7 Amazing Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

16 June  |  Listicles

Sometimes, passing unnoticed, the greatest jewels are in our backyard. As Indians are rediscovering their country and the beauty she encompasses, Wildlife Sanctuaries are slowly becoming popular hotspots with good reason. With modern lifestyles, a touch of nature now and then is exactly what the soul needs. With these sanctuaries dotting the country, the peace of nature and wildlife is right around the corner. The 7 sanctuaries are:

  1. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarkhand

The first national park to be set up in 1936 in India, Jim Corbett National Park was originally called Hailey National Park. Founded to protect the Bengal Tiger, an endangered species, the national park is in the Nainital district in Uttarakhand. The headquarters of the expansive reserve is the town of Ramnagar, reachable by train from Lucknow and Allahabad via Varanasi. It is also well connected to New Delhi, Haridwar and Dehradun. The drive from Delhi is just under 300 kms. The season to go to this highly protected land is from April to June.

  1. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

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The Bandipur National Park was originally the hunting ground for the Maharaja of Mysore. A reason it is so popular is its proximity to other parks like Nagarhole, Madumalai and Wayand Wildlife Sanctuary. The park is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and sees its fair share of wildlife enthusiasts especially for its birds and butterflies. The protected flora includes the giant clumping bamboo, a magnificent sight.

  1. Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka

Located in the Kodagu district, the national park was established in 1999 as the 37th Project Tiger reserve in the country. Part of a sub cluster within the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the national park is especially famous for its scenic beauty and its healthy sightings of endangered species, including tigers, elephants and Indian bison. Nagarhole also has a unique culture, courtesy the tribal inhabitants.

  1. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

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This Tiger reserve boasts of approximately 33 tigers across the expansive area of almost 500 square kilometres. The scenic sanctuary has two rivers flowing through it along with a few peaks including the MSL HebbeGiri of 1875 m elevation. The sanctuary covers hills and peaks across the Chikkamagaluru district and is a tourist’s delight on account of the tributaries of the Bhadra river and the waterfalls, Hebbe and Manikyadhara. The sanctuary is 38 km from Chikkamagaluru town and 163 km from Managalore.

  1. SundarbansNational Park, Bengal

The world famous sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of being the largest mangrove forest in the world. The unique flora, small archipelagos included, led to very interesting fauna to be endemic to the area, including the Bengal Monitor lizard. The mangrove forest is situated on the delta region of the Brahmaputra, Padma and Meghna river basins, making it one of the natural wonders of the world. While the Royal Bengal Tiger is one of the biggest attractions of the Sunderbans, the sanctuary is an experience as a whole and a national treasure.

  1. Gir National Park, Gujarat

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The 258 square kilometer is located across the Junagadh District, GirSomnath District and Amreli District in Gujarat. It is 43 km from Somnath and 65 km from Junagadh, located in the south –west of Gujarat. The major attraction of the Park is the Asiatic lion. The land was the hunting ground for the Nawabs of Junagadh until the 1900s. The protection status of the land coupled with the water reserves within the sanctuary has led to an increased conservation of flora, making this national park unique in the country.

  1. Periyar National Park, Kerala

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Periyar National Park is the epitome of Kerala’s beauty. The elephant reserve may see tourists hoping to catch glimpses of the largest mammal on land or a tiger sighting, but its true beauty lies in its flora. Located 120 km from Kochi, the forests are transcendent and make for a peaceful drive.

Taking a trip to anyone of these sanctuaries is a must do for the urban traveler. A visit to these pockets of nature, within our country, will leave you with a renewed respect and love for national heritage, which is our wildlife.