India is home to close to 400 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries which are home to different varieties of flora and fauna. Every national park in India offers something unique and a wonderful diversity of terrain and there are still many of them which are yet to be explored. These national parks house several types of wild animal species and big flying predators. The scenery inside these parks is breath-taking and showcases the magnificent heritage of wildlife in India.
10 Best National Parks in India
We have collated a list of top 10 national parks in India and we do recommend you to keep this on the top of your list of places to visit to witness the best and the most thrilling wildlife experience in your life.
1. Jim Corbett National Park
This is definitely the first name which crops in our minds where we mention the word ‘National parks in India’. One of the oldest national parks in India. Located in Uttarakhand, the Corbett National Park is a dense forest which is home to several rare wildlife species. If you are adventure lover, then this will feel like heaven for you. Tourists and guests are allowed to walk inside the park. You can definitely associate the famous story of Jim Corbett killing an Indian Leopard. If you are lucky, then you can also find the national animal of India, the Great Indian Tiger.
2. Kaziranga National Park
Located in Assam, this National park has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the whole world. Around 2/3rd of the world’s great one-horned Rhinoceroses population is found here. It is also home to the Indian elephants also known as the holy animals, the swamp deer, and the wild water buffalo. Kaziranga National Park has achieved great success in wildlife conservation in comparison to the other protected areas in India.
3. Kanha National Park
A tiger reserve park which is located in the Mandla, a small distributed in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is home to a rich population of the Royal Bengal Tiger, Barasingha, Leopards, the Indian wild dog and much more. There was a documentary also made on the Indian wild dogs residing in the Kanha National Park which has received a lot of appreciation. This is definitely one of the most visited and popular national parks in India which gives you once of the priceless encounters with these wild animals.
4. Sundarbans National Park
This is a world heritage site with the largest population of the Royal Bengal Tigers in the world. Covered by a dense mangrove forest, the Sundarbans is a protected area located in the state of West Bengal. The core area of the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve was declared in the year 1973 and it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1977. Later in 1984, it was declared a national park. The core area in the national park is a natural habitat of many toxic reptiles and several man-eaters like the salt water crocodile. This area is also free from any human disturbances. There are several documentaries and even a movie has been filmed in the Sundarbans National Park.
5. Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
When you have the largest population of the purest breed of the majestic Asian Lion or Indian Lion, then visiting this wildlife sanctuary becomes more fun and enjoyable. It is said to be one of the most protected areas of India as well as for Asia. The weather, habitat is perfect to support all species of wild animals and birds. The population of the Indian Lion is said to be around 411, a significant increase from the population of 2005. Apart from the majestic lions, Gir is also home to several jungle cats, sloth bears, black bucks, striped hyenas and much more. One of the best national parks in India to visit and experience the thrill of watching these wild majestic creatures.
6. Periyar National Park
Situated in the mountainous area of the Cardamom Hills in God’s own country, Kerala. This national park is one of the protected areas in India and is popular among several locals and tourists for its natural beauty and diversity. The Majority of the area is covered by evergreen rain forests. You will find several Giant King Cobras residing in these rain forests. Also, it is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India where the tiger count is approximately around 53. Being in Kerala, a significant population of Indian elephants resides in this national park.
7. Bandhavgarh National Park
Located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh.This national parkboasts of the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world. There have been several documentaries filmed by National Geographic channel on a female tiger called Sita. Because of this documentary, Sita is one of the most photographed tigers in the world. It is also home to a large population of Langur, various species of sambar, deer, and several Leopards, etc.
8. Bandipur National Park
Located in the dense forests of the Western Ghat in the Chamarajanagar district of southern Karnataka.It is a combination of three other national parks i.e. Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai National Park, and Nagarhole. This is the largest protected area in South India. The main attractions are definitely the Bengal Tigers and close to 3000 Indian elephants. Bandipur is also home to beautiful birds like Brown Hawk Owl, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Fish Eagle, Malabar Pied Hornbill, and wild animals like Gaur Dhole Four-horned Antelopes, reptiles like Chameleon, Python, Crocodiles, Monitor Lizard and the Great King Cobra. The flora and fauna are simply amazing and fascinating to explore through the Boat/Elephant/Jungle Safari. Summers are probably the best time to visit this place.
9. Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary
This is one of the largest national parks in India which covers an area of approximately 392 Kilometers. Ranthambore is situated in the state of Rajasthan in the district of Madhopur. It is home to several great majestic cats, Hyenas, Sambar, wild boar and much more. The Ranthambore Fort is also inside this national park which is why it was named as the Ranthambore National Park. PadamTalao is the largest lake inside the park. One of the best National parks in India to visit. It is surely going to add a flavor to your adventurous journey.
10. Hemis National Park
Hemis is probably the only national park which has the largest protected area in India. Located in Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. You will find the rarest and several species of endangered mammals such as the Indian Snow Leopard, Eurasian Brown Bear, Sheep, Tibetan Wolf and the Red Fox, etc. The Indian Snow Leopard has a population of close to 200 in this park. Apart from these majestic creatures, it is also home to big flying predators such as Vultures and the Golden eagle.
This is a guest post by Neha Singh, writer at https://www.imonholidays.com.
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