As you all know India is a country having diversity. There are a lot of variations in terms of geographical divisions, climatic variations, flora and fauna. There are near about 166 National Parks and more than 500 wildlife or animal sanctuaries built all over the country with an aim of protecting flora and fauna. In today’s scenario, animals and plants are getting endangered and becoming extinct and national park and sanctuaries are playing an important part in conserving and protecting them. For wildlife enthusiasts, these places are having much importance. Here we brought some of the famous and best wildlife destinations of India. Let’s check top 10 wildlife destinations of India.
Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary
Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary is first wildlife destination in India. This sanctuary is situated at the meeting point of the Western Ghats and Deccan plateau in Chamarajanagar, Karnataka. It is a Tiger Reserve which is started in 1973 and is working under Project Tiger. One year later it was declared as a National Park Under Wildlife Protection Act. It consists some of the animals who are on the verge of endangerment like Leopard, Elephant, Chital, Sambar, Gaur and most importantly tigers. There are some of the rarest species taking shelter in this place. Some of such animals are Barking Deer, Sloth Bear, Dhole, Porcupine, etc. You can visit this place in April and October.
Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park is one of the most common and well-known wildlife destination in India. It is situated in Nainital, Uttarakhand. It is one of the oldest National Park in India. This wildlife reserve has many animals like leopards, elephants, jungle cat, muggers, crocodile, tigers, many exotic and endangered species of animals and a lot of varieties of deer. This plays a major role in the conservation of wildlife. This national park envelope more than 550 species of birds and 50 species of mammals. Other than animals it also contains 450+ species of plants. In winter season many migratory birds visit this park. Winter is considered to be the best time for visiting the place.
Gir National Park
Gir National Park is another destination for the wildlife enthusiasts. This is the only home for Asiatic lions in the whole world. It is situated in Saurashtra peninsula in Junagarh district of Gujarat. This park is a house to many of the exotic species like a pied woodpecker, painted sandgrouse, grey partridge, quail, bush, Bonelli’s eagle, serpent eagle and many more. In addition to birds, there are chital, chinkara, nilgai and many other animals. Starting of November till the end of March is considered to be the best time to visit this place.
Ranthambore National Park
This national park is located in Rajasthan in district Sawai Madhopur. Initially, it was considered as a game sanctuary but after starting of Project Tiger, it is considered as a tiger reserve of the country. In 1980, it was finally declared as a National Park. The two things which are rendering the atmosphere better for flora and fauna are wild topography and thick deciduous forests. This is the natural habitat for tigers. The time which is considered to be best for visiting this park is between the months of Feb and April.
Kaziranga National Park
This national park is situated in the district of Nagaon and Golaghat in Assam. The two-third population of one-horned Indian rhinoceros is residents of this park. It is considered to be a World Heritage site. It was declared a tiger reserve and is having the highest population of tigers in the world. In addition to the tiger, this park has many other animals like buffalo, wild boar, hog deer, hoolock gibbon, Assamese macaque, sambhar, etc. This park is also providing accommodation to species of predators, game birds, Ganges dolphin, scavengers, water birds and migratory birds.
Kanha National Park
This National park is situated in Madhya Pradesh. It was declared as a National park in 1955. This national park is famous for swamp deer or Barasingha. Kanha National park is providing accommodation to a large variety of birds, reptiles and fishes. It is providing shelter to animals like black buck, wild boar, langur monkeys, spotted deer, tigers, sambhar deer and many other species. The time between February and June is considered to be best to visit this national park.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Kerala. This is known to be one of the renowned Tiger reserve projects in the region of South India. It provides a house to 900 elephants and has a large number of Asiatic elephants. Sometimes visitors are able to spot King Cobra or python in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Other than a large number of animals, this provides accommodation to horse deer, Indian wild dog, mongoose, leopards, Nilgiri tahr and more than 300 species of birds with various species of reptiles.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Keoladeo National Park is also known by the name of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It is located in Rajasthan in Bharatpur district. This place is declared as one of the World’s Heritage Site. This bird sanctuary is famous all across the world for the species of birds. Some of the birds are Common Demoiselle, Geese, Flycatchers, Larks, Wheaters, Buntings, Wagtails, Ducks, Shanks, Eagles, Stints and many more. In addition to birds, the park is also adobe of many species of mammals like Jungle Cat, Striped Hyena, Sambhar, Nilgai, Wild Boar, etc.
Pench National Park
Pench National Park is located in Maharashtra which is at a distance of 70 Kms from Nagpur. If you want to visit this national park then the months of February and April are best. This wildlife destination is famous for leopards and deer. In addition to the tiger, the park is also home to various species like macaque, langurs, wild boar, four horned antelope, gaur, chital, wild pig, nilgai and many more other animals. Birds like bulbul, wagtails, munias, mynas, kingfishers, etc along with 25 species are also taking shelter in this national park.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National park is another name on the list of top wildlife destination in India. It is situated in Madhya Pradesh. It was designated as a National Park in 1968. This park is said to have the highest population of tigers in India. It is providing a home to 200+ species of birds and 70 species of butterflies and a large variety of reptiles. Some of the mammals who are living there are Chausingha, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Chinkara and many more.
This is the list of top 10 wildlife destinations of wildlife reserves of India. You can visit any place if you want to see some beautiful and some endangered animals, reptiles or birds. Share your experience about these places in the comment section.