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Wildlife in India

18 Bio Reserves
, 89 National Parks and more than 400 Wildlife Sanctuaries itself depicts the story of the diversity of flora and fauna of India. The Eastern Himalayan, Indo- Burma and Western Ghats are among the 34 most biodiversity rich spots in the world and our nation is among the 17 countries which accounts for around 60 to 70 percent of the world’s biodiversity. All of these facts itself make it absolutely clear that India is full of varied animals including Royal Bengal Tigers, Asiatic Elephants, deer, snakes, monkeys, antelopes, foxes, wolves, pythons and many more. Similarly a varied faunal population also exists here.



However, human interference with the nature always comes at a cost. Many species had extinct due to the same reason and many are on the verge of the extinction. And just to save these irreplaceable species from extinction, conservation of these spots full of diversity is not only important but has become essential in recent years. And for the same reason, in most of the parts of the country many wildlife reserves and national parks have come up with the idea of healthy interaction between wildlife and humans.

Biosphere Reserves of India


A biosphere reserve is usually a distinctive ecosystem of all coastal and earthly areas, which comes under the framework of UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere (MAB) programme. There are total 18 biosphere reserves in India till date and all of them are established by the Indian government only. Nine out of these 18 biosphere reserves are a part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. All of the flora, fauna and human communities residing in these regions are protected and preserved by the government of India. Here is the list of all biosphere reserves of India.

The Nilgiris

Biospehere Reserves of India

Being one of the most renowned biosphere reserve of India, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve include various wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Diversity of this biosphere reserve can be understood from the fact that it is home to more than 350 species of birds, 316 species of butterflies, 100 species of mammals, 80 species of reptiles, 39 species of fish and 31 ambhibians. This biosphere is located in the foothills of blue mountains (Nilgiri hills) and share its boundaries with Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu states of India.

Area:
5520 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 01/08/1986
Includes: Part of Wynad, Nagarhole, Bandipur and Madumalai, Nilambur, Silent Valley and Siruvani hills in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka

Gulf of Mannar


Wildlife of India

Being the first marine biosphere reserve of not only India but Asia, Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve is full of diverse marine population and plants. Total species of plants and animals residing in this reserve are about 3600. It is located in the southern part of Bay of Bengal and is full of endangered species such as sea turtles along with the various species of dolphins and whales. It is spread over an area of 10500 sq km and consists of 21 islands.

Area: 10500 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 18/02/1989
Includes: India part of Gulf of Mannar extending from Rameswaram island in the North to
Kanyakumari in the South of Tamil Nadu. 

Great Rann of Kutch


Biosphere Reserves of India
(Source: www.theroyalsafaricamp.com)

Great Rann of Kutch is located in the Kutch district of Gujarat, India. Most of the part of this biosphere reserve is made of desert. Faunal and avifaunal population of this place include the Indian wild ass, Greater and Lesser Flamingos and Bats. While, on the other hand, flora of this region include sandy islets of thorny scrub.

Area: 12454 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 29/01/2008
Includes: Part of Kachchh, Rajkot, Surendranagar and Patan districts in Gujarat

Nanda Devi


Wildlife of India

Another major biosphere reserve of India, Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve is known for being natural habitat for some of the endangered species. Located amidst the great beauty of the Himalaya, this park is the perfect example of unspoiled natural beauty as the place is intact due to its inaccessibility for people. Some of the endangered species of this reserve include Bharal, Himalayan Musk Deer and Snow Leopard.

Area: 5860.69 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 18/01/1988
Includes: Parts of Chamoli, Pithoragarh and Almora districts in Uttarakhand.

Great Nicobar


Biospehere Reserves of India

Established in 1989, Great Nicobar consists of two national parks including Campbell Bay National Park and Galathea National Park. The first one of these is the larger one and is located on Northern part of island, while the latter one is smaller and is located on the Southern part. It encompasses around 85% of the island of Great Nicobar. Faunal population of the park include Giant Leatherback sea turtle, Malayan box turtle, Nicobar tree shrew, Reticulated python, the edible-nest swiftlet , the Nicobar long-tailed macaque, Saltwater crocodile ,the giant robber crab and Nicobar scrubfowl.

Area: 885 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 06/01/1989
Includes: Southern most island of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Achanakmar-Amarkantak


Biosphere Reserves in India
(Source: tfri.icfre.gov.in)

Achanakmar – Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve is located in two different states of India including Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. It is divided between two different zones including core and buffer zone.  The Achanakmar Sanctuary (551 Km) comes under the core zone, while rest of the part (3284km) falls under the buffer zone. It contains more than 1500 plant species, 105 medicinal plant species, 170 bird species, 13 species of snakes and birds. The reserve is home to 1936 Chitals, 1369 sambars,  552 bison (gaur), 376 barking deer, 46 panthers, 28 bears and 6 tigers and various other mammal fauna as per the census of 2004.

Area: 3,835. 51 Sq Km
Date of Designation: 30/03/2005
Includes: Parts of Anuppur and Dindori districts of Madhya Pradesh and Bilaspur district of Chattisgarh

Agasthyamalai

Biospehere Reserves of India

Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve is divided between two different states of India including Kerala and Tamil Nadu consisting an area of 1828 sq kms and 1672.36 sq kms respectively. It is home to more than 2000 species of medicinal plants. Faunal population of the park include Asian Elephant, the tiger and Nilgiri Tahr. Different wildlife sanctuaries and national parks falling under this reserve include  Neyyar,Peppara and Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuaries and adjoining areas of Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve.

Area: 3500.36 Sq Km
Date of Designation: 12/11/2001
Includes: Part of Thirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts in Tamil Nadu and Thiruvanthapuram, Kollam and Pathanmthitta districts in Kerala

Dibru Saikhowa


Biosphere Reserves of India

Dibru Saikhowa Biosphere Reserve is located at a mere distance of about 12 Km from the city of Tinsukia in Assam state of India. It is also a national wildlife park and is situated in the flood plains of the Brahmaputra and the Lohit. It has a rich diversity of fishes and is home to various faunal population including White-winged wood duck,  water buffalo, wild horse, the tiger and Capped Langur.

Area: 765 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 28/07/1997
Includes: Part of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts in Assam. 

Dihang Dibang


Biosphere Reserves of India

Dihang Dibang Biosphere Reserve is located in Arunachal Pradesh state of India. It contains the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary and The Mouling National Park either partly or fully. It covers three different districts of the state including Dibang Valley, Upper Siang and West Siang. Some of the unique faunal population of this reserve include Red panda, Asiatic black bear,  tiger, Gongshan muntjac, Mishmi takin, Red goral and Musk deer. Sclater's monal and Blyth's tragopan are among the rare Avifauna of this reserve. It is also home to two flying squirrels.

Area: 5111.5 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 02/09/1998
Includes: Parts of Upper Siang, West Siang and Dibang Valley districts in Arunachal Pradesh

Kangchenjunga


Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve

The Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve is located in West, North and South districts of Sikkim and includes two core zones and four buffer zones. The reserve is named after Kangchenjunga. The world's third largest peak. Faunal population of the reserve include Himalayan Tahr, Tibetan Wolf, Clouded Leopard, Serow, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Panther or Leopard, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Panda and Nayan. There are around 127 species of birds in this reserve and some of them include Himalayan Monal Pheasant, Tibetan Snow Cock, Tibetan Horned or Eagle-Owl, Forest Eagle-Owl, Black Eagle, Himalayan Golden Eagle, Himalayan Bearded-Vulture and Satyr Tragopan.

Area: 2619.92 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 07/02/2000
Includes: Parts of North and West districts in Sikkim

Manas


Biosphere Reserves of India

Manas Biosphere Reserve is spread in five different districts of Assam including  Baksa, Udalguri, Kokrajhar, Chirang and Darrang. Manas River flows through the entire reserve and the park is named after the same. The reserve consist of two biomes including grassland and forest. The first one is home to  Bengal florican, pygmy hog, Indian rhinoceros and wild Asian buffalo, while the second one is home to wild pig, sambar, great hornbill, Malayan giant squirrel, slow loris and capped langur. There are around 380 species of birds, 55 species of mammals, 50 species of reptiles and 3 species of amphibians.

Area: 2837 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 14/03/1989
Includes: Parts of Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Kamprup and Darang districts in Assam

Nokrek

Top Biosphere Reserves of India
(Source: www.kipepeo.in)

Nokrek Biosphere Reserve is one of the most happening wildlife region and is famous for frequent spotting of Red Panda. The reserve is located at a distance of about 2 km from Tura Peak in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya. Apart from the Red Panda, the park has around 8 species of cats, 7 species of primates and Asiatic lion among other faunal population. Rare varietie of birds, pheasants and orchids are also available here.

Area: 820 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 01/09/1988
Consists of: Part of East, West and South Garo Hill districts in Meghalaya

Pachmarhi


Biosphere Reserves of India

Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve is located in Satpura Ranges of Madhya Pradesh and is spread over Betul, Hoshangabad and Chhindwara  districts. The reserve consists of three wildlife sanctuaries including Satpura National Park, Bori Sanctuary and Pachmarhi Sanctuary. Faunal population of the reserve include leopards, wild dogs, the Indian Wolf, Bison, Indian giant squirrels, tiger, leopard, wild boar, Gaur, Chital deer, Muntjac deer, Sambar Deer, Rhesus macaques, Chinkara, Nilgai, Barking deer, Cheetal and Flying Squirrels.

Area: 4981.72 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 03/03/1999
Includes: Parts of Betul, Hoshangabad and Chhindwara districts in Madhya Pradesh

Similipal

Biosphere Reserves in India

Simlipal Biosphere Reserve is located in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha in India. The bio reserve is known for various things including meandering rivers, roaring tigers and trumpeting tuskers, extensive grassy lands and meadows, thick and green forests, precipitous and sparkling waterfalls,  fleeing deer and flying squirrels,  dancing peacocks and  talking myna. There are about 1076 species of mammals, 231 species of birds and 29 types of reptiles are available here.

Area: 4374 Sq Km
Date of Designation: 21/06/1994
Includes: Parts of Mayurbhanj district in Orissa

Sundarbans


Biosphere Reserves of India


Sunderbans Biosphere Reserve is located in Bengal region of India. Sunderban National Park located here definitely comes under the top 5 national parks of India. Deep Mangrove forests, various species of birds, tigers and many creeks and streams are among the main attractions of this park. There are about 270 tigers in this park as per the census of 2011. Other faunal population of the park include foxes, jungle cats, flying foxes, pangolins, Fishing cats, macaques, wild boars, common grey mongooses, and spotted deer.Most fascinating thing about this park is that it can only be explored by boats. It is listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Area: 9630 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 29/03/1989
Includes: Part of delta of Ganges & Brahamaputra river system in West Bengal

Cold Desert

Biospehere Reserves in India

Cold Desert Biosphere reserve is located in Himachal Pradesh amidst the great western Himalayan region. It includes Pin Valley National Park, Chandratal Wildlife Sanctuary,  Sarchu Wildlife Sanctuary and Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. This reserve is mainly known for the high medicinal species found here. Faunal population of this reserve include Tibetan gazzle, red fox, weasel, marmot, griffon, lammergeyer, golden eagle, snow cock, snow leopard, the endangered and elusive wild cat, wolf, brown and black bear, blue sheep and ibex.

Area: 7,770 Sq km.
Date of Designation: 28/08/2009
Includes: Pin Valley National Park and surroundings; Chandratal & Sarchu; and Kibber Wildlife sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh

Seshachalam Hills

Biospehere Reserves in India

Seshachalam Hills Biosphere Reserve is located in the region of Eastern Ghats in Southern Andhra Pradesh. It falls under Kadapa and Chittoor districts of the state and is the first biosphere reserve of the state. There are around 1700 species of plants, 178 species of birds and various species of fauna including Four-Horned Antelope, Indian Giant Squirrel, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Small Indian Civet,  Golden Jackal, Indian Fox, Leopard, Hyena, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat and Sloth Bear are available here.

Area: 4755.99 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 20/09/2010
Includes: Seshachalam hill ranges in Eastern Ghats encompassing part of Chittoor and Kadapa districts in Andhra Pradesh

Panna


Biosphere Reserves of India

Panna Biosphere Reserve is located in Panna and Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh. There are about 200 species of birds including king vulture, blossom-headed parakeet, bar-headed goose and honey buzzard available here. Faual population of this reserve include  sambhar,  sloth bear, the tiger, chital and chinkara. It also serve as a tiger reserve as well.

Area: 2998.98 Sq Km.
Date of Designation: 25/08/2011
Includes: Part of Panna and Chhattarpur districts in Madhya Pradesh

Top Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks of India


There are plenty of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries located in entire India. Thanks to India’s rich and vibrant biodiversity, there is at least one national park is located in each state that displays vivid flora and fauna of the region. It is difficult to pick the top wildlife sanctuaries in India, as each one is unique in its own way. Exploring the beauty of the beast and the wild will always be an invigorating experience! 

Jim Corbett National Park - Uttarakhand


Top Wildlife Sanctuaries in India
Image Source: soumyajit nandy – Flickr

Established in 1936 to protect the Royal Bengal Tigers, Corbett National Park is one of the oldest wildlife park in India. Located in Nainital in Uttarakhand, the park is named after Jim Corbett, a British hunter who was instrumental in establishing the park. Its forest area is also vast and covers almost 73% of the park. And if you thought it was only tigers who will welcome you in the Park, then you are mistaken. It is the richest bird regions of India with 600 species of avifauna.

Fast Facts:

Established in: 1936
Area Covered: 521 sq km
Fauna: Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephant and avifauna
Best Time to Visit: November to February

Corbett Tiger Reserve

Ramnagar – 244 715
Distt. Nainital
(Uttaranchal)
INDIA
Tel.: +91-5947-253977
Park Reception – 251489
Fax: +91-5947-251012, 251376
Email : dirctr@yahoo.in
Website: http://www.corbettnationalpark.in

Kaziranga National Park


Top National Parks of India

Known for being the natural habitat for one horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park is definitely the star of Assam and a must visit for everyone. The park is spread over an area of 430 sq kms and is home to a major poplation of tigers. Wild Water Buffallo, The Asian Water Buffalo, Swamp Deer, Monitor Lizard, Spectacled Cobra and Elephants along with some migratory birds and water birds are other attraction of this park.

Fast Facts:

Established in: 1905
Area Covered:  430 sq km
Best Time to Visit: February to March

Kaziranga National Park

Bokakhat, Golaghat District,
Assam – 785612,
India
Tel: +91 3776-268095, +91 3776-268086
Email: dir.knp@assam.gov.in
Website: http://kaziranga.assam.gov.in/

Gir National Park


Top National Parks of India

Known for the presence of the jungle king, Gir National Park is the place to get a lifetime experience. The park is located in Gujarat. Apart from the lion, around 300 species of birds and various crocodiles are other attraction of this park. Jungle Cats, Cobra, Asiatic Lions, Leopards, Sloth Bears and several rare species of birds are among the species that can be spotted here. This is one of the best places to enjoy a jeep safari in India.

Fast Facts:

Established in : 1965
Area Covered:  1412 sq km
Best Time to Visit: December to March

Gir National Park
Sasan Gir, Junagadh-Gujarat
Postal Code- 362135
India
Tel: +91-9971231439, +91-8826678881
Email: contact@girnationalpark.in
Website: http://www.girnationalpark.in/

Hemis National Park


Top National Parks of India

Being home to the Hemis Monastery, Hemis National Park is one of the major attraction of Leh along with the lakes and valleys of this beautiful region. The park is also known as Hemis High Altitude National Park and is spread over an area of 4400 sq kms.  It is the largest national park of India and consists of everal Tibetan-Buddhist gompas and monasteries along with the vibrant wildlife. Apart from the monastery, the place is famous for having around 73 species of birds and is home to snow leopards as well. Lammergeier Vulture, Golden Eagle, Bharal sheep, Tibetan Wolf, Eurasian Brown Bear, Himalayan Vulture and Mountain weasel are among the other species available here.

Fast Facts:

Area Covered:  4400 sq km
Best Time to Visit: May to September

Hemis National Park
Hemis
Jammu and Kashmir -194302
India

Periyar National Park


Top National Parks of India

Known for being the home to Bengal Tigers, Periyar National Park attracts thousands of people all around the year on a regular basis. The park is spread over an area of 305 sq km in Kerala and was established in 1928. It is situated amidst the beautiful settings of Periyar River and mountain ridges. Indian Tiger and the Asiatic Elephants are among the most famous faunal population of this park. Other species of animals found here include Sambar, Gaur, Nilgiri Langur, Indian Giant Squirrel, Sloth Bear, Wild Pig and Elephants.

Fast Facts:

Established in: 1895
Area Covered:  305 sq km
Best Time to Visit: March to April

Periyar National Park
Thekkady, Kerala - 685536
India
Tel: +91-4869224571
Email: periyarecotourism@gmail.com

Kanha National Park


Top National Parks of India

Kanha National Park is no doubt the true representative of incredible Indian wildlife diversity and was established in 1955. The park is spread over an area of 940 sq kms and is located in Madhya Pradesh region of India. It is the largest national park of the region and is full of grassy meadows and open bamboo forests. It is considered as being the original source of Rudyard Kipling's imagination for his collection of stories“The Jungle Book”. Main examples from its rich wildlife include Sambar, Wild Dogs, Spotted Deer and Wild Boar along with the frequent spotting of Tiger. Bamni Dadar, also known as the paramount sunset point is one of the most famous spots of this park.

Fast Facts:

Established in: 1955
Area Covered:  940 sq km
Best Time to Visit: November to April

Kanha National Park
Madhya Pradesh,
India
Tel:+91-7642250760

Ranthambore National Park


Top National Parks of India

Ranthambore National Park
is no doubt one of the best tiger reserves of India and a must visit for all adventure and thrill seekers. The park lies between the confluence of the Chambal and the Banas river in Savai Madhopur region of enchanted Rajasthan. Royal Bengal Tiger is the main attraction of this park. However, other species of tiger are also available here. Other faunal population of the park include Hyena, Sloth Bear, Chital and many more. Jeep safari and bird watching are two of the most famous activities for all the tourists visiting this park. Large Banyan trees and a medieval fort situated here are also very popular among the vacationers.

Fast Facts:

Established in: 1980
Area Covered:  392 sq km
Best Time to Visit: October to March

Ranthambore National Park

Sawai Madhopur,
Rajasthan
India

Dudhwa National Park


Top National Parks of India

Known as birdwatcher’s paradise, Dudhwa National Park is the most visited national park of Uttar Pradesh. The park is spread over an area of 490.3 sq kms and was established in 1977. It is a natural habitat for various species of birds along with the spotted swamp deer (Barasingha), hog deer, one-horned rhinoceros, cheetal and various birds and reptiles. Leopard and Tiger were introduced here by the efforts of  the great conservationist Billy Arjan Singh to control the population of stags. There are many small and big lakes located in this park.

Fast Facts:

Established in: 1958
Area Covered:  490 sq km
Best Time to Visit: November to May

Dudhwa National Park
State Highway 90, Lakhimpur-Kheri,
Palia Kalan, Uttar Pradesh 262902
Tel: +91-5871233485
Email ID : dddtr.palia@gmail.com, dirdudhwa@yahoo.com
Website: http://dudhwatigerreserve.com

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary


Top National Parks of India

Located amidst the beautiful  foothills of the Himalayas in Indian state of Assam, Manas Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1985. It falls in six different districts of Assam on the Indo-Bhutan international border and is also known as Manas Tiger Reserve. Apart from the Tiger, other species of the sanctuary include Leopards, Clouded Leopard, Slow Loris, Chital, Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur, Asian elephants, Golden Cat and Pygmy Hog. Wild Water Buffalo is another major attraction of this park.

Fast Facts:

Established in: 1990
Area Covered:  950 sq km
Best Time to Visit: November to March

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Barpeta-Manas Road,
Barpeta,
Assam - 781315
India
Tel: +91-3666260288

Sariska National Park


Top National Parks of India

Sariska National Park
is located in Rajasthan at a distance of about 100 Kms from Jaipur, the pink city of India. It acquires a major part of Alwar district and is covered with dhok trees. The park is majorly known for hosting the Royal Bengal Tiger, which was relacted here from the other regions of incredible India. Other faunal population of the park inclde Chinkara, The four-horned antelope, Nilgai, Striped hyena, Sambhar deer, Leopard and Jungle Cat. Camel Safari, 17th century castle on a hilltop at Kankwari and  remnants of medieval temples of Garh-Rajor dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries are the major attractions here.

Fast Facts:

Established in: 1955
Area Covered:  866 sq km
Best Time to Visit: November to March

Sariska National Park
Alwar,
Rajasthan – 301001
India

Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary


Top National Parks of India

Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary
is located in Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is spread over an area of 958 sq kms. The sanctuary is also known as the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park. The sanctuary is situated amidst the besutiful settings of several rivers and peaks. It houses various endangered animal species including Indian Leopard, Pangolin, the Sambhar deer, Bengal Tiger, Elephants and Sloth Bear.

Fast Facts:

Established in :
Area Covered:  sq km
Best Time to Visit: Decemeber to April

Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Anamalai R.F., Coimbatore
Tamil Nadu - 642101
India

Pench National Park


Top National Parks of India

Most of you must have heard and read about “The Jungle Book”, one of the most renowned collection of stories by the renowned author Rudyard Kipling. However, only a few are aware about the fact that he took his inspiration for the settings from Pench National Park only. It is located in Madhya Pradesh amidst the beautiful settings of Satpura Hills and is named after the Pench River that flows from north to south regions of the park and divides the same into two equal halves. Jeep safari is available for all the adventure seekers here. It has more than 1200 species of plants with a wide variety of faunal population including Jackal,  Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Tiger, Leopard and various species of birds and reptiles.

Fast Facts:

Established in:
1977
Area Covered:  758 sq km
Best Time to Visit: February to April

Pench National Park

Address: Turia, Tehseel :- Kurai
Near Turia Gate, Pench Tiger Reserve
Distt :- Seoni, M. P., Pin :- 480881
Contact: 09212777223 / 09212553107 / 8744012088
Website: http://www.penchnationalpark.com/

Dachigam National Park


Top National Parks of India

Dachigam National Park is situated in Western Himalaya region in Jammu and Kashmir state of India. It was established in 1910 and is known for being the last home of  Hangul (Kashmiri Stag). Main faunal population of the park include Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Brown Bear, Otter, Leopard and Musk Deer. The park is made of pastures, grasslands and  meadows with rocky cliffs and rocky outcrops. One needs to walk a lot as walking is the only option to enjoy the beauty of this charishmatic park. It is a must visit for all the fans of birdwatching.

Fast Facts:

Established in: 1910
Area Covered:  141 sq km
Best Time to Visit: April to August

Dachigam National Park
Dachigam Road, Mulanar,
Jammu and Kashmir – 191202,
India

Keoladeo Ghana National Park


Top Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

Another gem from the great land of Rajasthan, Keoladeo Ghana National Park is renowned for its Avifauna. It is named after the Shiva temple situated within the forest and is around 250 years old. However, officially it became a bird sanctuary in 1971. The sanctuary has more than 230 species of birds and is located in Bharatpur. Various native and winter migratory birds take shelter in marshly lands and tall grasslands of Keoladeo Ghana National Park. It is no doubt the best place for bird watching in India.

Fast Facts:

Established in:
1976
Area Covered:  28.73 sq km
Best Time to Visit: November to March

Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Bharatpur, Rajasthan 302001
India
Tel: +91-5644222777

Bandipur National Park


Top Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

Situated in the vicinity of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Bandipur National Park is home to many endangered species. The park is spread over an area of 874 sq kms and was established in 1974 to protect endanger many species of vivid flora and fauna. Some of the species having there natural habitat here include Gaurs, Indian Rock Pythons, Muggers, Four-Horned Antelopes, Sloth Bears, Dhole, Indian Elephants and Tigers. Additionaly, Bandipur National Park offers a vast population of butterflies at its premises.

Fast Facts:

Established in: 1974
Area Covered:  874 sq km
Best Time to Visit: October to May

Bandipur National Park
Bandipur, Mysore,
Karnataka 571126
India
Tel: +91-8229236043

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For all those who think that Andaman is all about beaches, Wandur National Park or Mahatama Gandhi Marine National Park is a wonderful surprise. It covers around 15 islands and is home to a huge aquatic population. Entire area of park contains various creeks, islands and different parts of open sea.

Best Time to Visit: December to Early April
Area: 281.5 Sq Km

Interview Island Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 133 Sq Km
Fauna: Feral Elephants

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Andhra PradeshWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Andhra Pradesh


Sri Venkateshwara National Park
Area: 353 Sq Km
Fauna: Ducks, Geese, Parakeets, Mainas and Other Birds Raptors, Pelicans, Swans And Flamingos.

Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 195 Sq Km
Fauna: Hyena,Sambar,Black Buck, Estuarine Crocodile, Fishing Cat, Tigers, Otter Jackal and Spotted Deer.

Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary
Area:  235. 70 sq km
Fauna: Black-capped Kingfisher, Pond Heron, Reef Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Pied Kingfisher, Small Blue Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Red-wattled Lapwing, Crow Pheasant, Flamingos, Night Heron, Little Stint, Sandpiper, Red Shrank, Openbill Stork, Little Cormorant, Sea Gulls, Purple Heron and Brahmini Kite.

Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 70.7 Sq Km.
Fauna: Indian Jackal, Asian Paradise-Flycatcher, Treepie, Quails, Partridges, Indian Leopard, Indian Muntjac, Indian Pangolin, Chital, Russell’s Viper, Indian Cobra And Chameleon.

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Namdapha National Park

Being the third largest national park of India, Namdapha National Park represents true picture of Indian diversity. The park is most famous for being a natural habitat to the feline population including Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Snow Leopard and off course the great Tiger.

Best Time to Visit: October to March
Area: 1985 Sq Km
Flora and Fauna:

D'Ering Memorial (Lali) Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 190 Sq Km
Fauna: Lispid Bear, Tiger, Hogdeer and Endemic Migratory Birds.

Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 218 Sq Km
Fauna: Elephants and Various Birds

Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 140.3
Fauna: Leopard, Topped Langur, Hillock Gibbon, Moderate Loris, Elephants, Tigers and Macaque.

Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 783 Sq Km
Fauna: Assamese Macaque, Stump-Tailed Macaque, Takin, Musk Deer, Panther Feline, Angling Feline, Obfuscated Panther, Tigers, Brilliant Feline, Marbled Feline, Hollock Gibbons andTopped Langur.

Kane Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 31 Sq Km
Fauna:   Elephants, Wild Felines and Deer.

Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 281.5 Sq Km
Fauna:  Fishing Cat, Spotted Linsang, Common Mongoose, Tigers, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Jackal And Various Birds.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Assam

Nameri National Park

Nameri National Park was established in 1978 and is located in the Eastern Himalyas region of the Indian state Assam. Jia Bhoroli River is located within the park and offer a unique atmosphere to the inhabitants of the park. Bamboo forests, moist deciduous forests and narrow strips of grasslands are the specialties of this park.

Area: 200 Sq Km
Fauna: Dhole, Sloth Bear, Burmese ferret Badger, Binturong, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hispid hare, Slow Loris, Capped Langur, Tiger, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Elephant and Gaur.

Kaziranga National Park
Area: 430 Km
Fauna: Swamp Deer, Monitor Lizard, Spectacled Cobra, Wild Water Buffallo, The Asian Water Buffalo and Elephants

Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 79 Sq Km
Fauna: Assamese macaque, Rhesus macaque, Capped langur, Chinese pangolin, Flying fox, Slow loris, Elephant, Wild pig, Sambar , Barking deer, Gaur, Porcupine, Hoolock gibbon, Jungle cat, Leopard cat and Leopard.

Manas National Park
Area: 500 Sq Km
Fauna: Golden Langur, Pygmy Hog, Assam Roofed Turtle and Hispid Hare.

Hollongapar-Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 21 Sq Km
Fauna: Elephant, Rhesus macaque, Stump tailed macaque, Giant squirrel, Barking deer, Sambar, Wild pig, Squirrels, Leopard, Capped langur, Slow loris, Jungle cat, Indian civet, Tiger, Pangolin, Assamese macaque and Pig tailed macaque.

Also Read: Pabha Wildlife Sanctuary | Wildlife Sanctuaries in Tezpur


Wildlife Sanctuaries in BiharWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Bihar

Valmiki Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 800 Sq Km
Fauna: Hog Deer, Black Buck, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Langur, Rhesus Monkey, Tiger, Leopard, Fishing Cat, Chital and Sambar.

Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 682 Sq Km
Fauna: Sambhar, Barking deer, Wild Beer, Tiger, Leopards, four horned Antelope, Sloth Bear and Nilgai.

Gautam Budha Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 259 Sq Km
Fauna: Wolf, Wild Dog, Wild Boar, Sambhar, Spotted Deer, Nilgai, Tigers, Leopards, Hyenas and Sloth Bear.

Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 35.84
Fauna: Barking Deer, Nilgai, Leopard and Hyena.

Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 1342 Sq Km
Fauna: Black bucks, Tiger, Leopard, Hyena, Nilgai, Chinkara, Wild boar and Sloth Bear

Also Read: Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan

Wildlife Sanctuaries in ChandigarhWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Chandigarh


Sukhna Lake Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 26 Sq Km
Fauna: Hanuman Langur, Rhesus Monkey, Indian Hare, Common-Mongoose, Common rat, Squirrel, Sambar, Spotted Deer (Chittal), Pangolin (ant eater), Wild boar, Jackal, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat and Porcupine.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in ChhattisgarhWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Chhattisgarh


Indravati National Park


Being the only tiger reserve in Chattisgarh, Indravati National Park is definitely a must visit in central India. Major attractions of this diverse place include Tiger, Indian Bison, Nilgai, Wild Dog, Flying Squirrel, Porcupine, Leopard, Four-horned Antelope and endangered Wild Buffalo.

Best Time to Visit: November to June
Area: 2799.08 sq km

Also Read: Wildlife in Jagdalpur


Sanjay National Park
Area: 2,303 sq km
Fauna: Sambar, Four-horned Antelopes, Jungle Cat, Tigers, Leopards, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Jackals, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Wild Dogs, Wild Pigs, Cobra, Monitor Lizards, Python, Bison, Striped Hyena and Sloth Bear.

Kanger Valley National Park
Area: 200 Sq Km
Fauna: Jackals, Langurs, Rhesus Macaque, Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrel, Wild Boar, Tigers, Leopards, Mouse Deer, Wild Cat, Chital, Sambar, Barking Deer,  Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards, Snakes, Striped Hyena, Rabbits, Pythons and Cobra.

Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 245 Sq Km
Fauna: Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python, Leopards, Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Tigers, Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrels, Jackals and Four-horned Antelopes.

Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 556 Sq Km
Fauna: Barking Deer, Porcupine, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Sloth Bear, Wild Dogs, Chital, Jackals, Four-horned Antelopes, Chinkara, Black Buck and Jungle Cat.

Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 232 Sq Km
Fauna: Black Buck, Sambar, Nilgai, Jungle cat, Barking Deer, Sloth bear, Jackals, Bison, Striped Hyena, Fox, Cobras, Pythons, Gaur, Wild dog, Porcupine, Monkey, Wild Buffalos, Panthers, Tigers, Chital, Four-horned Antelopes and Chinkara.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Dadra & Nagar Haveli


Dadra & Nagar Haveli Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 92 Sq Km
Fauna: Asiatic Lion

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Daman & Diu


Fudam Wildlife Sanctuary
Established: 1991
Area: 2.18 Sq Km

National Parks in DelhiWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Delhi


Indira Priyadarshini (Asola) Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 27.82 Sq Km.
Fauna: Civets, Jackals, Jungle Cat, Blue Bull, Black Buck, Black-Naped Hare and Porcupine.

Wildlife Sanctuaries in GoaWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Goa


Bhagwan Mahavir National Park
Area: 107 Sq Km
Fauna: Jungle Cats, Malayan Giant Squirrels, Pythons, Cobras, Gaur, Sambar, Leopards, Spotted Deer and Slender Toris.

Madei Wildlife Sanctuary

Area:  208.48
Fauna:  Indian Hare, Giant Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, Black-Faced Langur, Indian Pangolin, Slender Loris, Bonnet Macaque, Black Panther, Sloth Bear, Indian Gaur, Barking Deer, Sambhar Deer, Asian Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet ,Dhole , Jungle Cat , Mouse Deer, Wild Boar And Common Leopard.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 8 Sq Km
Fauna: Sambhar deer and Gaur

Also Read: Wildlife Sanctuaries near Goa

Parks in GujaratWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Gujarat

Gir National Park
Best Time to Visit: December to March
Area: 258.71 Sq Km

Marine National Park
Area: 162.89
Fauna: Colourful Sponges And Corals, Pearl Oyster, Sabela, Portugese- Man-Of-War, Sea Anemones, Jelly Fishes, Sea Horse, Octopus, Starfish, Bonellia, Sea Turtles, Dolphin, Dugong, Porpoise, Shark, Sepia, Lobster, Crabs and Prawns.

Blackbuck National Park
Area: 34.08
Fauna: Jungle Cat, Fox, Blackbuck, Bluebull, Wolf And Jackal.

Barda Wildlife Sanctuary   
Area: 192.31
Fauna: Wild Boar, Wolf, Jackal, Leopard, Hyena and Bluebull.

Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary   
Area: 4953.71
Fauna: Indian Wild Ass

Also Read: Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in HaryanaWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Haryana


Nahar Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 2.11 Sq Km
Fauna: Foxes, Monitor Lizards, Black Bucks and Jackals.

Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 45 Sq Km
Fauna: Wild Bore Baking, Red Jungle, Grey Hooded Warbler, Red Billed Blue Magpie, Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch, Panther, Bear, Chital, Sambar, Wild Goat, Deer,  Grey Capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Blue Bearded Bee Eater, Crested Serpent Eagle and Bar Tailed Treecreeper.

Sultanpur National Park
Area: 1.5 Sq Km
Fauna: Drongo, Paddyfield Pipit, Purple Sunbird, Kingfishers, Lapwings, Indian Courser, Gray And Black Franklolins, Hoopoe, Indian Roller and Other Migratory Birds.

Wildlife Parks in HimachalWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Himachal Pradesh


Great Himalayan National Park

Himachal Pradesh is full of natural beauty and Great Himalayan National Park is no doubt one of the most attractive destinations of this wonderful state. Hiking, trekking, marvelous views of the Himalayan ranges and extremely diverse wildlife population are the main attraction of this park. Tirthan and Sainj valleys are the best places of this park.

Best Time to Visit: April to June and October to November
Area: 754.5 Sq Km
Fauna: Leopard, Snow leopard, Bharal, Koklas, Cheer, Tragopan, Snow cock, Serow, Monal, Kalij, Musk deer, Brown bear, Goral and Thar.

Pin Valley National Park
Area: 675 Sq Km
Fauna:   Siberian Ibex and Snow Leopard.

Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 109 Sq Km
Fauna: Indian Muntjac, Goral Crested Porcupine, Rhesus Macaque and Leopards.

Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 66 Sq Km
Fauna: Monal and Musk deer

Also Read: Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary

National Parks in Jammu and KashmirWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Jammu & Kashmir

Kishatwar National Park

Kishatwar National Park  is definitly a paradise for all trekking lovers. It is located in Jammu region of India. The park consists of dense wildlife and sparse forest on a high altitude. Hangul (Kashmiri Stag) is the main wildlife spotted here. Bird watching is the fevorite activity of all the tourists of this park.

Area: 425 Sq Km
Fauna:  The Brown Bear and Himalayan Snowcock.
Best Time to Visit: September to March

Karakoram (Nubra Shyok) Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 5,000.00 Sq Km
Fauna: Chiru (Tibetan Antelope), Ibex, Ladakhi Uria and Argali

Hemis National Park
Area: 3350 Sq Km
Fauna: Bharal sheep, Tibetan Wolf, Eurasian Brown Bear, Himalayan Vulture and Mountain weasel
Best Time to Visit: May to September

Dachigam National Park
Area: 141 Sq Km
Fauna: Leopard, Musk Deer, Jungle Fox, Hill Cat, Jackal, Himalayan Serow, Himalayan Brown bear, Himalayan Black Bear and Himalayan Grey Langur.

Also Read: Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary | Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary | Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary


Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in JharkhandWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Jharkhand


Betla National Park
Being one of the most riskiest national park of India due to the presence of Naxalites in some of the areas of the park, Betla National Park provides a definitely unforgettable experience to all of the visitors. Faunal population of the park includes Panther, Mouse Deer, Hyenas and Sambar.

Best Time to Visit: November to April
Area: 226.33 Sq Km

Hazaribagh National Park
Area: 186.25 Sq Km
Fauna: Spotted Deer, Bisons, Tigers, Panthers and Sambhars.

Palamau Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 752.94 Sq Km
Fauna: Leopard, Gaur, Sambar, Wild Dogs, Tiger and Elephants.

Palkot Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 182.83 Sq Km
Fauna: Leopard, Porcupine, Hare, Sloth Bear, Jackal and Monkey.

Wildlife Sanctuaries in KarnatakaWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Karnataka

Kudremukh National Park
Another gem from the bucket of Western Ghats, Kudremukh National Park is definitely the pride of Karnataka state of India. It consists of amazin wildlife, lush green grasslands and picturesque rivers such as Tunga and Bhadra. The park is named after the highest peak of the region.  The park is located in the Chikmaglur district of Karnataka and is perfect for wildlife watching.

Area: 600.32 Sq Km
Fauna: Malabar Giant Squirrel, Common Langur, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Porcupine, Barking Deer, Jackal, Giant Flying Squirrel, Sambar, Spotted Deer, The Mongoose, Tiger, Leopard and Wild Dog.

Bandipur National Park

Area: 874.2 Sq Km
Best Time to Visit: October to May

Nagarhole National Park

Area: 643.39 Sq Km
Fauna: The Hyena, Wild Dog Sloth Bear, Tiger and Leopard.

Bannerghatta National Park

Area: 104.27 Sq Km
Fauna: Chital, Leopards, Elephants, Sloth Bear, Hare, Cobra, Jackal, Fox and White Tiger.

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 510.52 Sq Km
Fauna: Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Elephant, Wild Boar, Leopard, Dhole, Four-Horned Antelope and Chevrotain.

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National Park in KeralaWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Kerala


Silent Valley National Park
When it comes to the natural beauty and wildlife, Kerala is definitely the place to be in India. Silent Valley National Park is another marvelous offering of this state to mankind. Located amidst the Western Ghats, the park is known to be one of the places where Pandavas spent their 14 year exile as per the Mahabharatha. It consists of moist evergreen forests and moist rainforests.

Area: 89.52 Sq Km
Fauna: Nilgiri Tahr, Peshwa’s Bat, Hairy-winged Bat, Lion-tailed Macaque, Niligiri Langur and Malabar Giant Squirrel.

Eravikulam National Park

Area: 97 Sq Km
Fauna: Jungle Cat, Wild dog, Dhole, Gaur, Indian Muntjac and Sambar Deer. Golden Jackal, leopard, Nilgiri Tahr and Tiger.

Periyar National Park
Area: 350 Sq Km
Best Time to Visit: March to April

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 344.44 Sq Km
Fauna: Monkeys, Wild Dogs, Bisons, Deer, Bears, Monitor Lizards, Elephants, Tigers, Panthers, Jungle Cats and Civet Cats.

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Wildlife Sanctuaries in Thrissur

National Parks in Madhya PradeshWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Madhya Pradesh, the wildlife state of India. The park has also been mentioned in the epic Mahabharatha as the place given to Lakshamana by the Lord Rama. It is the proud owner of hosting the highest tiger population in India. Most photographed tigers in the world are from this park only. primitive caves dating back to the 1st century AD and a medieval fort are the othe ttration of this national park. Elephant Safari and Jeep Safari both are available to explore the beauty of nature here.
Best Time to Visit: October to April

Area: 448.85 Sq Km
Fauna: Barking Deer, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Gaur, Chausingha, Chinkara, White Tigers, Bengal Tigers, Leopards and Sambar.

Kanha National Park
Area: 940 Sq Km
Best Time to Visit: November to April

Pench National Park
Area: 292.85 Sq Km
Fauna: Sambar, Nilgai, Wild Dog, Gaur, Cheetal and Wild Pig.

Panna National Park

Area: 542.67 Sq Km
Fauna:   Sambhar, Sloth Bear, Tiger, Chital and Chinkara.

Madhav National Park
Area: 375.22 Sq Km
Fauna: Deer, Nilgai, Blackbuck, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Sambar and  Four-Horned Antelope.

Noradehi Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 1,194.67 Sq Km
Fauna: Tiger, Indian Wolf, Nilgai, Common Langur, Rehsus Macaque, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Sambhar, Black Buck and Barking Deer.

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Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in MaharashtraWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Maharashtra


Tadoba National Park

Having a tiger population of around 65, Tadoba National Park is definitely a must visit for all tiger lovers. Gypsy safaris and elephant ride are two options to enjoy the beauty of this place. Spotting a tiger is the most thrilling and exciting experience for the visitors of this park.

Best Time to Visit: February to March
Area: 116.55 Sq Km

Navegaon National Park

Area: 133.88 Sq Km
Fauna: Palm Cavet, Wolf, Jackle, Bisons, Tiger, Panther, Jungle cat, Small India Civet,  Sambars, Nilgais, Wild Dogs, , Chitals, Wild boars and Sloth Bears.

Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary   
Area: 778.75 Sq Km
Fauna: Wild pigs, Chausinga, Sambar,Gaur and Barking deer

Also Read: Bor Widllife Sanctuary in Wardha | Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

 Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Manipur Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Manipur

Keibul Lam Jao National Park
Unique wetland ecosystem and the Brow-Antlered deer are two reasons to visit Keibul Lam Jao National Park for everyone. It is the only floating national park in the world and is also known for its unique wild cats including Asian Golden Cat and Marbled Cat.

Best Time to Visit: October to April
Area: 40 Sq Km

Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 184.4 Sq Km
Fauna: Hoolock Gibbon, Wildbear, Common Otter, Pangolin, Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Malayan Sun Bear, Slow Loris, Stump Tail Macaque, Serow and Indian Civet Cat.

National Parks in MeghalayaWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Meghalaya


Balpakram National Park
Whether it’s the Red Panda or it’s the awesome weather, Balpakram National Park gives many reasons to its visitors to come here again and again. The place is known for the natural vegetation and various species of mammals both. ‘Dikges’, a rare medical herb is also found here in abundance.

Best Time to Visit: April to June
Area: 220 Sq Km

Nokrek National Park
Area: 47.48 Sq Km
Fauna: Asian Elephant, Tiger and Marbled Cat.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in MizoramWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Mizoram


Murlen National Park
Area: 100 Sq Km
Fauna:   Malayan Giant Squirrel, Himalayan Black Bear, Malayan Giant, Squirrel, Serow, Hoolock Gibbon, Rhesus Macaque, Tiger, Leopard, Sambar and Barking Deer.

Phawngpui National Park
Area: 50 Sq Km
Fauna: Leopard, Leopard Cat, Serow, Goral, Mountain Goat, Slow Loris, Tiger, Stump-Tailed Macaque, Capped Langur and Asiatic Black Bear.

Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary  
Area: 500 Sq Km     
Fauna: Sloth Bear, Gibbons, Langurs, Slow Loris, Rhesus Macaque, Indian Python, Leopards, Indian Bison and Barking Deer

Also Read: Wildlife Sanctuaries in Aizawl

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Nagaland


Intanki National Park
Area: 202.02 Sq Km
Fauna: Tiger, White-Breasted Kingfisher, Monitor Lizard, Python, Sloth Bear, Hoolock Gibbon, Golden Langur, Hornbill, Palm Civets and Black Stork.

 Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in OdishaWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Odisha


Simlipal National Park

Beautiful waterfalls, peaks, diverse flora and fauna and rivers are the main reasons behind the charisma of Simlipal National Park. Gaurs or Indian Bisons, Four-horned Antelopes, Elephants, tigers, Squirrels, Peacocks and Mynas are among the major attractions of this park.

Best Time to Visit: November to June
Area: 845.7 Sq Km

Bhitarkanika National Park
Area: 145 Sq Km
Fauna: Monkey, Jackal, Wolf, Hyena, Common Langur, Sambar Deer and Fishing Cat.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Punjab


Abohar Wildlife Sanctuary        
Area: 186.5 Sq Km  
Fauna: Black Buck Deer

National Parks in RajasthanWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Rajasthan


Desert National Park
Desert National Park is located in the Indian state of Rajasthan and was established in 1992. The park is mainly made of sand dunes and grasslands. It is one of the rarest place to spot the desert animals and plant species. Jeep Safari is available to the visitors of this park.

Area: 3,162.00 Sq Km
Fauna: Wolf, Hedgehog, Blackbuck, Chinkara, Desert Fox, Bengal Fox and Desert Cat.

Ranthambore National Park

Area: 282 Sq Km
Best Time to Visit: October to March

Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Area: 28.73 Sq Km
Fauna: Nilgai, Sambar, Wild Boar, Feral Cattle and Chital Deer.

Sariska National Park
Area: 273.8 Sq Km
Fauna: Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Caracal Chital, Sambhar, Nilgai, Striped Hyena, Golden Jackal,and Chinkara.

National Parks in SikkimWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Sikkim


Khanghendzonga National Park
Another unspoiled and untouched beauty full of bizarre wildlife, Khanghendzonga National Park lures thousands of wildlife enthusiasts towards it. Himalayan Black deer and Snow Leopards are the specialty of this park. The Zemu Glacier, located in the park itself is a major attraction of this place.

Best Time to Visit: April to July
Area: 1784 Sq Km

Barsey Rhododendron Wildlife Sanctuary  

Area: 104 Sq Km
Fauna: Tibetan Serin

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Tamil NaduWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Tamil Nadu


Guindy National Park
Guindy National Park is among one of the smallest national parks of India. However, area covered does not impact its diversity at all. Various species of animals found here include Chital, Jackal, Jackal, Blackbuck, Common Mongoes, three-striped palm squirrel, Hyena, small Indian civet and common palm civet. Butterflies, rodents and bats are among the other attractions of the park.

Best Time to Visit: February to June
Area: 2.82 Sq Km

Indira Gandhi (Annamalai) Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 841.49 Sq Km
Fauna: Dhole, Nilgiri Tahr, Lion-Tailed Macaque, Bengal Tiger and Indian Elephant.

Kalakad Wildlife Sanctuary 
Area: 223.58 Sq Km
Fauna: Tiger, Jungle Cat, Leopard, Sambar, Gaur, Wild Pig and Chital.

National Parks in TelanganaWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Telangana


Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 806.15 Sq Km
Fauna: Sloth bear, Chousingha, Blackbuck, Nilgai, Sambar, Tiger, Leopard, Wolf, Dholes and Golden jackals.

Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 860 Sq Km
Fauna: Jackals, Sloth Bear, Nilgal, Porcupine, Panthers, Hyenas, Wolves and Wild Dogs.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Tripura


Clouded Leopard National Park
Area: 5.08 Sq Km
Fauna: Langur, Rhesus Macaque, Capped Langur, Pigtailed Macaque, Mangoose and Barking Deer.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Uttar Pradesh


Dudhwa National Park
Area: 490 Sq Km
Best Time to Visit: November to May

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Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 2,073.00 Sq Km
Fauna: Blue Bull, Leopard, Hyena, Wild Cat, Antelope, Sambhar and Cheetal.

Ranipur Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 230.31 Sq Km
Fauna: Blackbuck, Peafowl, Spur Fowl, Jungle Fowl, Painted Partridge, Fishing Cat, Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear and Sambar.

National Parks in UttarakhandWildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Uttarakhand


Corbett National Park

Area: 520.82 Sq Km
Best Time to Visit: November to February

Valley of Flowers National Park

Valley of Flowers National Park is one of the best UNESCO World's Heritage Sites and is located in the Garhwal region of beautiful state of Uttarakhand. The park gets covered with colorful flowers and is full of grassy meadows. Several endangered species have their habitat here and it is also known for its alpine flowers.

Area: 87.5 Sq Km
Fauna: Brown Bear, Red Fox, Blue Sheep, Asiatic Black Bear, Snow Leopard and Musk Deer.
Best Time to Visit: July to Mid August

Rajaji National Park
Area: 820.42 Sq Km
Fauna: Leopard, Jungle Cat, Sambar, Asian Elephant, Bengal Tiger and Sloth Bear

Also Read: Wildlife near Dehradun

Gangotri National Park
Area: 2390.02 Sq Km
Fauna: Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Monal, Snow Leopard, Black Bear, Brown Bear, Musk Deer, Koklass and Himalayan Snowcock.

Askot Musk Deer Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 599.93 Sq Km
Fauna: Musk Deer,  Barking Deer, Serow, Goral, Brown Bear, Leopard, Jungle Cat and Civet Cat.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in West Bengal

Gorumara National Park

Gorumara National Park was established in 1994 and is located in West Bengal state of India. It falls in the Terai region of the eastern Himalayas and is most famous for the Indian rhinoceros. Floral population of the park include Sal forests and Bamboo Groves. It is one of the most visited national parks of West Bengal after Sunderbans.

Area: 79.45 Sq Km
Fauna: Asian Elephant, Sloth Bear, Chital, Sambar Deer, Indian Rhinoceros and Gaur.

Jaldapara National Park

Area: 216.51 Sq Km
Fauna: Indian One-Horned Rhinosores, Leopard, Sambar, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, Hog Deer, Wild Pigs and Elephants.

Sunderban National Park
Best Time to Visit: December to February
Area: 117.1 Sq Km

Buxa Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 368.99 Sq Km
Fauna: Gaur, Wild boar, Sambar, Asian Elephant and Tiger

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Famous Wildlife Safaris in India

There are many places in India where wildlife safaris are available at a reasonable cost for everyone. However, Some of these places are very famous for their Safaris and variety of rich flora and fauna. Most renowned destinations for enjoying the wildlife safaris in India are mentioned here.

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park

If you are considering for a wildlife safari in India, the first stop should be Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. It is conveniently located near Delhi and Jaipur making it one of the most accessible wildlife parks of India. The ideal time to spot the wild cats is between March and May. To enjoy the safari, one must hire a jeep or a canter or even have a royal experience on an elephant.

Timings of the Safari

1st October to 31st October
Morning Time: 7.00 A.M. to 10.30 A.M.
Evening Time: 2.30 P.M. to 6.00 P.M.

1st November to 31st January
Morning Time: 7.00 A.M. to 10.30 A.M
Evening Time: 2.00 P.M. to 5.30 P.M.

1st February to 31st March
Morning Time: 6.30 A.M. to 10.30 A.M
Evening Time: 2.30 P.M. to 6.00 P.M.

1st April to 15th May
Morning Time: 6.00 A.M. to 9.30 A.M
Evening Time:3.00 P.M. to 6.30 P.M.

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Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park

One of the most popular national parks in India, Jim Corbett National Park should also be in your itinerary while planning a wildlife tour of India. Not only is the wildlife its attraction, its terrain also complements its beauty.There are 3 different safari zones in Jim Corbette National Park -  Bijrani, Dhikala, Jhirna, Domunda and Sonanadi and one must cover all the zones to have the best experience. One can get the best view during 15th November to 15th June. Rest of the time it is closed for heavy monsoon.

Safari Timings

Jeep Safari Timing (Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhela, Sitabani Zones)
Morning 6:30 AM - 10:00 AM 
Evening 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Canter Safari Timing (Dhikala Zone)
Morning 6:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Evening 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Elephant Safari Timing (Bijrani Zone)
Morning 6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Evening 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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Kaziranga National Park

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If you are done with tiger spotting, and want to see what more India offers, then plan your trip to Kaziranga National Park in Assam to catch a glimpse of the exotic-one horned rhino. Declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, it is one of India's best preserved wildlife sanctuary. Other than the one-horned rhino, you can also spot the elephant, tiger, swamp deer and wild buffalo, though the count has been diminishing.The best time to visit the park is between November to April and rest of the months it is closed for heavy monsoon.

Safari Timings

Morning Jeep Safari: 07: 09:30
Afternoon Jeep Safari: 13:30: 15:30

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Gir National Park


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The majestic steps of the Asiatic Lion will leave you awe struck in Gir National Park in Gujarat. The Gir National Park, home to the Asiatic Lions contributes significantly to the India's wildlife tourism. The lion breeding program in the park saw significant rise in the number of lions in Gir which directly also witnessed an increase in the number of tourists. Along with Asiatic Lions, you can also see a host of other carnivores like Jungle Ctas, Indian Leopards, Jackals and Sloth Bears. October to May is the best time to visit the Park.

Safari Timings

Morning: 6.00 AM to Noon
Evening: 3.00 PM to 6.00 PM

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Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park
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Straight out of the pages of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, the tiger roars in this park.  One cannot afford to miss a safari in the Kanha National Park, the largest in Madhya Pradesh. Though its is  a Tiger Reserve, one should not miss the Barasingha which is preserved here. Though it has very dry summers, but monsoons are also bad in Kanha. So, one should  brave the heat to have a wonderful wildlife experience in Kanha National Park. One must cover the four different zones namely,  Kisli, Mukki, Kanha and Sarhi to enjoy the park to its fullest.

Safari Timings

16th October to 15th February
Morning Safari: Sunrise to 11:00 AM
Afternoon Safari: 02:00 PM to Sunset

16th February to 15th April
Morning Safari:  Sunrise to 11:00 AM
Afternoon Safari: 03 PM to Sunset

16th April to 30th June
Morning Safari: Sunrise to 10:00 AM
Afternoon Safari:03:30 PM to Sunset

Sunderbans


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Sunderban Safari is unique in many ways than one. If you want to see a tiger swim or walk through the Mangrove forests, then Sunderbans in West Bengal will offer you the best experience! While most of the safaris in India must be done on a canter, jeep or an elephant, here you can use the simple boat for the safari. Though the park remains open throughout the year, the best time to visit the park is from October to April when the weather is conducive.

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park is best enjoyed by bird watchers. If you are opting for this safari for tiger sightings, then you could be disappointed a little. If you take the safari by boat, then you are most likely to enjoy the sight of elephants. Eco Tourism which is promoted by the Sanctuary offers great scope to the wildlife enthusiasts to watch birds and butterflies and even tigers if you are lucky! Hear the murmur of the butterflies, chirping of the birds, gurgling of the waters through Nature Walk, Cloud Walk, Green Walk and Bamboo Rafting.

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Bandhavgarh National Park

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Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best places for wildlife safaris in India. Tigers have always attracted wildlife lovers and because of a steady presence of tigers, it is also one of the most visited sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh. The two important ways of getting around the park is either on a jeep or on an elephant. The best time to visit Bandhavgarh is from October to mid-June.

Safari Timing: 6:15 AM and 2:30 PM

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List of Best Bird Sanctuaries in India


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Not only the wildlife, but India is also known for its various bird sanctuaries located all around the different regions of this country. These sanctuaries act as a natural habitat for different types of birds including peacocks, parrots, nightingale and many more. Here is the list of some of the best bird sanctuaries of India:

  • Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
  • Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
  • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary
  • Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
  • Kaundinya Bird Sanctuary
  • Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary
  • Mayani Bird Sanctuary
  • Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
  • Valley of Flowers
  • Kawal Sanctuary
  • Kinnerasani Sanctuary
  • Kolleru Bird Sanctuary
  • Manjira Bird Sanctuary
  • Neelapattu Bird Sanctuary
  • Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary
  • Sonai Rupai Sanctuary
  • Flamingo Colony
  • Porbandar Bird Sanctuary
  • Overa Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
  • Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary

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