If you are visiting India and have an interest in wildlife, you should ensure you take time to visit a National Park and try to witness one of nature’s most beautiful creatures – the Tiger. With only a few thousand left in the wild, the majority of which are found here, it is your best chance to see one. So where should you go?
Ranthambore National Park
In Rajasthan state, Sawai Madhopur District, you will find Ranthambore National Park. This park was marked as a wildlife destination in 1957. It was later included in Project Tiger, an initiative started in 1973 by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to conserve the remaining territory available to tigers with a view of ensuring their survival in the wild. However, it was not until 1981 that the reservation was finally named a national park.
This is one of the best places to enjoy animal viewing in the country. It covers a 400sq km piece of land, but it is as big as 500sq km if you combine it with the neighbouring Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary.
Other things you will enjoy are the lakes all over the park with a huge fort and towers at the hilltop. The tiger in this park can be viewed during the day since they are not afraid of human presence. You also get several places for excellent photography sessions.
Corbett National Park
This is one of the reasons why tourists across the globe visit India. The park has a serene environment with attractive plants and animals plus several endangered species. It is only a part of the much bigger Corbett reserve in Nainital District in Uttarakhand.
Initially, the park was known as the Hailey National Park and was created to protect the Bengal tiger, an endangered species. Later, it was named after a popular naturalist and hunter, and it is the name it bears to date. In 1973, the park was the first ever to come under Project Tiger and has since been known as the birthplace of the project.
The park is the most visited place in the region, and one gets to see other amazing animals such as crocodiles. You can also do bird watching with over 650 species to admire.
Bandipur National Park
In 19th February of 1941, the government established the Bandipur National Park after conserving most part of the forest that was initially the Venugopala Wildlife Park. In 1973, was included in Project Tiger. At around the same time, the park was extended by 874.20sq km and given its current name.
The Karnataka State of India is the park’s home, making it the state with the second largest population of tigers in India out of what used to be the private hunting area for Maharaja of Kingdom Mysore. Apart from tigers, other animals in the park include leopards, Indian elephants, sambar and chitals. One can enjoy bird and butterfly watching as well.
Nagarhole National Park
Another national park that you can visit to see a tiger in Karnataka is Nagarhole National park. It became the 37th park in India to be declared a Project Tiger in 1999. The park is a World Heritage site under UNESCO and its part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
Some of the animals you will see at the park include the Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, striped hyena, sloth bear, barking deer and elephants. The area is rich with an enormous forest cover, waterfalls, streams and hills.
Tadoba Andhari National Reserve
The Maharashtra state of India is privileged to host the Tadoba Andhari National Reserve, the oldest national reserve in the region. The reserve is a combination of the Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary and the Tadoba National Park.
This reserve was named after the god Tadoba who was worshipped by the communities that lived in the forest regions. Andhari, on the other hand, came from the Andhari river which flows through the reserve.
Other than the tiger, the jungle safaris are another major reason why visitors come to the area. Accommodation within the area is readily available, and one can also hold team training for corporate visitors.
Periyar National Park
Another name for this park is Periyar Tiger Reserve, found in southern India between Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts. The park is protected within its 925sq km piece of land of which 305sq km was officially declared the national park in 1982. The area was first a game reserve, officially conserved in 1934 by Maharaja. It was consolidated to be a wildlife sanctuary in 1950.
The Kerala region receives many visitors from across the world, thanks to this park. The area is mostly known for animals like the tiger and elephant, and one can take part in activities such as rafting, camping, boating and safaris. With the big reservoir in the park, the area is fully supplied with water throughout the year.
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