Top 10 Famous Tiger Reserves in India
The National animal of India, The Tiger is one of the most predominant fauna. It is believed that in recent times the population of tiger has risen in India. It is counted as to be approximately 2500 tigers present in India. All thanks to the excellent work by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) as the population of Tigers in India has seen a growth in recent times.
Here is a list of Top 10 Famous National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries in India:-
#1. The Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
The Bandhavgarh National Park is the largest Tiger Reserve of India. It is located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh as was declared a National park by the year 1986. Tata zone 1 is the believed to be the best area where one can spot tigers. Other animals such as Chittal, Sambhar Deer, leopard, blue bull, wild dog, India fox, Indian bison, sloths, monkeys can also be spotted in this diverse Reserve. There are also 242 different species of birds found in this National Park.
The best time to spot tigers in this reserve is from the month of April to June.
Jungle Safari is available in the Bandhavgarh National Park. It is one of the largest wildlife tourist attractions in India.
#2. Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra – Madhya Pradesh Border
The Pench Tiger Reserve is among India’s lesser-known Tiger reserves. Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book is inspired by the Pench Tiger Reserve itself. There are 32 different varieties of mammal species found in the Pench Tiger Reserve which also includes Tigers. These animals reside in the deciduous forests among the meadows and lakes.
The population of Tigers in this Tiger Reserve is quite interesting and is also the home of the famous Tigress Collarwali who has raised five cubs. The tigress was a part of the BBC’s Spy in the Jungle series. There is also a well maintained Jungle camp known as the Pench Jungle Camp which offers safari tents and a well-preserved set of library and other useful sources of wildlife safari.
The best time to visit the Pench National Park is from the month of April to June.
#3. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
One of the most famous Tiger Reserves and National Parks in India, the Ranthambore National Park is covered by an area of 1,443 sq km. The Ranthambore National Park is also famous for various redefining ads of Tigers by the India Tourism. There are a number of species such as the wild cats, sloth bears, Indian foxes, leopards, hyenas, jackals, and crocodiles can also be spotted in the Ranthambore National Park. There are three lakes inside the reserve named the Raj talao, the Milak talao and the Padam talao which are believed to be the water source of the wildlife species present in the Ranthambore National Park.
The visitors exploring the Ranthambore National Park might find the months of April and May to be the best time to spot tigers.
#4. Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh
The undoubtedly huge Kanha National Park is one of the most attractive and dominating wildlife reserve located in India. It is the home of the famous Barasingha deer, is an endangered species which is found only in the Kanha National Park. There are also different species such as the chital, three-striped palm squirrel, langur, wild dogs, jackals, black buck, striped hyena, gaur, mouse deer, leopard, porcupine, chinkara, sambhar and pangolin.
There is also a presence of the Tiger and the Elephant show which you can find interesting as the elephants are trained to block the tigers so as the tourists get an excellent view of the animals. Kanha National Park is one of the fabulous tiger reserves in India. There is a presence of large open meadows where the animals roam freely and the tourists can get a direct view of the wildlife getting a firm view from different dimensions.
The best time to visit the Kanha National Park is from April to June.
#5. Tadoba- Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra
Tadoba Tiger Reserve is one of the newest Tiger Reserves in India. The Tiger Reserve is boosting Tiger population to a huge number which reaches up to 70 along with sloths and leopards. There are also 200 different species of birds including the grey-headed fish eagle, the crested serpent eagle and the hawk eagle which are spotted in the Tadoba Tiger Reserve.
The Summer months in India are the best time to visit the Tadoba National Park.
#6. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Jim Corbett National Park is named after the famous huntsmen of Tigers Sir Jim Corbett. The National Park is located in the foothills of the Himalayas as is a less densely populated tiger reserves in India. But in India, the Jim Corbett National Park is one of the most popular National Parks. The National Park is famous for its large wild elephant population which is found near the Ramganga River. The National park is largely covered with terrain areas and also sal forests.
There are also different varieties of mammals such as the langur, chital, sambhar, macaque and different varieties of birds. However, the visitors might feel lucky to spot tigers in this National park even in the best visiting months. The Dhikal area in the National Park has got huge grassland and also a watch tower for visitors to observe the wildlife around the National Park.
Best time to visit the National Park is from April to June.
#7. Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal
The Sundarbans National Park is believed to be the biggest mangrove forests in the world. The population of Royal Bengal Tigers to the roaring rivers are some of the dominant features of the Sundarbans National Park. The landscape out here is one of the finest to explore one of the finest National Parks in Bengal. Some of the other mammals which are spotted in the Sundarbans includes leopards, chital, wild cats and more.
The Royal Bengal Tigers are believed to be some of the raw wildlife species which have also developed man-eating tendencies for ages. There are also some of the endangered species such as the Ganges river dolphin, saltwater crocodile and the olive ridley turtle which can be spotted in the Sundarbans.
Best time to spot the Royal Bengal Tigers are from November to February.
#8. Nagarhole Tiger Reserve, Karnataka
The Nagarhole Tiger Reserve is believed to be the home for the largest number of the Asiatic elephants in the world. There is also a visible population of tigers, leopards, Indian wild dogs which are spotted in the reserve located in the Western Ghats.
The months of January- April is the best time to visit the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve in Karnataka.
#9. Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra
The Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the lesser known Tiger Reserves in India. It is believed to be a small wildlife sanctuary located in the rough terrains and is covered with teak forests. A number animals surrounding this sanctuary include the Hyena, leopard, jackal, and tigers.
#10. The Periyar National Park, Kerela
The Periyar National Park is one of the famous National Parks located in Kerala. The National Park is rich in bio-diversity and it has also some of the most amazing scenic beauty. The Periyar attracts a handful of Indian and foreign travelers. The tiger population in Periyar in recent times has seen a healthy growth. Elephants are also one of the major attractions of the National Park.
The Periyar is also home for some other animals such as the wild pig, sambar, jungle cat, Indian giant squirrel, sloth bear, Nilgiri tahr, lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, Salim Ali’s fruit bat, Travancore flying squirrel, stripe-necked mongoose and the Nilgiri marten.
Best time to visit Periyar National Park is from October to June.
Suggested article:- Comprehensive Guide to Periyar National Park
Explore the wildlife and tiger reserve of India with suggested tour packages:-
- 6 Days Ranthambore Wildlife Tour from Delhi
- 10 Days India Bird watching Tour
- 13 Days Rajasthan Wildlife Tours
- 14 Days South India Wildlife Tours
- 15 Days India Tiger Tour Package
- 15 Days India & Nepal Wildlife Tours
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