The tiger, India’s national animal, it is a symbol of intrinsic part of our Culture. It has been the symbol of magnificence, power, beauty and fierceness and has been associated with bravery and valor. The tiger also has a significant place in Hindu mythology as the vehicle of Goddess Durga.
India is one of the thirteen tiger range countries and has the largest number of tigers. The Indian government has always made Tiger protection a priority and Project Tiger, launched in the early seventies, has put the endangered tiger on a definite path to recovery. As per the 2010 survey on Tiger Census there are approximately 1,706 tigers.
Come lets explore the 41 Tiger Reseves of India statewise:’
Karnataka is a favourite state to one and all and Karnataka is a hub of spiritual places, Historical places,Beautiful beaches, Mountains, Hill Stations, valleys, Farmlands, Adventure Destinations and very important Tiger reserves & National parks.
Here is a list of Tiger Reserves in Karnataka:
Bandipur Tiger Reserve
Bandipur national park is rewarded as the best managed national park and it is located amidst picturesque surroundings of the towering Western Ghat Mountains on the Mysore-Ooty highway in Karnataka. It covers an area of about 874.2 sq. km including Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala and Nagarhole National Park in the North; it creates the India’s biggest biosphere reserve popularly known as the ‘Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve‘.
Distance from the nearest Cities: Bandipur is located at a distance of 80 kms from Mysore and 220 kms from Bangalore and 70 kms from Ooty.
Best Time to Visit: There is no specific Season.
Where to stay: There are so many Stay options in Bandipur. Please follow this link for more details http://www.bandipurhotels.com/ps.php?tag=adwords_dmap&type=BANDIPURHOTELS.COM&gclid=CPS5j_j7ub4CFVRwvAod-Q4Asw#ps?main.
Nagarhole (extension) Tiger Reserve
Nagarhole gains its name from the snake like river that winds its way through it. The park is a place of unspoilt wilderness, with serene forest and a tranquil lake. It’s also officially known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. There are approximately 250 species of birds, elephants, sloth bears, leopards, tigers and wild boars.
Distance from the nearest Cities: It is located at a distance of 60 kms from Mysore and 227 kms from Bangalore.
Best Time to Visit: October to April.
Where to stay: You can browse the Hotels here http://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g1152766-d1013292-Reviews-s1-The_Kings_Sanctuary-Nagarhole_National_Park_Karnataka.html
Bhadra Tiger Reserve
Bhadra wildlife sanctuary is situated in the midst of the Western Ghats of Chikmaglur district in Karnataka, surrounded by the lofty hill ranges of Babubudangiri. There are More than 120 species of trees grow here, which include Teak, Rosewood, Mathi, Honne, Nandi, Tadasalu and Kindal, More than 250 species of bird life, Tigers, Elephants and many more.
Best Time to Visit: October to May
Distance from the nearest cities: It is about 275 kms from Bangalore and 38 kms from Chikmagalur town and covers an area of 492.46 Kms.
Where to stay: Adventure enthusiasts can avail the safari facilities at the River Tern Lodge, a Jungle Lodge and Resort http://www.junglelodges.com/river-tern-lodge
Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve
Anshi National Park situated in the forest region of Dandeli area of Karnataka shows some geographical significant facts, the elevation level in the park area varies from 27 to 927 meters. Anshi National park is the only wildlife destination of Asia where Black Panther is found in natural habitat. This is abode of Tiger, Other Prominent animals finding shelter here includes:
Indian bison – Sloth bear – Indian wild boar – Bonnet Macaque – Northern plains gray Langur – Gray slender Loris – Barking deer (Muntjac) – Mouse deer (Chevrotain) – Sambar deer – Spotted deer (chital or axis deer) – Wild Dog – Jackal – Jungle Cat – Leopard Cat – Small Indian Civet – Indian Gray Mongoose – Flying Squirrel – Porcupine – Malabar Civet – Indian giant squirrel – Pangolin.
Best Time to Visit: October to May
Where to stay: There are so many adventure camps and hotels here are the details http://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g1156191-d1172722-Reviews-s1-Kali_Adventure_camp-Dandeli_Karnataka.html.
Bannerghatta Tiger and Lion Reserve
The Bannerghatta National Park is located at a distance of 22 km towards the south of Bangalore. The Bannerghatta National Park is the home for one of the richest natural, zoological reserves. The 25,000 acre zoological park makes this one of the major tourist attractions of Bangalore. The park covers an area of approximately 104 square kilometers and includes 10 reserve forests of Anekal range under the Bangalore Forest Division. The safari is one of the main attractions of the Bannerghatta National Park.
Distance from the nearest Cities: It is located at a distance of 22 kms from Bangalore.
Best Time to Visit: September to January
Where to stay: Check the tariff here http://www.bannerghattanaturecamp.com/tafiff.html
Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary
Biligiri hills stretches from north to south for about 16Kms at a height of 5,091 Feet above sea level. This place is surrounded by green trees, birds. The temple of Lord “Ranganathaswamy” is on this hill, and this hill is always covered with fog. The Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary (BRT) located at the eastern most of the Western Ghats.
Best time to visit: This place looks very beautiful in September – May.
Where to stay: Comfortable stay options – http://www.ixigo.com/hotels-around-nearby-biligiri-rangaswamy-temple-wildlife-sanctuary-atgulipura-lp-1625577
Assam is the land where you find flowers that are divinely beautiful, animals that are infrequent. It is the land of the mighty river Brahmaputra (the Luit) and the one-horned rhinoceros. It is located in the north-eastern part of the country and is bounded to the north by the kingdom of Bhutan and the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Assam is a state of breath taking scenic beauty, rarest flora and fauna, lofty green hills, vast rolling plain, mighty waterways and a land of fairs and festivals. There are 170 Tourist attractions in Assam. Please browse through http://www.assamtourism.org/places_of_interest.php.
Kaziranga Tiger Reserve
Kaziranga is located on the banks of River Brahmaputra, Kaziranga National Park is one of the most beautiful and different parks of India. With the hills of Karbi Anglong and tea plantations bordering this North East park. The Tiger Reserve of Kaziranga is said to have the highest concentration of Tigers among all other parks in India. The Royal Bengal Tiger is one of the prime attractions here other than the famous One-Horned Rhinoceros.
Best time to visit: This place looks very beautiful in November to march.
Major Attractions: Gohpur, tea gardens, Panbari reserve forest, kokochang waterfalls.
Distance from the cities: Guwahati 217 km and Jorhat 97 km.
Where to stay: Stay Options – http://www.kaziranga.co.in/
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
On a gentle slope in the hills of the Himalayas, where wooded hills give way to alluvial savannahs and tropical forests, the Manas sanctuary is home to a great variety of wildlife, including many endangered species, such as the tiger, pygmy hog, Indian rhinoceros and Indian elephant.
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the State of Assam in North-East India, a biodiversity hotspot. Covering an area of 39,100 hectares, it spans the Manas River and is bounded to the north by the forests of Bhutan. The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the core zone of the 283,700 hectares.
Video: The best video covering Manas www.youtube.com/watch?v=T14BuJfPoPM&feature=youtu.be .
Best time to visit: This place looks very beautiful in November to march.
Major Attractions: Attractions like Nameri national park, Kaziranga national park etc.
Distance from the cities: It is just 176 kms from Guwahati.
Where to stay: However, there are a few budget accommodation options in the sanctuary http://www.indiawildliferesorts.com/wildlife-resorts-in-manas.html
Nameri National Park
Nameri National Park is located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalaya in the Sonitpur District of Assam, India. It is one of the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life in the world. The Pakhui (Pakke) Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh adjoins the Park on its Northeastern side. The Nameri National Park of 200 sq. kms. Area is located in the Sonitpur district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh and it is also the core area of Nameri Tiger Reserve (344 Sq. Km.)
Best time to visit: This place looks very beautiful in November to April.
Major Attractions Wild Mahseer, Addabarie Tea Estate, Balipara etc.
Distance from the cities: 40 kilometres from Tezpur.
Where to stay: Nameri eco camp more at http://www.holidayiq.com/destinations/nameri/
It is a mysterious, magical and mystical land tucked away in the north eastern tip of India is one of the most compelling holiday destinations in India. The final frontier of Indian tourism, virginal Arunachal Pradesh shows up as a giant patch of green on the country’s map. India’s wildest and least explored state, Arunachal – literally the ‘Land of Dawn-lit Mountains.
Namdapha Tiger Reserve
Namdapha National Park is located at a few kilometre away from Miao amidst misty blue hills along the turbulent Noa-Dihing river lies in the sprawling tropical rain forest. It was declared as Tiger Reserve by the Government in 1983. It spreads over the area of 1808 Sq.Km and a buffer area of 177 Sq.Km. Thus the total area of the Reserve is 1985 Sq.Km. The beautiful forests possess great biodiversity of Flora and Fauna.
Best time to visit: This place looks very beautiful in October to April.
Major Attractions: Tourist Attraction – Empong Buddhist temple etc.
Distance from the cities: 160 km from Changlang
Where to stay: Government-run circuit houses and inspection bungalows (IB) are the best places to stay in Namdapha. Camping in tents at the designated campsites is also a good idea.
Pakhui Tiger Reserve
Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is a peaceful house for wild animals to dwell freely in their natural habitat without being disturbed or harm by anybody. The sanctuary which is spread across 862 sq. km is bounded by river from all the three sides, making it a memorable experience for the travel enthusiasts.
The forest is filled with wide and colourful varieties of animals and birds. Animals that can be found inside the forest reserve are Tiger, leopard, clouded Leopard, jungle cat, wild dog Jackal, Himalayan Black Bear, Biturong, Elephant, Gaur, Samber, Hog deer, Barking Deer, Wilboar, Yellow throated martin, Malayan Giant, squirrel, Flying squirrel, squirrel, civet, capped langoor, Rhesus macaque, Assamese Macaque, Bison etc.
Best time to visit: Monsoon – June to September
Major Attractions: Urguelling Monastery, Tawang etc.
Distance from the cities: 280 km from Guwahati
Where to stay: Forest Rest House (with permit) and the Inspection Bungalow in Bhalukpong.
Andhra Pradesh India is known for its glorious past. The ancient temples, monuments, forts, palaces, old markets are the testimony to its rich history, culture and architecture. There are many sacred pilgrimage shrines in Andhra Pradesh of which Tirumala and Puttaparthi are visited by millions of devotees from all across the world. It is blessed with breath-taking natural beauty, Surrounded by misty hills, dense forests, undulating mountains, silvery cascades, and shimmering rivers.
Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve
Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is the largest Tiger Reserve in India, unique for its scenic beauty with river Krishna meandering through the length of the Tiger Reserve with steep forested hills on either side. The reserve spreads over five districts, Nalgonda District, Mahbubnagar district, Kurnool District, Prakasam District and Guntur District. The total area of the tiger reserve is 3,568 km (1,378 sq. mi). The core area of this reserve is 1,200 kmsq.mi.
The diverse fauna of Nallamalais makes this area interesting to a visitor. Some species of invertebrates like whip scorpion, tarantula spider, etc.; have been recently discovered here. East Asian tree frog, Narrow mouthed frog, Indian cricket frog, etc. represent the 18 species of amphibians, while Snakes, Marsh crocodile, monitor lizard, fan throated lizard, Indian pond terrapin, star tortoise, etc. Mammals like Leopard, Indian wolf, Bear, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Wild dog, Jackal, Striped Hyena, Spotted deer, Sambar, Mouse deer, Chinkara, Chowsingha, honey badger,Nilgai, Dhole, Porcupine, etc.; also share the Tigers’ domain.
Best time to visit: Between October and March.
Major Attractions: Natural wonders, cultural adventures and religious journeys.
Distance from the cities: 316 km from Hyderabad.
Where to stay: Visitors can stay at the guest houses maintained by the Devasthanam Committee.
Kawal Tiger Reserve
Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh was initiated in the year 1964 with prime focus of providing natural habitat to rare and endangered species. The sanctuary is situated in the Jannaram forests of Aliabad district in Andhra Pradesh covering an area of 893 sq. Km.
Andhra Pradesh government has notified Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary as the Tiger Reserve [42 in the country] with additional 1123 sq. kilometre land is added to sanctuary area as the buffer zone. As per the unofficial counting presently there are about 20 Tigers in the sanctuary. The areas which become part of this Tiger Reserve are native place of tribes such as Gonds, Naikpods and Kollams.
Best time to visit: November to May.
Major Attractions: Pochera waterfalls, kuntala waterfalls.
Distance from the cities: 270 km from Hyderabad.
Where to stay: In the Hyderabad city you will find numerous hotels matching with your life style & Budget. Tourist Accommodation is also available at Forest Rest House at Jannaram.
Bihar is nestled on the banks of the holy river Ganga in the eastern part of India. The state shares its borders with Bengal, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal. Bihar derives its name from a word “Vihara”. Bihar is where the Buddha began his journey to enlightenment and it’s possible to follow in his sacred footsteps. Bihar Tourism with its numerous ancient monuments, famous pilgrimage sites and scenic natural beauty attracts a large number of tourists from all across the world.
Valmiki Tiger Reserve
The Valmiki Tiger Reserve forms the eastern most limit of the Himalayan Terrain forest in India. Situated in the Gangetic Plains bio-geographic zone of the country, the forest has combination of bhabar and terrain tracts. Boulder and pebble deposits by the Himalayan Rivers in the foothills characterize the Bhabar tract, while the finer sediment deposits feature terrain lands.
Valmiki Wildlife Sanctuary is 880 sq. km. and spread of the National Park is about 335 sq. km. area. In north, the protected areas are bordered by Nepal while the Indian state Uttar Pradesh bounds the Wildlife Sanctuary from western side.
Diverse habitats of the Sanctuary support a variety of faunal life forms. Tigers, Leopards and Indian Wild Dogs are the large predators. Leopard cat and fishing cat are also found in patches. Deer species are represented by spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and hog deer. Indian bison (Gaur), Nilgai and wild boar are other ungulates found in these forests.
Best time to visit: Winter season – November to March.
Major Attractions: The forests of Ganauli and Harnatanr.
Distance from the cities: 100 kms from Bettiah in the northernmost part of the West Champaran district.
Where to stay: Valmiki Vihar, a tourist lodge of State Tourism Development Corporation Hotel is located at picturesque site at Valmikinagar. Visit: http://forest.bih.nic.in/VSanctuary.htm
The newly formed state of Chhattisgarh is an interesting tourist destination considering the blend of tribal tourism, history, nature and wildlife that it offers. The bulk of tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh however lie virtually unexplored. The virgin forests, dotted with picturesque waterfalls, scenic plateaus and winding rivers offer a feast to eyes and the lens of your camera. The forests of Chhattisgarh incidentally occupy 42% of the state’s land surface. The royal palace at Kawardha is one of the major tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh. The village of Bastar, apart from offering a vivid glimpse of the tribal life, offers a wide array of metal crafted handicrafts.
Achanakmar Tiger Reserve
The reserve is part of the much larger Achanakmar-Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve and this region is integral to the contiguous forest tract that forms the Central Indian tiger heartland. The Kanha-Achanakmar corridor which links the Kanha Tiger Reserve to Achanakmar is important for the movement of tigers and their prey. The faunal species like tiger, leopard, bison, flying squirrel, Indian giant squirrel, chinkara, wild dog, hyena, sambar, chital, barking deer, wild pig and chousingha.
Best time to visit: November-June.
Major Attractions: Shri Yantra Mandir, Banjari Mata Mandir etc.
Distance from the cities: 60 km. from Bilaspur.
Where to stay: For the adventure lovers forest rest house is the best place for accommodation it is quite exciting to be in surroundings of sounds generated from sheer cry of tigers,wolves and jackals at night. Visit: http://amarbharat.com/wildlife/achanakmar-tiger-reserve/
Indravati Tiger Reserves
Indravati Tiger Reserve is situated in Dantewad at Chattisgarh. The reserve forms the catchment area of the perennial Indravati river as well as streams and rivulets that lace the rolling terrain of the region. The reserve forms an important link with the conservation areas in the vast forest belt extending into Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. It is large and the best potential habitat for the wild buffalo.
The region supports a high population of tigers and shelters animals such as the sloth bear, striped hyena, dhole, nilgai, and the famous gaur as well as reptiles lie the crocodile, monitor lizard, Indian chameleon, common krait, Indian rock python, cobra, the monitor lizard, and Russell’s viper.
Best time to visit: Mid-December to Mid-June
Major Attractions: Nandan Van – A Nature Cente, Barnawapara Sanctuary etc.
Distance from the cities: The Park is situated at the distance of 22.4 km north of Jagdalpur- Bhopalpattanam road.
Where to stay: Resorts and hotels. Visit: http://tourism.webindia123.com/tourism/wildlife/nationalpark/Indravati_National_Park/index.htm
Guru Ghasidas National Park
Guru Ghasidas National Park is a part of the former Sanjay National Park. 60% of the park is located in the Koriya district of Chhattisgarh. It is named after the reformist hero of the place Guru Ghasidas.
The vegetation of Guru Ghasidas National Park consists of mixed deciduous forest with teak, sal and bamboo trees. The diverse vegetation of the region consists of a wide variety of mammal population. Tigers, Leopards, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Jackals, Sambar, Four-horned Antelopes, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Sloth Bear, and Wild Dogs are some of the common species found in this region.
Best time to visit: November to June.
Major Attractions: Koriya etc.
Distance from the cities: 168 km from Jagdalpur and 486 from Raipur.
Where to stay: Hotels. Visit: http://www.itraveldeals.in/index.php/holiday/destinations/305-Guru-Ghasidas-National-Park-Tourism
Udanti & Sitanadi Tiger Reserve
The Udanti and Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary of Chattisghar is a new addition to the list of Tiger Reserves in Central India. The Sanctuary was created recently by merging the area and management of the two separate Sanctuaries of Udanti and Sitanadi. Today the total area of the Udanti and Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and tiger Reserve is 1872 sq km.
The combined wildlife of the Undnanti and Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve is astonishing, with the mammals as the most important class. There are also many common resident and migratory birds that are attracted to the wetlands of this region
Best time to visit: November to May.
Major Attractions: Mahanadi River near Deokhut.
Distance from the cities: 173 km from Raipur.
Where to stay: Forest Rest Houses at Taurenga and Burgulgatta provide comfortable accommodation. Visit: http://raipur.gov.in/sanc.htm
Palamau Tiger Reserve
The Palamau Tiger Reserve is among one of the nine original tiger reserves in India and the only one in the state of Jharkhand, India. This tiger reserve has a total area of 1,014 sq kms with a core area of 414 sq km and a buffer area of 600 sq km. The core area is accosted with some of the forest villages like Ramandag, Latoo and Kujurum. The Palamau Tiger Reserve falls under the lndo-Malayan realm and is distinguished for its flora and fauna. The predators that roam the forest grounds are tigers, leopards, wolves, wild dogs and jungle cats. Among the herbivores, sloth bear, four horned antelope and mouse dear are the duly residents of the area. Interestingly the first ever tiger census by way of pug mark count, was undertaken within these forests in 1934.
Best time to visit: February and March.
Major Attractions: Betla National Park, Lodh Waterfalls etc.
Distance from the cities: 186 km from Ranchi.
Where to stay: Rest houses, tourists lodges. Visit: http://palamu.nic.in/betla.htm
Kerala, the land of rivers and backwaters is a green strip of land, in the South West corner of Indian peninsula. Kerala is a state with full literacy, Higher Health care and lower mortality ratio. In Kerala you experience freshness and touch of mother earths everywhere.
The Backwaters of Kerala are unique attraction to tourists. The biggest among these backwaters is the Vembanad lake, with an area of 200 sq km, which opens out into the Arabian Sea at Cochin port. Backwaters of Kerala, historical structures in Kerala, culture of Kerala, wildlife in Kerala, and natural beauty of Kerala, the state Kerala has all these and more.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forests of Thekkady are one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spread across the entire district is picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. Periyar tiger Reserve, Thekkady, is an example of nature’s bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 777 Sq .km. Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India.
Mammals: Thirty five species which include the Asian elephant, Tiger, Indian bison, sambar deer, Indian wild dog, Leopard, Barking deer, Smooth-coated otter which can be sighted during a boat cruise in the Periyar Lake.
Best time to visit: September to May.
Major Attractions: Kumily Murikkady.
Distance from the cities: 32 Km from Thekkady.
Where to stay: Lake Palace. Visit: http://www.lakepalacethekkady.com/
Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary with its panoramic landscape, meandering streams, extensive water spread of the reservoir, cascading waterfalls, rolling hills and valleys and wealth of biodiversity is one of the captivating places in Kerala. It is located in the Chittoor taluk of Palakkad district. The area is spread across 277.40 sq.km.
There are 36 species of mammals, 268 sp. Of birds , 61 species of reptiles, 16 species of amphigians, 47 species of fishes
and 1049 species of insects in a sanctuary. The common animals found are Leopard, Elephant, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Barkingdeer, Common Langur, Nilgiri Langur, Malabar giant squirrel, Sloth Bear and Wild dog.
Best time to visit: August to January.
Major Attractions: Parambikulam dam. Visit: http://parambikulam.org/parambikulamdam.php
Distance from the cities: 90 km from Palakkad.
Where to stay: visit – http://parambikulam.org/wheretostay.php
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the wild life sanctuaries in the Indian state Madhya Pradesh. The national park is situated at 197 km away north-east of Jabalpur. This wild life park derived its very name from an ancient fort in the area. Bandhawgarh National Park belongs to the Vindhyan mountain ranges of central India and it boasts to have the highest density of tiger population in the country. Now there are about 46 to 52 tigers one can spot here.
Wandering through the Bandhavgarh national park on an Elephant Back, the chances of seeing a tiger are quite good. Among the other wild attractions include, Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara, Wild Boar and sometimes a Fox or Jackal.
Best time to visit: Open from October to June months for visitors.
Major Attractions: Kanha, Bhedaghat etc.
Distance from the cities: 327 km from Umaria.
Where to stay: Hotels and resorts. Visit: http://www.bandhavgarh-national-park.com/
Bori-Satpura Tiger Reserve
The Satpura Hill Range is one of India’s most prominent geographical plateaus. The Dhoopgarh peak (1,352 m. above sea level) located at Pachmarhi hill station is the highest point in the Satpura hill range. The area spreads across 1501.72 sq. km. This is abode of Tiger, Other Prominent animals finding shelter here includes:Mammals: Leopard, tiger, elephant, bison, wild buffalo, barasingha, sambar, chital, barking deer, chinkara, mouse deer, chausingha or four horned antelope, nilgai, sloth bear, rhesus monkey, wild dog or dhole, wolf, common fox, jackal, jungle cat, giant squirrel and flying squirrel.
Best time to visit: December to June.
Major Attractions: Van vihar park etc.
Distance from the cities: 107 km from Hoshangabad.
Where to stay: Accommodation is available for all budgets at Pachmarhi, including facilities by the M.P. Tourism Development Corporation, Pachmarhi Special Development Authority and several private hotels. – http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/travel/wildlife-destinations/madhya-pradesh/bori-satpura-tiger-reserve.html
Kanha Tiger Reserve
Kanha’s sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendour which form the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The Kanha National Park is the ideal home for wide ranges of wild creatures; right from the mighty tigers to the most populated Barasingha and the countless species of plants, birds, reptiles and insects. This reserve has fascinated many travellers around the corners of the world with its well-developed infrastructure specially meant for them. The best location here to enjoy the most is the Bammi Dadar, also known as the Sunset Point.
Best time to visit: All seasons.
Major Attractions: Bamni Dadar.
Distance from the cities: 119 km from Balaghat.
Where to stay: Rooms rent – http://www.kanhakislionline.com/Room_Tariff.htm
Panna Tiger Reserve
Panna is situated in the Vindhyan Range and spreads over Panna and Chhatarpur districts in the northern part of the Madhya Pradesh (M.P.) State of India. The Ken River, which flows through the Reserve from south to north, is the home for long snouted crocodile (gharial) and Marsh Crocodile (maggar) and other aquatic fauna. The Reserve’s most undisturbed habitat of about 70-80 sq. km. lies on the Hinouta plateau.
Best time to visit: October to June, for watching animals would be during summer (March to May).
Major Attractions: Raneh falls, Pandav caves and falls etc.
Distance from the cities: 91 km from Chhatarpur.
Where to stay: Ken river lodge – http://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g2562070-d446867-Reviews-Ken_River_Lodge-Panna_Tiger_Reserve_Madhya_Pradesh.html
Pench Tiger Reserve
Pench National park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench river, meandering through the park from north to south. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara. Pench National Park, comprising of 758 SQ Kms, out of which a core area of 299 sq. km of Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park and the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and remaining 464 sq km of pench national park is the buffer area.
Best time to visit: Between February and April.
Major Attractions: Bandhavgarh National Park.
Distance from the cities: 92 km from Chhindwara.
Where to stay: Featured hotes in Pench – http://www.cleartrip.com/hotels/india/pench/
Ratapani Tiger Reserve
Ratapani is located in the Vindhaya range of Madhya Pradesh, spreading over two revenue districts – Raisen and Sehore. The tract is rich in wildlife and other tourist attractions. Ratapani is the most important permanent water source for wild animals.
Water availability is a major limiting factor for wildlife during the harsh summer months. The fauna of Ratapani include tiger, panther, Wild dog, hyena, jackal, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Sloth bear and Wild pigs. A large number of reptiles are found along with 150 species of birds. The tourist places include Bhimbetka, Delawari, Ginnorhgarh Fort, Ratapani Dam, KairiMahadeo and Kherbana Mandir.
Best time to visit: Between September and mid-June.
Major Attractions: Bhimbetka, Delawadi.
Distance from the cities: 50 km from Bhopal.
Where to stay: Jungle & Wildlife Safari Lodge, situated barely 30 Kms from the City of Bhopal.
Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve
Sanjay Dubri National Park is another wildlife paradise located in Kusumi and Majhauli blocks of the Sidhi district of central Indian state Madhya Pradesh. Sanjay National Park covers about 466.7 km2 area, while Dubri is a wildlife life sanctuary covers an area of 370 kms, both covers more than 835 km2 area of the park. The park was established in 1975 under wildlife protection act of 1972, geologically features are plain, mounds, hills, steep cliffs, water bodies, valleys, deep gorges, while altitude ranges from 200-500m. This is basically a moist deciduous forest consisting mainly of sal (Shorea robusta).
Best time to visit: October to June.
Major Attractions: Khajuraho, Panna.
Distance from the cities: 60 km from Sidhi.
Where to stay: Inspection Hut Dubri, Forest Rest House, Bastua – http://mpforest.org/sanjaydubri.html
Melghat Tiger Reserve
Melghat means ‘meeting of the Ghats’ which is just what the area is, a large tract of unending hills and ravines scarred by jagged cliffs and steep climbs. The exquisite hill forests, thick undergrowth and moss-covered trees underscore its virgin confines. It lies at the northern extreme of the Amravati District on the border of Madhya Pradesh, in the south-western Satpura mountain ranges. If its tigers were not so famous, Melghat might best be known as a ‘raptor’ or eagle sanctuary! It is, in any event, a birdwatcher’s dream come true. Remember too, that though you may not easily see them, this forest is part of one of India’s most vital tiger breeding habitats. As a whole Melghat encompasses an area of 1,676.93 sq. km. which includes the 788.75 sq. km. Melghat Sanctuary and the 361.28 sq. km. Gugarnal National Park in the Vidharba region of Maharashtra. The rest of the buffer zone includes 526.90 sq. km. of reserve forest. Located in the catchment area of the River Tapti, Melghat, a water harvesting forest, supplies 30 per cent of all the fresh water available to the people living in the vicinity.
Best time to visit: December to June.
Major Attractions: Ambadevi temple, Sridham temple.
Distance from the cities: 52 km from Jawaharkund.
Where to stay: homestay/hotel – http://tourism.webindia123.com/tourism/wildlife/tigerreserves/Melghat_Tiger_Reserve/accommodation.htm
Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve
Tadoba national Park (116.55 Sq. Kms.) – Andhari wildlife sanctuary (508.85 Sq. Kms.) together form the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (625.40 Sq. Kms.) The National Park derives its name from the local tribal God “Taru”, whereas the Andhari River flowing through the forests gives the Sanctuary, its name. Although the major attraction is the Tiger, the large herds of Chital, the stately Sambar, the elusive Barking Deer, the fleet footed Chausinga, the majestic Gaur, the robust Nilgai, the shy Sloth Bear, the whistling Wild dogs, the omnipresent Wild Boar, and the stealthy Leopard make lasting impressions on the visitors to this Reserve.
As the night falls the Small Indian Civet, the Palm Civet, the Ratel, the Flying squirrel make their presence felt. Hyenas, Wild Boars, Spotted Deer, Barking deer, Gaurs, Blue bulls, four horned Antelopes, Indian Pangolins, Porcupines and Common Langoors are main wild animals found in this national park.
Best time to visit: February to May.
Major Attractions: Chandrapur.
Distance from the cities: 49 km from Chandrapur.
Where to stay: Svasara Jungle Lodge – http://www.svasararesorts.com/
Sahyadri Tiger reserve
Sahyadri Tiger Reserve spreads across the area 741.22 km2, including all of Chandoli National Park and Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary was declared by The National Tiger Conservation Authority as a Project Tiger reserve on May 21, 2007.
Nearly 23 species of mammals, 122 species of birds, 20 species of amphibians and reptiles are known to be resident in the forests of Chandoli. Bengal Tigers, Indian leopard’s Indian bison, leopard cats, sloth bears and Indian giant squirrels are quite conspicuous here. Many prey species of ungulates such as barking deer, sambar deer, mouse deer and blackbuck are present. A census carried out in 2002 by the Forest Department showed a rise in the number of tigers, leopards, gaur, barking deer, mouse deer, sloth bears and blackbuck. A similar census carried out in 2004 showed a rise in gaur population in the Kolhapur Wildlife Division from 88 to 243.
Best time to visit: October to February.
Major Attractions: Satara.
Distance from the cities: 128 km from Satara.
Where to stay: Satara hotels – http://www.holidayiq.com/hotels/satara/hotels-near-sahyadri-tiger-reserve-a12941.html
Nagzira-Navegaon Tiger Reserve
This small wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 152 sq. km in the north east corner of Maharashtra in the Bhandara district. Nestled within the Vidarbha mountain range, it is often referred to as the ‘green oasis’ of the region. Its rocky and undulating terrain is covered with thick Teak forests that support healthy populations of some of India’s most endangered floral and faunal biodiversity. The scenic beauty of this park is absolutely mesmerizing, as one drives through thick and lush green vegetation, with a view of tall mountains in the backdrop. Add to this, sightings of animals such as the Bengal Tiger, Common Leopard, Jungle Cat, Mouse Deer, Indian Gaur, Sloth Bear, four horned Antelope, and the Spotted Hyaena to name a few mammals.
Best time to visit: March to June.
Major Attractions: Khindsi, Ramdham, Nagpur Ramtek Temple, Leartigiano Art Gallery.
Distance from the cities: 152 km from Nagpur.
Where to stay: Forest resorts – http://gypsiesoutdoors.com/tours/wildlife-tours/nagzira/nagzira-navegaon-tiger-reserve.php
Bor Tiger Reserve
Bor Wildlife Sanctuary comprising of 61.10 sq.km. Came into existence vide Government of Maharashtra. Bor Wildlife Sanctuary is situated along the Southern boundary of Nagpur district and Northern boundary of Wardha district of Maharashtra, and extends over an area 61.10 sq.km excluding the reservoir.
It represents the floral and faunal wealth of Satpuda-Maikal Landscape. Satpuda runs along the Northern boundary of Maharashtra from West to East and meets the Maikal Hill range which comes from Kanha. Bor Wildlife Sanctuary supports a dense population of Tiger and Panther which is comparable to Kahna and Pench in terms of animals/km2.Best time to visit: April and May.
Major Attractions: Pench wildlife sanctuary, Nagzira, Nagpur.
Distance from the cities: 76 km from Nagpur.
Where to stay: Hotels in Nagpur – http://www.maharashtratourism.net/sanctuaries/bor-wildlife-sanctuary.html
Dampa Tiger Reserve
The moist deciduous, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests land of Dampa Tiger Reserve is situated at the country’s international border with Bangladesh in the western part of Mizoram, a small state from the exotic, unexplored tourism land of the north east India.
Dampa Tiger Reserve covering an area of 550 Sq. Km. is situated at road distance of about 120 KM was established in the year 1985 as a wildlife sanctuary and become part of Project Tiger in the year 1994.
Best time to visit: October to March.
Major Attractions: Parambikulam, Periyar, Bori-Satpura and Sundarbans.
Distance from the cities: 76 km from Tuipuibari.
Where to stay: Forest guesthouses – http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/travel/wildlife-destinations/mizoram/dampa-tiger-reserve.html
Satkosia Tiger Reserve
Best time to visit: October to February.
Major Attractions: Tikarpara river, Hati Girga watch tower, Labangi, Purnakot- hiking trails, Kandhaida-intense jungles.
Distance from the cities: 161 km from Bhubaneswar.
Where to stay: Overnight stays in nature camp, Forest Rest House – http://www.satkosia.org/
Simlipal Tiger Reserve
A canopy of thick green deciduous forests, unending expanse of extensive grassy lands and meadows, cloud pecking peaks, resonating and precipitous waterfalls, meandering rivers, roaring tigers and trumpeting tuskers, fleeting herds of deer and flying squirrels, make Simlipal wildlife sanctuary a fairytale destination for nature lovers.
Spread over an area of 2750 sq.km and situated at an altitude of 559.31 meters in the district of Mayurbhanj, the Simlipal Tiger Sanctuary is also a major national park of Orissa and hosts three of India’s biggest species – The Tiger, Asian Elephant and Gaur. The sanctuary named after the Semul (red silk cotton) trees that adorn its landscape, is rinsed by 12 rivers and many waterfalls. Barehipani waterfall that tumbles down from 400 meters height and the cascading Joranda waterfall that falls from 150 meters are some of these waterfalls that lend a picturesque view to the sanctuary.
Best time to visit: October to June.
Major Attractions: Waterfalls like Joranda and Barehipani.
Distance from the cities: 250 km from Bhubaneswar.
Where to stay: overnight stay at Lodge – http://www.wildlifeorissa.com/simplipal-tiger-reserve-forest-lodge.html
Sunabeda Tiger Reserve
A proposed Tiger Reserve stands proudly in the newly constructed Nuapada district close to the boundary of Chhattisgarh state on the western fringe of Odisha. Eleven magnificent waterfalls, mystic caves at Ranimuhas, splendid archaeological sites at Giribaman, the firm fort of Jumlagarh and the bird observation points at Jalki and Raital Bandh in Maraguda are some of the major attractions for the tourists visiting this Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary.
Spread over a sprawling area of 600 sq kms, the sanctuary is an ideal habitat for Barasingha. Declared as a Sanctuary in 1983, Sunabeda is home to 32 tigers and 36 leopards. Hyena, Barking Deer, Chital, Gaur, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Hill Myna, Pea Fowl, Partridge and a number of reptilian species also inhabit the sanctuary.
Best time to visit: September and mid-June.
Major Attractions: Kholibhitar, Jalmorai, and Badagada and eleven beautiful waterfalls.
Distance from the cities: 300 km from Bhubaneswar.
Where to stay: Hotels around sunabeda – http://www.indianholiday.com/wildlife-india/sunabeda-wildlife-sanctuary.html
Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
Ranthambore National park is spread over an area of 392 sq km. along with its nearby sanctuaries like – the Mansingh Sanctuary and the Kaila Devi Sanctuary. The park is majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see the majestic predators in its natural habitat. The tigers can be easily spotted even during the day time busy at their ordinary quest- hunting and taking proper care of their young ones.
Ranthambore is also counted as the famous heritage site because of the pictorial ruins that dot the wildlife park. Certainly, a visit to Ranthambore National Park is a treat for every wildlife and nature lover. The time spend on watching tigers roaming around, verdant greenery, a gamut of other species of chirpy birds and animals is priceless and worth enough to be explored at least once in a life.
Best time to visit: October to June.
Major Attractions: Sariska Tiger Reserve, Ganesh temple Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore Fort and Khandar Fort.
Distance from the cities: 12 km from Sawai Madhopur.
Where to stay: Hotels in Ranthambore – http://www.yatra.com/hotels/hotels-in-ranthambore
Sariska Tiger Reserve
This park is situated only 200 km from Delhi and 107kilomeres from Jaipur. Although larger than Ranthambhor, it is less commercialised and has less tigers but a similar topography. It covers an area of 800 sq. km in total, with a core area of approximately 500 sq. km. The Northern Aravali Hills dominate the skyline with their mixture of sharp cliffs and long narrow valleys. The area was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and became a National Park in 1979.
The landscape of Sariska comprises of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravali hill range. The topography of Sariska supports scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests, rocks and grasses. The broad range of wildlife here is a wonderful example of ecological adoption and tolerance, for the climate here is variable as well as erratic.
Best time to visit: November to March and April, May and June is better for game viewing.
Major Attractions: The Palace, Pandupol arch, Beautiful waterfall in Sariska.
Distance from the cities: 58 km from Alwar.
Where to stay: Hotel tiger den – http://rtdc.in/tigerden.htm
Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve
The Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve will be spread across four districts-Kota, Bundi, Chittorgarh and Jhalawar-covering an area of 759 sq km. It will boast of a core area of 417 sq km and a buffer zone covering 342.82 sq km. The Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve currently does not have a tiger population of its own but serves as a natural extension to the Ranthambhore tiger reserve and big cats from the state’s premier reserve often stray into the MHTR area for breeding.
Best time to visit: All seasons.
Major Attractions: Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, Keshoraipatan, Sorsan Grasslands, Bhainsrodgrah fort, badoli temples, Jhalawar, Chandkheri, Gagron fort, and Jhalarapatan etc.
Distance from the cities: 50 km from Kota.
Where to stay: There are many government rest houses, and private lodges where you can put your stay and reside comfortably – http://www.indiamapped.com/tiger-reserves-in-india/rajasthan-mukundara-hills-tiger-reserve/
Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve
KMTR is the 17th Tiger Reserve in India and the only one in Tamil Nadu was declared as Tiger Reserve in 1988. This includes two contiguous Sanctuaries namely Kalakad Sanctuary and Mundanthurai Sanctuary and a part of Kanyakumari Sanctuary. The total area of the Tiger Reserve is 895 Sq.KM. This Reserve has been identified as one among the Type-1 Tiger Conservation Units (TCU) representing the tropical moist evergreen forests worldwide
Best time to visit: September to January.
Major Attractions: Kanayakumari, Sabarimala.
Distance from the cities: 111 Km from Kanyakumari.
Where to stay: Forest Department guest houses -http://www.bangaloretrips.info/mundanthurai
Anamalai Tiger Reserve
The Anamalai Tiger Reserve is one of the hot spots of biodiversity in the Western Ghats covering 958 sq.kms. The unique ecological tract has an undulating topography and climate variations which support a wide variety of flora and fauna. Tribals form an integral part of the Sanctuary. The floral diversity is enormously rich as the terrain offers a wide range of natural parameters like topography, climate, temperature, rainfall etc. The floral wealth is estimated to be over 2000 species of which about 400 and odd species are of prime medicinal value.
Best time to visit: May to June and October to February.
Major Attractions: Monkey Falls, Grass Hills, Parambikkulam.
Distance from the cities: 67 Km from Pollachi.
Where to stay: Rooms & Tree house – http://www.topslipindia.com/Accommodation-top-slip-parambikulam.html
Mudumalai Tiger Reserve
Mudumalai wildlife reserve is a continuation of the Bandipur National Park. The river Moyar that flows along the border or Tamil Nadu and Karnataka separates the two. The Mysore – Ooty highway runs through the park. The 321 sq. km. reserve is situated in Tamil Nadu.
Mudumalai wildlife reserve was the first sanctuary in south India. The terrain is extremely varied with hills, valleys, ravines, watercourses and swamps. The vegetation comprises of tropical moist deciduous forests, dry deciduous forests and scrub forests. Compared to the nearby reserves, the climate is warmer in Mudumalai.
Best time to visit: February to June.
Major Attractions: Elephant Camp at Theppakkadu, Theppakadu, Ombetta vayal.
Distance from the cities: 22 Km from Devarshola.
Where to stay: Good accommodations are available – http://www.forests.tn.nic.in/wildbiodiversity/ws_mws.html
Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve
Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in South India, declared in 2008, and enlarged in 2011, which covers forest area of 1,411.6 km2 (545.0 sq mi). This is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.
It covers Sathvamngalam taluk and parts of Gobichettipalayam Taluk of Eorde District in the north western Tamil Nadu. This Sanctuary is significant as a wildlife corridor in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve between the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats and a genetic link between the four other protected areas which it adjoins, including the Bilgirirange Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, Sigur Plateau, ,
Best time to visit: October to January.
Major Attractions: Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
Distance from the cities: 65 Km from Talamalai.
Dudhwa Tiger Reserve
Dudhwa is located on the Indo-Nepal border in the district Lakhimpur-Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, Dudhwa National Park, together with Kishanpur and Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuaries represent the best natural forests and grasslands left in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh. Dudhwa national park is one of the most preserved and least disturbed wildlife sanctuaries in India. The approximate area of Dudhwa is 680 sq. km.
The fauna includes, apart from sizable populations of Tiger and Leopard, a viable population of a nominate sub-species of the Swamp deer or Barasingha a population of Indian One-horned Rhinoceros successfully reintroduced in 1984, and certain critically endangered species like the Bengal Florican (Houbaropsis and the Hispid Hare adding to the marvel of Dudhwa.
Best time to visit: November to May.
Major Attractions: Frog Temple, Surat Bhawan Palace.
Distance from the cities: 238 Km from Lucknow.
Where to stay: Hotels around Dudhwa – http://www.tourmyindia.com/wildlife_sancturies/dudhwa-tiger-reserve.html
Pilibhit Tiger Reserve
Best time to visit: Sept to Mid-June.
Major Attractions: Ranathambore, Khindsi.
Distance from the cities: 250 Km from Lucknow.
Where to stay: Hotels – http://www.indianwildlifeadventures.com/pilibhit-tiger-reserve.html
Suhelwa Tiger Reserve
The Sanctuary is divided into two parts, East & West. West Suhelwa is 15 km from the east Suhelwa. The Sanctuary was established in 1988 & covers an area of 452.77 km2.
Five ranges of the forest make up the core area & two ranges are clubbed together to make the buffer zone of the Sanctuary. Suhelwa is connected with the forest of Mahadevpuri in Nepal. It is one of the habitats of tigers in U.P, which is the main attraction of the Suhelwa Wildlife Sanctuary. According to latest census the Tiger population is estimated to be around 10.
Best time to visit: October to February.
Major Attractions: Nature & Wildlife.
Distance from the cities: 67 km from Balrampur.
Corbett Tiger Reserve
Corbett National Park situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the newly created state of Uttarakhand is heaven for wildlife lovers in India. The present area of the Corbett national park is 1318.54 sq. km. including 520 sq. km. of core area of and 797.72 sq. km. of buffer area.
This famous reserve was established in 1936 as India’s first national park. It’s named for legendary tiger hunter Jim Corbett (1875–1955) Tiger sightings take some luck, as the 200 or so tigers in the reserve are neither baited nor tracked.
Notwithstanding tiger sightings, few serious wildlife enthusiasts will leave disappointed, as the 1318-sq-km park has a variety of wildlife and birdlife in grassland, sal forest and river habitats, and a beautiful location in the foothills of the Himalaya on the Ramganga River. Commonly seen wildlife include wild elephants (200 to 300 live in the reserve), sloth bears, langur monkeys, rhesus macaques, peacocks, romps of otters and several types of deer including chital sambars, hog deer and barking deer. You might also see leopards, mugger crocodiles, gharials, monitor lizards, wild boars and jackals.
Best time to visit: October to January.
Major Attractions: Kusum, Mahua.
Distance from the cities: 191 Km from Bareilly.
Where to stay: Accommodations – http://corbettonline.uk.gov.in/
Buxa Tiger Reserve
Buxa National Park, in the subdivision of Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri district, was set up in the year of 1982-83 at the north eastern corner of West Bengal bordering Bhutan and Assam. It is declared a National Park in January 1992. The name “Buxa Tiger” has been derived from Buxa Fort – a fort at an altitude of 867 meters on the Sin Chula Range guarding the most important of the eleven routes into Bhutan, which once was used for detainees during freedom movement of India. With an area of 759sq km this picturesque reserve with its prodigious Terai, Bhabar as well as Hilly landscape, crisscrossed by numerous rivers and their tributaries, presents a breath-taking landscape.
Apart from Bengal Tiger the flagship species, there are plenty of Leopard, Fishing Cat, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Indian Civet, Palm Civet, Wild Dogs, Malayan Gaint Squirrels, Mangooses, Asian Elephant, Gaur, Small Clawless Otter, Chital, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Wild Buffalo, 3 varieties of Pythons, Monitor Lizard and a host of land tortoises. A number of animals like Chinese Pangolin. Regal Python (reticulate) Clouded Leopard are endemic to the region.
Best time to visit: April to mid-May.
Major Attractions: Malbazar, Bhutan Ghat/Raimatan/Hathipo, Bindu / Jhalong/Jaldhaka.
Distance from the cities: 723 Km from Kolkata.
Where to stay: stay at Totopara – http://jalpaiguri.gov.in/html/tourism.html
Sunderbans Tiger Reserve
Sunderbans is a famous destination where the land meets the sea at the southern tip of West Bengal the Indian Sunder bans, a stretch of impenetrable mangrove forest of great size and bio-diversity. The Sunderbans is a vast area covering 4264 square km in India alone. The Indian Sunderbans forms the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India. A paradise for birdwatchers, the list includes such rarities as the Masked Fin foot, Mangrove Pitta and the Mangrove Whistler.
The Sunderbans are a part of the world’s largest delta formed by the mighty rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. Situated on the lower end of the Gangetic West Bengal, it is also the world’s largest estuarine forest. The Sunderbans is criss-crossed by hundreds of creeks and tributaries. It is one of the most attractive and alluring places remaining on earth, a truly undiscovered paradise.
The Sunderbans forest is home to more than 250 tigers. The Bengal Tigers have adapted themselves very well to the saline and aqua environs and are extremely good swimmers. As you enter the adventurous wild land of the Sunderbans you’ll be thrilled to see the chital deer and rhesus monkey. The aqua fauna of Sunderbans include a variety of fishes; red fiddler crabs and hermit crabs.There are crocodiles, which can be often seen along the mud banks. Sunderbans National Park is also noted for its conservation of the Ridley Sea Turtle. There is an incredible variety of reptiles also found in Sundarbans, which includes king cobra, rock python and water monitor. The endangered river Terrapin, Batagur baska is found on the Mechua Beach, while the Barking Deer is found only in Holiday Island in Sunderbans.
Best time to visit: November to March.
Major Attractions: Koikhali, South 24 Paraganas.
Distance from the cities: 82 Km from Kolkata.
Where to stay: Tiger Camp – http://waxpolhotels.com/sunderban-accommodation.html
Mhadei Tiger Reserve
Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area located about 52 km away from Panaji, the state capital of Goa. The sanctuary is high in biodiversity and is being considered for being elevated to the status of a Project Tiger Reserve because of the presence of Royal Bengal Tigers.
Located in the North Goa district of Sanguem Taluk near Valpoi town, the route to the sanctuary from Panaji passes through hills, valleys and waterfalls. Hills, dips and folds mark Mhadei, a 208.48 km2 wildlife sanctuary up in the Western Ghats.
The huge protected area is one of high biodiversity and is being considered as a Project Tiger reserve because of the presence of resident tigers. Although tiger sightings are extremely rare, the thrill and anticipation of coming across one will pull you towards exploring this area one weekend. Driving up this unique natural landscape, dotted with waterfalls and hills, peaks and valleys, is an experience in itself. The three highest peaks in Goa are situated in the hill ranges of the sanctuary. Indian Gaur, the state animal of Goa, can be spotted here along with sloth bears, mongooses, wild dogs, slender loris, deers and panthers. The sanctuary boasts of a wide variety of birds making it a bird watcher’s paradise. It is also the abode of many endangered species of birds.
Best time to visit: November to March.
Major Attractions: Valpoi Town, Sanguem.
Distance from the cities: 14 Km from Valpoi.
Where to stay: Accommodations – http://travel.india.com/destinations/mhadei-wildlife-sanctuary