Get on the edge of your life and experience the wondrous Wildlife of India. The way India possesses different cultures, different food, different seasons, and different traditions, similarly, the wildlife in India is also different and comes in abundance. With the rich variety of flora and fauna, India never fails to amaze you. India always has been known for the hunting of animals that the ancient rulers used to do for their adventure and fun in the colonial era. But thanks to the increased civilization and awareness of wildlife conservation, that the habitat for these wildlife creatures was taken into consideration later.
With more than 100 National Parks, India has gained immense success in preserving the wildlife species which indeed gives you a thrilling and adventurous experience. Be it the tiger or lion sightings, one horn rhinoceros, wild elephants or anything else, each wildlife sanctuary is unique to each other. For experiencing the amazing wildlife getaway, it’s time to take a tour on your own. Be it the mountains of Uttarakhand or the deserts of Rajasthan, every nook and cranny of India embraces rich wildlife.
In case all this has made you excited and you are thinking to spend some time amidst the wilderness of the respective nation, you are at the right place.
Here’s the list of best places to go for wildlife safaris in India:
Established in 1936, Jim Corbett National Park is Asia’s very first National Park and is located close to the ‘Lake-town of India- Nainital’. Having lush greenery, dense vegetation, and forests, Jim Corbett National Park is a great habitat for over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and 580 species of birds. Some of the animals from these species include deer, wild elephants, leopards, jackals, red foxes, black bears, sloth bears, and monkeys. For a neat and organized wildlife safari, the park has been divided into 4 tour zone i.e. Durgadevi, Dhikala, Jhirna, and Bijrani. Also, this National Park is the first established Tiger Reserve but it is quite rare to spot one due to its large area and topography. Experience the Jeep Safari for the close view of the wildlife and who knows you might get lucky to spot the Tiger.
Best time to visit: November- June, and March-May (for specifically spotting tigers)
How to get there: Nainital is around five hours' drive from Delhi.
Cost Per Person: INR 650
The only home to the Single Horned Rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park in Assam is a UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Site. Away from human interference, the wildlife in the park is safe and preserved. Owing to its residing in an Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hotspot makes it one of the most diverse national parks of India. The calm surroundings, floodplains on both sides, grasslands, and wetlands, the tourists will get a beautiful sight of the environment along with the wildlife encounter. The popular “BIG FIVE” of the Kaziranga constitutes Indian Rhinoceros, Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephants, Wild Water Buffalo, and Swamp Deer. You can witness the wildlife in the rural through the Jeep Safari which is organized specifically in mornings and evenings. The ride on an elephant’s back is another kind of adventure that you might want to explore.
Best time to visit: November- April
How to get there: The Park is five hours drive from Guwahati.
Cost Per Person: INR 1200
Dwelling in the royal land of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest and adventurous National Parks of northern India. At first, the park was acclaimed by the Kachwaha Rajputs for the hunting adventure in Sawai Madhopur and later on the park is named after the famous fort of Ranthambore which is also inscribed as the Worlds Heritage Site by the UNESCO. It is firmly believed that the Ranthambore National Park is a great place to spot the species of Bengali Tigers. Apart from tigers, visitors can also enthrall themselves spotting the other animals such as bears, leopards, jackals, elephants, striped hyena, bison, monkeys and several types of deer. Also, if you take a plunge in a Jungle Safari, you will encounter the Tigers roaming around and hunting without fearing the human presence.
Best time to visit: November- May
How to get there: Sawai Madhopur is the closest town and well connected via road
Cost Per Person: INR 500-750
Nestled in the Aravalli Ranges in the state of Rajasthan, Sariska National Park is a famous wildlife reserve for spotting the population of Royal Bengal Tigers. The Park sprawls over an area of 866 square kilometers and is the only wildlife reserve that is present in the vicinity of the urban area. The strategic location of the reserve compels the tourists to stay here for a longer time. The other species that you can spot in the Sariska National Park include leopards, striped hyenas, wild boars, jackals, serpent eagles, monkeys, hares, as well as several varieties of deer. At Sariska, you can enjoy the Jeep Safari for a wide tour of the national park conveniently in the morning and evening shifts.
Best time to visit: October- June
How to get there: Well connected by road to Hindaun, Jaipur, and Delhi.
Cost Per Person: INR 100
Famous for the Tiger Reserve and Swamp Deer, Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh gained popularity after the successful novel (JUNGLE SAFARI) by Rudyard Kipling. Set amidst nature against a lush landscape, the National Park is a vegetative home to the wildlife species. Boasting the true meaning of travel and adventure, this place is a perfect retreat for the adventure freaks, nature lovers, and wildlife enthusiasts. Apart from the tiger, the species that you might spot are elephants, jackals, leopards, striped hyenas, monkeys, and several varieties of deer including blackbuck, swamp deer, chital, and sambhar. There are separate zones here, including Kisli, Sarhi, Mukki and Kanha Zone for which the Jeep Safaris are organized for a pure wildlife sighting tour.
Best time to visit: November- June
How to get there: Well connected by road from Nagpur and Jabalpur
Cost Per Person: INR 1200-2400
Get the spectacular vistas of the Royal Bengal Tigers at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. Located in Madhya Pradesh, the tiger reserve is famous for being the habitat for the highest number of Bengal Tigers. The uneven trails, tall grasslands, and dense forest of the national park are perfect for the residing of the wide variety of animals and birds. Some of the abundant species present in the reserve include Asiatic jackals, sloth bears, foxes, gray mongoose, ratels, jungle cats, deer, wild boars, Chinkara, Nilgai, striped hyenas, and even leopards. If you are thinking to have a Wildlife Safari, Bandhavgarh National Park is a steal to have. Without the sabotaging by humans, the wildlife creature wanders and prosper intrepidly here.
Best time to visit: October- June
How to get there: Umaria (35 km)- Nearest Railhead and Khajuraho (270 km)- Nearest Airport
Cost Per Person: INR 2200
Inscribed as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Sunderban Tiger Reserve is a Tiger and Biosphere Reserve on the Ganges Delta. Located in West Bengal, the reserve occupies a large area and serves as the natural habitat for the wildlife species. Species like Bengal tiger, saltwater crocodile, wild boars, foxes, leopard cats, huge turtles, Ganges river dolphins and several other varieties of mammals and reptiles can be spotted in the reserve, along with a huge variety of local and migratory birds. Have you ever seen Tiger swimming? Well, you will witness this iconic moment here as the tigers of Sunderbans are famous as maneaters and swimmers. Also, in the Sunderbans, you can have the tour of the park in a boat as there are no Jeep Safaris available here.
Best time to visit: October- April
How to get there: Gosaba is the nearest town from where it is connected by road. Tourists can also take the motorboat from Canning, which is the nearest railway station.
Cost Per Person: Free for Indians
Spanning across the total area of 1412 square kilometers, Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary are located in the Junagarh district of Gujarat. Gir is home to over 35 species of mammals including Hyenas, Golden Jackals, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Nilgai, Antelopes, Chinakaras and Blackbucks and almost 200 species of the birds. The one species that Gir is famous for the natural habitation is for the Asiatic Lions. Gir National Park is one of the finest wildlife reserves that has the last abode of the Asiatic Lions left. Enjoy the Jungle Safari here for an extended thrill and adventure.
Best time to visit: December- March
How to get there: Junagarh- the nearest Railhead
Cost Per Person: INR 4500 (max. 6 PAX)
Declared as a National Park in 1955, Tadoba National Park in Maharashtra is one of the finest places of India to capture the sight of the wildlife. Encircled by the forests and the hills, the tiger reserve has abundant biodiversity in its vicinity which is also the prime reason for tourist attraction. Tadoba also has a beautiful lake in its surroundings which makes it a great weekend getaway for those seeking adventure amidst nature. Coming to the wildlife of this park, the inhabitants of Tadoba National Park include Tigers, Barking Deer, Hyenas, Gaur, Leopards and so on. Go on the tiger safari and bird watching trails to get closer to nature and wildlife.
Best time to visit: October- June
How to get there: Chandrapur- Nearest Railhead
Cost Per Person: INR 750-1000
Bandipur National Park is one of the top wildlife reserves known for efficient eco-conservation and is also a part of the World Heritage Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve; located in Karnataka. Situated amidst the beautiful surroundings of the famous Western Ghats, the National Park has abundant greenery and dense forests. Home to more than 100 species of mammals and 250 species of birds, some of the known variety of animals include gaur, sambhar, chital, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, wild dogs, wild boar, jackal, sloth bear, panther, Malabar squirrel, porcupines, and the black-knapped hare. Also, the Jeep Safari takes place twice in a day for the travelers.
Best time to visit: October- June
How to get there: Bangalore- Nearest Airport and Mysore- Nearest Railhead
Cost Per Person: INR 2000
PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY - KERALA
Best known for the giant Malabar squirrels, giant Bison, wild Elephants, and Birds, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the lap of the Western Ghats in Kerela. Blessed with the lush environment and tropical evergreen forests of Sandalwoods, Teak, Mangoes, Banyan, Tamarind, and Sacred Fig, the wildlife sanctuary serves as a vast natural habitat for the wildlife species. The park constitutes 35 species of mammals, 260 species of birds, 40 species of reptiles, 40 species of fish, and 160 species of insects which makes it the most biodiverse parts of India. Also, to experience the unbeatable feeling of wildlife, one can go for the Bamboo Rafting along the river to observe the richness of flora and fauna.
Best time to visit: November- March
How to get there: Kottayam- Nearest Railhead and Madurai- Nearest Airport
Cost Per Person: INR 25
So, the next time you plan for the adventure expedition, don’t forget to charge your cameras to capture the invigorating beauty of the wild species in the above-mentioned wildlife habitats. Make wonderful memories on board; pack your bags and bask in the backwoods of the Indian National Parks.