assam—the most easily accessible state in India’s far northeast. A world heritage site, you can see two-third of the world's Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros population here.
Known For: One-horned rhinoceros, tigers, (wild) elephants, wild buffalo, monitor lizards, and water birds like the bar-headed goose, grey-headed lapwing, and spot-billed pelican.
Best Time To Visit: November to end of April is the ideal time to explore this park.
Interesting Fact: The park hosts two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned rhinoceros.
4. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
About: Kanha forests are vast, but you can go deep into them, thanks to the park's huge core area, surrounded by a large buffer zone. The Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling found inspiration in Kanha, and when you need a tiger fix, this park offers as close to a guarantee as you’ll get.
Known For: Tigers, swamp deer, mongoose, leopards, wild boar, golden jackals, and pver 300 species of birds.
Best Time To Visit: Good viewing months are from March to June; the park closes from June to September.
Interesting Fact: The Kanha National Park was originally a part of the Gondwanas or the "land of the Gonds".
5. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala
About: Located in the Western Ghat mountain range, this picturesque, 192,000-acre wildlife sanctuary offers a supremely lush habitat in eastern Kerala on India’s southwest coast. The place can sometimes feel a bit like Disneyland-in-the-Ghats, but its mountain scenery and jungle walks make for an enjoyable visit.
Known For: Giant Malabar squirrels, (wild) elephants, guar (giant bison), bird life.
Best Time To Visit: The park is open all year-round, but is very crowded from September to December.
6. Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Rajasthan
About: This tremendous bird sanctuary and national park has long been recognised as one of the world’s most important bird breeding and feeding grounds. Keoladeo originated as a royal hunting reserve in the 1850s.
Known For: Storks, cranes, eagles, and hawks, pythons, porcupines, wild boar, nilgai (literally 'blue cow'), India’s largest native antelope.
Best Time To Visit: Open year round, the best birding is from September to March.
Interesting Fact: Keoladeo, the name derives from an ancient Hindu temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, which stands at the centre of the park. 'Ghana' means dense, referring to the thick forest, which used to cover the area.
7. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
About: Set amid the plains of Madhya Pradesh in central India (122 miles from the city of Jabalpur), this is a relatively small preserve—with the country’s highest concentration of tigers. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India.
Known For: Tigers, leopards, nilgai, hog deer, wild boar.
Best Time To Visit: The park is open October to June; April, May, and June are ideal for tiger sightings.
8. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
About: On a gentle slope in the foothills of the Himalayas, where wooded hills give way to alluvial grasslands and tropical forests, the Manas sanctuary is home to a great variety of wildlife. Against the backdrop of the Eastern Himalayas lies a grass and jungle habitat of unparalleled beauty.
Known For: Tigers, water buffalo, rhinos, (wild) elephants, golden langur (a rare orange-furred monkey), Bengal florican (an endangered two-foot-tall bird).
Best Time To Visit: The park is open from October to April; January to March is peak period for fine weather and wildlife spotting.
9. Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve
About: India's first and oldest national park, the Corbett National Park is like heaven for adventure seekers and wildlife junkies. People from different parts of the world visit Corbett just to get a glimpse of these brilliantly dangerous cats.
Known For: Tigers, wild elephants (as opposed to the ones you can ride), crocodiles, 600 species of birds.
Best Time To Visit: Mammal sightings are best from March to June, while birds are best seen from mid-December to March; most of the park is closed June 15-mid-November.
Interesting fact: India’s first national park was established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park which is known as Jim Corbett National Park later.
10. Hemis National Park, Jammu & Kashmir
About: The Hemis High Altitude National Park that extends over 600 sq. km. is named after the famous monastery, Hemis gompa, that is situated 40 km away. It is known for some rare species like the bharal and the snow leopard.
Known For: Snow leopards, Tibetan argali sheep, Ibex, Urial (a wild mountain goat), Blue sheep, chukhar, snow cocks, golden eagles.
Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit Hemis is between May and September, when the weather is pleasant. Most of the trekking routes and passage to jeep safari are closed after November due to heavy snowfall.
11. Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal
About: It has one of the largest reserves of the Bengal tiger in the country, and also an abundant variety of birds, reptiles and invertebrate species like the salt-water crocodile!
Known For: Royal Bengal Tigers, Ridley Sea Turtle, Fishing Cats, Leopard Cats, Macaques, Wild Boar, Indian Grey Mongoose, Fox, Jungle Cat, Flying Fox, Pangolin, Chital.
Best Time To Visit: The ideal time to visit the Sundarbans national park is during the months of September and May. Winter make the time to see the mighty Royal Bengal Tiger sun-bathing on the river banks.
Interesting Fact: The Sundarban region has got its name from Sundari trees, once found in abundance here.
12. Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh
About: Pench National Park falls under the Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh. It derives its name from the Pench River that flows through its heart and divides it into two, equal western and eastern halves – Chhindwara and Seoni respectively.
Known For: Tiger, Chital, Jungle Cat, Fox, Striped Hyena, Gaur, Chowsingha, Barking Deer.
Best Time To Visit: The visiting season of Pench national park starts from November to June, as the park remains closed during the monsoon months from July to October.
Interesting Fact: Adventurous folk and wildlife enthusiasts will be delighted to know that Pench Tiger Reserve has recently introduced an awesome night safari.
13. Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh
About: Satpura National Park is located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh in India. Its name is derived from the Satpura range.
Known For: The animals here are Tiger, Leopard, Sambar, Chital, Indian Muntjac, Nilgai, Four-Horned Antelope, Chinkara, Gaur.
Best Time To Visit: October to April is the ideal season for visiting this park.
14. Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra
About: Declared as a National Park in 1955, Tadoba is a wonderful place to enjoy wildlife safari holidays in India. Located within this park is a beautiful lake encircled by lush mixed deciduous forests and undulating hills.
Known For: The inhabitants of Tadoba include Tigers, Barking Deer, Hyenas, Gaur, Leopards and so on.
Best Time To Visit: Though the park remains open from October to June, the best time to spot tigers is March, April and May.
Interesting Fact: The name Tadoba is bestowed by the God ‘Tadoba’ or ‘Taru’ who as per legends, used to be the village chief of the local tribals.
Don't wait to visit the splendour of India's wildlife parks! Ring up your friends, get a camera & pack your bags to bask in the wilderness of these fabulous Indian National Parks!
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